Classes for All USC Students

The below courses at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are open to all. Courses listed may satisfy one or both minors. Complete information about courses of instruction is available through the USC Course Catalogue.

Technique Courses (2 units each)

USC Kaufman offers the following technique courses in multiple levels, as denoted by the lettering “a, b, c, d”.

  • DANC 181abc Contemporary Dance
  • DANC 183abcd Ballet
  • DANC 184abc Jazz Dance
  • DANC 185ab Hip-Hop Dance
  • DANC 186 Afro-Cuban Dance
  • DANC 187 Bollywood Dance
  • DANC 188ab International Style Ballroom Dance
  • DANC 189ab Tap Dance

Students with previous dance experience may place into intermediate (b-level), intermediate/advanced (c-level) or advanced (d-level) courses. Such students may complete and return a Prerequisite Waiver Form—which requires approval by the instructor. If the instructor is not on campus during the time of the request, students may fill out the student portion of the form and return it along with a dance resume or detailed description of their dance training.

All forms should be submitted to Cameo Beard, Student Services Advisor, at

General Education Courses (4 units each)

DANC 212g Dance in Popular Culture

Carries GE-A Arts credit

Examination of the role of dance in popular culture in a studio setting. Practical studies in styles and their evolution in recreational and professional settings.

DANC 280g Dance as an Art Form

Carries GE-A Arts credit

Gateway to the minor in dance. An interdisciplinary overview of dance relating to the aesthetic and art in various subjects. Applications of the elements of dance studies, art criticism, and viewing productions to explore topic such as architecture, photography, poetry, technology, cinematic arts, sports, medicine, and more.

DANC 302g Hip Hop Don’t Stop: Exploring Black Vernacular Dance

Carries GE-A Arts credit

Introduction to the history and practice of Urban Folk Dance including hip hop, freestyle, street dance and the relevant social dances of the 20th century.

DANC 312gw African American Dance

Carries GE-A Arts credit and GE-G Citizenship in a Diverse World credit

Exploration of the discursive foundations, political motivations, and aesthetic strategies of dance writers and artists whose works have enabled the category of “black dance.”

DANC 333gw Origins of Jazz Dance

Carries GE-A Arts and GE-G Citizenship in a Diverse World credit

Examining the role that vernacular dance and music play in the creation of Jazz Dance, taught in lecture format; practical studies in Jazz Dance, from recreational to professional settings.

DANC 342gp International and Historical Perspectives in Dance

Carries GE-B Humanistic Inquiry and GE-H Traditions & Historical Perspectives credit for majors and minors

Exploration of dance as an art form in its artistic, political, and sociocultural climate. Studies of the continuum of dance within its historical context.

DANC 363g Dancing on the Screen

Carries GE-A Arts credit

The study of dance in movies, television, the internet, mobile devices and new media. Examining dance on screen, influenced by storytelling, camera technology and editing.

Additional Courses

DANC 107 World Perspective on Dance Performance  – 2 units

The practice and aesthetics of international dance styles through lecture and participant-driven interaction.

DANC 171 Commercial Dance: Professional Dance Preparation  – 2 units

Designed to explore the commercial dance industry in Los Angeles and provide specific tools in preparation for auditions, on-screen performances, and interactions with agents.

DANC 175 Choreography for the Screen  – 2 units

Creative choreography of theatrical dance for the screen. Emphasis on rhythmic analysis, versatility, composition, notation techniques, and stylizing.

DANC 191 Gaga: Dancers  – 1 to 2 units

Explore the movement language, rooted in guided improvisation, developed by Ohad Naharin of Batsheva Dance Company. Previous dance experience is required.

DANC 285 Elements of Dance Production  – 4 units

Theoretical aspects of creativity, choreography, accompaniment, dance notation, and production; application in individual and group composition.

DANC 305 Dance and New Media – 1 unit

An introduction to existing and emerging technologies used in creating and delivering dance works.

DANC 362 Pilates Mat Training  – 2 units

Mat exercises designed to promote healthy movement practices, develop strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.

DANC 385 Choreography and Performance – 2 units

The study of compositional methods and approaches to developing choreographic ideas. Practice and examination includes the integration of improvisational techniques as a means to generate movement ideas and expand movement vocabulary, edit choreographic material, and constructively evaluate and execute choreography and performance.

DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community – 4 units

Exploration of artistic entrepreneurial mechanisms to initiate innovative endeavors in the professional dance world which are relevant to today’s culture, communities, customs, and business landscape.

DANC 452 Dancing with Words – 4 units

Development of descriptive and analytical skills for dance writing (journalism, education, scholarship, audience development, marketing) and refinement of social-media expertise to connect with relevant audiences.

DANC 482 Choreography for Television – 4 units

Creative choreography of theatrical dance for television. Emphasis on rhythmic analysis, versatility, composition, notation techniques, and stylizing.

DANC 483 Dance Performance – 2 units

Preparation, rehearsal, and performance of experimental choreography in main stage repertory.