NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – MAY 18th, 2016
We are so happy to announced that we have finally moved into our dream studio. The Salsa With Silvia dance studio is now officially the Largest Latin Dance Studio in the DC area – A Magnificent dance studio, built and opened in April 2016, conveniently located on Georgia Avenue in the Columbia Heights/Petworth neighborhood of Northwest DC. The studio is four blocks way from two Metro line stations and is accessible via a number of bus lines. The dance studio features mirrors and hardwood floors throughout, fourteen foot ceiling height, variable lighting, main floor that can be separated in two individual rooms, office/prep room and a kitchen. The studio has been sound-proofed so that it can accommodate events with loud music. Additional amenities include: state-of-the-art audio equipment, internet and WI-FI access, zoned air-conditioning, two ADA-compliant bathrooms and chairs. The space is available for rent for small weddings, corporate events, birthday parties and other celebrations. It can be rented by the room or as one large space. Contact us for more info.
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – FEBRUARY 1st, 2016
The project is moving forward full speed. Last week the contractors were working on installing the HVAC, this week, they will work on electrical and plumbing. In the meantime, we have finalized the selections for the finishes and light fixtures and we are working with our graphics design team on the storefront graphics design as well as the other graphics art throughout the new studio. It’s super exciting! We are looking at opening in March 2016!
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – JANUARY 15th, 2016
We have finally received a green light from the DC grant office for the partial funding of the build out and construction has started! The DC Great Streets Grant Program awarded Salsa With Silvia $85,000 for the construction of its new location at 3232 Georgia Ave. NW, DC. So far we have the framing in place defining the different spaces inside the studio. Click here to see more progress photos. Like us on Facebook for all photo & video updates.
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Salsa With Silvia is super thrilled to announce that we are finally beginning construction on our new home on Georgia Ave! We’ve worked super hard for over a year to secure the space and funding.
On November 9th 2015 Salsa With Silvia held a groundbreaking commencement ceremony at the new studio location to announce the start of the build out. The ceremony was a success, we had important supporters, friends and students and we announced the beginning of the build out of our new home very soon. DC Council Member Brianne Nadeau, DC Great Streets Grant Program representative and founder Polina Bakhteiarov, and the Neighborhood Development Company’s owner and team were among the guests who expressed their excitement about the project as well as their support. Owner Silvia used the opportunity to thank these key guests for their support throughout the process of securing the new location and funding for the build out. Because of its community focus, Salsa With Silvia was awarded a grant in the amount of $85,000 to go towards the build out. We are super excited to share the progress and all the future ideas we have for the new studio. Click here for more photos from the event.
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Salsa With Silvia is super thrilled to announce that we are finally beginning construction on our new home on Georgia Ave! We’ve worked super hard for over a year to secure the space and funding and WE’D LIKE TO SHARE OUR CONSTRUCTION COMMENCEMENT EVENT WITH YOU: The Salsa With Silvia students and supporters. We could not have done this without you! Coffee will be served! PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US! We’ll be playing some music so YOU CAN BE THE FIRST TO DANCE AT OUR NEW LOCATION! PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO RSVP!
NUMBER ONE LATIN DANCE STUDIO IN DC INTRODUCES ITS NEW HOME ON GEORGIA AVENUE WITH GROUNDBREAKING EVENT
Washington, D.C. – Salsa With Silvia, the Largest Latin dance studio in DC, will be gathering on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 4:30pm, with Neighborhood Development Company to celebrate the commencement of construction with a groundbreaking event.
- Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
- Time: 4:30pm EST
- Location: 3232 Georgia Avenue NW | Suite 104 | Washington, DC 20010
- Invitees: Salsa with Silvia employees and students, community supporters, and media
Special guests Brianne Nadeau, Council of the District of Columbia will be in attendance. Councilmember Nadeau, the Great Streets Small Business Grant program, and Neighborhood Development Company had an essential role in helping Salsa With Silvia provide continuous support to the local art community as well as contribute to the improvement of the greater streets of Washington, D.C. In 2015, the Great Streets Program awarded Salsa With Silvia with a grant in the amount of $85,000 for construction of its new location on Georgia Ave.
