Getting to Know Olivia

Olivia Kelly has been a professional dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre since the 2011-12 season.

Hometown: Cincinatti, OH

Number of years as a dancer: 11

Training: I began dancing when I was 10 at Ballet Tech Ohio. I studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School's Graduate program.

Favorite Role: My favorite role is Giselle. She is a great character to dance because it's very hard technically and acting wise. It is one of my favorite ballets.

Favorite choreographer: One of my favorite choreographers is Christopher Wheeldon. He is such a talented choreographer. He just created a new version of Alice in Wonderland, and it is spectacular!

Family: There is my mom, dad, and me along with 2 Bichon dogs, Leo and Lily.

Hobbies: I love cooking and baking. I love how you can create so many different tastes just by adding or subtracting something. I also love decorating cakes. There are so many different ways to decorate and specialize a cake, then to see everyone's face when you reveal your creation is just priceless.

Favorite spot or hangout in Pittsburgh: My favorite spot in Pittsburgh is my apartment. There is nothing better than coming home after a hard day of dance.

Favorite vacation: My family and I went to Bali one summer. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. We layed around the entire time. It was fantastic!

What three things can always be found in your refrigerator? Coffee creamer, Greek yogurt, and mushrooms.

Finish this statement, "People may be surprised to know that...": My family lived in Shanghai, China for almost 4 1/2 years.

Greatest influence: My parents, I look up to them for everything.

Favorite thing about dance: Performing. There is no better feeling than dancing on stage, doing something you love.

Least favorite thing about dance: Injuries. Ballet is so physically demanding and your body can only take so much.

Favorite television show: Grey's Anatomy

Future plans: I want to go to culinary school and open my own bakery one day.

Advice to students: Never give up. Everything in life is hard and there is no better feeling than achieving a goal you set for yourself.