Olivia Huseonica was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, and spent most of her early years training and performing with Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota. In her last year at the school, she became an apprentice with Ballet Minnesota and performed the role of Nikiya in the company’s presentation of La Bayadere Act 2. She also attended high school at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where she participated in additional training and performance opportunities as a member of the dance track.
She went on to receive an Honors Ballet BFA and a Nutrition Minor from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Through the ballet program, she was given many performance opportunities, dancing both corps and soloist roles, and was able to work with renowned guest artists such as Princess Grace Award winner Rena Butler.
Upon graduation from the U, she received the Ballet Senior Award for Choreography, an honor bestowed on one student per year, for her excellence in artistic expression. She is also a 200-hour certified instructor with Yoga Alliance, and supplements her dancing with a consistent yoga practice. Her undergraduate honors thesis, “A Delicate Balance: Raising Hormonal Health Awareness among Females in the Ballet Community,” reflects her love for dance, as well as her desire to change the culture of the ballet world to be more welcoming, inclusive and healthy. She hopes to continue this mission at Azara Ballet!