Welcome back to the Untamed Podcast. In Episode 4, I talk with professional ballerina Ingrid Silva about dance, the gift of opportunity, her mother’s influence, being a ballerina of color, a day in her life, our mutual affection for french bulldogs and tattoos – AND MORE.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Ingrid began ballet studies at the age of 8 at Projeto Dancando Para Nao Dancar. She studied at Escola de Danca Maria Olenewa, Centro de Movimento Debora Colker on full scholarship and at age seventeen joined Grupo Corpo as an apprentice. Following high School, she attended Univercidade da Cidade. She attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Program on full scholarship in 2007, joined the Professional Training Program and Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble in 2008 and became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s professional Company in 2013 where she continues to dance today.
As guest artist, Silva performed with Dançando Para Não Dançar in Brasil, Armitage Gone!Dance, and The Francesca Harper Project. Silva’s work with choreographers includes Arthur Mitchell, Donald Byrd, John Alleyne, Darrel Grand Moltrie, Francesca Harper, Robert Garland, David Fernandez, Carol Armitage, Deborah Colker, Rodrigo Pederneiras and many others. With Dance Theatre of Harlem Silva has danced Principal roles in George Balanchine’s Glinka Pas de Trois and Agon, Robert Garland’s Return, Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven and John Alleyne’s Far but Close. Soloist roles include Alvin Ailey’s Lark Ascending, Donald Byrd’s Contested Space, and Darrel Grand Moltrie’s Vessels.
As a cultural ambassador for the U.S State Department Silva has performed and provided community outreach in Jamaica, Honduras and Israel. She performed at the Brasil Foundation’s Lincoln Center 2014 Gala and was featured in the Brasilian film Mare Nossa Historia de Amor. Ingrid was featured recently in Vogue and Glamour magazines in Brazil and is currently an Activia Global Ambassador.
To learn more about Ingrid visit her website at ingridsilvaballet.com.
1:04 UNTAMED Announcements
3:45 Ingrid Silva’s Professional Bio
6:25 Ingrid Introduces Herself and Shares Her Story
9:40 Learning to Speak English
11:38 How I Discovered Ingrid
12:20 Ingrid’s Inspiration
13:28 On Being a Black Ballerina
15:40 The Value of Opportunity
17:15 Ingrid’s Advice for Young Dancers
18:51 Ingrid’s Dance Dreams
20:25 A Day in the Life of a Professional Ballerina
23:15 The Benefits of a Dance Career
25:00 The Problem with Pointe Shoes
26:45 Why Dancers of Color Dye Their Tights and Shoes
28:05 Ingrid’s Pointe Shoe Process
30:20 What Ingrid Does for Fun
31:18 Frida Kahlo the Frenchie
34:00 French Bulldog Love
35:00 Ingrid Answers the Untamed Closing Questions
51:16 One Word UN Words
52:40 Where to Learn More and Stay Connected with Ingrid
53:50 Dance Theater of Harlem New York Season
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Lu Uhrich is the host and producer of the Untamed Podcast. She is also the founder of LU|EATS,LLC (www.lueats.com) where she works one-on-one with clients as an Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor and Life Coach.
Photography by Sam Interrante
Intro/Outro Music by Shoyei
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