Summit Right Brain: Olivia Roy and Kaylin Lilly play the witches in Alpine Dance Academy’s ‘Land of Oz’
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It’s easy to see why the two petite dancers were a perfect match for their roles in the Alpine Dance Academy’s spring recital Saturday. Olivia Roy, 17, has strikingly dark hair and eyes while her counterpart, Kaylin Lilly, 18, is a bright blonde with fair skin.
Roy plays Elphaba, better known as the evil witch in “The Land of Oz,” an original dance production inspired by “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz” and “Wicked.” Glinda the Good Witch is portrayed by Lilly, and the two high school seniors say they can relate to their characters in more than just looks.
“I have a bit of a dark and stormy attitude, but Kaylan helps brighten me up, which is what Glinda does in the recital,” Roy said.
Lilly said while Roy is a great fit for Elphaba, she prefers playing the good witch.
“In the end, I end up changing Olivia and bringing the light out of her, out of Elphaba, and, throughout the show, I’m trying to save everyone from her evilness,” she said.
The pair are dedicated dancers, having been enveloped in the activity since they were 2 years old, and their passion for the sport is evident in their words. They have both dedicated a majority of their free time and most of their lives to dance, and the spring recital will be their final role with Alpine Dance Academy before heading off to college.
Each staying in the West, Roy is headed to the University of San Diego to possibly major in biology. Lilly will stay relatively local and attend University of Colorado Boulder to study business and dance.
Summit Daily News: How did you first get into dancing?
Olivia Roy: I was 2 years old when I first started dancing, and my mom stuck me in a ballet class with my sister, and I’ve been in it ever since. I took a gap year when my teacher moved away, and I tried to play basketball, but I ended up back at dance because it’s where I belong.
Kaylin Lilly: I was 2. My mom put me in gymnastics and dance, and then eventually once I fell in love with dance and it got more serious and required more commitment, I devoted all my time to it and gave up gymnastics.
SDN: What will be the highlight of the recital?
OR: I think just the last time I get to really dance with the girls (who) have become my family will be the best part. And getting to showcase after all of my years of hard work is really important to me.
KL: The last song … the dance where Olivia and I make up, and it’s our dance — it’s my favorite one.
SDN: What inspires you when it comes to dancing?
OR: I usually take inspiration from whatever is happening in my life at the time, so whether it be with my family or friends, I usually just take energy from that and put it into my dances.
KL: It’s super easy to tune in what’s happened in your life with any sort of music, so you can relate to any type of song and bring that through in your movement and dancing.
SDN: What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
OR: I’d say that it’s hard at first and there are a lot of words you need to learn, and the technique is hard to get at first, but, after you get the basics, it’s the most fun, and one of the best things I could have done with my life.
KL: You have to be ready for a lot of commitment. Also, most sports your main goal is to get a goal or whatever it is, and, with dance, that’s not really the goal. The goal is to get a story out to the audience, so you have to be ready for that, and it’s super different than anything else you are going to do.
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