Student Blog

a group of BFA students pose onstage in Furth, Germany

August 15, 2022

Student Blog: USC Kaufman’s European Debut

USC Kaufman performed at the Stadttheater Fürth for their European debut. Colin Heino (BFA ’23) talks about the experience: “dancing at the Stadttheater Fürth taught me not only about what it feels like to tour and dance abroad, but also about myself and the artist I want to become. I will cherish this memory for the rest of my life.”

Valerie Chen and Diego Lopez dancing in a USC Kaufman studio.

July 18, 2022

Student Blog: Making a Music Video

As a USC Kaufman student, we are always encouraged to go beyond our practices and incorporate multi-disciplinary studies into our projects. With this in mind, I talked with some of my peers because I wanted to create something that would have students from across USC participate in a collaborative project that could emphasize creativity, unity and exploration with all these disciplines in mind.

USC Kaufman students perform on stage.

June 30, 2022

Student Blog: USC Kaufman students prepare to perform in Germany

Jenna Meilman (BFA ‘23) and Jessalyn Ward (BFA ‘23) will perform July 21-23, 2022 at the Stadttheater Fürth in Fürth, Germany with recent USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance graduates and fellow classmates. As they prepare, they share their experiences on the three-week rehearsal process leading up to the USC Kaufman Debut in Germany.

BFA students pose on the steps of a building

June 10, 2022

Student Blog: Leaving Inspired by Dance in Berlin

Lauren Brophy (BFA ’23) and several of her peers recently traveled to Berlin, Germany for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Maymester. This year’s program was led by professors Bruce McCormick and Thomas McManus, who both have lived in Germany. In this student blog, Lauren shares her experience seeing live performances in Germany and reflects on the three-week course.

Ashton Benn posing for a photo in Berlin, Germany

June 2, 2022

Student Blog: Learning About Culture and History in Berlin

Ashton Benn (BFA ’24) and several other BFA students just finished their second week in Berlin, Germany as part of USC Kaufman’s Maymester. In this student blog, Ashton shares what she hopes to discover about herself through her travels and reflects on her first impressions of Berlin, including taking class at Radialsystem studios.

a group of BFA students pose for a photo

May 25, 2022

Student Blog: Being Immersed in the Berlin Arts Scene

Hayden Rivas (BFA ’24) is currently in Berlin, Germany on a Maymester with the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. This three-week long course is led by USC Kaufman professors Thomas McManus and Bruce McCormick. During the trip, BFA students will have the opportunity to attend dance classes, watch opera and avant-garde performance viewings, and take architecture tours, among other cultural experiences.

Brian Friedman pointing with his right arm outstretched

May 4, 2022

Student Blog: Master Class with Brian Friedman

Last month, BFA students at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance had the honor of taking a master class with the world-renowned dancer and choreographer Brian Friedman. This opportunity was a way for us to have hands-on experience in the commercial dance industry.

Shea Hancock performing alone on stage.

March 26, 2022

Student Blog: A Day in the Life of a First Year BFA Student

As I am wrapping up my first year as a BFA dance major, I am able to reflect on all of the incredible experiences I have had.  I am so grateful for the people and memories USC Kaufman has bought into my life and I cannot wait for the next three years. Here is a rundown of a day in my life as a first-year BFA student!

Ashton Benn performing on stage.

March 22, 2022

Student Blog: Choreographers and Composers Spring 2022

One of the main appeals of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is the unique experience to collaborate with other artists in the broader USC community. In this student blog, Ashton Benn (BFA ’24) discusses Choreographers and Composers and how it offers students the opportunity to integrate different disciplines while working closely with their peers.

a group of dancers pose for a photo after a show

March 2, 2022

Student Blog: Class of 2022 Senior Spotlights

The Senior Spotlights showcase included group pieces, duets and solos of varying styles from ballet to commercial jazz. The purpose of this showcase was to invite industry professionals to watch the graduating class in an intimate setting. After the showing, there was a reception to allow dancers and guests to mingle.