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Hilton girl impresses judges on dance competition show

Hilton girl competes on FOX dance competition (Provided photo)

Hilton, N.Y. (WHAM) - A young Hilton girl has danced her way into the national spotlight. She wowed judges on the popular FOX show So You Think You Can Dance?

12-year-old Olivia Bevilacqua has been dancing since she was just 3 years old. Now her talents are earning her kudos from some well-known judges.

Inside Odasz Dance Theatre in Irondequoit you'll often find Bevilacqua practicing.

"I like ballet and contemporary most," she said.

Olivia auditioned in March in front of judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo.

"I was kind of nervous because it's my first time doing something like this, but I was just excited to dance," said Olivia.

She left the judges in awe.

"Your control is remarkable," said Lythgoe.

"You're a gift," said Abdul.

Her family, instructors and fellow dancers watched on.

"It was really exciting, not just for us and Olivia, but for the whole studio," said Jessica Odasz, owner of Odasz Dance Theatre.

"She's incredible to watch on stage because she speaks through her dancing. She really loves to speak to the audience and connect with the audience," said Charlene Bevilacqua, Olivia's mother.

Her performance earned her a ticket to the next round -- proof for Olivia that hard work pays off.

"I would say just keep working hard and never give up. Dreams can come true someday," said Olivia.

Olivia now heads to the next part of the competition which is the academy. She hopes to move on after that to the top ten and the live shows.


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