BFA Class of 2024
William Okajima’s love for music and dance originated at a young age, in a household full of artists in Irvine, California. Will’s extensive training began at Orange County School of the Arts, supplemented by classes at Westside Dance Project and Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. At 13 years old, Will was cast in Sia’s music video “The Greatest”, which led to an ongoing love for the commercial world. He continues to be active in Los Angeles’ vibrant commercial dance scene, and has appeared in international campaigns as well as national advertisements for Honda, Apple and Pull & Bear. Most recently, Will traveled to Dubai to feature in the country’s latest tourism film sponsored by the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi.
Currently a fourth-year student at the USC Kaufman School of Dance, Will is pursuing his BFA under the guidance of artists such as Kyle Abraham, Bret Easterling, Jermaine Spivey, Jodie Gates and William Forsythe. At Kaufman, Will has performed featured roles in works by Jiří Kylián, Micaela Taylor, Tyce Diorio, Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden and Hope Boykin.
Will is also pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship through the USC Marshall School of Business. In doing so, he hopes that his studies of the intersections between dance performance and personal branding will allow him to tackle the demands of the commercial and concert dance world with a uniquely informed academic perspective.
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