- B.F.A in Dance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Olivia Katz grew up in Pasadena, California where she studied ballet at The Collenette School of Dancing and was a part of the Mayfield Senior School Dance Conservatory, where she studied under Denise Darnell and Frit and Frat Fuller. Her training background includes ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and improvisation. Olivia has over 10 years of experience teaching students from ages 2 years to adults; her cumulative experience has included teaching in Pasadena, Los Angeles, Kansas, and Washington D.C. Olivia studied at The California Institute of the Arts from which she graduated with her BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2012.
During her time at CalArts, she was mentored by Andre Tyson and performed in works by Daniel Charon, Natalie Metzger, and Darrell Grand Moultrie in addition to choreographing a handful of her own pieces. Additionally, two of her works premiered in the CalArts New Works Festival, one of which was a site-specific dance-theatre piece. After graduating from CalArts, Olivia performed throughout Los Angeles in works at REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, ARC, and Pieter Performance Space. She then moved to Washington D.C. where she lived for two years, teaching in various dance schools, and was a company member of Glade Dance Collective. She has performed in many cities including Pasadena, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and at Green Space in Queens, New York. Olivia is also a mother of two little children. She is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Focus Dance Center and has a great passion for educating all forms of dance and movement. Olivia hopes to inspire students at every level to embrace their love of dance and achieve their artistic goals.