The 2015 Salsa With Silvia Instructor Of The Year Award Goes To…
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Salsa With Silvia instructor Kelly Atwood grabs this year's Instructor Of The Year Award

Salsa With Silvia instructor Kelly Atwood grabs this year’s Instructor Of The Year Award

Well deserved, the Salsa With Silvia Instructor of 2015 went to Kelly Atwood!!! The award recipient is determined by a combination of students votes, number of new students per year and overall performance throughout the year.

Team Kelly wins the first annual Salsa With Silvia student contest.

Team Kelly wins the first annual Salsa With Silvia student contest.

Salsa With Silvia instructors Kelly, Jennifer and Derrick with owner Silvia. Kelly and Jennifer won awards for most dedicated and long term instructors, Kelly and Derrick won awards for most dedicated members of Silvia's dance team, Amika Dance Company.

Salsa With Silvia instructors Kelly, Jennifer and Derrick with owner Silvia. Kelly and Jennifer won awards for most dedicated and long term instructors, Kelly and Derrick won awards for most dedicated members of Silvia’s dance team, Amika Dance Company.

This year, Kelly Atwood also trained and choreographed a team of students and won the Best Student team award at our first annual student showcase. In addition, Kelly Atwood has been co-training the Salsa With Silvia performance team, Amika Dance Company, directed by owner Silvia Alexiev. Kelly is now in charge of leading team practices and training the team. Kelly has participated in nearly every performance with the team, including the New York, Philly, DC and Baltimore Salsa Congresses. She has volunteered to teach at local schools and farmers markets. In 2014 Kelly Atwood was featured live on FOX 5 teaching the host of the show how to dance samba. Click to see video of the full interview.

Salsa With Silvia's Instructor Kelly on FOX TV's Good Day Show, April 8, 2014

Salsa With Silvia’s Instructor Kelly on FOX TV’s Good Day Show, April 8, 2014

In 2015 Kelly Atwood also won awards for most dedicated performance team member for being a part of Silvia’s team since its beginning in 2011, as well as an award for most dedicated Salsa With Silvia instructor. Kelly has been teaching for Salsa With Silvia since the opening of its DC studio in 2011.

Kelly is a valuable member of the Salsa With Silvia team and contributes greatly to the success of the studio.

KELLY ATWOOD’S BIO:

Kelly Atwood started building her dance foundation through many years of competitive gymnastics. At the start of High School, Kelly decided to switch to a performance gymnastics group where she learned to choreograph individual and group routines. She also became a cheerleader and participated and helped choreograph in the annual

Salsa With Silvia instructors Derrick & Kelly in a photoshoot of performance choreography 2015

Salsa With Silvia instructors Derrick & Kelly in a photoshoot of performance choreography 2015

musicals. When Kelly went off to college she returned to competitive gymnastics and became the team captain and choreographer. It was that summer when Kelly went to Mexico to study Spanish that she learned the basics of Salsa. When she returned she continued to practice the basics and took a social dance class. However, it was not until four years later when she returned to Mexico that she was able to add to her dance vocabulary, adding cumbia, bachata, and merengue to the mix. When she returned to the States, she knew it was time to actually learn what the different moves were and how to do them. She joined the AU Salsa Club and then got trained by Silvia to become a salsa dance instructor. Kelly has also taken Tango lessons, which has expanded her knowledge of the different moods of Latin dance. She is now a part of Silvia’s performance group and an instructor at the Salsa With Silvia dance studio. Her love for Latin music and culture has culminated into the pure enjoyment of all the Latin dances, especially Salsa.

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