BFA Class of 2024
Ashton Benn is a multifaceted artist who is committed to conveying narratives through movement and the written word. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ashton began her dance education at KJ Dance before attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Ashton’s passion for dance performance and the captivating essence of storytelling steered her toward exploring the overlap between dance and journalism. Her interests led her to pursue her BFA in Dance from the prestigious USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance as well as her MA in Specialized Journalism (Arts and Culture) from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
As a student at USC Kaufman, Ashton has had the privilege of performing works by Jiří Kylián, Kyle Abraham, Paul Taylor, Justin Peck, Micaela Taylor, and Dwight Rhoden. In addition to her concert dance repertoire, Ashton is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency for industry purposes. Ashton’s diverse training and experiences have sculpted her into a versatile artist, capable of navigating the nuanced intersections of different dance styles.
As she continues her journey, Ashton is refining her unique voice as both a dancer and writer and remains devoted to telling stories in an honest and clear way. Post-graduation, Ashton aspires to balance a career as a professional dancer with her journalistic pursuits. With a vision to further provide dance with a written platform, Ashton’s ambition is to uplift dance in societal perception, ensuring artists receive the acknowledgment they rightfully deserve.
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