Trojans give back on #DayofSCupport 2022!

April 28, 2022

On May 4th, a special day of giving, the Trojan Family unites around the world for the USC Day of SCupport. Your support this year will set the stage for success in honor of students and the Trojan community! Thank you for all you do for the university. Fight On! 

Class of 2021 and 2020 Commencement and Celebration

June 22, 2021

In May, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance hosted a virtual celebration to honor the Class of 2021 and an in-person commencement for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. Members of both classes were delighted to join together to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

The virtual celebration, held on May 13, was an intimate celebration with the Class of 2021 graduates, their families, Kaufman faculty and staff.  The Zoom event featured video messages from Dean Robert Cutietta and visionary arts philanthropist and founder Glorya Kaufman, as well as congratulatory messages from artists and choreographers around the globe. In addition, graduates enjoyed viewing photos and videos from faculty, staff and their own families as we celebrated their collective journey to this day. To learn more about this celebration, please read this article on the USC Kaufman website.   

On May 20, 2021 the University of Southern California hosted an in-person commencement ceremony for both the Class of 2020 and 2021 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With the Coliseum torch aglow, graduates processed across the stage set up on the Coliseum field and received their diplomas, while family members seated in the stands, safely socially distanced, cheered them on. Dean Robert Cutietta shared remarks on behalf of USC Kaufman. Graduates also heard from President Carol L. Folt and 2021 Commencement Speaker, Bina Venkataraman, an American journalist, author and policy expert, currently the editorial page editor at The Boston Globe. 

Watch the broadcast of USC Kaufman’s in-person commencement ceremony, view more photos from the event, and watch USC Kaufman’s virtual celebration here.

Makayla Bailey (BFA ’21) | Photo by Gus Ruelas

Members of the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 at commencement | Photo by Gus Ruelas

Day of SCupport 2021

April 28, 2021

On May 4th, we will be inviting our USC community and friends to come celebrate the hard work and compassion of our Trojan Family. Join us in learning what Trojans have been doing to make transformative changes for society. No matter where you choose to support, a donation to any campaign or department makes a major impact to the USC community.

USC Kaufman Update

February 17, 2021

Throughout these past months, USC Kaufman School of Dance students and faculty have continued to do extraordinary work, creating and presenting new dance pieces and continuing to serve the local community through dance education.

Kaufman Connections goes online

This academic year, a record number of USC Kaufman BFA students, also known as “teaching artists,” participated in Kaufman Connections, the school’s community engagement initiative.  With most public schools across LA County closed for in-person instruction, Kaufman Connections provided an important way for kids at 32nd Street Elementary to stay connected with their classmates and be physically active, all while learning hip hop from Kaufman teaching artists. 

The semester culminated in the Fall 2020 Virtual Hip-Hop Dance Celebration. The event took place on Dec. 9, 2020 and featured students and their teachers from all participating classrooms at 32nd Street. The celebration included a class video montage, a live family workshop and a freestyle dance party led by Professor Bong and USC Kaufman teaching artists. A number of 32nd Street students’ family members, USC Kaufman staff and representatives from several program funders also joined the fun. In all, over 220 participants were able to partake in the festivities.

See this video of Kaufman scholarship recipient Bella Allen, (Class of ’22) talking about her experience as a teaching artist.

32nd Street Elementary School students perform at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center courtyard in April 2019 | Photo by Gina Clyne

 A/Part to/Gather Dance Festival

As part of the fall semester’s culmination, USC Kaufman students and faculty presented A/Part To/Gather, Kaufman’s first virtual dance festival. This two-week celebration which took place November 1-13 included presentations of student and faculty choreography, and student dance films and projects. The festival had over one thousand views online from all over the world.The cornerstone of the festival, the New Works piece, featured USC Kaufman students performing new choreography by Artist in Residence and former Alvin Ailey dancer, Hope Boykin, faculty member E. Moncell Durden, guest artist Francesca Harper and faculty member Saleemah E. Knight.  The New Works performance was presented as an artistic compilation video with some of the choreographers bringing in filmmakers to help put their piece together.  

The shift from practicing and thinking about performing in a theater and proscenium stage to adapting dance for the screen have pushed Kaufman artists to explore different dimensions of performance. The online festival showcased the incredible versatility of talent among Kaufman students as they not only performed and choreographed but at times, edited, art directed and even filmed their work.  

Artwork for the  A/Part To/Gather Dance Festival | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum