University of Southern California

USC Kaufman School of Dance

Established in 2012, the USC Kaufman School of Dance offers students a rigorous curriculum with a conservatory environment and opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned artists in Los Angeles. The Kaufman School welcomes its inaugural cohort of BFA candidates in fall 2015.

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is the newest school to debut at the University of Southern California. Founded in 2012 by a transformational gift from Glorya Kaufman, a visionary Los Angeles philanthropist whose commitment to dance is celebrated nationwide, the Kaufman School offers a wide variety of classes in a multitude of dance styles from hip hop to ballroom to ballet. These classes are open to all USC students. The Kaufman School offers minors in dance as supplements to major fields of specialization in other departments and schools. Students may minor in dance or dance in popular culture: hip hop, urban and social dances. Information about how to apply for any dance minor is available at kaufman.usc.edu. Candidates for minors offered by the Kaufman School will be counseled by an academic and faculty adviser in the school.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Kaufman School will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to a very select number of undergraduates who wish to pursue dance as their major. This four-year degree will be housed in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, which is now under construction. Applications for the BFA will be accepted in the fall of 2014.

The BFA curriculum is designed to prepare the artist, innovator and the entrepreneur. The hallmark of USC Kaufman is the development of a new movement model for dance, intersecting dance techniques and creating a hybrid form that will be expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography for the 21st century. USC Kaufman provides foundational insight, intellectual and artistic development, a robust performance repertory, exposure to world-renowned practicing artists, interdisciplinary projects, conditioning for dancers and strategic career venture skills. With opportunities for interdisciplinary study interwoven into the curriculum, students are able to explore collaborations and innovations with established partners.

As one of the world’s creative capitals, Los Angeles offers a wealth of opportunity for students to intern, perform and collaborate with artists across the city. Students of USC Kaufman will have unprecedented access to visiting dance companies in residence at the Los Angeles Music Center as part of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. As the preeminent school of dance in the western United States, USC Kaufman combines a conservatory environment and the academic rigor of a major private research institution, along with a robust non-major program.

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

Associate Professor: Margo Apostolos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice: Jackie Kopcsak, MFA

Lecturers: Jesus Fuentes; Miranda Garrison; Alexander Greschenko; D. Sabela Grimes; Saleemah Knight; Angeliki Papadakis; Bradley Rapier; Kenji Yamaguchi

General Information

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The first freshman class will enroll fall 2015. The BFA is a four-year intensive program in preparation for a career in dance, choreography for stage and cinematic arts, music and/or related fields of pursuit. With core curriculum courses, advised electives and a wide variety of media from which to choose, the BFA provides ample opportunity to explore and develop a strong personal vision in dance.

Introductory courses focus on technique, performance and composition, while building a solid grounding in history and critical theory. Advanced students continue work in technique and performance and also pursue individual interests under the guidance and mentoring of individual faculty members. Emphasis in the last year is on the development of a professional quality production in performance, choreography, music, media, scholarship or entrepreneurial enterprise.

In the junior and senior years, USC Kaufman students will explore one of three concentrations: Dance Performance, Choreography for Stage and Cinematic Arts, or Dance and Music. They will be mentored by faculty and assisted by academic advisers in selecting electives that support their personal and professional goals.

Dance Performance Concentration

The Dance Performance concentration is designed for students who are interested in a career as a professional dancer or in other performance mediums. This emphasis will provide students with the skill sets to succeed in a variety of entertainment positions. Students will work with artists and scholars in the field, learning essential tools needed for a successful career in dance performance.

Dance and Music Concentration

The Dance and Music concentration provides students with a unique perspective on dance by combining dance training with substantial study in music. Courses in songwriting and music history, as well as instrumental and vocal lessons, will equip students interested in choreography or dance performance with the knowledge to explore careers in the music and larger entertainment industries.

Choreography for Stage and Cinematic Arts Concentration

The Choreography for Stage and Cinematic Arts concentration is designed to guide students who are interested in the field of dance for the stage, motion pictures, television, digital media and animation. Students will also be mentored in experimental types of new dance media both as individual performers and in collaboration with other visual and performing artists.

General Requirements

Dance training in one or more dance styles at an intermediate or advanced level of technique. Dance styles recommended are ballet, classic modern, hip-hop, classic jazz and contemporary. Proficiency in ballet and /or hip-hop dance is recommended.

Applicants must submit the Kaufman School of Dance Supplementary Application, which includes a video recording and detailed dance resume. All final applicants will also complete a live audition and interview. Specific audition requirements, along with other entrance requirements, are reviewed on an annual basis and published in the Admission section online at kaufman.usc.edu. A more detailed video recording may be submitted in lieu of a live audition for international students.

