Rose Ritch

San Francisco, CA

BFA Class of 2021

Where did you train?

I began my training at Marin Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School, where I was fortunate enough to perform several times with the professional company. At 14, I moved to New York City to train with the legendary Gelsey Kirkland at her academy. After almost two years under her direction, I returned to the Bay Area to be mentored by Joanna Berman and train with Pascale Leroy. Most recently, I have spent the last two years with Ballet Arizona, under Ib Anderson, and the School of Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company, under the directorship of Carlos Valcarcel.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by so many things! Renaissance art, literature, dancers of the past. . . but perhaps my biggest inspiration as a dancer is the music. The music is what gives the dancer a voice; it adds texture to movement and is what enables us to shout.

Describe yourself in three words.

Persistent. Empathetic. Ambitious.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I have an irrational fear of Port-A-Pottys, and that an alligator will pop out of them!

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman?

Becoming a part of USC Kaufman means joining a community of artists, of creators who are striving to maintain the traditions of the past while simultaneously breaking barriers in the dance world. I also expect that USC and Kaufman, separately and together, will be my new family, who explore, debate and challenge each other, and grow.