Los Angeles Maymester

Los Angeles Maymester

DANC 399: Dance Capitals of the World

2.0 Units • May – June

During this four-week Maymester course in Los Angeles, students will explore the multifaceted world of dance culture in Los Angeles during a fun filled four weeks of field trips, exciting guest speakers, as well as meetings with pivotal movers and shakers in the industry. What is the history of dance in LA and where is it going?

This course will give an overview of the LA dance experience from the Denishawn School to Body Traffic, Busby Berkeley to Mandy Moore, Soul Train to So You Think You Can Dance and Leimert Park to the Sunset Strip. Dance in Los Angeles is a dynamic culture in which history, socioeconomics, race, gender, sexuality, commerce and entertainment intersect to create genres that influence contemporary life.


Patrick Corbin
Associate Professor of Practice
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance


Anne Aubert-Santelli
Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services
(213) 821-6725

Program Costs

2 units of spring tuition
Notes: Students exceeding 18 units in the spring semester will be subject to an additional per unit fee. Students who meet all eligibility requirements may be able to apply their Academic Achievement Award to the Maymester program.

Fixed Costs
There is a $300 activity fee to cover transportation and performances.


There is no application process to enroll into the Maymester in Los Angeles program. Please direct any questions to the program coordinator, Anne Aubert-Santelli, at aubertsa@usc.edu.