Student Blog

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.


June 25, 2018

Student Blog: Chaperoning at Hubbard Street

By Olivia Euritt

Over these past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of being a chaperone for the Advanced Hubbard Street Intensive here at USC. Not only was this an incredible opportunity to take advantage of the many classes they had to offer with a diverse grouping of professors, but also to understand some of the logistics that are required to execute a successful experience for young teens in dance. 


June 16, 2018

Student Blog: At home in the Los Angeles Maymester

By Dylan Balka

In our first LA Maymester lecture with professor Patrick Corbin, we were asked to make a sense of what dance provides to the county of Los Angeles, and how it influences people beyond its borders. We learned that the foundation of modern dance began in Southern California, with the debut of the Denishawn School in MacArthur Park, which gave way to many greats such as Martha Graham and Jack Cole.


June 11, 2018

Student Blog: A closer look at the Paris Maymester

By Sloan Pecchia

A little over one hundred thirty miles. That was how far I walked over the three weeks that I was in Paris, France. And that’s having minimized my trip to the amount I walked–each mile was filled with museum tours, shopping, and lots of bread and ice cream.


May 27, 2018

Student Blog: Our own salon in Paris

By Celine Kiner

Between a trip to the Palais Garnier for an incredible program of new works (on none other than the Paris Opéra Ballet, of course) and a dazzling visit to the Louvre, my trip to Paris would have been complete. Those two experiences alone covered bucket-list items and more, and with a private backstage tour of the Garnier, I was awed completely by the rich history of Parisian art.


May 18, 2018

Student Blog: Exactitude in the spring performance

By Whitney Hester

The Spring Dance Performance is not only exciting because it means the end of a semester of classes, but also the end of an entire year. It’s crazy to think that I have been here for two years already–they have gone by so fast. Two years down, and two more to go!