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MOLLY ELLENBERG – Camp educator/ballet, Jazz, modern, acro, tap instructor
Molly Ellenberg began dancing at the age of two in her hometown of San Jose, California. She has performed solo roles in numerous ballet performances and competed as a member of the award-winning performing company of Dance Effects in Campbell, California.
Molly was also a dancer and choreographer with Finesse Dance Company at the University of California, San Diego for four years. She has advanced training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance, as well as experience in tap, hip hop, Bollywood, Classical Chinese, and Israeli dance.
Molly has years of training and experience in teaching students of all ages, in many styles and settings. She uses variety of techniques depending on the age group she is teaching. As a teacher, Molly seeks to instill a love of dance in her students and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop through dance.
NATASHA CZARNIEWY – acro, ballet, hip hop instructor
Natasha Therese Czarniewy, originally from Washington DC, began her training as a gymnast with GMS and the Arlington Aerials in VA. She than ventured into the world of dance, studying at the Washington School of Ballet, Joy of Motion, and Dance Place and was a member of Carla & Company’s 2000-2001 season. She performed at the Warner Theater, Kennedy Center, and Verizon Center as a Mystic Mayhem cheerleader with the WNBA.
She began her teaching career in WDC in 2001 at Dance Place and Ballet Petit. Ms. Czarniewy graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in dance and began her career in NYC as a principle dancer with the Amy Marshall Dance Co. She toured nationally and internationally performing and teaching in Macau, Poland, and Mexico. She was a member of KDNY dance, the Dance Theater Company, and a guest artist in residency with the Olga Dunn Dance Co. in MA.
Ms. Czarniewy continued her teaching throughout the NYC area at New York Dancers Studio and Stamford Performing Arts Center as well as universities, studios, schools, and numerous outreach programs along the East coast.
She has been a featured dance model for Lois Greenfield and has appeared in numerous calendars and her new book “Lois Greenfield: Moving Still.”
Ms. Czarniewy has spent the last 6 years performing as a dancer and aerialist with POET Theatricals on Celebrity Cruise Lines elite ships, performing Broadway, Pop, and Cirque style shows around the world. She was the cast Dance Captain, Aerial Captain, and ballroom instructor. While on the ship Ms. Czarniewy choreographed numbers for various shows, was an atmospheric performer and magician’s assistant for Martin Brock’s guest entertainer’s show. Natasha is excited to be back in DC with her husband Brian Delker and daughter Lily, where her love of dance began and to share this love of movement with you!
MARIO CERVANTES – camp educator/Latin, jazz, contemporary instructor
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Mario began dancing jazz and Mexican folk dance at academies and dance companies in his hometown at a very young age. Dance continued to be an important part of his life as he grew up, and he has trained with instructors from around the World in a variety of disciplines, including classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, Mexican folk dance, and Latin rhythms.
At the age of 15, Mario began teaching Latin rhythm dance classes in his local neighborhood, and used the money to pay for continued, formal dance training that allowed him to become a recognized professional dancer in Monterrey. He has danced for governments institutions and in the city’s top dance companies, and represented Mexico in international folk dance competitions in Italy, Russia and the United States. He has staged choreographies for amusement parks, private events, cultural and governmental institutions, and for television, including Televisa Monterrey, which regularly gave him air time to transmit live classes in a variety of styles of dance and perform choreographies with the channel crew and visiting artists.
Currently, Mario has dedicated himself to continued study of Latin rhythm dance, including salsa, bachata, cumbia and merengue, in which he carries more than 10 years of experience teaching classes and workshops in his hometown. He has taught groups of children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens in a wide variety of disciplines in academies, competitive dance groups, and private lessons.
He gives each class with the ultimate purpose to help others enjoy the musical rhythms and learn to express themselves through dance. Mario joined the Salsa With Silvia instructors team in 2017. Mario teaches adult group and private lessons in variety of styles as well as children dance camps and classes.
ANTONIA WHITE – camp educator/ballet, modern, tap instructor
Antonia White is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from Washington, D.C. Antonia’s first plie was at Scoot Montgomery Elementary where she was taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and African dance. She then joined R’Mar Dance Studio INC., at the age of 9, where she developed dance competition techniques. With R’Mar Dance Studio, Antonia entered into Dance Competitions where she won platinum and gold ratings each year at various Dance competitions. Toni exhibits vibrant dance moves. Antonia continued to study her love of art at Suitland High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program. While in the performing arts program she developed her skills in Modern dance, pointe, and choreography. At the age of 24, Antonia danced for a local basketball team called the DMV Warriors in which she was a Lady Warrior. Antonia’s passion for dance, motivated by her obsession of visual art and music lead her to teach dance classes at Lela Belles Studio of Dance. As an instructor there, she teaches Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop, however, she doesn’t stop there. Antonia dance behind a local DMV artist named JanaeMusic. Antonia is also a part of an underground dance team for the elite only called “Team Queen P” which was founded by D.C.’s very own ‘Beat Your feet queen’, Porche Anthony. Antonia makes herself available for networking in order to accomplish her goals.
