Olivia Roman, a 12 year old student at the Ballet Academy Ventura (BAV) was awarded a full scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School at the recent California Classics ballet competition. She was selected by a panel of judges and given the award by Yoko Katsumi a member of the San Francisco Ballet School faculty member.
Olivia will attend in July for a three week program. Jasmine Duncan, another BAV student was awarded a partial scholarship to Harid Conservatory. Olivia Roman is a 7th grade student at Cabrillo Middle School where she also plays saxophone in the wind ensemble and jazz band.
San Francisco Ballet’s School is one of the most prestigious professional ballet training centers in the U.S.A… Full scholarships are given rarely by the school and only to promising young dancers.
At the California Ballet Classics competition twelve other BAV students received gold and silver awards and the school received a gold trophy award for their National Character Ensemble.
Kathleen Noblin, Founder and Director of Ballet Academy Ventura stated, “Olivia’s work ethic and exceptional talent have brought her to this place. She is most deserving and needless to say I am very proud of her work. It is also a reflection of the excellent training that Ballet Academy Ventura (BAV) provides here in Ventura. She began ballet training at 2 years old at Ballet Academy Ventura.” Olivia was coached by Marina Fliagina, Brett Weidlich and Allison Crilly, all members of the BAV teaching staff.