Student Blog

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February 26, 2018

Student Blog: Let your body lead you, with Kidd Pivot

By Celine Kiner

After seeing Kidd Pivot’s performance of “Betroffenheit” on Thursday evening, I was rendered quite literally speechless. And sure, I was being a little dramatic, but I wasn’t the only one who reacted strongly–tears were not scarce in the audience. 

February 21, 2018

Student Blog: Being on the other side of auditions…

By Chloe Kuka

It’s been almost a month, but we can’t stop thinking about the insane talent of all the dancers who traveled to L.A. to audition for our program! However, the auditions couldn’t have run smoothly without the help of our current student volunteers, who did everything from hosting auditionees in their dorm rooms to making coffee runs for the professors. We asked freshmen Alex, Aurora, Evan, and Zach about their experiences helping out with auditions for the class of 2022.


February 18, 2018

Student Blog: Learning from and exploring with Lucky Plush

By Alvaro Montelongo

This past Tuesday we had the great honor of exploring with Lucky Plush Productions ensemble members Michel Rodriguez Cintra and Meghann Wilkinson. Working with them after having seen them perform the night before was very exciting because of the show’s high energy.

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February 12, 2018

Student Blog: West Side Story in full swing

By Ardyn Flynt and Juan Miguel Posada

The Jets versus the Sharks–in KDC 106 this semester, the diverse student cast of West Side Story is making its way toward opening night in Bing Theatre, March 29. The program will be the very first collaboration between USC Kaufman, USC Thornton, and USC School of Dramatic Arts, and it doubles as a Visions & Voices event.


February 5, 2018

Student Blog: The perfect photoshoot pose

By Lenai Wilkerson

USC Kaufman hosted another official BFA photoshoot this past weekend, this time selecting students to represent the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. We spent two full days recalling and shooting moments from last semester’s repertoire and student works performances.


January 29, 2018

Student Blog: In the room with Andrew Winghart

By Zackery Torres

Integrity, intelligence, and intricacy.

Andrew Winghart brought these three things to the USC Kaufman family during his master class on Friday, and it was such an honor to take part in the experience.


January 21, 2018

Student Blog: Fine-tuning with Sonya Tayeh

By Jake Tribus

After a long break full of holiday spirit and Christmas cookies, USC Kaufman BFA dancers including myself anticipated the first week back to school, especially because working with Sonya Tayeh was first on the itinerary. Sonya’s visit right at the start of the semester was an exciting and rigorous challenge


January 16, 2018

Student Blog: Freshmen’s first week with Quijada

By Evan Sagadencky

As the class of 2021’s second semester at Kaufman began, we were already exposed to a wealth of knowledge and information in the first week. Ranging from repertoire and improvisational tasks with William Forsythe, new creation with Sonya Tayeh, Ohad Naharin’s movement language ‘Gaga’ guided by Bret Easterling, and Victor Quijada’s RUBBERBAND Method.


January 10, 2018

Student Blog: Audition anecdotes

By Celine Kiner

Now that I’ve reached the spring semester of my junior year, I remember my USC Kaufman audition in vignettes and sepia tones. It seems ages ago that I was receiving and returning nervous strangers’ smiles in the hallway of PED 207—our gorgeous dance center had not yet been built.


December 11, 2017

Student Blog: First fall semester

By Chloe Kuka

With my first semester coming to a close, I can’t help but reflect on what made these first few months at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance so special. One of the reasons I chose to join this program was the kind and welcoming atmosphere cultivated by the faculty at my audition.