Kaufman Connections is a community engagement initiative, which provides dance classes to students at the 32nd Street Elementary School. The program brings the choreographic process with a focus on hip-hop to elementary school students through weekly, one-hour sessions of integrated dance instruction led by USC Kaufman BFA students. Alongside providing quality dance instruction, one of the key objectives of Kaufman Connections is to provide a cultural movement practice that will foster community, confidence and social-emotional learning for each child. The program aims to develop life skills that are naturally embedded into the process of dance-making and performance.
This program is made possible by a generous grant from USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign, a USC staff funded initiative which supports local community programs focusing on education, particularly in the neighborhoods surrounding USC’s downtown campus. Kaufman Connections is also made possible with funding from Arts in Action. Arts in Action is a program under the USC Provost’s Arts and Humanities Initiative. It supports USC arts activities that facilitate positive social change and enhance our collective quality of life within the community.