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Olivia Bruno

Dayton, Ohio

Education and Training:
Pontecorvo Ballet Studios/Gem City Ballet starting the Professional Training Division at age 9 under Barbara Pontecorvo, Dayton Ballet Jr. and Sr. company, current dance major at Wright State University (2019-2023).

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What other organizations or dancers have you previously danced with?
I was in Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division (2017-2018), Trainee with BalletMet (2018-2019), and dancer with Wright State Dance Program (2019-current).

What is your favorite thing about being a dancer?
My favorite thing about being a dancer is how I am always pushed to grow; physically, mentally and emotionally.

What is your favorite memory at the Dayton Ballet?
My favorite memory at the Dayton Ballet was dancing in the Nutcracker and being a part of such a big production. Especially dancing in the waltz of the flowers and feeling the energy from all 12 women on the stage.

What is your favorite thing about the Dayton Ballet?
My favorite thing about the Dayton Ballet is the positive environment and strong sense of community. Being from Dayton I love the strong connection and history that the Dayton Ballet has with the Dayton community.

Favorite role or costume so Far?
My favorite role so far was a courtier in Dayton Ballet’s Cinderella (Spring 2021), it was really fun to act and dance. I also enjoyed dancing Serenade set by Jerri Kumery with BalletMet’s trainee program

What do you want patrons to know about you?
I am also a teacher in the Dayton Ballet School!

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a professional dancer?
I also have a passion for makeup, so I would enjoy being a makeup artist. I love that doing stage makeup is part of my job as a dancer.

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Do you have pets?
I have an Australian shepherd named Mario

What are you most looking forward to this season?
I am excited for my first official season with Dayton Ballet!

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Be persistent. There’s a place for you in the dance world, you just have to find it. Don’t compare your journey to others and keep carving your own path.