My name is Olivia, I am 25 years old and I'm a contemporary dance artist living in London. I originate from Edgworth in Bolton, where I began dancing tap and modern at the age of 5. I was introduced to contemporary dance history and practice at secondary school and became totally fascinated, I was consumed and driven by the idea of becoming a contemporary dancer.
I moved to London to study at Laban, and shortly after graduation I joined Candoco Dance Company in March 2017. I also collaborate and perform in other capacities with artists on dance projects in Europe. I love to ask questions without always looking for answers — especially questions around performance, the body, movement and what it means to perform.
How does your experience of performing change when you are performing to a TV audience rather than a theatre audience?
I feel that there is a electric dialogue in the theatre — a conversation — a meeting place —an exchange — between the audience and the performers. I am yet to film for TV on such a scale, but I am curious to discover what exchange exists in this environment. I am aware that this experience on Strictly will be the largest audience I have ever performed to, an exciting prospect and the opportunity to discover new ways to connect.