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Meet Abi Anne Oliver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abi Anne Oliver.

Abi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The very first time I fell in love with dance was watching Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’. I was completely enchanted! This led to me taking an Irish dance class at just five years old, and even though it was my very first dance class, the instructor told my parents I had a special talent and I progressed so quickly it annoyed a lot of my fellow dancers.

Dance became my hobby, my obsession and my life very quickly! As soon as I was old enough to leave school, I went dancing college and that was that. I’ve known I wanted to be a dancer and choreographer since I took my first steps, and I’ve never allowed anything to sway me from that dream.

I originally came to Los Angeles for a mini vacation, and to train with some of the top choreographers that live here. Three days into my trip, I realized I found my home! I went back to the UK, sold everything I owned and took a chance and moved here with nothing more than two suitcases. Five years later, I’m working for local artists for music videos and live shows, taking classes every day and presenting work at some of the world’s most prestigious choreography showcases.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a very very rocky journey, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I sacrificed so much financially to pursue a career in the arts; I’m watching my friends purchase their first and second homes and take fantastic vacations. Being a freelancer means living on a strict budget whilst you’re still in the beginning stages of your career and doing that in Los Angeles, one of the most expensive places in the world to live, is very tough. I rarely can go back to the UK to visit friends and family, so I have to appreciate the trips when I’m able to!

Please tell us about your work
Alongside being a dancer, I work as a professional choreographer; I work for local up and coming artists to create pieces for live shows and concerts and music videos. I work with a range of artists, from a Persian superstar who speaks ten languages to Fox Sinclair; a Cali born hip-hop singer/songwriter. I set myself apart by paying homage to the Jazz and Jazz Funk styles that are slowly fading out of the newer generations; my early influences are Bob Fosse, Travis Payne, Tina Landon and many others. I grew up watching Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera and I were so infatuated with that style of choreography and I knew I wanted to stay within that genre. I am proud that a girl from Manchester, UK with a dream was fearless enough to take such a huge risk and come out here to start a new life!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, success is waking up and being excited about the day ahead, and knowing that you are consistently improving and feeling happy within the journey that you are on. Money comes and goes, and stability is never guaranteed, even when you feel like you’ve made it! My most successful days are when I feel content and at peace within.

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