Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon.
After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015.
Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s L-E-V, and has worked with Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman), and Luca Veggetti, amongst others. Most recently she was a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and in the fall of 2016 danced, acted, and coached in the upcoming film, Suspiria.
She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches workshops and classes internationally, in addition to creating her own work. She is currently based out of Berlin.