Hope Patterson

Hong Kong SAR

BFA Class of 2024

Where did you train?

I began my formal dance training under Giselle Liu through the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation in musical theatre, classical jazz and contemporary. In 2017, I was awarded a place at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Gifted Young Dancers Program, where I studied ballet, contemporary and Chinese Classical dance. During my high school years, I trained under faculty and company members from Hong Kong Ballet (Irene Lo, Carlo Pacis, Venus Villa) and attended Ho Ballet School under the directorship of Davit Vardanyan. For my final two years of high school, I resumed my jazz and musical theatre training under my mentor, Lucas Segovia, and attended the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Pre-Professional Program.

What inspires you?

The feeling of euphoric realization, or breakthrough, when you overcome a challenge or achieve something that seemed unattainable.

Describe yourself in three words.

Curious. Linguist. Melophile.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I sleep talk in Mandarin.

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

A dream, realized! The endless, multifaceted opportunities for artistic, academic and self-exploration that run parallel between USC Kaufman and USC as a whole both excites and inspires me.