Admission to the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 24 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year. Applicants for Fall 2022 admission—including first-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students—must submit all materials by December 1, 2021. This includes the USC Undergraduate Application and the USC Kaufman Portfolio for first-year applicants and transfer applicants. Current USC students need only submit the USC Kaufman Portfolio. All applicants will be notified about the results of their portfolio review in mid-December. Finalists will be invited to our live auditions in January.
Interested in applying for minor in dance? Visit our Dance Minors page.
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At USC Kaufman, students have the opportunity to enroll in Repertory and Performance where they learn established repertoire and explore the creation process of new works. Elise Monson (BFA ’22) describes her experience in this course as it varies each semester in what is taught and who is brought in for new creations.
Assistant Dean of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli describes changes in the application process for prospective students to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, due to COVID-19.
The Progressive Degree Program at USC allows BFA students to blend their dance training with other academic and career aspirations outside the art form. Read on to learn about current USC Kaufman students pursuing progressive degrees.
The University of Southern California offers BFA students a wide array of extracurricular activities. Students can explore interests and opportunities outside the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance to enhance both their academic and social experiences at USC.
On September 27, USC Kaufman hosted an information session for prospective international students over Zoom. Anne Aubert-Santelli, Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services at USC Kaufman, led the meeting with help from current BFA students.
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?
Entering my first semester here at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, I expected a pretty busy schedule in the best way. It sure did deliver! As a dance major, I was so excited to merge both my academics and dance throughout the day.
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.
The USC Kaufman Portfolio has two short answers—one that’s required and one that’s optional. Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services Anne Aubert-Santelli has some advice on completing yours.
A day in the life of a sophomore USC Kaufman student is filled with both dance and academic classes. Through the BFA Core, we gain a foundation in technique, performance and composition, combined with courses in history, theory and more. In addition, we get a well-rounded liberal arts education through the university’s General Education (GE) and Writing program.
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: What does it mean to be a dance thought leader in 2022?
At USC Kaufman, you are able to pick from a variety of concentrations, and that choice informs what classes you take as you progress through your last two years. I have always wanted to dance in a contemporary company, which is why I declared dance performance as a concentration.
Senior year was a whirlwind. Between traveling for auditions, finishing up GE courses, and starting a minor, there was never a dull moment. This is a day in my life as as senior at USC Kaufman!
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is not only home to USC Kaufman dance majors. Step into the building and you’ll also find hundreds of non-major dance students who have enrolled in one of the school’s many technique and lecture courses.
In a seemingly unorthodox move, two professional dancers, Eileen Kim and Jonathan Alexander (BFA ’23), chose to step away from the professional stage and into USC’s classrooms.
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.