“Becoming a professional dancer was my dream and I’m so happy to share everything about my life and my world with you. Dance has really changed my life.”
— Ingrid Silva
Photo by Lucinda Grange.

Photo by Lucinda Grange.


About Ingrid Silva

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 7th 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), Perfomed Romeu & Juleit Balcony Pas by Keneth MacMillan with Thiago Soares in a Gala Thiago and Friends in Brazil 2019.

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, Valse Fantaisie, Robert Garland Return, Ulysses Dove Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, and John Alleyne Far but Close, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Balamouk, Coming Together by Nacho Duato, Black Swan Variation and Coda, Dialogues by Glen Tetley, Dougla Bride Geofrey Holder

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, Pas de Dix by Raymonda Act III, Gloria by Robert Garland, New Bach by Robert Garland,The Joplin Dancers, by Robert Garland, Swan Lake; Pas de Quatre by Marius Petipa, Concerto in F by Arthur Mitchell.

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 Brazil Foundation Gala, at lincoln center.

She was also featured in the movie "Maré, nossa história de amor"By Lucia Murat.

She has been featured in the media, in publications such as Vogue and Glamour, Teen vogue, Alurre Magazine, Refinary29, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Dance Magazine, People Magazine, Essence, ESPN Women, Bustle, Claudia, Heatlh, BET, O Globo and many more.

In 2017 Ingrid Silva featuring her as the new Activia brand ambassador. The cornerstone of the campaign was an internationally lauded online film about Ingrid’s life and how she found strength from within to achieve her goals. The broader campaign included a 360-degree video experience and editorial content.

Ingrid's JOURNEY TO YOUR DREAM won a Cannes Silver Lion for Film Craft and many more international awards.

She was Ponite Magazine Cover in 2017 the first african brazilian in the cover.

Have worked with many brands around the world.

In 2017 worked with Alicia keys in her jacket campaign.

In 2018 She was invited by United Nations to speak at Social Good Summit. Padma Lakshmi, Achim Steiner and Ingrid Silva: How women are leading the call to leave no one behind

She founded EmpowHer New York in 2017. Empowherny is a collaborative platform created to share stories and give a voice to real women who are determined to achieve their goals, despite any challenges they face.

The idea of the project is to create a safe environment for all women to discuss their experiences, difficulties, and achievements without judgment, while always encouraging sorority and dialogue.

Through our instagram profile @empowher_ny, we introduce the life and routine of different empowherny women. Our daily "Takeovers" give women the creative freedom to share their day-to-day journey.