USC Kaufman provides valuable resources through our Career Services Office. Services have included professional headshots, panel discussions with established artists and monetary stipends for independent senior projects. USC Kaufman also organizes events and performance opportunities for students to network with directors, choreographers and agents.
With the help of these resources, members of the inaugural class have secured contracts with Broadway productions and dance companies, including Aszure Barton & Artists, BalletMet, Ballet Hispánico and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, among others. They have also gone on to pursue careers in arts administration, marketing and business.
USC Kaufman invites industry professionals from all over the country to select performances, as well as senior solo and student choreography showings. After these events, the Career Services Office holds receptions, where students are able to network with current directors, agents and choreographers. Industry professionals may also attend select rehearsals and classes, giving additional opportunities for students to foster relationships with potential employers.
USC Kaufman also provides several avenues for advice and discussion with seasoned professionals. Faculty members, Artists in Residence and guest speakers serve on panels about the employment climate in different sectors of the dance industry. Topics have included Los Angeles commercial work, concert dance in Europe and the New York dance scene.
To further prepare students, the Career Services Office works to ensure that they have the appropriate materials in their professional portfolio. Professional headshots, formatted resumes and reel footage are all offered to students for their use. The school also manages an online portal that students can check for exclusive job and audition postings. In addition, a professional development board is updated with intensives, festivals and more. Once students plan auditions, they can request to be excused from classes. The Career Services Office will then allow absences for appropriate auditions and jobs.
In addition to providing these career resources, the Career Services Office works to support BFA students with interests outside of performance and choreography.
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance alumnae Satori Folkes-Stone (BFA ’19) and Madison Vomastek (BFA ’19), who recently finished with their undergraduate studies, are packing up and moving across the country to another big city. The two dancers will join the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story.
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance senior Jake Tribus (BFA ’20) and alumna Jessica Muszynski (BFA ’19) worked with choreographer Aszure Barton at USC Kaufman this year, then were invited to join her in Germany this summer to work on a new creation. As a part of Aszure Barton & Artists, the two dancers are in the studio with company members during the day, then touring the city afterward.
Three USC Kaufman alumni have already returned to the studios to teach at the Taylor intensive in Los Angeles—Corbin trusts them that much. While Corbin and former Taylor dancer Rachel Berman teach Taylor technique and repertory, Ardyn Flynt (BFA ’19) and Olivia Euritt (BFA ’19) will teach Funkamental MediKinetics and Yoga, respectively. Justin Epstein (BFA ’19) will accompany classes.
This May, the BFA class of 2019 will be the first cohort of students to graduate from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. In anticipation of the next step for young graduates, USC Kaufman’s Office of Career Services kicked into gear this semester, assembling resources for students’ transition into the job market.
The first class of graduates from the USC Kaufman BFA program hosts a range of polymaths. Get to know more about where they’re headed after commencement, their career goals and more.
The graduates of the inaugural BFA class at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance have a diverse set of career paths ahead of them. Below, read a little about each graduate, where they’re going next, and the goals they aim to achieve.
The first cohort to graduate from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance houses more than just dancers. Each has a multifaceted set of interests that allows them a unique career path. Below, and in two other posts, they discuss their intentions for work post-commencement.
Since becoming the first cohort of BFA dance majors to graduate from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, members of the Class of 2019 have started to establish themselves in the dance industry and beyond.
On Dec. 7, USC Kaufman Alumni Affairs hosted “The Next Step: Resources for the Developing Dance Professional” panel event. USC Kaufman alumni and current students attended the event, which discussed topics relevant to starting one’s dance career.