Ausia Jones

Dallas, TX

BFA Class of 2020

Where did you train?

I studied at The Dallas Conservatory and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the art around me, from music and paintings to other artists. However, I’m most inspired by my mentor Ebony Williams. She inspires me the most because of her extremely diverse career as a concert and commercial dancer, which is what I aspire to achieve one day. She also challenges me to push myself beyond the boundaries that I often set for myself. She is a real life example of what is possible if I don’t allow myself to be defined by one talent or genre of dance.

Describe yourself in three words.

Even-tempered. Independent thinker. Original.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I laugh at my own jokes — always!

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

To be a part of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance means endless possibilities. This is one of the most exciting and diverse programs in the country. The diversity of the artists that I will be able to work with, the diversity of the training, the ability to focus on choreography as well as performance, and the incredible faculty were all factors in my decision to attend. To be a part of such a new and exciting program that I will have the opportunity to help influence and contribute to is definitely an honor.