By Walter Rutledge
Ingrid Silva was like every little girl who studied ballet; she dreamed of being a ballerina. As Silva’s potential became evident she realized that there was little opportunity for a dark-skinned classical dancer in Brazil. In 2008, at age 18, she left home and moved to New York City to study at the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
The fact she didn’t speak English was just another obstacle the determined young dancer quickly overcame. Within months Silva was asked to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble by Dance Theatre of Harlem Founder Arthur Mitchell. In 2012 present Artistic Director Virginia Johnson asked Silva to become a founding member of the reconstituted Dance Theatre of Harlem.
A Conversation With Ingrid Silva- Dance Theatre Of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) will present a varied and diverse program April 4th through 7th at New York City Center; and Silva will have ample opportunity to share her artistry. From Dianne McIntyre’s modern trio Change, to the thrilling Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, the female lead in Dougla and a soulful solo by Darrell Grand Moultrie this beautiful cinnamon colored ballerina will be front and center.
You have four opportunities see Ingrid and the 13 other exceptional performers during the Dance Theatre of Harlem New York Season. For more information about the upcoming Dance Theatre of Harlem New York City season, or to purchase tickets visit dancetheatreofharlem.org.
In Photo: 1) Ingrid Silva 2) Silva and Da’Von Doane 3) Choong Hoon Lee, Silva, Stephanie Rae Williams, Doane
Photo by: 1) Erin Baiano 2 & 3) Rachel Neville