University of Southern California

USC Kaufman School of Dance

Established in 2012, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance offers students a rigorous curriculum within a conservatory style environment. Students have opportunities to study and collaborate with world-renowned artists. USC Kaufman welcomes its inaugural cohort of BFA candidates in fall 2015. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is the newest school at the University of Southern California. Founded in 2012 by a transformational gift from visionary philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, whose commitment to dance and dance education is widely celebrated in both the United States and abroad, USC Kaufman offers a wide variety of classes in a range of dance styles, from ballet to hip hop, contemporary dance and ballroom. Classes are available to all USC students.

Beginning in fall 2015, USC Kaufman will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to a select number of highly competitive undergraduate students. This four-year degree will be housed in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016. Applications to the BFA program are due December 1 of each year.

The BFA curriculum is designed to prepare students to be artists, innovators and entrepreneurs. The hallmark of USC Kaufman will be the development of a new movement model for dance, where intersecting dance techniques create hybrid forms to be expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography. USC Kaufman provides students with foundational insight into the creative process, nurtures personal intellectual and artistic development, offers a robust performance repertory and emphasizes the importance of conditioning for dancers and physical wellness. An unparalleled world-class faculty facilitates student interaction with renowned, practicing artists; engages students in interdisciplinary projects; and prepares students for successful futures by providing strategic career venture skills. With opportunities for interdisciplinary study interwoven into the curriculum, students are able to explore collaborations and innovations with established partners, including Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center and the Cedars-Sinai Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center.

USC Kaufman offers minors in dance, which serve as thought provoking supplements to major fields of study in other departments and schools. Students may minor in (1) Dance or (2) Dance in Popular Culture: Hip Hop, Urban and Social Dances. Information about how to apply for a dance minor is available at kaufman.usc.edu. Students interested in pursuing a minor in dance in USC Kaufman will be counseled by both an academic adviser and a faculty mentor.

As one of the world’s creative capitals, Los Angeles offers a wealth of opportunities to students, from conducting internships to performing and collaborating with artists across the city.

USC Kaufman School of Dance
837 Downey Way, STO 327
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851
(213) 740-9327
Email: uscdance@usc.edu

Administration

Robert A. Cutietta, D.Ed., Dean

Jodie Gates, Vice Dean and Director

Faculty

Professor: Jodie Gates

Professor and Artistic Adviser: William Forsythe

Associate Professor: Margo Apostolos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice: Patrick Corbin, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice: E. Moncell Durden

Assistant Professor of Practice: Jackie Kopcsak, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice: Thomas McManus

Lecturers: Jesus Fuentes; d. Sabela Grimes; Saleemah Knight; Angeliki Papadakis

Artists in Residence: Zippora Karz; Fionna Lummis; Victor Quijada; Desmond Richardson