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Donna Silva was born in New York. Her initial training was under the direction of former dancer of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Lila Crabtree. Ms. Silva experienced extensive, diversified training with Margaret Craske, Alfredo Corvino, and Anthony Tudor at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School; Valentina Pereyaslavec and Yurek Lazowski at American Ballet Theatre; and Robert Joffrey, Perry Brunson, Hector Zaraspe at the American Ballet Center/Joffrey Ballet.
Ms. Silva has danced throughout America and Europe with the Joffrey Ballet Company including a performance for President Johnson at The White House. Following Joffrey Ballet, she served as principal artist (and taught) with First Chamber Dance Company of New York and Bern State Theater, Switzerland. Boston Ballet invited Ms. Silva to appear in character roles in: Lady of Camellias (2004) and Cinderella (2005). Her earlier performing experiences were with Manhattan Festival Ballet, Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company, and Carnegie Hall as a young dancer. While in Europe (Bern State Theater) she appeared in West Side Story and On The Town. She served on the Jury for the Prix D’Aarau Competition.
Ms. Silva’s comprehensive and considerable teaching experiences in Switzerland include Zurich State Theatre Ballet (Ballet Mistress, under Uwe Scholtz). She was also invited to teach with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brussels, Belgium.
Dance Academy Silva was founded and directed by Ms. Silva in 1985. Her teaching and choreographed pieces continued to be in evident through 2014 even though she returned to the USA in 1993. Her legacy has continued to provide excellent teaching/training with First Chamber Dance Company of New York, Cornish College (Seattle), Portland Ballet Company/School (Maine), and Boston Ballet School under the direction of Bruce Marks, Anne Marie Holmes, and Mikko Nissinen (1994-2007). During this time, she recruited dancers and taught for the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Programs, recruited dancers for the Dance Program of Boston Conservatory (1995-2005), and choreographed several works for students at both programs. Ms. Silva has also been a guest teacher for Robert Joffrey’s NY School Summer Program. Following 22 years as Professor of Dance and four Most Outstanding Faculty awards, she retired from Boston Conservatory (1994-2016).
Currently, Ms. Silva is a certified Pilates instructor and part of the South Shore Ballet Theatre faculty. Ms. Silva has highly contributed to the art of dance in America and Europe, continuing to be a driving force to this day.