Olivia Al Samadi is a dancer and educator based in the Washington, DC area. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked closely with numerous esteemed choreographers both onstage and in the studio. Also a published author whose work is used as a resource for dancers all over the world, Olivia has developed interventions that make the countless benefits of dance accessible to the broader community, and for teaching practices that promote body awareness and injury prevention for students of all ages. This work is strongly intertwined with her interests in community-centered research and promoting equity in dance. Olivia facilitates classes and workshops that are thoughtfully rooted in her research practices as well as honoring the diverse experiences of everyone she works with.