I recently had the joy of asking the phenomenal Olivia Berhmann some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an incredible dancer, Olivia graces the stage with poise, elegance and beauty. Her dedication to ballet is unmatched and this is seen though her presence on stage. Without a doubt Olivia will be inspiring the next generation of ballerinas soon. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was 7, but I didn’t really focus on ballet until I was 12
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am currently with Boston Ballet II
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for around 7 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Freeds: DV 2.5 size 6X. L and Triangle are my favorite makers
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
There was a dance studio across the street from where I did gymnastics, so I decided to take a ballet class one day just to try it out
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
It’s so hard to just choose one! Out of the ones I’ve performed, I would say Gamzatti and Wedding Paquita are my favorites. I also love Diana & Acteon, but I’ve never done that one
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I work for Boston Ballet, and I absolutely love it here! Aside from BB, Royal Ballet is my dream company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I don’t have a favorite memory, but I love performing and being on stage. One of my most memorable moments was probably when I got my job here at Boston Ballet. I had no words to express how excited and grateful I was
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Nunez is my idol. Along with her near perfection technique & incredible artistry, she is one of the sweetest, most humble people I’ve met (meeting her was a dream come true!)
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is to never give up. Everyone has good & bad days. Ballet can be frustrating, but it is all worth it in the end. It’s important to push yourself even when you don’t feel like it. There’s always someone out there working harder than you
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both classical and romantic tutus, but I’d have to say classical tutus are my favorite
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I don’t have too much free time, but I love going on walks, listening to music, and shopping of course!