Dancer Spotlight: Ingrid Silva, Sugar Plum Fairy

Ingrid Silva is no stranger to Berks Ballet Theatre — in the summer of 2015 she was a guest faculty member during the Conservatory’s Summer Intensive. The dancers were fortunate to spend a week working with her on classical technique as well as various classical variations. It’s now very exciting to have her joining us on stage as the Sugar Plum Fairy in this year’s production of “The Nutcracker!” Read below for an interview with Ingrid and learn more about her credits and accomplishments.

Join us December 16 & 17 for three chances to see Ingrid perform in The Nutcracker with Berks Ballet Theatre!

Photos: Nathan Sayers for Pointe Magazine

BBT: “What do you most enjoy about ‘The Nutcracker?'”

Ingrid: I love being a guest artist with different companies during Nutcracker season as it allows me to see the differences and special twists that every company puts on their productions of The Nutcracker!”

BBT: “What are you most looking forward to as you guest with BBT?” 

Ingrid: “I loved teaching at BBTCD in the summer — the dancers are very passionate and focused. I really connected with them in the studio. I can’t wait to share the stage with them and see that passion come to life!”

Ingrid’s career highlights:  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Ingrid Silva began ballet studies at the age of 8 at Projeto Dancando Para Nao Dancar. Silva 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.

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. 

In 2016 Silva was part of an Activia campaign and was also nominated the brand’s Global Ambassador embracing Women’s Empowerment. More recently she has been featured in Vogue and Glamor magazines in Brazil, as well as gracing the cover of Pointe Magazine in June/July 2017 — she’s the first African Brazilian to do so!