Legacy Dancer Olivia Russo named Honorable Mention for YoungArts program

Olivia Russo, a current Legacy III dancer, was recently awarded an Honorable Mention based on her tap audition for the 2012 YoungArts program, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). The press release states: “Chosen from more than 5,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, [Olivia] will receive a monetary award and join the ranks of the 16,000 YoungArts alumni, including such notables as multimedia artist Doug Aitken; actors Vanessa Williams, Raúl Esparza, and Kerry Washington; and musicians Nicki Minaj and Chris Young. . . . Olivia is one of this year’s YoungArts 174 Honorable Mention Award Winners, selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories. There are a total of 597 YoungArts winners in total, including 152 YoungArts Finalists.”

“We are honored to recognize all of these fine young artists,” said Paul T. Lehr, NFAA’s Executive Director. “They represent the next generation of extraordinary artistic talent, and it is our hope that their experience with YoungArts will compel them to pursue their passions.”

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