Berlin Maymester

DANC 399: Dance Capitals of the World

Berlin Maymester

2.0 Units • May – June

During this 22-day Maymester course in Berlin, students will explore moments in Berlin’s long history through all of its cultural centers, museums, landmarks and people. Berlin has been at the crossroads of artistic exchange for many centuries, and has attracted artists from most corners of the world. Since the downfall of the wall separating east and west Berlin, the dance scene has exploded to become the most vibrant and diverse home of avant-garde dance in Europe.

Professors McManus and McCormick have both lived for extensive periods in Germany, speak the language, and are well-acquainted with the city and its performing arts scene. In addition to their experience as residents, their special access to the opera/ballet companies in Berlin and Dresden will allow the students to see the daily work happening in all parts of a European opera house, as well as smaller avant-garde performance venues. Through contact with the city’s history and working artists, students will investigate the cross-cultural legacy of Berlin and reflect on their own positions as global ambassadors of music, dance and culture.


Thomas McManus
Assistant Professor of Practice
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Bruce McCormick
Assistant Professor of Practice
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Company Visits

  • Staatsballet Berlin
  • Semperoper Ballet Dresden


  • Staatsballett Berlin performance of Ekman/Eyal (Komische Oper Berlin)
  • Staatsballett Berlin performance of Giselle (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
  • Independent performances TBD (Hebbel am Ufer aka HAU3)

Site Visits

  • Museumsinsel (Pergamon Museum / Berliner Dom)
  • Potsdamer Platz / Checkpoint Charlie / Judisches Museum
  • Berlin Wall Museum
  • Bauhaus Museum
  • Staatsoper Unter den Linden
  • Brandengburger Tor / Holocaust Denkmal

Lecture & Dance Guests

  • Sandra Noeth, Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Einav Katan-Schmid, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Tom Plishschke & Kattrin Deufert
  • Additional classes with Professors McManus and McCormick


Anne Aubert-Santelli
Program Coordinator
Assistant Dean of Admission & Student Services
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance