Olivia McCall will perform the Appalachian Spring, along with other students from the Baltimore School for the Arts, at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. (Courtesy photo)
(Updated 6/13/2016) Baltimore School for the Arts student Olivia McCall will be dancing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) this Thursday. The sixteen-year-old is one of a group of students from the school selected to perform the Appalachian Spring at the famed performance space. She is, however, the only African American female dancer selected to participate in the performance. After practicing nearly every day, this aspiring 2017 high school graduate is excited to finally grace the stage.
There are also three African American male dancers from the Baltimore School for the Arts featured during the BSO performances of Appalachian Spring. Their names are: Dorien Carroll, Aaron Tyler and Aeron Buchanan.
McCall started dancing at the early age of four. “When I put her into dance I didn’t even imagine that it would flourish into her becoming a dancer at a professional level,” said her mother Patricia McCall.
“It’s breathtaking. I get emotional because I see a different side of her. It’s almost it’s like she’s in her own world,” her mother continued “Just her movement alone, it brings tears to my eyes.”
Olivia McCall has a strong passion for dance. “I feel like it’s a way to express yourself and to feel free,” said McCall.” Along with studying dance at her arts high school, McCall also dances in her church’s freedom dance youth ministry. McCall and her family attend Freedom Temple AME Zion Church in Baltimore.
McCall draws her inspiration from well-known ballet dancer Misty Copeland, and is excited to dance for an orchestra that’s featured artists since the 1900’s.
“It’s like a once in a lifetime type of experience and I’ve never done anything like this before,” said McCall.
McCall is a true product of Baltimore. She grew up in Pikesville and previously attended Woodhome Elementary School. As she enters her senior year, McCall continues to concentrate on scholastic activities. “She spends long hours performing. She spends long hours studying,” said Patricia McCall.
Although she still has time to pick a college she wants to attend, McCall plans to carry her love for dancing well into her future college years.