STUDIO STAFF

Cherelle Spears - Director Of Operations at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

Cherelle Spears – Director Of Operations at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

CHERELLE SPEARS

Director Of Operations/Event Planner

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. She learned how to build a computer and troubleshoot computers on her own at the age of 11! She later went on to graduate from McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C., with a concentration in Information Technology. After high school, she studied Computer Science at Alabama A&M University and has interned with a few important government agencies, including the IRS and DC Fire & EMS. Her most important achievement to date was collaborating with a multi-billion dollar company to create a multi-million dollar innovative product. For the last few years, Cherelle has been working closely with children at Non-Profit Organizations and sharing her love of technology with them. Cherelle has earned certifications in Project Management, CompTIA A+, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Youth Mental Health Aiding, & Assisting Children with Special Needs. Cherelle currently provides support to our Salsa With Silvia Staff & clients as the Director of Operations/Event Planner, and is happy spending her days helping to keep Salsa With Silvia an amazing place to dance, one program at a time.

Gary Raze, Manager at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

Gary Raze, Manager at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

GARY M. RAZE

Customer Representative and Studio Promoter
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. Gary is professionally trained in conflict negotiation, interpersonal communication, public speaking, small group communication, research strategies, persuasion, communication theory and business management leadership. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a minor in Spanish, and a minor in writing.

LUANA QUESADA

Graphics Designer/Multimedia Specialist

Luana Quesada is a Graphic Design and Video Production professional from the University of Costa Rica’s Graphic Arts School. Her 25-year experience includes supporting advertising agencies and marketing departments in the production of graphics material for both printing and online display. As video producer and motion graphic designer, Luana has been involved in the development of TV spots and corporate videos. Her expertise includes all aspects of the Video Production process from script writing, audio editing, recording and final digital editing.​
Luana joined the Salsa With Silvia team in November of 2017 to help develop Marketing Strategies and branding as well as design print, web and video marketing materials for the Studio.

MARIO CERVANTES

Artisic 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, including classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, Mexican folk dance, and Latin rhythms.

Mario Cervantes - teaches salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha, cumbia, jazz at the Salsa With Silvia dance studio in Columbia Heights DC

Mario Cervantes – teaches salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha, cumbia, jazz at the Salsa With Silvia dance studio in Columbia Heights DC

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.

Mario joined the Salsa With Silvia instructors and staff team in 2017. As an instructor, Mario teaches adult group and private lessons in variety of styles as well as children dance camps and classes. Mario has been featured on WUSA9 and has performed and taught for multiple corporate, private clients as well as schools in the DMV area. As a program director for the studio, Mario is responsible for designing the multiple programs for adults and children as well as studio events for clients and students.

Tianna Seaborn - Front Desk Receptionist at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

Tianna Seaborn – Front Desk Receptionist at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

TIANNA SEABORN

Front Desk Receptionist
Tianna Seaborn, born in Washington D.C., has been dancing since she was just 5 years old. Starting out as a cheerleader and joining performing arts teams in her community and schools throughout her teenage and young adult life, Tianna has well over 15 years of experience with dance ranging from genres such as hip-hop, jazz, and heels. Now-a-days Tianna enjoys performing as a freelance dancer named gG and creating choreography and concept videos to display on her YouTube and website. Salsa and Bachata is new to her, but she enjoys learning and taking classes whenever she can and hopes to add them to her repertoire. She believes dancing is the language of her soul that she is most fluent in to express herself.
Besides her love and passion for dance, she has over 10 years of professional experience to include administrative, operations, supervisory, and database management. During the day, she works full-time at a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless population in the District. Hopping into work at just 14 years old, she quickly gained knowledge as an administrative assistant to now working as an Administrative Coordinator/Database Manager. Wanting to merge her passion with her professional experience, she joined the Salsa with Silvia team and is eager to continue learning and being a part of the studio’s growth.

CAMILLE TROTTER

Camille Trotter - front desk receptionist at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio in Columbia Heights, DC

Camille Trotter – front desk receptionist at the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

Front Desk Receptionist

Born and raised in Southern California, Camille started dancing at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since! During her childhood and teenage years, Camille trained in ballet, hip-hop, tap and jazz. In college, she focused specifically on hip-hop, dancing with Georgetown University’s student-run hip-hop team where she choreographed routines and performed at school functions and sports games. Although new to Salsa and Bachata, Camille has fallen in love with both dance genres and takes as many classes as she can.

When she is not dancing or working at the studio, Camille works as a complex litigation paralegal at Cuneo, Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP. She works primarily in antitrust cases in efforts to help stop consumers from being taken advantage of by corrupt corporations. This passion for advancing consumer welfare is something she strives to implement in her work with Salsa With Silvia.

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