Student Blog

a dancer on stage. A man plays a grand piano in the back and another man speaks into a microphone on the right

October 14, 2022

Student Blog: Diversifying Training with Cross Techniques

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance continues to seek to transform dance. One goal that our community continues to work towards is the idea of “The New Movement.” USC Kaufman explores addressing this idea through a hybrid and collaborative approach. One way the school allows students to explore the idea of “hybridity” is through the module of cross techniques.

Marcel Cavaliere in a handstand during a cypher

October 13, 2022

Student Blog: An Artist’s Guide to Navigating GE Courses

In contrast to other conservatory college programs in the country, the course schedule at USC Kaufman looks very different. Throughout the journey as a student here, we are required to take General Education (GE) courses. These courses offer a wide range of subjects, from topics of social analysis to different branches of scientific study. Along with extensive classes centered around dance as an art form, these required GE courses act as a foundation for USC Kaufman’s BFA degree.

B-boy Neguin in a handstand

September 27, 2022

Student Blog: Breaking master class

B-boy Neguin, a breaking champion known all over the world, came to USC Kaufman to teach three master classes. Jonathan Cubides (BFA ’24) talks about his experience taking the classes and how Neguin’s unique teaching approach inspired him to continue elevating his breaking practice.

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.