Olivia Mitchell

Evanston, IL

Education & Training:
Dance Center Evanston, A&A Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, American Ballet Theatre, The Chautauqua Institution, Ballet Austin

My Friends Call Me:

What is your favorite Dayton Ballet memory?
My favorite memory at Dayton Ballet was after our last Nutcracker show, which was the first Nutcracker run since the pandemic began.  Everyone was so happy, hugging and congratulating each other.

What other organizations or dancers have you previously danced with?
Oklahoma City Ballet, Orlando Ballet II.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a professional dancer?
I would love to get into costume design eventually!

Do you have any pets?
I have a kitty named Ramona.

What advice would you give aspiring dancers?
Consistency, determination, and hard work only go so far. For every “yes” I’ve gotten, I’ve probably gotten about 10 “no’s.”  It’s so important not to take it personally.  Don’t stop working hard, and don’t give up.

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Olivia Mitchell began dancing at the Dance Center Evanston under the direction of Béa Rashid. Upon graduation in 2017, she joined Oklahoma City Ballet’s studio company and later the A&A Ballet Youth Company. Most recently, she danced for Orlando Ballet II for two seasons, where she performed in Orlando Ballet’s Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Jordan Morris’s Peter Pan, and Robert Hill’s Requiem.

Olivia has attended summer programs including American Ballet Theatre, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, The Harid Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Oklahoma City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and the Chautauqua Institution. While at the Chautauqua Institution, she had the opportunity to perform George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and performed with Charlotte Ballet in Sasha Janes’ Four Seasons and George Balanchine’s Rubies.

Olivia is very excited for her second season with Dayton Ballet.