Curriculum Requirements

The BFA requires a total of 130 units.

All BFA students will be introduced to courses in dance performance, music and choreography for stage and cinematic arts as part of the core curriculum. In addition to required courses, BFA students are encouraged to explore an area of dance performance, choreography for stage and cinematic arts or dance and music in greater depth. Students should select electives based on their personal and professional goals and in consultation with faculty and academic advisers. Electives are typically clustered in a particular field, but may be spread across different areas.

Curriculum Requirements Units
General Education 24
Writing 8
Core Requirements Units
Lower Division
DANC 101 Colloquium: What is the Medium of Dance Today? 1
DANC 103 Conditioning for Dancers 2
DANC 105 Dance Science: Analysis of Dance Movement 4
DANC 107 World Perspective on Dance Performance 2
DANC 110 Dance Technique I 3-3
DANC 120 Repertory and Performance I 2-2
DANC 130 Improvisation and Composition I: Introduction 2
DANC 131 Improvisation and Composition II: Introduction 2
DANC 201 Colloquium: History of Performance and Cultural Context 1
DANC 210 Dance Technique II 3-3
DANC 212 Dance in Popular Culture 2
DANC 218 Introduction to Dance for the Camera: New Media and Editing 2
DANC 220 Repertory and Performance II 2-2
DANC 230 Improvisation and Composition III: Intermediate 2
DANC 231 Improvisation and Composition IV: Intermediate 2
MUCO 140 Music for Dancers 2
Upper Division
DANC 301 Colloquium: The Role of the Dance Artist in Society 1
DANC 310 Dance Technique III 3-3
DANC 320 Repertory and Performance III 2-2
DANC 442a International and Historical Perspectives in Dance 4
DANC 470 Dance Leadership 2
DANC 480 Advanced Performance Studies: Senior Seminar 1
DANC 485 Advanced Performance Studies: Senior Project 1
Total Units 63
Concentrations
Choreography for Stage and Cinematic Arts
Required Concentration Electives (8 units) units
DANC 330 Improvisation and Composition V: Advanced 2
DANC 331 Improvisation and Composition VI: Advanced 2
DANC 430 Improvisation and Composition VII: Upper Level 2
DANC 431 Improvisation and Composition VIII: Upper Level 2
Suggested Concentration Electives (11 UNITS INCLUDING A MINIMUM OF 5 UNITS
OUTSIDE OF DANC)
units
CTAN 495 Visual Music 2
CTPR 327 Motion Picture Camera 3
CTPR 454 Acting for Film and Television 4
DANC 285L Elements of Dance Production 4
DANC 345 Artist in Residence 1-4
DANC 347 Artist Collaborative 1-4
DANC 410 Dance Technique IV 3
DANC 420 Repertory and Performance IV 2
DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community 4
DANC 442b International and Historical Perspectives in Dance 4
DANC 452 Dancing with Words 4
DANC 462 Dancing on the Screen 2
DANC 490 Directed Research 1-4
DANC 495 Dance Internship 1-4
THTR 332 Lighting Design I 4
Any Dance Technique course offered within DANC 2
Minimum Concentration Units 19
Dance and Music (19 units, including a minimum of 8 units outside of DANC)
DANC 330 Improvisation and Composition V: Advanced 2
DANC 331 Improvisation and Composition VI: Advanced 2
DANC 345 Artist in Residence 1-4
DANC 347 Artist Collaborative 1-4
DANC 410 Dance Technique IV 3-3
DANC 420 Repertory and Performance IV 2-2
DANC 430 Improvisation and Composition VII: Upper Level 2
DANC 431 Improvisation and Composition VIII: Upper Level 2
DANC 490x Directed Research 1-4
DANC 495 Dance Internship 1-4
MPKS 150ab Beginning Piano 2-2
MPPM 240 Drumming Proficiency for the Popular Musician 2
MPVA 141 Class Voice 2
MUSC 255 Songwriting I 2
MUSC 420 Hip Hop Music and Culture 4
MUSC 400 The Broadway Musical 4
MUSC 460 Film Music: History and Function from 1930 to present 4
Any Dance Technique course offered within DANC 2
Minimum Concentration Units 19
Dance Performance (19 units)
Required Concentration Electives (10 units) units
DANC 410 Dance Technique IV 3-3
DANC 420 Repertory and Performance IV 2-2
Additional Concentration Electives (9 units) units
CTPR 454 Acting for Film and Television 4
DANC 285L Elements of Dance Production 4
DANC 330 Improvisation and Composition V: Advanced 2
DANC 331 Improvisation and Composition VI: Advanced 2
DANC 345 Artist in Residence 1-4
DANC 347 Artist Collaborative 1-4
DANC 355 Solo/Partnering and Performance 2
DANC 362 Pilates Mat Training 2
DANC 430 Improvisation and Composition VII: Upper Level 2
DANC 431 Improvisation and Composition VIII: Upper Level 2
DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community 4
DANC 442b International and Historical Perspectives in Dance 4
DANC 452 Dancing with Words 4
DANC 490x Directed Research 1-4
DANC 495 Dance Internship 1-4
Any Dance Technique course offered within DANC 2
Minimum Concentration Units 19
General Elective Units minimum 16
Total 130

