My name is Olivia bell and I am 16 years old. I dance at Dance force one in Tucson, Arizona.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dancing when I was three and professionally when I was 11 and got signed to my first agent that same year. I trained at Company C Dance Club in Ohio for 7 years before moving to Arizona. Now, I am currently with Dance Force One in Tucson, Arizona. I also train with my school’s national winning pom team at Catalina Foothills High School. I switched agents to the agent I am currently with, “Go2Talent Agency Los Angeles”, at 13 and have been with them since. I recently got connected with Rumor Noel, and I have been training with her program in LA, “Reflection." I live in Arizona but travel to California many times a year to train with more people in the industry.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Overall, I have had a great journey so far with dance. The hardest part was probably moving from Ohio to Arizona and trying to find a studio that was the best fit for me to keep up with my training.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
Another personal struggle I had with my dance career was when I got injured at 14 and was out for a whole season. I think what helped me get through that was still going to the studio and surrounding myself with other dancers.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I have been lucky enough to have great teachers my whole training process.
How do you conquer negative talk?
When I hear negative talk, I tend to remind myself of my goals and how far I have come in the end.
What is your favorite quote?
“Stay humble, stay kind, and always be the hardest worker in the room.” - Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The industry has been pretty slow because of covid. But I have many exciting plans for this summer in LA, including getting to work with Rumor and her workshop again!