Kaufman Portfolio

First-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students applying for our BFA program will each submit slightly different versions of the USC Kaufman Portfolio. The USC Kaufman Portfolio is housed on SlideRoom. All first-year and transfer applicants must also complete the USC Undergraduate Application, which includes the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement (first-year) or Program Materials (transfer). First-year applicants who would like to be considered for USC Merit Scholarships must apply by December 1. The final deadline for first-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students is January 15.

First-year and transfer applicants will access the USC Kaufman Portfolio via the Common Application. When you select ‘KSOD: Dance, BFA’ as your major on the Common Application, you will be asked to confirm that you are applying to a program that requires a portfolio. Select ‘Yes’ to generate a new section titled Portfolio. The link provided in this section will take you to SlideRoom. More importantly, it will connect your USC Undergraduate Application with your USC Kaufman Portfolio. ONLY current USC students should proceed directly to SlideRoom to submit the USC Kaufman Portfolio.

The USC Kaufman Portfolio includes the below components.

Two Video Solos

Present two contrasting solos/excerpts of no more than one minute each. We want you to interpret the word ‘contrasting’ for yourself. Show us your best work, but make sure that you show us your range. You are welcome to submit original choreography, but you do not have to. You may submit site-specific work, freestyling or improvisation, if it makes sense for you. Also, you may include one example of partnering work, as long as you are easy to identify.

We will accept previously recorded performances (must be recent) or newly-shot videos. New videos can be shot in a dance studio, at home or anywhere else with open space. While you need not submit professional videos, we must be able to clearly see you in order to observe your technique and musicality. When filming, make sure that you are in close proximity to the camera while maintaining your full body in frame. Do not submit work that has been edited with jump cuts, dissolves or musical overlays. If you plan to use a phone, please hold the phone horizontally to ensure that the dancer in the video is as large and as clear as possible.

Please note that there is no dress code.

Be sure to provide information about each solo under the Forms section in order and to label your media items appropriately.

Read more about how to nail your video solos.

Three Video Demonstrations

Students must demonstrate Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Ballet—which are normally a part of the live audition–in their portfolios. USC Kaufman faculty have provided classes with online exercises and combinations in each form. Applicants must provide the three self-taped videos demonstrating the assigned exercises and combinations.

Please note the faculty do not expect students to perfect each exercise and combination. Instead, think of the faculty videos as master classes and the exercises and combinations as part of that experience.

Faculty videos are available at ksod.dance/auditiondemos. Music for exercises and combinations is available at ksod.dance/auditionmusic.

The exercises and combinations have been designed knowing that students may have limited space. Just like the video solos, videos can be shot in a dance studio, at home or anywhere else with open space. Unlike the solos, each demo need not be one continuous shot. You can edit the exercises and combinations together. Please note that there is no need to title cards before and in between exercises and combinations.

Be sure to follow all other technical requirements and recommendations listed under solos (above) for shooting these videos.

Find out how to ace your audition demo videos.

Video Response

Upload a 30 to 60 second video responding to this year’s prompt: The mission of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is to empower dance thought leaders through artistry and scholarship. How can art facilitate conversations about social issues?

Check out our tips on mastering your video response.

One Page Dance Resume

The one-page dance resume allows us to understand your dance background. You must follow the format of the USC Kaufman Dance Resume Sample. If you do not yet have the results of your SAT or ACT examinations, please indicate ‘IP’ (for In Progress) followed by the month in which you plan to take the exam. If you do not plan to submit standardized test scores, because USC is test-optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle, please list “will not be submitting.”

Learn more about perfecting your dance resume.

Short Answer

Answer the following question in about 250 words: The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is uniquely positioned as a conservatory embedded within one of the world’s leading private research universities. How will you take advantage of the many academic, artistic and social opportunities available at the university as a whole?

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Two Photographs

You should provide a head shot and action shot. The head shot should allow us to see your face clearly. The action shot should showcase your personality. It will not be evaluated for technique. Professional photographs are not necessary. No group shots please.

Additional details and instructions about each component of the USC Kaufman Portfolio are provided on SlideRoom.

Please contact Anne Aubert-Santelli, Assistant Dean of Admission & Students Services, at (213) 821-6725 or aubertsa@usc.edu if you have any difficulty managing the video requests.