Traverse City, MI
BFA Class of 2019
Where did you train?
I grew up training in Traverse City with Betsy Carr and Company Dance Traverse. I then moved to Boston in the summer of 2013 to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts, directed by Michael Owen.
What inspires you?
The New York City Ballet and George Balanchine. I love the energy in every piece he has created. Who Cares is one of my favorite ballets because it captures the two styles I love the most in one piece of work. “Fascinating Rhythm” is one of my favorite songs as well. A lot of my inspiration is from jazz music. Louis Armstrong, Bill Allred, etc.
Describe yourself in three words.
Focused. Determined. Thorough.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
This will be my first winter without snow and I’m really happy about that.
What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class?
When I was putting together my prescreening materials for USC they asked us about the “new movement.” I was unsure of what it meant or how it could impact me. By attending the New York audition I received not only a “swag bag” but so much insight into the program. I remember sitting in one of studios as they discussed their goals and plans. I remember thinking, “Wow! I want this.”
Now at the start of my freshman year at USC, I am thrilled that I can continue my growth academically and artistically. The connection I had with the faculty at the audition excited me and encouraged me to be a part of the class. I am so grateful to be a part of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class. This is a huge step forward for me. I am ready for the new opportunities that USC will offer all thirty-three of us.