Student Blog

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.

Shea Hancock performing alone on stage.

February 28, 2022

Student Blog: Improv as Composition

Shea Hancock (BFA ’25) shares her DANC 131: Improvisation and Composition experience as Associate Professor of Practice d. Sabela grimes has championed improv as composition. Hancock also describes the lead up to the Fresh Sesh performance, an informal sharing of work from the class.

dancers with their arms outstretched at different angles

December 17, 2021

Student Blog: A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Winter Intensive

The A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Winter Intensive was held at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center from Dec. 6-10, 2021. I knew that this would be an amazing opportunity to reflect on my own creative process while also getting the chance to work with Abraham and his company members. Additionally, the intensive was free to all participants to ensure accessibility for their community; something that I’ve never seen before.

two dancers in a studio, wearing t-shirts and sweatpants

November 11, 2021

Student Blog: Sophomore Choreography Showing

Second-year student Hayden Rivas (BFA ’24) discusses his experience creating a piece for the Sophomore Choreography Showing, in conjunction with the course Improvisation and Composition. The Sophomore Choreography Showing will take place Nov. 17 and 18 at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

girl standing in a dance class wearing a black shirt

November 5, 2021

Student Blog: Day in the life of a fourth year at USC Kaufman

My time at USC Kaufman is coming to a close, but until graduation comes, I will bask in the schedules that have carried me through my years here. A mix of dance technique, rehearsals and academic classes have been the backbone of my days from my first year to now. It is a structure that can be very rigorous, but I have come to love it!

a group of dancers dressed in black and white with a purple background

October 29, 2021

Student Blog: Performing for NBC Sports’ LA Fan Fest

We received an opportunity for USC Kaufman and USC Thornton students to produce and perform a Broadway-inspired song and dance number. The performance would air as part of the NBC Sports LA Fan Fest event taking place at the Coliseum, home to our USC Trojan Football team.

four students in black convocation robes pose for a picture. They are all wearing masks

October 20, 2021

Student Blog: Day in the life of a second year at USC Kaufman

As a BFA student at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, our daily lives are filled with excitement, opportunities and new experiences. With a variety of academics, dance classes, extracurricular activities, social life, events and more, we get to be part of the USC Kaufman family and have an amazing college experience unlike any other in the country.

Peter Chu wearing maroon mask, black sweatshirt, and navy sweatpants

October 15, 2021

Student Blog: Working with Peter Chu

Cameron Cofrancesco (BFA ’22) shared his experience working with guest artist Peter Chu. According to Cofrancesco, “Working with guest artist Peter Chu was a lively and refreshing experience. Chu emphasizes connecting with the body on a deeper level and initiating movement in ways I’ve never been taught before.”

Dancer wearing yellow shirt in front of studio

October 6, 2021

Student Blog: Working with Toyin Sogunro

As part of our Repertory and Performance course this semester, third and fourth-year students get to work with many different guest artists on creating solo material. Elise Monson (BFA ’22) discusses working with guest artist Toyin Sogunro, a Los Angeles-based dance artist from Ladies of Hip-Hop.