Megan Yamashita

Newport Beach, CA

BFA Class of 2019

Where did you train?

I started dancing when I was three at Southland Ballet Academy in Fountain Valley, CA.

What inspires you?

There is so much that inspires me in this world; dance, music, the arts, martial arts, sports, science, the list goes on and on. But my main inspiration has always been my mommy! Her relentless support and guidance has truly pushed me to persevere and work hard.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate. Hardworking. Compassionate.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I love mixed martial arts! I like to think that I am quite the kickboxer, and a secret ninja! 😉

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class?

Getting to be a part of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class is the one thing that has truly given me hope. Getting to do what I love most, and being surrounded by the top echelon of choreographers and dancers (while getting an education) feels like I finally get that one chance to become the artist I have always wanted to be. I am so blessed and thankful to be a part of this amazing new adventure! Fight on!