By Sherry Guess, Staff Writer.
Residents of Indian Rock Village were just treated to a Luau last Tuesday, complete with an accomplished young hula dancer named Olivia Mae Elofsson, in town to visit her grandmother, Maria Quillen of Fairfield Bay. I arrived at IRV just in time to enjoy Olivia’s presentation, asking for volunteers from the audience who would like to learn the hula dance. Several people volunteered and received expert advice and instruction. Finally, they all performed a dance with Olivia as their leader and coach, which was very much appreciated and well received. Grandmother Maria sang a beautiful rendition of “Remember When” and then Olivia performed additional dances for the crowd. Hawaiian punch and snacks were served by cheerful staff, sporting flowers and leis in the style of the Hawaiian tradition. Olivia, just 8 and a half years old, met with me in my office to give some more details about her life and experience. She’s been learning dance since the age of four, and is also studying karate and piano. She lives in Ft. Worth, TX with her parents, speaks a little Swedish from her dad’s heritage and Philipino dialects from her mother’s heritage. Olivia will soon start school in the third grade. As for Maria, she found Fairfield Bay a number of years ago, while traveling and fell in love with it. She now lives here full time and enjoys having Olivia come to visit as often as possible. Now retired, Maria can travel to Ft. Worth anytime Olivia can’t make it over to visit here in the Bay. Check out more photos and videos on the Fairfield Bay News facebook page: www.facebook.com/fairieldbaynews