Live Auditions

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has a two-stage audition process. Candidates must submit two video auditions as a part of their USC Kaufman Portfolio by December 1. Faculty will review these videos and all other parts of the portfolio. Finalists selected by the faculty will be invited to audition in person.

All applicants will be notified of their live audition status through their application portal in mid-December. Finalists will then be able to schedule their audition date and interview time through their application portal. Those who are not selected as finalists for USC Kaufman will still be considered for admission to the University for their other designated major.

All students, regardless of their audition date, will receive full consideration for both USC Merit Scholarships and USC Kaufman dance scholarships.


We are excited to host live auditions in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on the beautiful University of Southern California campus. Only about 25 finalists are invited to each audition day. Auditions take place over two weekends in January. The dates are:

Saturday, January 20, 2024
Sunday, January 21, 2024

What to Expect

The live audition includes dance technique classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Improvisation/Freestyle and Hip-Hop. It also includes a solo performance and an interview. There are no cuts throughout the day.

We encourage families to join us for this fun and informative day. It includes various activities, such as a faculty welcome, Q&A session (for guardians), exclusive tours, financial aid presentations and other opportunities to connect with the USC Kaufman community.

Travel Stipends

As a part of our commitment to making our auditions accessible to all, we will provide stipends to candidates for whom traveling to Los Angeles would present a significant financial burden. The travel stipend will cover the cost of airfare (up to $500). Students receiving a stipend will indicate their need and provide specific information once they’ve registered for a live audition.

More detailed information about the live audition will be provided to finalists in a series of confirmation emails.