Yena Chang

Fullerton, CA

Class of 2020

Where did you train?

I attended Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana where I received most of my technical training. I was also a part of a non-profit hip-hop organization, FutureShockLA, which has influenced me as an artist and opened my eyes to dance’s healing effects.

What inspires you?

My community, my heritage, and my lineage of ancestors inspires me.

Describe yourself in three words.

Metacognitive. Initiative. Happy.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I had the privilege of being Miss Hi Teen Korea 미 2013. The purpose of participating in this pageant was not to boast about outer appearances, but to delve deeper into my heritage and the history of the Korean blood that runs through my body.

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

It is such a blessing to be a part of USC Kaufman and its creation of the new hybrid art. I always knew that the art of dance was not to perfect one style, but to continuously evolve and become an arts activist, creator, and thinker.  I believe that the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will open doors to explore and initiate different purposes in each sector of dance movement.