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The Betsy Blackmon Dance Program

Recognized by Dance Magazine as one of the top non-conservatory programs in the country, USC's Betsy Blackmon Dance Program combines a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment with the extensive depth and breadth of a superior liberal arts education.  

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Betsy Blackmon Dance Program to cultivate artists, professionals, and emerging leaders to succeed within and beyond the field of dance.

All educational and artistic experiences within the Betsy Blackmon Dance Program:

  • Deliver rigorous training in technique and theoretical studies.
  • Provide consistent professional guest artist and performance experiences.  
  • Prioritize physical and mental health and wellness.  
  • Promote individuality and authenticity through creative inquiry.
  • Foster collaborative, transparent, and inclusive learning environments. 
  • Develop advocacy and leadership skills. 


Our dance program, which has established a notable legacy of excellence, attracts highly motivated students from across the country and abroad. Our students are committed to rigorous development of their natural abilities through a combination of study and practice, leading to a life enriched by the art of dance.


Auditions for the dance program are conducted by video submission through the Accepted website.  There are two application deadlines for video auditions -- one in November and another in February.


The Betsy Blackmon Dance Program presents an annual season of performances that strive to inspire, entertain and achieve ever greater heights of artistic excellence. From traditional and avant-garde choreography to timeless classical treasures, our season showcases the artistry and artists of our program.

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Tickets for most productions and season subscription packages are available online!

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