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program requires six courses in different categories, plus writing and diversity requirements, which together comprise the USC Core. See The USC Core and the General Education Program for more information.

Entrance to the Degree Program

Admission to a degree program is granted through USC’s admission process, described in the Admission section of this catalogue. A supplementary application form is also required for students seeking admission to the Kaufman School of Dance, which can be obtained from the School of Dance Office of Admission.

Audition

A performance audition is required of applicants to the BFA degree program in the Kaufman School of Dance. Refer to individual curriculum listings for details.

Minors in Dance

Minor in Dance in Popular Culture: Hip Hop, Urban and Social Dance

Dance in Popular Culture delves into the historical, social and aesthetic issues of dance in the contemporary settings of entertainment, concert, vernacular and recreational forms. This minor is designed to explore the foundations and structures of hip hop, urban and social dances and to introduce and orient non-major students to the language of dance in contemporary society. In the hip hop culture dance has become a major avenue of expression, acceptance and power. This minor will address issues of art, race and politics within the parameters of dance as an art form, entertainment and personal expression.

This minor consists of one lower-division course, two upper-division courses and four units of elective courses. Students must be in good academic standing to be admitted. No previous dance experience is required.

REQUIRED LOWER DIVISION COURSES (4 UNITS) UNITS
DANC 280 Dance as an Art Form 4

REQUIRED UPPER DIVISION COURSES (8 UNITS) UNITS
DANC 402 Urban Folk and Street Dance: History and Culture 4
DANC 412 African American Dance 4

ELECTIVE COURSES (4 UNITS) UNITS
DANC 107 World Perspective on Dance Performance 2
DANC 212 Dance in Popular Culture 2
DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community 4
DANC 462 Dancing on the Screen 2
Dance Technique Course* 2
Required dance units 16

TECHNIQUE COURSES UNITS
DANC 185 Hip Hop Dance 2
DANC 181ab Modern Dance 2
DANC 182ab Advanced Modern Dance 2
DANC 183abcd Ballet 2
DANC 184abc Jazz Dance 2
DANC 188ab International Style Ballroom Dance 2
*Students may only apply one technique course from this list toward the minor.

Minor in Dance

The minor in Dance presents undergraduate students with a broad yet deep foundation in dance. The program offers a variety of courses in dance technique, history, culture, critical theory, choreography, and performance.

The minor is open to all undergraduates. 20 units are required to complete the program. Students applying to this minor must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

REQUIRED LOWER DIVISION COURSES (4 UNITS) UNITS
DANC 280 Dance as an Art Form 4

REQUIRED UPPER DIVISION COURSES (4 UNITS) UNITS
DANC 442a International and Historical Perspectives in Dance 4

ELECTIVE COURSES (12 UNITS) UNITS
DANC 107 World Perspective on Dance Performance 2
DANC 212 Dance in Popular Culture 2
DANC 285L Elements of Dance Production 4
DANC 380 Historical Approaches to Dance 4
DANC 385L Choreography and Performance 4
DANC 388 Senior Seminar in Dance 4
DANC 432 Creativity, Culture, Commerce and Community 4
DANC 452 Dancing with Words 4
DANC 462 Dancing on the Screen 2
DANC 482 Choreography for Television 4
DANC 483 Dance Performance 2
DANC Technique Course 2-6*

TECHNIQUE COURSES* UNITS
DANC 181ab Modern Dance 2
DANC 182ab Advanced Modern Dance 2
DANC 183abcd Ballet 2
DANC 184abc Jazz Dance 2
DANC 185 Hip Hop Dance 2
DANC 188ab International Style Ballroom Dance 2
Total units required: 20 units
*Up to 6 units of technique courses may be applied toward the minor.