The space will feature 2,600 sq. ft. of dance floor, luxury lobby, office space, and bathrooms. The vision of Salsa With Silvia is to promote the continuity of art in the already diverse and vibrant Columbia Heights neighborhood. In addition to the studio dance class program, Silvia and her team of instructors and performers volunteer and participate in a number of local school, government, and TV events to teach and demonstrate the beauty and positive energy of Latin dancing. The studio has plans to launch an after school, weekend, and summer dance class program for children and teens to help them stay focused while learning about dance and music.
“After nearly a year of hard work in securing our new location and funding, making this dream a reality is a huge success for us and we look forward to providing the best dance and music education to children and adults in the community,” said Silvia Alexiev, Owner & Director.
Silvia’s dance career goes back decades. An artist to the core, she earned a B.A. degree in Graphics & Web Design and an M.A. in Film & Video. Thousands of students and followers agree that the Salsa With Silvia studio offers the best Latin dance class and entertainment experience in the DMV. Since 2011, Salsa With Silvia has generated an explosive student growth as well as a worldwide online following.
The new studio is set to open doors in the beginning of 2016.
“We are thrilled to welcome Salsa with Silvia to our community and look forward to the studio opening next spring,” said Adrian Washington, CEO & Founder, Neighborhood Development Company.
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
GREAT NEWS! WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED A GRANT OF $85,000
FROM THE GREAT STREETS DC GOVERNMENT PROGRAM helping small businesses improve the greater DC corridors like Georgia Ave, which is where the new studio will be located. They loved our story and WE WERE ONE OF THE FEW BUSINESSES THAT GOT THE GRANT among hundreds of other businesses that applied.
WHY WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP?
The total estimation of the build out is now a little over $300,000! So THE GRANT ONLY COVERS ONE THIRD OF THE ESTIMATED BUILD OUT BUDGET!
DONATE $5 (or more if you are feeling generous) for A CHANCE TO WIN A FULL YEAR OF FREE CLASSES.
Winner will be drawn on October 1st, 2015.
HOW TO DONATE: Leave $5 cash at the studio when you take a class and sign your name and email on the donation board or CLICK HERE to donate via Pay Pal.
WHAT’S THE PROJECTED DEADLINE: In order for us to get reimbursed by the grant program, we need to wait for the DC government to start processing the 2016 grands when their new fiscal year begins (October 1st, 2015). We cannot start the build out prior to signing the grant agreement or else we won’t be reimbursed for the expenses. SO, THAT’S WHAT’S HOLDING US UP. Otherwise, WE HAVE OBTAINED ALL BUILDING PERMITS, WE ARE DONE WITH THE CONTRACTOR BIDDING PROCESS AND WE’VE SELECTED THE CONTRACTOR TO EXECUTE THE PROJECT!
Just as a reminder, here is the story about our studio and WHY WE NEED TO MOVE TO A LARGER LOCATION:
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – AUGUST 17, 2015
We are happy to announce that permits for the build out of the new Salsa With Silvia studio have been submitted and are pending approval by the city. If all goes as planned, we begin work on our amazing dance space in October of 2015! Click on the DONATE button at the top to help us with the huge expenses so we can all dance and enjoy salsa together!
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – JULY 2, 2015
On July 2nd, a sound test was conducted in the future Salsa With Silvia home to help determine the materials and approach to completely sound proof the space so the music doesn’t disturb the businesses next door and residents upstairs. Loud sound was blasted in the studio space and then the noise levels were measured in all surrounding spaces. The good news is that no noise was detected upstairs but the side walls will require some serious sound proofing.
