Faculty: Division I, II, III, Adult; Artist Teacher
HCD Dance, DanceHartt Community Division, The Hartt School
René Olivier started her career in South Africa in 1990 with Natal Performing Arts Council Ballet Company, later renamed The Playhouse Dance Company. In 1991 she received the "Most Promising Dancer" award from Friends of the Playhouse Dance Company, and in 1997 she was awarded the First National Bank Vita award for her performances with the Playhouse Dance Company. In 1998 she joined Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada, and from 1999–2009, she was a soloist with Tulsa Ballet Theater. She transitioned from professional dancer to teacher in 2009, joining the faculty of the Charlotte Ballet in 2010. Olivier joined HCD in 2017.
She has performed featured and principal roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, In the Night and The Concert, Antony Tudor’s Gala Performance, Stanton Welch’s Bruiser, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals, Amedeo Amodio’s Carmen, Brigit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, Nacho Duato’s Na Floresta and Coming Together, Jean-Paul Comelin’s Firebird, Ali Pourfarrokh’s Nutcracker, Galina Samsova’s Sleeping Beauty, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Marcello Angelini’s Swan Lake, Mark Hawkins’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ashley Killar’s Coppelia, Nicolas Beriozoff’s Petrushka, and Ma Cong’s Carmina Burana.