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Donna Silva

Ballet; Pointe; Partnering; Pedagogy Faculty

Donna Silva has extensive and diversified training with Leila Crabtree of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of New York, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the American Ballet Theatre School and the American Ballet Center. She has given performances throughout America and Europe with the Manhattan Festival Ballet and Radio City Music Hall, as soloist with the Joffrey Ballet and as principal dancer with the First Chamber Dance Company and Bern State Theatre of Switzerland. Numerous guest appearances including the White House for President Johnson; and The King and I, West Side Story and On The Town with the Akar Dance Group and Il Cerchel Magic of Switzerland. Silva has worked directly with well-known choreographers such as Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, Charles Bennett, Kurt Jones, Eliot Feld, David Blair, Agnes DeMille, Paul Sanassardo, Alvin Ailey, Joe Layton, Tod Bolender, Leonide Massine, Anna Sokolow, Anne Schlotz, Ted Shawn, Alexandra Danilova and LaMeri.

Silva's teaching experience includes the Bern State Theater Ballet Company, Zurich Ballet Company (Ballet Mistress), Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance Academy Silva (founder and director, Switzerland), First Chamber Ballet Dance Company and the Portland Ballet Company and School. She is currently a faculty member of the Boston Ballet and the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education Summer Program.

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