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – JUNE 25, 2015
On June 24th, owner Silvia and her husband/business partner had a two hour meeting with a potential general contractor, the architect and our project manager. The contractor was the lowest bidder for the job. Their estimation for the total cost was $360,000; way higher than expected! The purpose of the meeting was to value engineer the scope of work and materials selection so the contractor can bring the cost down as much as possible. For now, it looks like build out will be starting in October of 2015. The $16K we raised though Indiegogo back in September has already gone to cover half of the architect’s fee and the security deposit for the new space. Any donations are welcome and much appreciated! We need your help to make this beautiful space your new Salsa With Silvia home! CLICK TO DONATE!
NEW STUDIO SPACE UPDATE – JUNE 11, 2015
We’ve been quiet about updates because there hasn’t been much going on besides waiting. Since signing the lease in November, we filed an application for the Great Streets program. It’s a government sponsored grant that helps small businesses that are located on major corridors in DC that need to be updated. Since our new location is on Georgia Ave, we qualified to apply for the grant. We have not heard from the city and we are still waiting and hoping to get financial support.
In the meantime, Silvia sat down with the owner of the building and worked out a plan B so the process can continue even in the scenario where Salsa With Silvia doesn’t receive the grant. Currently, the architectural plans are completed and sent to potential bidders who will compete to execute the build out of the new studio.
Once a contractor is selected, we will be applying for construction permits and then the work will begin. The projected timeline for completion is beginning of 2016.
We are proud to say though that the new location has the coming soon sign on display SO IT’S OFFICIAL, WE ARE OPENING OUR NEW LOCATION! PLEASE CONTINUE HELPING BY DONATING HERE! The total cost of the build out has not been estimated to approximately $250,000. Any help is welcome!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE NOVEMBER 24, 2014
Today, November 24th, 2014, Silvia Stoyanova, owner of Salsa With Silvia, signed a 7-year lease for the brand new home of the Salsa With Silvia studio on 3232 Georgia Ave. NW. Now, Silvia is one step closer to opening the largest Latin dance studio in DC. Also today, Silvia and her business partner and husband, Kiril Alexiev, finished preparing and submitted an application for a grant from District of Columbia. This grant, if awarded, will help Salsa With Silvia to build out the new studio, which currently is just an empty warm shell. Please keep the support coming and make a small donation HERE.
FUNDRAISER UPDATE NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Almost ready with the preparation of tons of paperwork needed to apply for a small business grant from the city to help Silvia open my dream studio. The deadline is tomorrow, November 24th, at 4pm. Keep your fingers crossed for Salsa With Silvia to get the grant so Silvia can open a really cool Latin dance studio in DC. Salsa With Silva is still accepting donations to help build out the new space, click to make a small donation.
FUNDRAISER UPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2014
Dear friends and family, I am super happy to say that we were able to raise $16,369 through our indiegogo campaign.
HUGE THANKS to all who supported us! This week we are working hard to prepare and submit an application for a grant from the city so keep your fingers crossed. The application deadline is by the end of the week!
The INDIEGOGO campaign is over but it’s not too late to help Silvia open THE LARGEST LATIN DANCE STUDIO IN DC.
TO HELP SILVIA REACH HER FINAL GOAL OF $60,000, PLEASE DONATE A SMALL AMOUNT HERE:
HERE IS THE STORY ABOUT WHAT SILVIA IS RAISING MONEY FOR (please keep in mind the indiegogo campaign is over but you can still donate through the button above):
FUNDRAISER UPDATE NOVEMBER 10, 2014
Ok, guys, only 4 days left of my fundraiser campaign to help me open my dream studio. Here are some very rough preliminary drawings of the planned layout. As you can see we’ll be able to divide the space in 3 separate studios but the retractable doors will open to allow for big parties and events.
If you haven’t done so already, please pitch in to support this super cool community project where we can all have fun dancing and partying.
