Redwood City, CA
BFA Class of 2021
Originally from Silicon Valley, California, Aurora Vaughan transfuses her work with technological and musical collaborations, all informed by her experiences as a queer woman. She augments her dancing by traveling globally to study with esteemed artists such as Cindy Salgado, Ayman Harper, Alonzo King, Jessica Lang, and more, as well as training in acting and vocal performance. She frequently returns to the Bay Area to set choreography and teach at local studios, as well as teach dance in physical education courses at local public schools. Aurora aspires to be in a professional contemporary dance company and create process-driven collaborations with artists of all backgrounds, with the goal of experiencing the multitude of intersections between forms. The creators will challenge themselves, each other, and audiences to consider their actions and reactions from different lenses, in hopes that new information can produce reifications of equality, equity, consciousness, and engagement, both artistically and not. Along with her degree in Dance, Aurora is completing a multidisciplinary Performance Science minor degree through the USC Marshall School of Business, which includes studies in biology, psychology, and business, with the intent of optimizing mindsets, maximizing performance and creating a culture of high performance within organizations.