Blythe Olson

Blythe Olson, a Portland native, first discovered circus arts at Portland's Do Jump! in 1993, as a founding member of their youth company, the Zig Zags. Blythe went on to study a wide range of performing arts throughout high school and college, including musical theater, voice, experimental performance art, Stanislavsky and Meisner dramatic technique, Indian classical dance, mardala (Indian drum), ballet, jazz, modern and African dance. Blythe has studied acting technique at the Franco-Americain Cinema-Theatre in Paris, as well as classical Indian arts at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Gujarat, India). She is a graduate of The Circus Project's 2010 Intensive Training Troupe, and since then has been studying under Portland aerial / dance coaches Jenn Cohen (The Circus Project and San Francisco Circus Center), Daniela Steiner (Do Jump!), Gemma Adams (Night Flight), Alysia Colon (Ecole Nationale du Cirque), and Mizu Desierto (Water in the Desert). Blythe graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2009 with a concentration in Performing Arts / Anthropology. She is also a classical pianist and vocalist.

Blythe's passion for teaching rivals her love of performing. She has over seven years of experience teaching and working with children (ages 4 - 14); particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, with severe behavioral challenges, and with Asperger's Syndrome. Blythe spent several years as the Arts & Culture Supervisor for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, and has taught visual art and theater workshops to children in Guatemala and Norway. She is currently living in Madras, teaching music in Metolius and Warm Springs Elementary as an Americorps volunteer through Ethos Music Center in Portland. Blythe is so very happy to be joining the team at Gotta Dance!







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