Olivia grew up in Michigan where she trained in ballet, jazz and tap at Spotlight Dance Academy. She went on to teach and choreograph for Spotlight as well as Young Dance Academy in Milwaukee, WI. Olivia earned her bachelors in biochemistry at Marquette University where she co-founded Pure Dance Marquette, a college dance company now in its 22nd season. During graduate school, Olivia participated in ‘Dance your PhD’ a competition to express your PhD research in dance form. After completing her PhD in genetics at Case Western Reserve University in 2016, Olivia moved to Boston and now leads a research lab at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.  Olivia is ecstatic to have dance back in her life and is excited to be choreographing for DanceWorks Boston for the first time this season.