To support, please go to http://igg.me/at/salsawithsilvia/x/8253186 and put in the amount you want to donate. Even $1 will be much appreciated!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2014
Dear friends and students, we have 9 days left from our fundraiser campaign. Take a look of this tour of our future home, where we’ll have great classes and amazing dance parties. We are about to sign the lease on this 2,600sq ft space. As you can see we’ll need a ton of money to turn it into an actual studio, so please contribute so you can enjoy this great new space. By contributing you get to enjoy the cheapest group and private lessons you will ever see! Click on the link to contribute and select your award: http://igg.me/at/salsawithsilvia/x/8253186
FUNDRAISER UPDATE NOVEMBER 1, 2014
We have passed $11,000 for our fundraiser, guys! That’s really exciting news! Please continue helping us. We were told it will cost more than 150K to build the new studio up! Any amount is helpful and we have only 14 days to raise as much as we can. Please kick on the link and select one of the great awards we have for donating! You can get some super cheap classes for donating so take advantage! Thank you!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE OCTOBER 30, 2014
Excited to report that we met with two architects yesterday and both love the space and my vision for the studio. This is what it looks like right now 🙂 It’s a very rough diamond. The numbers sound very scary but with your help I am hoping we can turn this place into the most beautiful dance studio in the area! Please continue donating to my fundraiser so we can all have a new home where we can enjoy dancing. We have about 15 days left to the end of the campaign: http://igg.me/at/salsawithsilvia/x/8253186
FUNDRAISER UPDATE OCTOBER 28, 2014
Silvia and her performance team Amika Dance Company proudly represented DC at the Philly Salsa Fest on October 24th. Silvia and her team had the honor to meet and work with 8-time National and International Salsa Champions Emily and Junior. See this video where Emily and Junior endorse Silvia’s fundraiser campaign. We have now raised $10,225! The campaign is live only 20 more days. Please continue to support at: http://igg.me/at/salsawithsilvia/x/8253186
FUNDRAISER UPDATE OCTOBER 21, 2014
There it is, guys! SALSA WITH SILVIA’S NEW HOME, located at 3232 Georgia Ave NW, DC! I am happy to say the landlord has accepted our terms and we are moving on with signing the lease and building out the space. Right now, it is an empty shell but once done, it will be beautiful! I will keep you posted on the build out and progress. Please continue to contribute to help me turn this place into a beautiful dance community where you will enjoy dancing and meeting people! We have raised almost $9,500, which is only a fraction of the cost to build the space. Please spread the word and contribute to a great cause:
FUNDRAISER UPDATE OCTOBER 13, 2014
We have raised $8,361! Silvia and her team worked extremely hard this week and raised $1,350 by teaching and performing at different events. We had five performances and appearances including a live interview on FOX TV. All in an effort to raise money to help Silvia open the largest Latin dance studio in DC. CLICK HERE To learn more about Silvia’s story and the new studio, and to support.
We’d like to thank our generous hosts who donated to the campaign!
In this video Silvia’s Amika Dance Company performs their latest routine for an excited audience at the Hispanic Festival for Centro de Ayuda (Center for Help) on October 12, 2014. Director Silvia also led a short salsa lesson to get the crowd going. Centro de Ayuda donated $250 to Silvia’s fundraising campaign! Thank you!
In this video director Silvia and Salsa With Silvia instructor Joffre Arce had to put together two custom songs for a client who gave a generous donation of $600 to Silvia’s campaign:
Salsa With Silvia was invited to do a presentation of Latin dances for the American Federation of Government Employees. Director Silvia and instructor Joffre Arce presented Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa to the audience. Thank you to the American Federation of Government Employees for the generous donation of $500 to Silvia’s fundraising campaign! Here is the video:
FUNDRAISER UPDATE OCTOBER 8, 2014
UPDATE 1: We are up to $7,422! Thank you all for the contributions! Please click here to view our campaign, watch the video, and donate to get a great award in return and help us raise money to open the largest Latin dance studio in DC.
