We invite you to give now to help build a legacy of support that will impact students, educators, choreographers and audience members for generations to come.
For a limited time, two extraordinary opportunities exist to be part of “The New Movement” in perpetuity here at USC Kaufman: the Founder’s Circle (scholarship gifts) and Naming Opportunities. For ongoing support, you can also join our two premier membership programs and enjoy exciting benefits throughout the year: the Dean’s Circle and Friends of Kaufman.
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“We are creating a new and visionary school that will be at the forefront of developing dancers, choreographers and dance leaders. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance promises to transform the landscape of dance, making an impact on a national scale through its development of a New Movement model and its collaboration with leading artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. We invite you to partner in an enduring legacy that will support generations of talented students in their intellectual and artistic development.”
–Robert Cutietta, Dean
During the fall semester the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s community engagement initiative, Kaufman Connections, forged on despite having to adapt to an online format. In addition to engaging community artists, the program organized a virtual hip-hop dance celebration for 32nd Street Elementary School students and their families.
Today we celebrate Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving and support for the organizations and causes closest to our hearts. Here at USC Kaufman, we celebrate our students, their artistry and the life transforming educational opportunity provided by the USC Kaufman Dance Scholarship Fund and donors like you.
This fall, USC Kaufman awarded three students from the Class of 2024 with scholarships made possible through donor support, including two Glorya Kaufman Scholars and the recipient of the Felix Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Four USC Kaufman Board of Councilors members, Robert Braun, Bryn DeBeikes, Ellie Kitta and Brad Tabach-Bank, have agreed to pool their support and match up to $40,000 for every dollar raised to support scholarship before the start of the fall semester.
This February, more than 20 USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance supporters gathered in New York City to attend the revival of West Side Story on Broadway, in which alumni Satori Folkes-Stone (BFA ’19) and Madison Vomastek (BFA ’19) are cast members.
USC Trustee Rod Nakamoto and his wife Elsie have made a gift to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance to create The Rod and Elsie Nakamoto Endowed Student Travel Fund. This fund will support student travel related to their studies, including performance opportunities for USC Kaufman, with an emphasis on international travel.
Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by community and collaboration, is December 3. Today we ask for your support of the USC Kaufman Scholarship Fund. This fund helps ensure that every academic year we bring together the most dynamic group of students possible.
This month, Glorya Kaufman received The Next Frontier of Dance Governance Honor at the 2019 World Choreography Awards. She was recognized for building global awareness of dance through her philanthropic efforts.
Jim and Sherrie Evans have been supporters of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance since their son Brendan (BFA ’20) became a student at the school in 2016. They shared a bit about themselves and their USC Kaufman story.
From Thursday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 3 USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance students and their families enjoyed a wide range of activities hosted on the USC campus for Trojan Family Weekend 2019.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, Dean Robert Cutietta welcomed USC Kaufman students and donors to attend the school’s First Annual Endowed Scholarship Brunch at Redbird restaurant at Downtown L.A.’s historic St. Vibianas.
As a new benefit, Dean’s Circle members at the Demi-Soloist level ($2,500) and above will have access to purchase VIP tickets to any of the four performances. They’ll also receive an invitation to our opening night party on April 17, 2020.
Natasha Liu joins the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance as Associate Director of Individual Giving. We spoke with her a little bit about joining our team, and her role as a part of the USC Kaufman family.
Patrick, B.S. ’72, and Bonnie Fuscoe have given $10 million to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and $1 million each to the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and USC School of Cinematic Arts, respectively. Their gift honors the Fuscoes’ lifetime commitment to USC.
This fall, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance enters its second year of Kaufman Connections. This partnership with 32nd Street Elementary School offers a 24-week, hip-hop dance program led by USC Kaufman BFA students, who are also known as “teaching artists.”
June 30 is an important annual deadline. It is the end of our fiscal year and a time where we reflect on the school’s many accomplishments, thanks to the generosity of our annual supporters and friends. With only one week left in fiscal year 2019, we hope you will consider donating to fund critical scholarships for incoming and current USC Kaufman students.
On Saturday, April 27, USC Kaufman Board of Councilors members, Founder’s Circle members, faculty, staff and the graduating BFA Class of 2019 joined together to celebrate the school’s meteoric rise since its grand opening in the fall of 2015.
Robert N. Braun, M.D., the newest member of the USC Kaufman Board of Councilors, is a well-established patron of the arts. Using his experience in these organizations, Braun will work alongside Dean Robert Cutietta and other board members to advance USC Kaufman’s mission.
On March 23, 2019, USC supporters Pasha and Laney Thornton hosted an Artists’ Salon for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music at their private residence in San Francisco.
From February 22-26, a group of USC Kaufman Board of Councilors and supporters traveled across the country to celebrate the School’s New York City Debut at the historic Joyce Theater.
Herman and Rasiej became Founder’s Circle members at USC Kaufman with the establishment of The Joan E. Herman and Richard Rasiej Endowed Dance Scholarship in 2017. Read more about these Founder’s Circle members in this Q&A with Herman.
Glorya Kaufman’s commitment to dance is no secret—from universities to performing arts venues nationwide, her philanthropic gestures have supported institutions in the dance community for years. This year, she continues her support with a new gift of tuition scholarships for BFA students.
Kaufman Connections is a new initiative for community engagement, whose pilot program is partnering with 32nd Street Elementary School on a 24-week, hip-hop dance program led by USC Kaufman BFA students.
Robin Robinson is an enthusiastic dance advocate, USC alumna and California native whose love for dance dates all the way back to age three. Read more about Robinson in this Q&A.
USC Kaufman BFA students performed at Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. The final performance was followed by a reception at the beachfront home of Nancy and Mike Meyer.
On Sept. 10, USC Kaufman supporters and friends gathered in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center for an evening featuring faculty member William Forsythe and Artist in Residence Jermaine Spivey. The evening kicked off with a wine reception in the conference room followed by a seated dinner in the Turquoise Studio.
Christine Rhoades is a broker and owner of Ocean Real Estates Inc., founded in 1981. She has long been a member of the Trojan family: her sister and daughter both graduated from USC, and father William Lyon served on the Board of Trustees for several years and received an honorary doctorate degree from the university.
Both a USC Kaufman parent and a member of the Dean’s Circle, Amy Wu has been a donor since 2015. Her daughter, Stephanie Dai, is a member of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class, which will graduate this spring. Read more about Wu in the Q&A below.
On April 4, 2018, USC Kaufman supporters, friends and artists joined together for a special reception following the opening performance of Caught in the Chamber: A Music and Dance Concert-in-Process with yMusic. The performance and reception took place in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
This spring, Ellie Kitta becomes the newest member of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors. As a board member, her aim will be to advance the school’s development alongside Dean Robert Cutietta, Vice Dean Jodie Gates and the USC Kaufman staff.
Kitta has always been passionate about dance, given that her father was a professional dancer with the Igor Moiseyev Ballet. She also received classical ballet training while growing up in Moscow, Russia, which she continues to practice today.
On Jan. 22, artistic advisor William Forsythe and artist in residence Victor Quijada joined USC Kaufman friends and donors for dinner and conversation with faculty, staff, and BFA dance students. The reception took place in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
This fall, three new members joined the USC Kaufman Board of Councilors: Gale Luce, Sue Tsao, and Ann Gianopulos. As a part of the board, they will work with Dean Robert Cutietta and the USC Kaufman staff to advance the school’s development.