At the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, BFA dance majors participate in several types of performances. In addition to the fall works in progress showings and spring concerts, performance opportunities are abound.
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 Matthew Neenan, Sonya Tayeh, 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 in a flash mob-style work choreographed by faculty member Christian Vincent. Other USC-related opportunities have included performing at the halftime show of USC Trojan Football games—which is an annual tradition—as well as the USC Trustee’s Conference and the USC Global Conference in Tokyo.
BFA sophomores participate in an annual collaboration with composition students at the USC Thornton School of Music. Each small group of dancers is matched with a composer, who writes an original score for new work choreographed by our students. Learn more about Choreographers and Composers.
There is also no shortage of off-campus performance opportunities. USC Kaufman BFA students participated in the Fall for Forsythe event in 2016, when faculty member William Forsythe selected dancers to participate in a live installation at LACMA and a lecture/demonstration on campus. In addition, they perform each year at Vice Dean and Artistic Director Gates’ Laguna Dance Festival and Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico. In 2019, BFA students performed at the iconic Joyce Theater in New York City. In 2020, they will perform at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
These are just some of the many performance opportunities that are available to USC Kaufman students. Additionally, many students participate in informal collaborations with students in other programs—for the stage and screen. Some also perform as members of USC dance clubs. With so many modes of performances, students can enjoy stage time in several settings.