UPDATE 2: This morning owner Silvia and her crew of instructors were live on FOX TV teaching reporter Holly Morris how to dance salsa and bachata in light of Hispanic Heritage Month. Silvia also got a chance to mention the fundraiser campaign live on TV, which we hope will give us some more exposure and get us closer to reaching our goal.
UPDATE 3: We met with the owner of one of the spaces we are interested in leasing for the new studio yesterday. The meeting and negotiations went great and we are expecting a counter offer from them. Keep your fingers crossed! The place is at 3232 Georgia Ave. NW, DC.
UPDATE 4: THREE OF THE TOP INSTRUCTORS IN THE DC AREA HAVE DONATED AN HOUR OF TEACHING TO OUR CAMPAIGN!
Register TO TAKE THREE AMAZING WORKSHOPS on October 20th: SALSA ON 2, CUBAN SALSA, AND KIZOMBA WITH PRO INSTRUCTORS EARL RUSH, BARBARA BERNSTEIN, AND MICHELLE REYES.
CLICK to read more and register for the workshops. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS OUR CAMPAIGN!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE OCTOBER 1ST, 2014
Hey guys, we are now up to $6,492, 11% of our goal to raise $60,000 to help us open the THE FIRST OF ITS KIND LATIN DANCE STUDIO IN DC, which will feature cafe/snack waiting area, kids area and dance activities, multiple salsa, bachata, merengue and other Latin dances every day, dance socials, performances, events, and much more.
PLEASE SUPPORT AND GET CHEAPER GROUP AND PRIVATE LESSONS BY DONATING TO OUR GREAT COMMUNITY CAUSE:
FUNDRAISER UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
We are now at $5,511! Good progress but still far from our 60K goal to help us OPEN THE FIRST OF ITS KIND LATIN DANCE STUDIO IN DC, which will feature cafe/snack waiting area, kids area and dance activities, multiple salsa, bachata, merengue and other Latin dances every day, dance socials, performances, events, and much more.
WE HAVE ADDED MORE GREAT AWARDS FOR THOSE WHO DONATE! PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT AND SUPPORT US HERE.
Today, Salsa With Silvia did a salsa demo and a lesson for Fort Meade’s Defense Media Department. The event celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. We received a very warm welcome. Salsa With Silvia’s director and owner Silvia, joined by one of Salsa With Silvia’s instructors, Derrick Brooks, challenged the employees into a salsa contest, where the winners won the Salsa With Silvia instructional DVD.
We received a generous donation of $250 to Silvia’s campaign raising money to open the largest Latin dance studio in DC. To learn more about Silvia’s story and the new studio, and to support, go to www.indiegogo.com and search Salsa With Silvia or CLICK HERE.
AT THE END THE EMPLOYEES GAVE A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THANK ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
Watch the video here:
FUNDRAISER UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
As of this morning, Silvia’s crowdfunding campaign has raised and astounding $5,206 in 5 days!
Great news! We have made it into the top 12 trending community campaigns on IndieGoGo! That’s huge and it means we are getting noticed and pushed up to be more visible! Please keep the campaign active by sharing, tweeting, and of course donating! THANK YOU!
WE STILL HAVE AWESOME AWARDS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO HELP SILVIA RAISE MONEY TO OPEN THE FIRST OF ITS KIND LATIN DANCE STUDIO IN DC. PLEASE DONATE EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT FOR A GREAT AWARD!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Another great day in our fundraising campaign today! We are up to $4,596 on just the third day of the fundraiser!
That was also another great day for Salsa With Silvia and Silvia’s performance team Amika Dance Company.
Salsa With Silvia was invited to be the opening number for singer Jasmine Villegas (Jasmine V) at the Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month event in Wheaton, MD. My performers (Amika Dance Company) did absolutely great and the crowd loved it. We got the privilege to be the first to take photos with the singer and got a signed photo for our studio.
Take a look at the photos and videos of the performance and us hanging out with Jasmine V.
FUNDRAISER UPDATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Here are the photos from our super successful first day and party to celebrate the launching the fundraising campaign! Thank you all for coming and helping us raise almost $2,500 on the first day!
