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Artist in Residence (Dance)

Kaufman School of Dance Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is a world-class research university. Founded in 2012, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (USC Kaufman) is the first new school at USC in close to 40 years. In four short years, USC Kaufman has quickly emerged as an epicenter of excellence in the interdisciplinary study of dance creation and dance performance. Featuring a rigorous curriculum within a conservatory style environment, USC Kaufman is housed in the 54,000-square-foot Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, where students work and collaborate with world-renowned artists and study in a range of dance styles.

Led by Dean Robert Cutietta, USC Kaufman has a renowned faculty and a roster of Artists in Residence including leading dance innovators such as Zippora Karz, Victor Quijada, and Desmond Richardson. USC Kaufman faculty are highly regarded in the field and have an unparalleled depth and diversity of experience. Under the faculty’s tutelage and through their work with many guest artists, BFA students receive the highest caliber of training, as well as the unique opportunity to learn and perform a wide variety of acclaimed repertoire. Students have worked with and performed works by some of the most profound artists in dance, including George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor and many more. 

The hallmark of USC Kaufman – as expressed in our motto “The New Movement” — is the development of new movement models for dance, where intersecting dance techniques create hybrid forms to be expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography. The school’s exceptional students and faculty are creating a confluence of ideas, artistry, and innovation that will prepare the next generation of dancers to shape the future of the art form in compelling ways.

Apply to join our New Movement and visit the School’s website at for more information.


The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for Artists in Residence. USC Kaufman seeks collaborative, dynamic and innovative practicing artists to teach one or more dance techniques and/or dance studies in field(s) of expertise, including the following: Hip Hop and Social Dance, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Choreography, Ballroom, Dance Repertory, Dance History, Dance Science, Dance and Media. Teaching will include master classes, lectures, staging of choreographic works and the teaching of repertory. Candidate must currently be professionally active and recognized in the field of dance.

STARTING DATE: Initial appointment is for one to three years for a minimum teaching period of three to six weeks per academic year. Renewal beyond the initial period of appointment is possible.

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: Continues until position is filled.

TO APPLY:  All candidates should submit a (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae including choreography and company affiliations, teaching experience, professional experience for productions and/or choreography; and (2) names and contact information for two current professional references.

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States.


Minimum Education: Professional experience will be considered in lieu of educational experience.

Minimum Experience: Candidate must currently be professionally active in the field of dance on a national and/or international level.

Preferred Experience: Professional or University-level experience in teaching and mentoring dance artists. Highly accomplished choreographer, or performer, or stager for master choreographic works. Experience in teaching all levels in dance.

USC Kaufman School of Dance/ Artist in Residence

REQ20061599 Posted Date: 11/01/2020

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