My name is Olivia Drumm and I am 17 years old. I live in Illinois and I dance at Virtues in Motion.


Photographer: @BalletZaida

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I began dancing when I was 3 years old. My mom put me in a park district dance class to bring me out of my shell because I was very shy. I began competing a solo when I was 5 years old. I have trained classically and mainstream because I enjoy both and want to be well-rounded. I have competed at YAGP and on the convention circuit. Today, I enjoy competing in my last year as a student while I build my academic career and teach.

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?

I experienced a lot of success from a young age at competitions (placing at YAGP and attending Finals 4 times). Because I started training hard so young, injuries have cropped up. So that's something I actively work with every day.

Photographer: @sharkcookie

What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?

I just had the injuries that took me out of competitions.

Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?

There really hasn't been anything I've wanted to do that I didn't attempt. I am lucky to have a supportive family.

Photographer: @balletzaida

How do you conquer negative talk?

My family culture promotes positivity toward others as well as myself.

What is your favorite quote?

"Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment." - Erol Ozan

Photographer: @cjgphotog

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

I'm beginning an online college program with an emphasis on Exercise Science while building my student base. I'm also always looking for performance opportunities.

Sep 8, 2022

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