Mikaela Zarsky (she/her)

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

BFA Class of 2027

Where did you train?

I grew up dancing at a local studio called Dance Unlimited. To further my pre-professional training, I studied at the Alberta Ballet School Professional Division and with YYC Dance Project. Most recently, I attended the CLI Conservatory under the direction of Teddy Forance.

What inspires you?

I am truly inspired by everything. From the people I surround myself with and my mentors to traveling to music, so many things have influenced my creation, my perspective, my artistry, and my identity as a human. 

Describe yourself in three words.

The. Real. Deal.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I grew up in various sports such as hockey, soccer, gymnastics, figure skating, and track and field. 

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

It is truly one of the greatest gifts and honors. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to experience the USC Kaufman legacy of the most knowledgeable faculty and innovative artists firsthand. The cultivation of academic and artist excellence in such a welcoming community is so beautiful to be a part of in the pursuit of a well-rounded career.