Olivia Galgano directs the classical ballet program at Art of Motion and choreographs excerpts from classical repertory, as well as original work. Olivia began her ballet training with the Boston School of Ballet at the age of seven under the direction of E. Virginia Williams. At the age of 16, she became a member of the New England Civic Ballet Company, presently known as the Boston Ballet Company. As a soloist, her performances included Rustic Wedding, which was created specifically for her by Leon Danielian. The work was premiered at the Boston Arts Festival and also performed at the Gloucester Arts Festival. She was then invited to join and became one of the youngest members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, touring throughout the United States and Canada. Olivia’s repertoire included over 50 ballets, and she performed solo roles in such ballets as Coppelia, Swan Lake, Gaite Parisienne, Le Beau Danube, and Sombreros. Her coaches at Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo included renowned artists as Fredrick Franklin, Anton Vilzak, Leon Danielian, and Irina Barovska. A resident of Paramus, Olivia has been teaching in Bergen County and has choreographed extensively collaborating with Lynn Needle and conductors, composers, lighting and costume designers. Along with her dedication to teaching and choreographing, she has served as chairperson of the Cultural Committee for the Paramus Schools and has assisted the music department in creating and developing movement into their curriculum. Olivia was co-owner and artistic director of the Classic Ballet School in Closter, NJ for over 20 years. The Classic Ballet Ensemble has performed throughout the New Jersey school system and other community facilities. As co-director of Art of Motion, Olivia looks forward to continuing her commitment to live music and dance by sharing her love, passion, and expertise with the arts community of Bergen County. Olivia Galgano is an Adjunct Professor at Bergen Community College.