Olivia Ilano Davis
Olivia Ilano Davis was born in the Philippines and grew up in the Berkshire County of Western Massachusetts. She is the founder & Artistic Director of Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble. Founded in 1982, Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble is celebrating 38 years of raising dancers, making dances, and building community. The company has developed a nationally recognized outreach educational dance program, Stretching for Life serving annually 400 plus students and their families in the city of Hartford and the Greater Hartford Region. Olivia has a long history of community outreach work through multi-cultural programming in dance, music, and theater. She is a sought - after master teacher and consultant for youth and cultural organizations to build creative and progressive dance and integrated performing arts programs. Olivia has received dance commissions from The Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Concora, Symphony on Ice, to name a few and presented original works at Trinity College, University of St. Joseph, Brandeis University, Medgar Evers College, Riverside Church, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Civic Center, The Bushnell, Beacon Theater, and Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Olivia is a graduate of Smith College with a double major in dance and theater. She was honored by New England Public Radio for Arts and Humanities May 2019. The NEPR Arts and Humanities Awards recognizes those who have made a positive impact on the arts and humanities and brings awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers and cultural institutions in western New England. She was the recipient of the 2018 Polaris Awards from Leadership Greater Hartford, a recognition of leaders who demonstrate vision, skill, and courage and who have a proven track record of strengthening community leadership connections. She was the presenter for “Dance for Underserved & at - Risk Population in 2010. She was the recipient of Connecticut Dance Alliance’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009. She received the Vision Award in Arts & Education from Charter Oak Cultural Center in 2005. Olivia has continued her family’s commitment to building strong communities by using the arts to engage and participate fully in our shared American experience.