Satori Folkes-Stone

Los Angeles, CA

BFA Class of 2019

Where did you train?

I took my first class at West Coast Dance Studio, made my way to California Dance Theater and eventually transitioned to Debbie Allen Dance Academy. I also supplemented my studio training with summer intensives at Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and American Ballet Theater.

What inspires you?

I’m fortunate enough to say that the majority of my personal inspiration came from my mother who was a former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey. Though I possess slightly different interests, her journey has acted as the blueprint for mine. I intend to build upon that and make my own.

Describe yourself in three words:

Down-to-Earth. Witty. Expressive.

Tell us a fun fact about you:

My name means “ultimate or sudden enlightenment” in Japanese Zen Buddhism. And once “Satori” was the word of the day on Dictionary.com!

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

Upon committing to USC, I felt as though I was signing my life away to a higher purpose in the best way possible. I beam with pride any chance I get to say I am a part of the inaugural class of The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. You just can’t beat a statement like that.