Hayden Rivas (he/him/his)

South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

BFA Class of 2024

Where did you train?

I grew up training at Joy of Movement and then continued at a local studio called Dance Effect. I then furthered my craft at a studio called Pulse Dance Centre, under the direction of Sarah Van Os and Nicole Lannard-Ghini.

What inspires you?

There are so many things that inspire me, but the people around me continue to be my constant source of inspiration! I am inspired by the general curiosity, creativity, and sparks of individuality that I see. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many beautiful artists, but more importantly people. I am also very inspired by my parents. Without their hard work, support, and love, I would not be the person and artist that I am today.

Describe yourself in three words.

Resilient. Ambitious. Friendly.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

If you look closely you can see me dancing in Disney’s Descendants 3, directed by Kenny Ortega.

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

USC Kaufman has been my dream school since 2016. To this day, I remember walking into the USC Kaufman building and being filled with so much inspiration. For me, being a part of USC Kaufman means re-imagining the future of dance. I’m excited to join a family that not only shares a collective love for dance but also who are not afraid to push the boundaries and experiment.