My name is Olivia Couch and I am 6 years old. I live in Katy, TX and I dance at Top Flight Dance Center.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I had a love of dance as soon as I could walk. Every time I heard music, I would bob up and down to the beat of the song. I was always watching my big sister Jenna and tried to do all her dances. I was able to start dance class with her when I turned 2 yrs old. I look up to my big sister, who is an amazing dancer. And I am so happy we are dancing together. I started off doing ballet, then later tap and Hip hop. I would do recitals at Christmas time and the end of the season. I was encouraged to try out for company, so I did at 5 yrs old. I completed my first competition season last year. I am currently getting ready for my first competition of the year 2022.
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?
Of course, nothing comes easy, if it does, you are just lying to yourself or not being pushed hard enough. My dad always says that nothing worth having comes easy. I definitely love to dance, that part is easy. Yes, I know that dancing is what I want to do, but trying to learn all the positions and names for everything is tough. But I know it will get easier over time. I also have to remember to straighten my legs, point my toes, and keep my feet straight. I am a little pigeon-toed. I have had to put in a lot, and I mean a lot of hours these last 2 years to improve my technique and skills to get where I am and be part of the company dance team.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I have always been very shy. It would sometimes take me 2 or 3 classes to really trust people and start participating.
Last year I broke my arm the night before my solo competition and had to change the routine the morning of the event. I didn’t get my cast off until the season was over. So I have positive thoughts and hope for this year that we all can stay strong, healthy, and injure-free.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I am very happy to say no one has put limitations on me. I have always had encouragement from my family, peers, and teachers. They are extremely positive and supportive.
How do you conquer negative talk?
I think of happy thoughts. You know, something different like eating ice cream or riding on a unicorn. I also practice taking deep breaths.
What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” - Michael Jordan
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Yes! I have my first competition coming up this month. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I will perform my jazz solo "Knock on Wood" and my two group dances - “I’m Every Woman” jazz and “Shake It Out” lyrical. So very happy I will get the chance to dance with my friends on stage. I can’t wait to see where it will take me and what lifelong friends I will make. I would not be where I am at today without each person, coach, and teacher that I have had along the way.