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.

Gina Safadi - Program Director Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

Gina Safadi – Program Director Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio

GINA SAFADIProgram Director, Producer, Instructor

Gina Safadi joined the Salsa With Silvia Dance Studio as Program Director in June of 2018.


B.A. Dance & Sociology through Marymount Manhattan College, NY
Post Grad Certificate in Arts Administration through New York University
Certified International Latin Dance Judge through the World Salsa Summit (Billy Fajardo & Nelson Flores)

CIAD (Confederacion Interamerican de Profesionales de Danza / Interamerican Confederation of Dance Professionals) Argentina

Gina Safadi - performance shot

Gina Safadi – performance shot

Owner of Latin Dance Center Ecuador (pioneer school of salsa On1 and 1st studio to have a juvenile group make history for the country winning an international dance contest)

Invited to represent Ecuador at international congresses such as:
Peru Salsa Congress / Peru Latin Fest / Argentina Guarachero Congress

Has won various prizes at national and international contests such as:
CIAD Quito / CIAD Guayaquil / Just Dance Guayaquil / CIAD Gran Final Interamericano de Danza, Argentina / Bogota Salsa Congress / Peru Latin Fest

Produced events in Ecuador such as the national and international dance contests:
CIAD Quito / CIAD Guayaquil / CIAD Cuenca / Quito Baila Salsa / Puyo Baila Salsa and International Dance Seminars


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/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.
Gary plays an essential role at the Salsa With Silvia studio, serving as one of the main face-to-face POC  for students and clients.

MARIO CERVANTES – Artisic Director, Instructor

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

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.

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.

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