Olive Prince is a dancer, choreographer, and educator who completed her Master's in Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography at Temple University in 2005. She has danced professionally in Philadelphia with many leading dance companies including Group Motion Multimedia Dance Company (2005-2008) where she toured internationally, worked with Oscar Araiz, and choreographed on the company. She is presently a company member with Kun Yang Lin/Dancers where she has toured to Indonesia and Taiwan and Merian Soto Performance Practice where she has been a part of the One Year Wissahickon Park Project from the inception and a collaborative artist in the 2009 Live Arts premier of Postcards from the Woods. Her performance credits include the Live Arts Festival (PHL), Lincoln Center Out Doors Festival (NYC), Dance Boom (PHL), Dancin' in Da Bronx (NYC), and the Interlochen Arts Festival (MI) among others.
Prince is the artistic director of Olive Prince Dance where she focuses on contemporary choreography that explodes with physicality, detail, gestures, and dynamic movement patterning. OPD was most recently commissioned by Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens to choreograph a site-specific piece for the 2011 Philadelphia International Arts Festival. In the same year she was asked to choreograph on the Drexel University Dance Ensemble to present work at the International Youth Festival in Singapore. She was also selected to premier new work for the 2010 Live Arts Festival’s show 8 (8 choreographers/8 new works). She presented Under Desire a quartet that utilized a set piece of massive ropes that draped from the ceiling and sprawled onto the floor. In 2009, Prince was a commissioned choreographer for Group Motion Dance Company where she created site-specific work that premiered at the Philadelphia Art Museum as part of Group Motion’s City Dances/Parkway. In the same year she was also commissioned to choreograph for the junior company of Singapore Dance Ensemble while they were attending a residency in Philadelphia.
Olive Prince spent two formative years as a Resident Artist with the Susan Hess Choreographer’s Group where she had the privilege of deeply investigating her creative process, intuitive reasoning, and choreographic choices through multiple showings of works in progress, 48-hour dance making exercises, and week-long intensives with Simon Dove and Lucinda Childs. Prince was also a nEW Festival Artist from 2007-2009 where she presented Old Girl, New (quartet) and Serenade (duet). Prince presented her first evening length concert, Spare Change, at the CEC in 2006-2007 as part of the New Edge Dance Residency program in Philadelphia. This concert included experimental video and sound collages that Prince created.
Prince's dance and video works earned numerous accolades, including the American College Dance Festival/Dance Magazine Award Nominee for Outstanding Student Performer; the Temple University Emerging Choreographer Award; a project completion grant from the Graduate Board at Temple University; a grant from Westphal College at Drexel University, and a grant from the Experimental Television Center. She has also received support for professional development through Dance Advance where she has been selected to travel to Singapore, Florida, and London for artistic exchange. Prince has also shown work at International Contemporary Dance Conference, New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Joyce Soho, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at many local universities.
As an educator Prince has taught at Drexel University as an Assistant Teaching Professor for 4 years. She has contributed to the program by teaching modern technique, improvisation, composition, and also choreographing on the student ensemble, directing a touring ensemble that presents assembly programs to elementary school students, and directing an interdisciplinary performance charrette. You can learn more at oliveprince.com