Thank you for your interest in applying to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
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. Fee waivers for both the Common Application and USC Kaufman Portfolio are available to students with high financial need. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Current USC students and transfer applicants may apply with the understanding that, due to the program’s sequential nature, the BFA in Dance takes a full four years to complete. College courses completed elsewhere may transfer for credit. This work may fulfill General Education requirements, satisfy lower-division requirements for another program of study or serve as elective credit. Dance courses will only transfer for elective credit.
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Are you interested in applying for minor in dance? USC Kaufman offers three minor programs, which serve as thought-provoking supplements to major fields of study in other departments and schools. Only current USC students may apply. There is no audition process. Please find more information under Dance Minors.
The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. The University’s full non-discrimination policy can be found on the Web at policies.usc.edu.
You submitted your Common Application and USC Supplement, which included writing samples, letters of recommendation, and so much more. You also submitted your USC Kaufman Portfolio asking for a million dance components. Now that all this work is done, what’s next?
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.
This “Curriculum in Focus” post focuses on minor programs—outside minor programs for students pursuing the BFA in Dance and dance minor programs for students in other majors.
The USC Kaufman Portfolio has two short answers—one that’s required and one that’s optional. Director of Admission and Student Services Anne Aubert-Santelli has some advice on completing yours.
Prospective students often wonder how USC Kaufman students engage in general education (GE) courses at USC. The following Q&A highlights some of the most frequently asked questions about GE courses.
BFA students Aurora Vaughan and Brendan Evans talk about choreographic opportunities and share their experience as student choreographers at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
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.
Four members of of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s Class of 2022 sat down to discuss their audition process from the freshman perspective. Here are some memories, insights and advice from Eli Alford, India Dobbie, Elise Monson and Maria Rosenberg.
BFA dance major Lillie Pincus shares the top 10 things to keep in mind when applying to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Director of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli outlines what information should be included in your dance resume.
You’ll find my write-ups about the BFA Core, Repertory & Performances, and Concentrations online. Let’s now talk about the 23 units of dance electives you choose as a part of your concentration. You’ll have lots of different options both within and outside of USC Kaufman.
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:
Our BFA program endeavors to develop the next generation of thought leaders in dance. What do you think is the most important quality in a thought leader and how will a degree from USC Kaufman position you to be that thought leader?
Our first admission eblast focused on the BFA Core, a sequence of courses that provides foundational insight to all dance majors. The BFA Core thins out from semester to semester, giving you more space to begin shaping your artistic vision. At the end of your sophomore year, you will declare your concentration, which will carry you through the last two years in the program.
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 and February. What do you need to know about and how can you really shine in your video auditions?
This includes several mid-semester and end-of-semester performances, and probably eight-to-ten others—all just for our BFAs. USC Kaufman students learn and perform a wide variety of repertoire from some of the most profound artists in dance, as well as to show their own works.
Join us for Discover USC Kaufman NYC on Saturday, September 15, 2018 or Sunday, September 16, 2018. Each morning will begin with welcoming remarks from Vice Dean & Director Jodie Gates, followed by ballet, contemporary and hip-hop master classes with faculty. Please note that this event is only open to juniors and seniors.
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.
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.
I’m Anne Aubert-Santelli, USC Kaufman’s Director of Admission. (I’m the one on the left.) In the coming months, I’ll walk you through the admission process and share helpful tips for your application. I’ll also give you a closer look at the academic life and student experience at USC Kaufman.
USC Kaufman’s newest class of BFA freshmen will become the school’s fourth class–this is the first year that the school will be completely full, with freshmen through seniors lining the halls.
By Celine Kiner
Between a trip to the Palais Garnier for an incredible program of new works (on none other than the Paris Opéra Ballet, of course) and a dazzling visit to the Louvre, my trip to Paris would have been complete. Those two experiences alone covered bucket-list items and more, and with a private backstage tour of the Garnier, I was awed completely by the rich history of Parisian art.
USC Kaufman BFA dance majors have worked with over 45 artists since the program’s launch in 2015, from their very first day with Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s co-artistic director Desmond Richardson to a recent residency with bboy and Rock Steady Crew senior vice president YNOT. From the studio to the stage, master classes and residencies have spanned styles, specialties, and even seas, with artists from all over the world.
This spring, USC Kaufman dance majors are working to fill large, legendary shoes under the guidance of the school’s expert faculty. The school’s Spring Dance Performance, set for late April, features work by three of the dance world’s “Living Legends:” Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor and William Forsythe — choreographers with whom the USC Kaufman faculty share great connection. Through this production, the faculty–including Forsythe, himself–will pass their own knowledge on to the next generation of dancers.
By Rachel Walton
The USC Kaufman audition season is a very exciting time for the current BFA dance majors. Personally, I love getting to know new people, so I jumped at the opportunity to meet potential future classmates. I was even inspired me to do things most would never volunteer for on a weekend: waking up at 6 a.m. and spending approximately 10 hours in the Kaufman International Dance Center, both Saturday and Sunday.
By Simrin Player and Matthew Perko
High school seniors and potential USC Kaufman applicants: we know there’s a lot on your plate right now. When filling out college applications feels overwhelming, know that all of USC Kaufman’s BFA students went through the same process, and they’re here to help.
Prospective students often wonder how USC Kaufman students engage in general education (GE) courses at USC. The following Q & A highlights some of the most frequently asked questions about GE courses:
By Rachel Walton
Applying to college in general is a stressful time as a high school senior–add multiple dance auditions to the mix, and it can become incredibly overwhelming. I remember being so grateful to my parents for supporting me through such a stressful time.
By Rachel Walton
The absolute first thing to understand when researching college dance programs is this: it’s about finding a school that will be your best fit. You can spend hours looking at top lists, researching the status of schools’ alumni, and visiting schools’ social media sites, but nothing can compare to finding a college that feels like your second home.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Applying to college means that you are about to embark on a new chapter in your life. This is a big decision, and I found that compiling a thorough amount of information from various schools helped me choose which schools to send applications. USC has several opportunities for prospective students to learn about the school before applying; I participated in some of these when making my decision.
By Whitney Hester
August is almost here, which means the start of a new school year. New students going into college or getting ready to apply for colleges: you may think that you are completely prepared for life in a BFA program. Coming from a performing arts high school, I assumed I was completely prepared! However, listed below are ten things I wish I had known before applying to college dance programs.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Before you know it, you’re finishing up your junior year of high school, and soon to come are college auditions. But don’t fret! College auditions do not have to be overwhelming, and can be a fun experience as long as you do your research, plan in advance, and prepare your materials early to avoid missing deadlines.