Eli Alford (he/him)
BFA Class of 2022
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Eli Alford began dancing when he was 12 years old at Encore Performance Company, a nationally recognized training ground for dance competitions and conventions. While training with Encore, Eli received a full-tuition scholarship to the Alabama Ballet School where he studied under the direction of Roger VanFleteren and Tracey Alvey. Currently, Eli is pursuing his BFA in Dance at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance where he has learned and performed the works of George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham and Dwight Rohden to name a few. Eli is also pursuing a minor from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in the Biology of Human Movement. This has given Eli a multidisciplinary understanding of biomechanics and human performance which he uses to further motivate his artistic endeavors. Upon graduation, Eli hopes to dance in a professional company that will allow him to perform around the world while continuing to explore all that dance can be. In addition to this, Eli desires to share his love for dance with others in his community by helping cultivate inclusive spaces where everyone is encouraged to express their identities and build their physicality through movement.
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