About Silje Olava

Silje Olava graduated from the Norwegian College of Dance (NCD) in 2015 with a bachelor in dance and pedagogy, with a major in jazzdance. She is now working full-time as a dance teacher, freelance dancer and choreographer, both nationally and abroad. Since graduating from NCD, she has worked as a dance teacher at Oslo Cultural School and Jessheim Dance School, where she teaches all ages in a variety of dance styles. She has also taught internationally through workshops in Kampala, Uganda, and Macau, China. In the fall of 2018 she started studying at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Practical Pedagogical Education, to further develop and expand her teaching skills. 

As a freelancer, the assignments range from shows and performances, to TV shows and music videos. "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Fiddler on the Roof" and a national tour with comedian Tommy Steine's stand up show "Latterlig Livredd" are some of

the shows she has done. In addition, she has

acquired knowledge from longer and shorter stays

abroad. She lived 3 months in Paris via an exchange
program from NCD, and taken classes in New York,
Uganda, Ukraine and Los Angeles.

As artistic director, Silje Olava travelled with a group of 20 performers to Macau in the summer of 2016, and attended the International Youth Dance Festival. In the summer of 2018, she returned with the hip hop crew Radix, with whom she is co-leader, dancer and application manager. Silje Olava and Radix performed their artistic production "Blikkbox" at the dance festivals 'Time for Dance' and 'Dansekunst for Barn' arranged by Dansekunst i Grenland.

As a producer, Silje Olava made two performances in the summer of 2017; a children's performance that premiered at Kilden Theater 1st of July, and the performance "Feast Your Eyes" (FYE) in Kampala later that month. FYE was a collaboration project with dancers from Kampala where they presented the results of a two week intensive project period.

Photo by Marit Nyhus. Hair by Nina Trettøy.

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