Olivia Cece is basically living the dream: The 20-year-old dancer from Cranston, RI, is a sophomore at Pace University where she takes 15 classes a week and is dancing pretty much nonstop. When she’s not in class, Olivia is booking professional gigs or working at competitions and conventions including Headliners and Artists Simply Human. And did we mention she’s still in college? Here’s a peek at a day in Olivia’s super hectic—and a little bit glamorous!—life.
7:00 am: My alarm goes off and I hit snooze, immediately falling back asleep until my second alarm goes off. Then it’s time to get up. I have a big day ahead! I jump out of bed and look out the window at the sun peeking out from behind the Freedom Tower.I curl my hair with my curling wand and throw on my Stella Pants. Gotta be cute and casual for a day of traveling!
8:30 am: I head outside with my roommate, Logan, for our morning Dunkin Donuts coffee run. They know our orders by now: “two caramel swirl iced coffees with skim.” I also go across the street to the market to grab a Greek yogurt with blueberries.
9:00 am: Time for Choreography Class with Jess Hendricks in the Pace Performing Arts Building—one of my favorite classes of the week. My classmates and I are creating a final project piece that we’ll present for an audience next week.
10:05 am: I have to leave class a bit early to catch the subway on my way to the bus station with my two friends, Courtney and Ali. I grab some smoked almonds and a Core water to snack on during the bus ride, and we’re off to Philadelphia! We keep ourselves entertained by filming each other on our GoPro camera for a documentary we’re working on, and I snuck in an hour-long nap. When we arrive in Philly, there’s a car waiting for us that brings us right to set where we’re filming a new video for up-and-coming rapper “Ricky Rude.” The set is awesome—we’ll be dancing on top of a vintage car!
As soon as we arrive, we change into our all-black apparel, touch up our makeup, eat some fresh fruit, and get right to filming. We do each take of the choreography over and over, about 10 times each; each time, the camera is focused on different areas, distances, and parts of the scene. After the dance shots, we hop in the vintage car and vibe to the music while the crew films us from an SUV in front of us. The weather is beautiful, warm, and sunny, with a perfect breeze.
Three hours later, we’re done filming, and the footage is awesome! Ricky calls an Uber to take us back to the bus station, and with that we’re headed back to New York City.
7:30 pm: We’re back in the city, and Courtney and I grab a mixed salad with grilled chicken, almonds, and veggies, plus an iced tea. It’s been a long day! I had so much fun performing for the camera and doing what I love all day.
9:00 pm: I’m finally back in my room, unpacking my bag from the day—and repacking it for my 7:30 am flight tomorrow! I’ll be spending the weekend working with Headliners Dance Championships. Today was a long day, but it was totally worth it. For now, though, all I can think about is a hot shower and sleeping right up until my 5:00 am alarm goes off!