FUNDRAISER UPDATE SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Our Kick Off Dance Party to celebrate the launch of Silvia’s fundraising campaign on September 17th was a SMASHING SUCCESS!
With great attendance and colorful, vibrant, dynamic, and sexy performances, tons of fun social dancing, our guests were enjoying a show to remember!
JUST IN THE FIRST 2 DAYS OF OUR CAMPAIGN, WE RAISED OVER $3,000, WHICH IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE!
We are still way away from our final goal – $60,000 to help Silvia open A STATE-OF-THE-ART ONE AND ONLY LATIN DANCE STUDIO IN DC!
PLEASE DONATE AND GET CHEAPER CLASSES THAN YOU’LL EVER GET AT OUR STUDIO OR ANYWHERE ELSE. WE AWARD YOU FOR HELPING US! How do classes for less than $1 sound? Good? Then take a look at our story and please contribute TO A GREAT CAUSE WITH GREAT RETURN:
FUNDRAISER UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
With an explosive student growth, SALSA WITH SILVIA is thinking BIG!
(Washington, DC) –- It’s on!
With a spectacular performance group, explosive student growth, and an international YouTube following, SALSA WITH SILVIA is thinking big. That’s why the world-famous salsa dancer, teacher, and entrepreneur is lighting up the night with a novel IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, set to launch on Spetember 17th at Guapo’s restaurant 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Called THE SPECTACULAR CELEBRATION OF DANCE, the event BEGINS AT 7:30PM with a salsa lesson by the queen of the DC salsa scene Silvia Stoyanova, and includes a live performance by Amika Dance Company, the one-of-a-kind dance group under her direction. Dynamix, one of the best salsa teams in DC will also be performing at the event.
THE EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE.
With one of the area’s top salsa DJs spinning hot Latin tunes, the evening promises to capture the salsa souls of expert and novice dancers alike.
Appropriately enough, the event coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month. Silvia’s IndieGoGo fundraising campaign is an effort to capture the enthusiasm and excitement of the thousands of people who’ve studied with Silvia and her expert instructors. Her goal is to raise $60,000 in 30 days in order to blow open the doors on a new, larger studio, capable of teaching the many who want to learn to feel the beat beneath their feet!
NOTE: THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN WILL BE LIVE ON SEPTEMBER 17 (the night of the party). THOSE WHO DONATE $200 AND MORE ON THE DAY OF THE PARTY WILL GET UP TO 250 GROUP CLASSES! CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE AWARDS YOU COULD GET FOR DONATING!
Raised funds will help cover the lease for a commercial space for one year while she renovates and “kickstarts” a new location.
Silvia’s dance career goes back decades. An artist to the core, she earned an undergraduate degree in Graphics & Web Design and an M.A. in Film & Video. But dance is the through line, and thousands of students agree that she’s got something to say on the dance floor with Bachata, Merengue, and of course, Salsa.
Her current studio is bursting at the seams, proud of its meteoric growth without a dollar of paid advertising. As much a community effort as a means to grow the business, SALSA WITH SILVIA’s successful IndieGoGo campaign intends to keep the studio in Columbia Heights, DC to support the growth and continuity of art in an already diverse and vibrant neighborhood.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Once the campaign is live on IndieGoGo on September 17th, 2014, look at our awards! If you are already a Salsa With Silvia student, you know that one drop in class is $17.
By donating for the cause you can get classes for as low as $1 per class.
If you are not in the area, you can get online training, as well as my training DVD, t-shirts and more. If you give more, we can throw you and your friends a giant salsa party at the new studio.
We have tons of awards! See what’s in it for you!
THE SALSA WITH SILVIA INDIEGOGO CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN IS NOW LIVE! PLEASE HELP SILVIA OPEN HER DREAM STUDIO AND BRING THE DC COMMUNITY TOGETHER! Here is the story:
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