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Life & Work with Meredith Olivia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Olivia.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I have been fortunate to have dance play such an integral part of my life. I began dancing at the age of four and went on to study dance in college at The University of Alabama. Dance has provided me with so many opportunities to grow as a person and to meet so many amazing and talented people. I truly cannot imagine who I would be without it.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, but I would say the biggest challenge I’ve faced is my own mentality. This sounds cliché, but it’s true. I’ve had to work on being kinder to myself and my journey.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I received my BA in Dance from The University of Alabama and have been making moves in the Atlanta-area since graduation. I began working as an intern for The Georgia Ballet and went on to dance professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet and Komansé Dance Theater while also starting my own dance company, Modco Dance. Through Modco, I have produced and directed live dance performances throughout Atlanta, produced and directed dance films shared at FEMMEfest with Atlanta Dance Collective, hosted an online dance film festival that showcased artists from all over the country and served as a judge for the Utah Dance Film Festival.

I have also had the honor of teaching dance at various studios throughout the Atlanta-metro area and most recently worked as an Office Manager for Dancefx Atlanta.

I’m thrilled to be opening my dance studio this Fall in East Point, Georgia. I didn’t anticipate it being possible this year. The past Spring, I had written what I referred to as my ‘hypothetical business plan’ for preparations to open a studio in the Fall of 2022. Only a couple of weeks after that, I was approached by the owners of phys.ed.atl, whom I have known for years, to see if I had any interest in opening a dance studio in their space. It felt like all the pieces falling into place. I cannot wait to see what this year brings.
I’ve always been passionate about sharing the art of dance with others. Being a dance teacher has been the most rewarding role I’ve had. Visual and performing arts are an important part of a child’s education but are sadly far too often overlooked or made unavailable. My hope is that my studio will be an outlet for students to feel they have a place to learn, create and grow.

 

Whether I’m teaching a dance class or directing a dance production, I want to foster a safe, positive and creative space for all. Dance is a creative outlet and should be used as an opportunity for us to release our inner artists.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Things (usually) do not happen overnight. Great things take time and work. For all the people doing amazing dance moves on Instagram and TikTok, you can bet they have spent hours practicing their craft. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be on your personal journey-not anyone else’s.

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