The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance graduated its first-ever class of BFA students in May 2019 and our alumni have already made an impact on the dance community and beyond. Several members of our inaugural class have secured contracts with Broadway productions and dance companies including Alonzo King LINES Ballet, BalletMet, Ballet Hispánico, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Oregon Ballet Theatre and RUBBERBAND, among others. They have also gone on to pursue careers in arts administration, marketing and business. In addition to our first class of dance majors, several USC students have graduated with a minor in dance.
USC Kaufman aims to support graduates in their careers, to help them stay connected to the Kaufman community and to provide outlets for continued mentorship with our faculty and staff. To achieve these goals, USC Kaufman provides the following benefits to our alumni upon graduation:
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COVID-19 may have halted the live, theatrical experience of the dance industry, but many minds are still hard at work creating adaptive and artistic projects in the field. Brianna Mims, a Class of 2019 alum, has been quite active since graduation with many collaborative projects. Read on to discover more about her work since her time at USC Kaufman.
Due to COVID-19, many dancers have had to adjust the ways in which they practice and interact with the art form. The HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance arose in response to the global pandemic. It works to catalyze leadership and innovation for the dancers of tomorrow, including many USC Kaufman alumni.
Admitted students for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Class of 2024 recently attended a virtual panel with several of the School’s alumni. The speakers included Stephanie Dai, Satori Folkes-Stone, Paulo Hernandez-Farella and Jackie Schiffner from the Class of 2019.
This January, six students and alumni from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance took the stage in Austin, Texas for ISHIDA Dance Company’s debut performances.
I recently had the pleasure of working for William Forsythe on his exhibit “Acquisition/Körperschaft” for the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.
On Dec. 7, USC Kaufman Alumni Affairs hosted “The Next Step: Resources for the Developing Dance Professional” panel event. USC Kaufman alumni and current students attended the event, which discussed topics relevant to starting one’s dance career.
This December, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance students and alumni will perform in several productions of “The Nutcracker,” spanning from Southern California, Colorado and New Mexico to Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Since becoming the first cohort of BFA dance majors to graduate from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, members of the Class of 2019 have started to establish themselves in the dance industry and beyond.
As a new program, USC Kaufman is committed to forging new pathways in the career services department. Our career services team looks constantly for ways to ease the transition into a professional career. Whether through networking opportunities or workshops, our team actively provides channels into the professional world.
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance alumna Alyssa Allen (BFA ’19) will join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a company member. Next month, the Gardena, Calif. native will relocate to Chicago and start rehearsing with the company, which is now celebrating its 42nd season.
This month, The Sacramento Ballet will perform Jodie Gates’ “Embellish” as part of their program, “Mozart in Motion.” Gates, the Vice Dean and Artistic Director of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, selected two USC Kaufman alumni to stage the full-length ballet.
With only four weeks to choreograph, clean, stage and perform a 15-minute piece, involving seven dancers and live music, we started moving quickly. I also had to take into account that I was learning a duo choreographed by Professor Lott.
After a fulfilling and challenging two weeks dancing at Orsolina 28’s Forsythe/Pite Program in Moncalvo, Italy, the day finally came. Sophia Oddi (BFA ‘19), Alyssa Allen (BFA ‘19) and I awoke early Saturday morning to embark on our adventure to perform at the second annual Music & More SummerFest in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina with ArtistsPlus Dance Company.
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance senior Jake Tribus (BFA ’20) and alumna Jessica Muszynski (BFA ’19) worked with choreographer Aszure Barton at USC Kaufman this year, then were invited to join her in Germany this summer to work on a new creation. As a part of Aszure Barton & Artists, the two dancers are in the studio with company members during the day, then touring the city afterward.
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance alumnae Satori Folkes-Stone (BFA ’19) and Madison Vomastek (BFA ’19), who recently finished with their undergraduate studies, are packing up and moving across the country to another big city. The two dancers will join the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story.
Next month, REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival will close its last weekend of three with USC Kaufman alumnus Austyn Rich’s (BFA ’19) latest work, BL**DY SPAGHETTI. Rich and fellow alumnus Alvaro Montelongo (BFA ’19) will perform the work.