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USC Kaufman School of Dance

Dance students perform.

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance expands USC's signature as a world-class research institution with a deep commitment to the arts. With its innovative vision for arts education, USC Kaufman moves to the forefront of developing dancers, choreographers and leaders for the future. The newly built, state-of-the-art Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the home of the school and the largest facility dedicated to dance at any private university.

Students Alvaro Montelongo and Rebecca Troyak, both BFA class of 2019, dance. Photo by Rose Eichenbaum.



The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is quickly emerging as an epicenter of excellence in the interdisciplinary study of dance creation and performance. The exciting opportunity to create a new school brought the chance to rethink the professional dance degree. Dance is an increasingly dynamic art form, and the professionals who will shape the future of the field need the flexibility to move seamlessly between dissolving boundaries in the world around them: to embrace innovation with tradition, technology with history, classical with new dance forms. To meet that need, USC Kaufman created a new model for dance in which intersecting dance techniques create hybrid art forms expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography. The vision is The New Movement.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance provides a rigorous conservatory experience at one of the world's leading private research universities. The BFA curriculum provides foundational insight, intellectual and artistic development, a robust performance repertory, exposure to world-renowned practicing artists, interdisciplinary projects, as well as conditioning for dancers and strategic career venture skills. 

USC Kaufman has assembled one of the nation's top faculty, a group of artists unparalleled in their depth and diversity of experience and talent, including esteemed professionals in the field, such as Patrick Corbin (Contemporary Technique and Paul Taylor Repertory), d. Sabela Grimes (Hip Hop Culture & Funkamentals), Jackie Kopcsak (Ballet Technique and Pointe), Thomas McManus (William Forsythe Improvisational Technologies) and Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates (Contemporary and Classical repertory). Additionally, USC Kaufman's teaching philosophy includes semester-long opportunities for BFA students to work with our Artist's in Residence, including Desmond Richardson (Complexionss Contemporary Ballet), Victor Quijada (Rubberbandance), Fiona Lummis (Jiri Kylian Repertory) and Zippora Karz (George Balanchine Repertory). The USC Choreographic Institute, advised by USC Kaufman faculty member and celebrated artist William Forsythe, is unique among similar initiatives in the United States, and provides artists with research opportunities and foundational insight into the creative process.

Established partnerships with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, Dance Camera West, the USC Thornton School of Music, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts afford significant collaborative experiences with acclaimed artists, scholars and institutions. The school's location in Los Angeles, a global center for the arts and entertainment, provides additional artistic and professional opportunities.

In addition to its BFA, USC Kaufman offers a wide variety of classes open to all USC students. Technique classes are offered in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-Cuban, Tap, Bollywood and Ballroom. General Education courses on the history and culture of dance provide a rewarding introduction to the field. Minors in Dance; Hip Hop, Street and Social Dance Forms; and Dance in Entertainment serve as thought-provoking supplements to majors in other schools.


USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center
849 West 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3521


Robert A. Cutietta, DEd, Dean

Jodie Gates, Vice Dean and Director


Professor: Jodie Gates

Professor, Artistic Adviser: William Forsythe

Associate Professor: Margo Apostolos, PhD

Assistant Professors of Practice: Patrick Corbin, MFA; Alison D'Amato, PhD; E. Moncell Durden; d. Sabela Grimes, MFA; Jackie Kopcsak, MFA; Thomas McManus, MFA; Jennifer McQuiston Lott, MFA; Dawn Stoppiello

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Saleemah Knight, MFA

Lecturers: Tiffany Bong; Alison D'Amato, PhD; Jesus Fuentes; Gillian Finley; Anindo Marshall; Achinta McDaniel; Christian Vincent, MFA

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


Bachelor's Degree