Matthew Perko

West Chester, PA

BFA Class of 2021

Where did you train?

For the last decade I have trained at The Rock School West for Dance Education. During my time I was introduced to many genres of dance and took part in the school’s performance company and danced at many conventions and competitions.

What inspires you?

Something that inspires me is human connection and the way dance continues to bring all kinds of people into my life. I also find inspiration from other art forms whether that is music, modern art, film and so on. It’s everywhere and it’s amazing.

Describe yourself in three words.

Driven. Compassionate. Optimistic.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I caught Beyonce’s sweat towel at her concert and it has her make up on it. Its currently in a plastic bag in my room.

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

Being a part of USC Kaufman means many things to me, but the most exciting concept to me is the idea that I get to be a part of helping shape the direction of where the dance world, and where the industry is heading. The mission of hybridity within dance aligns with my vision and path I hope to travel upon with aspirations in numerous spheres of dance. I cannot wait to evolve and be challenged with this cutting-edge program, and build a network and family with fellow dancers and industry professionals here at Kaufman.