Ciara Billups

Denver, CO

BFA Class of 2022


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Originally from Denver, Colorado, Ciara Billups began her training at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. She participated in competitive dance where she attended regional and national conventions and competitions performing works by artists such as Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, Misha Gabriel, Randi Kemper and Hefa Tuita, Jason Parsons, Teddy Forance and more. Prior to the start of her senior year, she attended Sweatshop Dance, a studio under the direction of Brian Young. She continued her competitive dancing at this studio and performed many in-house choreographed dances ranging from pointe to contemporary to jazz and hip-hop. Through many competitions, Ciara has grown a love for performing and she aspires to be in a professional contemporary/contemporary ballet company in the future. She hopes to have several opportunities to perform and travel internationally and share her passion with many audiences. During her time at USC Kaufman, she has had the opportunity to learn choreography from many inspiring professors and guest artists including William Forsythe, Bret Easterling, Fiona Lummis, d. Sabela grimes, Dwight Rhoden, Jermaine Spivey, Barak Marshall and more. She also hopes to spread her knowledge and experiences learned through USC Kaufman to help young dancers after her time dancing professionally. Another love and passion of Ciara’s is sports. She has always had an interest in sports and the industry itself, so she is studying Sports Business and Management alongside dance for her undergraduate years.

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