Student Blog

two dancers rehearsing in a studio

April 15, 2019

Student Blog: “Whelm” creation with Bret Easterling

USC Kaufman’s Class of 2022 has been hard at work with faculty member and choreographer Bret Easterling. Easterling is currently creating a new work on these dancers. Here, four freshman dancers discuss their processes in the studio, workshopping “Whelm.”

dancers wearing black pants and light tops in studio

April 8, 2019

Student Blog: My Freshman Experience

There is something so special about freshman year. New friends, new teachers, new roommates… Everything is new! As exciting as it is, the thought of it can also be daunting. For many people, it is their first time living away from their families and going to school with strangers. But at USC Kaufman, these strangers soon become family.

Students posing in hotel

March 26, 2019

Student Blog: Looking back at our NYC Debut

Jackie Schiffner (BFA ’19) recaps her experience in New York City, which included USC Kaufman’s debut at The Joyce Theater and a student choreography showing at New York Live Arts.

boy dancing in front of opaque window

March 1, 2019

Student Blog: Rumba ‘Til Tomorrow in London

By Téa Devereaux

Last month, three sophomore dance majors and I traveled to London to work with musicians for collaboration, exploration, and choreographic purposes at Trinity Laban’s CoLab program. We each took on a different project, participating in four projects total. I worked on Rumba Til’ Tomorrow, which focused on the cultural dance rumba.

Woman in sideways lunge with arm out

February 25, 2019

Student Blog: Dancing on camera for GLOW

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.

Young dancers holding hands on stage at dance convention

January 28, 2019

Student Blog: Assisting dance conventions

USC Kaufman BFA student Wyeth Walker talks about attending and assisting at dance conventions, and how his experience has shaped him as a dancer.

seven dancers pose wearing holiday-themed head bands

December 14, 2018

Student Blog: So You Think You Can Rep?

It is a USC Kaufman tradition that our Repertory and Performance final entails what we like to call “So You Think You Can Rep.” BFA freshman Eli Alford explains the tradition and his first year participating.

Boy lifting girl in long dress.

November 15, 2018

Student Blog: Starring in Backstreet Boys’ “Chances” video

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.

Dancers in a studio with choreographer at the front, directing.

November 13, 2018

Student Blog: Finding natural balance with Matthew Neenan

By Aurora Vaughan

The opportunity to work with Matthew Neenan for three weeks during his residency was a dream come true. This semester I have been nursing an injury, and since I wasn’t dancing throughout the beginning of the process, I was lucky enough to be his rehearsal director.