When Dean Robert A. Cutietta and Vice Dean Jodie Gates were creating USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, they were given a special opportunity to rethink the professional dance degree and identify the type of student most suitable for our groundbreaking program. That student was well versed in various dance techniques, intellectually curious and a born leader. In the first admissions cycle back in 2014, we found 33 emerging hybrid artists hailing from across the United States to Canada, Mexico and Colombia.
The journey for our inaugural class concludes this academic year and we couldn’t be more proud. Their accomplishments are a testament to USC Kaufman’s hallmark approach to dance in higher education – “The New Movement” – where the intersection of multiple dance techniques creates new, hybrid dance forms as expressed in new media, studio practice, music, performance and choreography for the 21st century.
With opportunities for interdisciplinary study interwoven into the curriculum, our inaugural class has explored collaborations and innovations with established partners including: Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music and USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Hear from Adam Agostino (BFA Class of 2019) in our limited Youtube series “What Moves You” as he shares his passion for innovation through dance and filmmaking at USC:
TAKING THE LEAP
Like Adam, our seniors’ concentrations – within the BFA in Dance degree – vary in Dance Performance, Choreography for Stage & Cinematic Arts, Dance & Music or designing their own path. They are mentored by world-class faculty and assisted by academic advisors in selecting electives that support their personal and professional goals. From these concentrations, interdisciplinary aspirations are explored through a year-long senior project which will culminate in a final presentation for the general public.
As a precursor to senior projects and out of a desire to bridge the gap between being students and employable professionals, last spring a group of upperclassmen joined together to create a student organization at USC – the SC Choreographic Collective. Their mission: to create a platform for USC Kaufman upperclassmen to produce work and collaborate with students from different schools at USC. In April, the Collective came together to produce their first student-run show “Launch” from start to finish. They learned exactly what it takes to run a professional show from fundraising and marketing to assembling a production crew and everything in between.
Take a behind-the-scenes look into the SC Choreographic Collective and their inaugural performance, “Launch.”
TOGETHER, WE MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIP
When Glorya Kaufman gave her transformative gift to establish USC Kaufman, she launched a legacy for us all. One that created an opportunity for dance enthusiasts to support a pioneering vision at California’s oldest private research university.
Now, with three academic years under our belt and already a glowing international reputation, USC Kaufman is on a dynamic course and our four classes of artist scholars are thriving. They’re receiving foundational insight through rigorous work with faculty and artists in residence, acquiring a robust performance repertory including masterworks by George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Martha Graham, taking international journeys through our Maymester in Paris and collaborating with peers across USC’s campus on interdisciplinary projects that are connected to the world-at-large.
Because tuition alone cannot sustain the one-of-a-kind opportunities only USC Kaufman can provide, the success and legacy of “The New Movement” deeply depends on the generosity from supporters like you.
Your investment impacts the student experience at USC Kaufman and the development of dancers, choreographers and dance leaders for the future.
TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE OF DANCE
In the midst of Los Angeles – one of the world’s creative capitals, USC Kaufman provides an intimate environment for students with state-of-the-art practice and performance facilities. These exceptional assets on USC’s campus, paired with the vast artistic resources of this dynamic city, make USC Kaufman the perfect place to transform the landscape of dance on a global scale, and we’re already making great strides thanks to contributions made from supporters like you.
Click the photos below to see what Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine had to say about our talented students, stellar faculty and transformational program.
"The ways in which dancers are employed, or creating opportunities for themselves, are changing. We had to build a new model for a new artist." – USC Kaufman Vice Dean & Director, Jodie Gates
With your support and partnership, we can cement our burgeoning reputation as one of the leading dance programs in the country, if not the world.