Student Blog

five dancers standing with their left arms lifted above their heads

November 7, 2018

Student Blog: Dignifying your lens with Marjani Fortè-Saunders

One of four new Artists in Residence at USC Kaufman this semester, Marjani Fortè-Saunders just finished her first three weeks in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. BFA student Ardyn Flynt details her experience working with Fortè-Saunders in the studio. 

Dancers in all black on a dark stage.

October 24, 2018

Student Blog: “Busking” with Aszure Barton

Over the course of a week, a few of my fellow USC Kaufman students and I had the opportunity to collaborate with Aszure Barton on her work Busk. Since Jonathan Alsberry staged the work on us last spring, we knew the choreography and were able to dig a little big deeper this time around, especially now that Aszure is an artist in residence.


October 2, 2018

Student Blog: Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante

USC Kaufman BFA students learn one of George Balanchine’s ballets from repetiteur Zippora Karz about once each semester; since our sophomores, juniors, and seniors are already well-acquainted with her process, we asked two BFA freshmen to write about their experience learning Allegro Brillante this month. Maria Rosenberg and Benjamin Peralta each give their take on the neoclassical work, set to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

September 14, 2018

Student Blog: Training and “Ten Duets”

By Rachel Harris

What better way to start the semester than by auditioning and working with Kidd Pivot company member Jermaine Spivey to learn Crystal Pite’s “Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue”? 


August 31, 2018

Student Blog: Revisiting Forsythe’s “Enemy in the Figure”

By Kaylin Sturtevant

This past summer was one of my most exciting so far–I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to travel to Vancouver, British Colombia and assist Professor Thomas McManus in re-staging a work by William Forsythe on acclaimed company Ballet BC.

Mark Daftari and Coco Alvarez-Mena

August 20, 2018

Student Blog: AXIS Connect in Los Angeles

By Coco Alvarez-Mena and Mark Daftari

Several USC Kaufman students are attending this year’s AXIS Connect intensive, led by Barton Movement–its first half, in Los Angeles, took place in USC Kaufman’s studios, where they feel right at home. Below, two rising BFA seniors describe their experiences from week one.

Patrick Corbin

August 16, 2018

Student Blog: Training in Taylor

By Ardyn Flynt

Patrick Corbin is, well, a joy. To take his class in the context of the Paul Taylor intensive at USC Kaufman was to spiral, contract, undercurve and giggle at the antics between him and fellow Taylor company alumna, Rachel.


July 23, 2018

Student Blog: Gaga at Jacob’s Pillow

By Evan Sagadencky

Deciding which summer intensive is just right for you is extremely difficult. When I found out that Jacob’s Pillow would be hosting a Gaga program with Ohad Naharin himself, Batsheva – The Young Ensemble and the current USC Kaufman faculty member Bret Easterling, I knew that I had to attend.


July 9, 2018

Student Blog: Springboard Danse Montreal

By Satori Folkes-Stone

I can’t remember when I first heard about Springboard Danse Montreal, but it’s been floating around in my head for years as the summer program; an untouchable, exclusive, high-caliber, career-defining experience. Naturally this fantastical conceptualization made getting in and finally attending the program feel ridiculously incomprehensible.

USC Kaufman BFA students in class | Photo by Heather Toner

July 4, 2018

Student Blog: From the stage to the (Music Center) office

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.