BFA students have multiple opportunities to perform throughout their time at USC Kaufman. In addition to mid-semester showings and end-of-semester showcases, dancers have performed at university and community events.
Repertory & Performance
Throughout the academic year, dancers study and practice traditional and contemporary repertory with an intentional emphasis on stylistic approach, performance quality, role development and the dancer as a collaborator in the creative process. Core repertory includes work by master choreographers such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián. Previous repertory has also included work by renowned artists such as Dwight Rhoden, Alejandro Cerrudo and Crystal Pite, as well as new works by Artists in Residence and core faculty. BFA performances take place in the Large Performance Studio at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, USC’s Bing Theatre and off-campus venues. Students also have the opportunity to present their choreography at least once a semester.
Artists and choreographers from major companies often visit USC Kaufman. BFA students have performed with Hubbard Street II at the USC Fisher Museum of Art as part of Lita Albequerque’s 20/20: Accelerando installation, and have shared the stage with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Bill T. Jones and with Jon Boogz through USC’s Visions & Voices program.
Other guest choreographers have included Hope Boykin, Matthew Neenan, Sonya Tayeh, Andrew Winghart, Christopher Scott and Jessica Lee Keller—who have all created new works on our students.
There are many opportunities for special, one-time performances. Students performed at the opening of the USC Village, the halftime show of USC Trojan Football games, the USC Trustee Conference in Santa Barbara, the USC Global Conference in Tokyo and the USC Arts Showcase as part of the inauguration of President Carol L. Folt.
There is also no shortage of off-campus performance opportunities. USC Kaufman BFA students have performed locally at LACMA and The Broad Stage, nationally at The Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally at Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico. They have also performed at events including the Laguna Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival and the World Choreography Awards, among others.