At USC Kaufman, the collaborative environment fosters constant interaction among faculty and peers, and allows opportunities to engage with USC’s international and diverse community. Students have the option to join student-run organizations or collectives, participate in the Student Advisory Board, serve as Kaufman Student Ambassadors and much more. Many BFA students also work for USC Kaufman in operations, production, student services, advancement and communications.
Students can choose from several activities at USC to enrich their lives beyond the classroom. These opportunities include joining one or several of USC’s 850 student clubs and organizations, as well as attending free cultural events such as Visions & Voices. Students can also participate in wellness classes like yoga and meditation, enjoy recreational sports, become a part of USC Greek life, use campus workout facilities and support a variety of USC Trojan sports teams.
In a cultural hub like Los Angeles, students have the ability to venture off-campus and enjoy food, art, nature and culture. Students often take public transportation to local beaches or use ride-share services to explore what the city has to offer- from outdoor concerts to live show tapings. Los Angeles’ robust entertainment industry offers a range of commercial dance opportunities for which students can audition. Students can also take classes at nearby Hollywood dance studios. The concert scene is just as vibrant in Los Angeles. Local and international dance companies perform at nearby venues, giving students even more opportunities to experience professional dance firsthand.
USC Kaufman offers a multitude of leadership opportunities. BFA dance majors can represent their class in the Student Advisory Board, teach young students in the community, work with administration, or facilitate their own senior project. We asked a few students about their leadership roles here at USC Kaufman.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance offers students a multitude of job opportunities that complement our busy schedules and varied interests. On-campus jobs are a great way to build a resume and make some money while in school. USC Kaufman often hires students with Work Study (determined by financial aid), as well as students who are studying dance.
This Thursday, in celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s famous novel, several USC Kaufman BFA students will perform in Alumni Park as a part of “Frankenstein Re-Animated.” USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative presents and organizes the immersive piece.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance BFA program was conceived with a conservatory-style emphasis on dance, but is embedded in a top-tier university. What exactly does this mean? BFA students at USC Kaufman take on technique, repertory, improvisation, and composition. Simultaneously, they meet the general education requirements of the university.
By Olivia Euritt
This past December, I had the opportunity to film for the third session of the Netflix television series, GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling). Growing up, I had always dreamt of being on television. I can now say that my dream has come true–well, not quite yet. The episode I danced in will appear in the third season, coming this spring around April.
Backstreet Boys’ new “Chances” music video features two USC Kaufman BFA students, Madison Vomastek and Jake Tribus. The dancers lead the video’s plot through a train station and into a whirling duet number. Madison recounts her experience in this student blog post.
Emma Portner is everywhere this season: she’s working with New York City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, she’s on the cover of Dance Magazine, and she just finished a commission for Fondation Beyeler—a dance film called “Femme Debout.” If you look closely, you’ll be able to pick out a familiar face among the five dancers: Jordan Johnson, USC Kaufman class of 2019, helped create the work and performed in it alongside Portner.
By Paulo Hernandez-Farella
While at USC, I have been pursuing a BFA in Dance, as one of 33 inaugural students who will be graduating in the spring of 2019. But what is incredibly unique about USC is that the incredible technical excellence instilled in every student is matched by the academia taught in world-famous research institution. Amongst my peers, there are students pursuing multiple tracks simultaneously to their BFA in dance: pre-law tracks, pre-med tracks, minors in computer science, minors in business or economics, and some students are even beginning their Master’s in different fields.