Olivia McBain to Compete in Youth America Grand Prix in New York
We are so delighted to share with you some really exciting news about one of our amazing young dancers! Eighth grade student, Olivia McBain will be competing in Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York in April. Olivia competed at the local level placing second in her classical variation, Odalisque from Le Corsiare and she landed in the top twelve for her contemporary variation, Orchid by NADA instructor, Christina Simkovich. As a result of her tremendous work she will bring both solos to the stage in New York!
Olivia will be in New York for two weeks as part of a once in a lifetime, jam packed opportunity! She will be part of the Gala production at the Lincoln Center. After she competes with both solos, she will attend master classes for an opportunity to earn scholarships to train with some of the biggest ballet companies in the U.S.
Olivia is an eighth grade student at South Forsyth Middle School. She has been since dancing since the age of five, attending NADA’s Pre-Professional Summer Intensive Program for the past two years, performing in three summer productions; Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. Additionally she spent time last summer attending MODAS 2018 Summer Intensive in New Mexico on scholarship. This summer she’ll be attending the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive on scholarship for five weeks.
Olivia’s parents, both dancers, are so grateful the training, love and support provided by NADA and our community. “…all of her wonderful friends at NADA feel more like family who have been by her side in support and encouragement year after year. The journey is even sweeter when you get to share it with great friends,” says mom, Claudia McBain.
Olivia and her family wish to send heartfelt and gracious thanks to the following people for helping her reach the highest heights and achieve her biggest goals:
NADA/NADT Director, teacher, mentor, Michael Garrison
Stacey Slichter YAGP coordinator, teacher, YAGP trainer, and mentor
Christina Simkovich, YAGP Contemporary Choreographer, trainer, teacher, mentor
Tatiana Makarova, YAGP trainer, teacher and mentor
Julia Jensen (NADA 2019 Senior) for allowing Olivia to borrow her Odalisque costume
We are looking forward to watching this young lady take the dancing world by storm! Good luck in New York, Olivia!