Performance Opportunities

Repertory & Performance

Throughout the academic year, BFA students 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. Previous repertory includes works by George Balanchine, Hope Boykin, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite, and Dwight Rhoden, 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, theatres throughout campus and off-campus venues. Students also have the opportunity to present their choreography at least once a semester, starting second semester of their first year.

Guest Artists

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, Christopher Scott, Sonya Tayeh, and Andrew Winghart,—who have all created new works on our students.

Special Events

There are many opportunities for special, one-time USC 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 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts. They have also performed at nearby events, including the Laguna Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival and the World Choreography Awards, among others. Finally, they have performed nationally at The Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Los Cabos, Mexico, London, England, Tokyo, Japan and, most recently, Fürth, Germany.