The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance provides students with opportunities to collaborate and innovate both on and off campus with leading artists, scholars and institutions.
Focused on interdisciplinary innovation, USC Kaufman emphasizes the importance of collaborative work professionally as well as artistically. The school’s established partnerships offer unparalleled experiences for students to make new connections while strengthening the already-vibrant dance landscape.
The Music Center
Connected by our esteemed patroness Glorya Kaufman, the USC Kaufman School of Dance and The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (The Music Center), work together to provide USC BFA students direct engagement with companies presented by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. Prior events have included master classes, guest lecturers, artist Q&As, and salons with companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jessica Lang Dance, and the Mariinsky Ballet.
USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
As part of its groundbreaking mission to create well-rounded dancers and leaders, USC Kaufman prioritizes knowledge of dance science and physical wellness within its curriculum. Working with experts from USC’s renowned PT program through the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Kaufman dancers receive regular assessments by licensed physical therapists and have access to screenings, evaluations, triage care, preventative care and performance enhancement services. Weekly on-site clinics ensure that students receive appropriate care and ongoing relationships with PTs promotes continued learning.
USC Thornton School of Music
Under the shared leadership of Dean Robert Cutietta, the USC Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music are fostering a seamless partnership between dance and music. This partnership produced “Choreographers and Composers,” a performance featuring the works of student composers and student dancers and choreographers.
USC School of Cinematic Arts
In correlation with the USC Choreographic Institute, which is advised by world renowned choreographer and visual artist William Forsythe, as well as skilled faculty multi-media artists such as Professors Patrick Corbin, d. Sabela Grimes and Dawn Stoppiello, USC Kaufman has partnered with the USC School of Cinematic Arts to promote collaborations that involve dance and film. Professors from both schools have taught parallel courses that explore the intersections between dance, health, neuroscience, and games.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Drawn together by their efforts to reinvent dance practices in the twenty-first century through new movement systems grounded in multiple styles, USC Kaufman and Complexions Contemporary Ballet are working together to bring the innovative choreography and training of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson to the Southern California dance community. Complexions Dance Academy has housed its summer intensive in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. USC Kaufman BFA students have also had the opportunity to study and perform the repertoire of Dwight Rhoden and to be trained by USC Kaufman artist in residence Desmond Richardson.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
In 2015, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one the nation’s preeminent contemporary dance companies, partnered with USC Kaufman to further both organizations’ commitment to dance education among pre-professional, collegiate and professional dancers. Hubbard Street has hosted its summer intensive for pre-professional artists in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, in addition to providing master classes to USC BFA students during the academic year. Additional activities may involve artist-lead symposia, colloquiums and performance opportunities.
A shared goal of developing new and innovative choreographic practices brought Gaga USA and USC Kaufman to form a partnership in 2016 aimed at exposing Southern California dancers to the movement system of renowned artist and dance maker Ohad Naharin. Gaga USA has hosted its summer and winter dance intensives in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center and has provided Gaga movement classes to USC BFA students during the academic year.
Dance Camera West
Dance Camera West and USC Kaufman share a commitment to advancing the art of dance through media and film. In 2017, they formed a collaboration aimed at providing student and public access to cutting edge films presented by Dance Camera West in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. Each semester DCW presents between one and three screenings. The partnership was launched with a thrilling screening of Mr. Gaga in January 2017.