Michael Naffier

Fort Collins, CO

BFA Class of 2023

Where did you train?

I trained for nine years at Studio West Dance Center, four of which were on the competitive team. I’ve also trained with Boulder Ballet for two years.

What inspires you?

The idea that I can make someone feel real emotions through intangible movement is really powerful to me. I love being able to tell a story through my body and have someone relate to that in a way that can’t quite be put into words.

Describe yourself in three words.

Grounded, creative, vivacious.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I started dancing because of Camp Rock 2. I loved the dancing so much that I signed up for a Hip Hop class with my friends, and the rest is history!

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

Being a part of USC Kaufman means that I am a part of the future of dance. As society and culture change, our language of expression changes too. I believe Kaufman is the leading force of change in the dance world, and I am so grateful to be a part of that.