AMBER DAVIS – camp educator/ballet, modern, tap instructor
Amber Davis is a Washington, D.C. native, and approaching her senior year as a dance performance major, theater minor at Towson University. Amber began her dance training with The Dance Theater of Harlem through their D.C. partnership with the Kennedy Center. She continued her formal training at Spirit Wings Dance Company & CityDance Conservatory. Through middle and high school, Amber was able to perform nationally and internationally for various conferences, workshops, and intensives. She was selected to dance for outstanding artists such as Matthew Rushing (Alvin Ailey) and Ronald K. Brown (Evidence). Amber’s professional experience began with the Beauty For Ashes Project under the artistic leadership of Chandani Darby. She is a Dean’s List scholar, and just returned from a study abroad experience at York University in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Davis is also a Killam Fellowship Scholar under Fulbright Canada. Amber is grateful for the gift of dance and theater, and the wonderful opportunities she’s been blessed with in her life.
DAVID NAVARRO – camp educator/Spanish, Latin dance instructor
David Navarro is a Bolivian-American dancer based in Washington, D.C. He teaches Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Salsa, Merengue and Bolivian Folklore. Dance has always been a part of his life, but he took a more serious approach when he began taking salsa lessons with Salsa Heat Dance Company, based in Orlando, Florida, in 2012. When David moved to the DMV in December 2013, he delved into many other types of Latin dance. He joined Ferocity Dance Company in 2015, where he performed as part of the Daniel & Desiree World Team Project. David has performed at the world-renowned DC Bachata Congress, the DC Bachata Masters and the Sunday Latin Party at Lucky Strike. David also works as an English and Computer teacher at the Spanish Education Development (SED) Center, which is located just a few blocks from the Salsa with Silvia studio in Petworth.
CHIVONNIE GIUS – camp educator/ballet, Latin, modern instructor
An enthusiastic truth-seeker who loves chocolate & the sea. Passionate about exploring the healing & therapeutic side-effects of dance; her life’s work is to cultivate safe space for self-discovery. Dedicated to evolving the group dance experience to celebrate individuality of movement & the joy of bodies united in motion Chivonnie inspires her students to seek bliss within the simplicity of every breath. As a Cultural Anthropologist she understands artistic expression is a phenomenal tool for social change & is committed to sharing the power of ecstatic movement to motivate individual potential for optimal health, transformation, personal empowerment & community development.
Chivonnie is a diverse dancer, performer and an incredibly patient teacher. She teaches ballet, modern, jazz, salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha and let your yoga dance. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and dance has always been the number one passion in her life. Chivonnie joined the Salsa With Silvia team of instructors in summer of 2016 as a summer dance camp instructor. She is currently teaching kids ballet and modern dance classes as well as adult group and private lessons on site as well as on location. Chivonnie is also the Salsa With Silvia resident performer who represents the studio at off site teaching and performing gigs.
NATALIE WAGNER – ballet, Latin sub dance instructor
Natalie Wagner is a life-long dance and fitness enthusiast with a drive to help others live a healthy lifestyle. She started dancing at five years old and hasn’t stopped. She danced ballet, tap, and jazz through highschool. In college she began studying, performing, and teaching ballroom dances and developed a particular interest in Latin dances. Her passion for salsa prompted her to join Salsa with Silvia’s Amika Dance Company performance in 2013.
Natalie’s diverse fitness background reflects her philosophy that exercise can always be fun if you’re willing to try new things. She has regularly attended group fitness classes since high school and loves yoga and long-distance running. In 2012 she co-founded a non-profit dedicated in teaching youth about healthy living through which she designed and taught cooking and fitness classes for kids’ summer camps and after-school programs. In 2015 she began weight training and competes in bodybuilding competitions. Natalie is passionate about helping others achieve their wellness goals and provides personalized fitness programs and wellness coaching.
JAZMYN SNELSON – ballet, tap, modern sub instructor
Jazmyn first began dancing at the age 5 at a small studio in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. It wasn’t long before she fell in love with all forms of dance. She has a number of years of experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance, as well as some years in gymnastics. Having a strong passion for dance, Jazmyn took on as many opportunities as possible, which included being a Radio Disney dancer for three years performing at various Radio Disney events across the Midwest. She also joined another dance studio to advance her tap and hip hop skills, in addition to some acting classes that the studio offered. Jazmyn progressed in her abilities very quickly and began dancing competitively by the age of 9. She also has experience choreographing solos and small lines dances. Currently, Jazmyn is a student at Howard University studying International Business and is excited to be apart of the Salsa with Silvia team where she can continue to grow in her craft and share her love of dance with others.
LISSETTE SAAD – camp educator/modern, ballet, Latin dance teacher
Lissette Saad, is a Cuban dancer, who graduated from the National School of Dance in Havana in 2008. After graduation, Lissette joined Codanza Dance Company of Hoguin, Cuba, where she performed and traveled nationally and internationally, including Switzerland, Corsica and Venezuela. She has won three Awards, Best Female Interpretation in Hoguin in 2014, Best Coreography Award in Havana in 2016 and a scholarship in a contest sponsored by Vladimir Malakhov’s International Festival in 2016. She has participated in three Salsa contests and won two of them in 2015 and 2016. At the Salsa With Silvia dance studio, Lissette teaches modern, ballet, contemporary and Latin dance as well as Spanish during camps.