Class at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (photo by Ema Peter, courtesy USC)

If you closed your eyes and pictured dance paradise, what would it look like? Maybe you'd start your morning in rehearsal with a renowned contemporary choreographer, and then work on a dance driven by computer programming, and then run to a music video audition, and end the day discussing the impact of African dance styles on American pop culture.

Guess what? That dance paradise isn't just a dream. It's the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, a young program that's already attracting some of the most talented dancers around—for good reason.

Click here to meet Alyssa Allen, Simrin Player, and Jake Tribus, three of USC's standout students.

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From left) Simrin Player, Jake Tribus, and Alyssa Allen (Photo by Joe Toreno)

The University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is about to graduate its first class of dancers. We asked students Alyssa Allen, Jake Tribus, and Simrin Player to tell us about their experience at one of the best collegiate dance programs in the world.

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By now, you guys have probably heard about the new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. We've been talking about it since last year, and it's literally got everything going for it: William Forsythe onboard as faculty? Check. A partnership with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago? Check. Teachers at the top of their industry? State-of-the-art resources? Access to the L.A. dance scene? Yes, yes, YAAAAS!

This awesome video features some of the freshman from the school's inaugural class— dancers who are super excited to follow their dreams in college. This gives us serious warm-fuzzies. Oh, and recognize the brunette with perfect lines? Yep, our girl (and 2014 CMS finalist) Alyssa Allen has joined 33 other amazing dancers at USC this fall.

Good luck dancers!

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Sarah Pippin (photo by Erin Baiano)

The National YoungArts Foundation offers a yearly award to talented young people in the visual, literary, design and performing arts fields. In 2016, that could be you!

Many of the dancers we know and love have been recognized by the YoungArts Foundation—in 2015 alone finalists included Sarah Pippin, one of our 2014 CMS finalists; honorable mentions included our 2013 CMS winner Hayden Hopkins, tap queen Devin Ruth and our comp crush (and one of the stars of our web series "The Road to Nationals") Jake Tribus; and merit winners included our other 2014 CMS finalist Alyssa Allen.

Whew! That's a lot of talent in one lineup. (Also, do we know how to pick them or what?) YoungArts will be accepting applicants from April to October, so you have plenty of time to polish your application. Dream of joining the ranks of Sarah, Ricky Ubeda and Desmond Richardson? Apply here!

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Dancers dominate on Halloween. I mean, we're used to dressing up: Practically half of our life is spent putting on tights, leotards and more just to get ready for class—and the other half is spent onstage, working it in the craziest of get-ups. Of course, some dancers do Halloween in the best way possible. We've spent hours scouring the interwebs for the best of the best costumes. Here are our favorites:

First, we have American Ballet Theatre principals Marcelo Gomes and Isabella Boylston (we love Boylston's take on Maddie Ziegler):

Here are five Miami City Ballet dancers—I mean, Cruella De Vil and four adorable dalmatian pups:

 

And here's Dance Spirit 2014 Cover Model Search finalist Alyssa Allen being the best Waluigi we've ever seen:

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 Then there's James Whiteside bringing it way back as "Jazzman," complete with a Flashdance-inspired routine to '80s anthem "What a Feeling." Seriously, these ABT principals know how to get down.

Finally, feast your eyes on on mini-Sonya Tayeh, mini(er)-Maddie Ziegler and mini-MJ, brought to you by @Dance_CAB (Cameron Voorhees, Austyn Johnson and Bella Voorhees from Evolve Dance Complex). This is everything.

Happy Halloween!

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