CCM Grad Sabrina Olivieri Joins Professional Dance Company
â€śNo other college would have given me all these great experiences. If I had gone to another school, I would not be dancing professionally for LimĂłn.â€ťÂ
Ever since she was a young girl, Sabrina Olivieri â€™19 dreamed of dancing for LimĂłn, one of the worldâ€™s most prominent modern dance companies.Â
Just two years after graduating from CCMâ€™s Dance Program,Â OlivieriÂ realized her dream. She was invited to join LimĂłn2, the second company of the LimĂłn Dance Foundation. The company is dedicated to developing promising modern dancers.Â
Olivieri credits CCM for helping her blossom into a professional dancer.
Â â€śCCMâ€™s Dance Program gave me so many opportunities to grow as a dancer,â€ť she says. â€śI was able to perform, to choreograph, and had small classes with professors who boosted my confidence. These experiences shaped me into the artist I am today.â€ť
Most importantly, her professors took a deep personal interest in her, especially CCM Professors Terence Duncan, Christina Paolucci, Kristin Flynn, and Mairelaine Mammon, Olivieri says. Had she gone to a bigger college, she wouldn't have had so many chances to develop artistically.
â€śNo other college would have given me all these great experiences,â€ť she says. â€śIf I had gone to another school, I would not now be dancing professionally for LimĂłn.â€ťÂ
Duncan, an assistant professor and coordinator of the dance program, says he suspected Olivieri would be offered a position at LimĂłn2 after seeing her perform at CCMâ€™s Spotlight on Dance concert.Â
â€śSabrina has grown considerably from a talented and driven student into a professional dancer,â€ť says Duncan, â€śand I canâ€™t wait to see what heights she will achieve next.â€ťÂ
Olivieri majored in dance at CCM, but also developed an interest in psychology. She later enrolled at Montclair State University, majoring in psychology. Eventually, sheâ€™d love to dance for Limonâ€™s first company but, aware of how difficult that is, sheâ€™s also plans to earn a doctorate degree in psychology. Â Â Â Â
Olivieriâ€™s past, though, revolved around dance. She started dancing when she was 2. She was a bow-legged girl whose feet turned inward, so her parents enrolled her in ballet school, hoping the training would help her. And it did. All through childhood, she excelled at dance and later enrolled in Somerset County Votechâ€™s Gifted and Talented Dance Honors Program. During high school, she won the Governor's Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance.Â
When it came time to apply to colleges, one of Votechâ€™s dance teachers, Maureen Glennon Clayton, referred Olivieri to CCM. Along with teaching, Glennon Clayton is also a professional dancer and CCM alumna. Looking back, Olivieri says Glennonâ€™s advice put her on the path to success.Â Â
â€śIâ€™m at a point in my career where I never thought Iâ€™d be,â€ť says Olivieri. â€śI want to continue to dance but I also love psychology. So if I can balance getting a Ph.D. in psychology and continue dancing, I'll be happy. I mean, anything's possible if you put your mind to it.â€ťÂ