It is our pleasure to welcome Olivia Lane to Ballet 5:8 as a Company Apprentice for the 2018-2019 Season. We've asked each of the new dancers a few questions so we can get to know them before the season begins.
Q. Where will you be coming to Ballet 5:8 from? Where are you from originally?
A. I am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, but moved to the Chicagoland area two years ago to join Ballet 5:8's Trainee Program.
Q. What attracted you to Ballet 5:8?
A. As a trainee with Ballet 5:8 for the past two years, I've found that the entire company is like one big family. We are there to support and push each other through the great times and also be there for one another through the tough times. I think that is so important to have, and that is one thing I love about the company. Another thing I appreciate is that our pieces are relevant and needed today. Julianna doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics, and bringing some of those topics up so that it starts a conversation is important and very needed.
Q. Why do you dance?
A. I feel like there are so many answers to this question for me. I dance because I love it. But there is so much to it. I like how hard and grueling it is and how we can make it seem so effortless. It is another way that you can communicate with other people - in ways that words cannot express. But in all of that, most importantly, it is a way that I can glorify God through what I am doing, giving everything I can to Him, no matter if it means a flawless performance or one of the many times that I have fallen flat on my face in class.
Q. What is something you enjoy about Chicago or think you’ll enjoy about Chicago?
A. I enjoy going downtown and just walking around looking at the architecture and murals. When you actually look for it, Chicago can be really artsy. Beyond the buildings and murals, it is the people that make it that way.
Q. What is one thing people will be surprised to learn about you?
A. I absolutely love horses! I worked at a ranch for much of my summers during high school, and if I ever have any free time now I like to go volunteer at a barn just to be around them.
Q. What are you most looking forward to about the coming performance season?
A. I am looking forward to performing in The Space in Between! It is going to be fun and different, and I look forward to diving into that piece. I am also excited to perform Compass again and see how much more I can push myself in my roles and dive into it a little deeper.