Our Staff

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Silvia Alexiev - owner of the Salsa With Silvia dance studio

Silvia Alexiev


Dancing since she was 6, one of Silvia’s dream was always to have her own dance studio. Now the Salsa With Silvia studio is the fastest growing and largest Latin dance studio in the DMV area with locations in DC and Bethesda, MD.

Cherelle Spears - Director of Operations at the Salsa With Silvia dance studio

Cherelle Spears


Cherelle was born and raised in Washington, DC. Although she comes from a family of dancers and was once a Ballet & Hip-Hop Dancer, her passion for technology led her to take a different route. She has been working with computers since the age of 7. 

Whitney Smith Salsa With Silvia Receptionist

Whitney Smith

Event Coordinator

Whitney moved to Washington, D.C. from Tallahassee, Florida in 2018. There she attended Florida State University and received her degree in International Affairs.

Gary Raze - Customer Representative and Studio Promoter at the Salsa With Silvia dance studio

Gary Raze

Customer Representative

Prior to joining the Salsa With Silvia team, Gary has had combined experience in management, advertising, business development, sales training, media, public relations, marketing and fundraising. 

Mario Cervantes - salsa and bachata instructor at the Salsa With Silvia Dance studio

Mario Cervantes

artistic director

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

Sage Chase - receptionist at the Salsa With Silvia dance studio.

Sage Chase


Sage’s roles at SWS are as a camp counselor, assistant teacher, and front desk receptionist. Sage is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Administration with a minor in Voice at Howard University.

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