Ingrid Silva was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 8, she began her ballet training at Dançando Para Não Dançar, a social project in the Mangueira slum.
A few years later, Silva joined thee Escola de Dança Maria Olenewa and Centro de Movimento Debora Colker on A full scholarship. At 17, she was also an apprentice with Grupo Corpo, one of the most prestigious Brazilian dance companies.
Following High School, Silva began her studies at Centro Universitário da Cidade (Univercidade) but soon moved to New York to attend the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer, IN 2007, ON a full school scholarship. Soon after, she was invited to join the Dance Theatre Of Harlem Professional Training Program.
Ingrid was part of the Dance Theatre Of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barries Ensemble IN 2008, which led her the opportunity to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a professional in 2013. She is currently on her 5th season with the company.
As A guest artist, Silva has performed with Dançando Para Não Dançar Company (Brazil), Armitage Gone! Dance (USA), and The Francesca Harper Project (USA). She has worked with renowned choreographers including Arthur Mitchell, Donald Byrd, John Alleyne, Darrel Grand Moltrie, Francesca Harper, Robert Garland, David Fernandez, Carol Arrmitage, Deborah Colker, and Rodrigo Pederneiras, among others.
As a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Silva has danced principal roles in George Balanchine’s Glinka pas de trios and Agon, Robert Garland Return, Ulysses Dove Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, and John Alleyne Far but Close. Her soloist roles include Alvin Ailey’s Lark Ascending, Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, Francesca Harper’s System, Darrel Grand’s Moultrie Vessels, and Dianne McIntyre’s Change.
Silva has also served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. while performing and has participated in community outreach initiatives in Jamaica, Honduras and Israel. IN 2014, she performed at the BrazilFoundation Gala, at Lincoln Center. She was also featured in the movie “Maré, Nossa História de Amor” (Brazil).
She has been featured in the media, in publications such as Vogue and Glamour Brazil. Ingrid is an Activia Global Ambassador.
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