Jessalyn Ward (she/her)

San Clemente, CA

BFA Class of 2023

Where did you train?

I trained at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Lake Forest, California. I was also a member of Westside Dance Project under the instruction of Jessie Riley.

What inspires you?

There are so many things that inspire me, but dancing with others who are just as passionate about the art form as I am is truly the most inspiring. Everyone feeding off of each other’s energy, and pushing each other to be the best we can be is the best feeling in the world. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many talented artists everyday, for they truly inspire me more than I can explain.

Describe yourself in three words.

Dedicated, organized, compassionate.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I am a Harry Potter nerd, and pretty much have every movie memorized. I dare you to stump me!

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

From the moment I set foot in USC Kaufman, I knew it was something special. There is just an indescribable sense of excitement, openness, and willingness to learn that is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Being a part of USC Kaufman means being open to exploration and growth in any way. I am so humbled to be a part of this new movement, and to dance alongside so many inspiring artists.