Admission to the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 20 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year. Candidates must submit the USC Undergraduate Application by December 1. This includes the Common Application (with the USC Writing Supplement) and the USC Kaufman Portfolio. All applicants will be notified about the results of their portfolio review in mid-December. Finalists will be invited to a live audition in January.
Interested in applying for a minor in dance? Visit our Dance Minors page.
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Prospective students often ask me, “Am I applying to Kaufman or USC or both?” Each college dance program has its own process, requirements and timeline—so I get that it can be super confusing. In short, for us, you are simply applying to the University of Southern California.
The video response is a unique part of our application. We ask you to address the following prompt in 30 to 60 seconds on camera: How does your dance lineage and life experience inform and influence your current dance practice?
USC Kaufman constantly offers student choreographic opportunities, whether within or outside of the curriculum. Throughout these courses, you’ll find many opportunities to work on both your own individual work and collaborative choreography.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance BFA program was conceived with a conservatory-style emphasis on dance, but is embedded in a top-tier university. What exactly does this mean? BFA students at USC Kaufman take on technique, repertory, improvisation, and composition. Simultaneously, they meet the general education requirements of the university.
As a BFA student at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, I tend to have a packed and engaging daily schedule. Even though it is sometimes hectic, I am absolutely in love with my life at USC. I get to explore and create as an artist, while also pursuing my academic goals.
Zackery Torres (BFA ’21) sat down with four BFA students to discuss different performance opportunities at USC Kaufman, including the USC Trustees Retreat in Santa Barbara, the ODC Walking Distance Dance Festival in San Francisco, Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico and our NYC Debut at The Joyce Theater.
Candidates for USC Kaufman’s BFA in Dance must submit the USC Undergraduate Application, which consists of the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement. In addition, they must provide specific dance materials as a part of the USC Kaufman Portfolio. The deadline for all materials is December 1. Check out this guide to applying.
Our Vice Dean and Artistic Director Jodie Gates mentioned in one of our first moments with her that, “It is [the goal of the school] to have every USC Kaufman student graduate with a passport.” This really hit home for me because I see the true value of traveling, especially as an artist.
It seems appropriate that the first “Curriculum in Focus” topic is our program’s foundation: The BFA Core. The BFA Core, a series of courses you’ll take in sequence with your cohort, provides a common curriculum from which you can create your own path.
USC Kaufman freshman Bella Allen shares how her parents helped her navigate the admission and audition process; plus bonus tips from the parents of several current BFA students.
Applying to dance programs can definitely be a stressful time. So, I sat down with USC Kaufman’s Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services, Anne Aubert-Santelli, to come up with the top 10 things students should keep in mind when applying to our school.
After meeting with the faculty at Kaufman and speaking with the admissions team, I realized that I wanted to pursue a BFA in dance. USC was my ultimate choice for college because of all the amazing opportunities they provide for their students.
Assistant Dean of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli outlines what information should be included in your dance resume.
I know that the college admission process can be very stressful, especially when managing applications and auditions for several programs at once. Our admission team is here to help you find your way.
USC Kaufman has become known for its unique live audition experience. The fact that we have a two-stage audition process—whereby we narrow down the pool to a list of finalists—allows us to do things differently.
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.
This year, in a seemingly unorthodox move, two professional dancers chose to step away from the professional stage and into USC’s classrooms. Both Eileen Kim and Jonathan Alexander (BFA ’23) shared what drew them to USC Kaufman specifically, what they learned during their time as members of professional ballet companies and where they see their dance journeys going from here.
Let’s be honest: Performance opportunities are a huge factor when deciding which dance program to attend. In fact, the number one question I get asked from prospective students is, “How many performance opportunities are there at USC?” My response: “A ton.”
USC Kaufman has a two-stage audition process: You first submit two video auditions for review by the faculty committee. Finalists are then selected for live auditions taking place in January. What do you need to know about and how can you really shine in your video auditions?
In addition to dance technique classes, rehearsals and academic coursework, USC Kaufman’s BFA students are involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities. With over 1,000 student organizations to choose from, there is no shortage of opportunities to pursue one’s interests, take on leadership roles and make an impact at USC.
At USC Kaufman, we are lucky to be surrounded by the rich Los Angeles community, with such diverse attractions. The environment can truly inspire your artistic brain, or it can give you a break from the rigor of the curriculum.
One of things that separates USC Kaufman’s BFA program from conservatory dance programs is access to the rigorous and robust academic offerings of a top-tier research university. In addition to completing general education requirements, BFA dance students have the opportunity to pursue minors, second majors or even progressive degrees.