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Meet: Ingrid Silva

INGRID SILVA // ACTIVIA from Ben Briand on Vimeo.

Breaking into the world of professional dance is a formidable challenge for even the most talented dancers. Now add to that a life story that includes growing up poor in a working class neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, not having enough money for ballet classes, facing discrimination in the dance world for having dark skin, and having to make the painfully difficult decision to uproot yourself and say goodbye to your family to come to the United States (without speaking a word of English), and you have Ingrid Silva’s story.

Silva, now 27, defied the odds and is now flourishing as a professional dancer at one of the country’s most esteemed companies. She is a company member at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and performs on stages across the globe. Her elegance, technique, and perseverance got her to where she is today. And her unique sense personal style on stage keep audience members enthralled. Find out more about Silva’s story in the video or on her Instagram page.