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When Olivia Taylor first started dancing when she was 2 years old, it was just one hour a week. As her passion for the art grew, however, she kept adding more and more. Now she trains six to seven days a week — and that training has paid off.

Taylor, a sophomore at Castle High School, is one of 20 females and 20 males from across the world accepted into the summer program at The Juilliard School, one of the world’s most prestigious performing arts colleges.

The Juilliard Dance Online Experience is a specially curated one-week online program that introduces dancers to Juilliard and provides them with information about college dance programs that will aid them in making decisions about their educational future.

Featured in the January/February 2018 issue of Evansville Living, the Newburgh dancer took home a gold medal at the 2019 International Dance Organization World Dance Championships in Poland — a competition that brings together jazz, contemporary, and modern dancers from more than 90 countries.

A member of Thrive Dance Company in Evansville, she also has competed nationally as well as on the international level for several years, earning numerous awards and recognitions. Congrats, Olivia! We can’t wait to see where your career goes from here!


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