The Salsa With Silvia Story
In January 2017 DC Mayor Bowser featured Salsa With Silvia as a small business success story in her two-year Accountability Report. The Mayor’s video crew came and shot a video interview with Salsa With Silvia owner, Silvia Alexiev. She was then invited to attend the Mayor’s event where the video was featured among few other highlighted businesses:
Salsa With Silvia’s owner and director Silvia Alexiev began dancing when she was 6 years old.
Since then, she’s experimented with many different dance styles and competed in ballroom dancing for years. However, once she was introduced to salsa dancing, she instantly fell in love with its vibrant culture and energetic beat. Almost immediately, Silvia joined a DMV-based salsa performance team and quickly become their lead dancer. Silvia remained a part of the team for nearly 3 years and performed in some of the largest and most popular salsa congresses in the World.
While mastering the art of salsa dancing, Silvia picked up some new skills as a salsa dance instructor. She first started teaching salsa at a gym in Chicago in 2008 when she taught her first salsa lesson as a solo instructor. The same gym came up with the name Salsa With Silvia for her classes and the name quickly became a largely recognizable brand in salsa dancing. While in Chicago, Silvia taught and mastered her skills as a salsa dance instructor at the Dance Academy of Salsa.
Watch this video to find out more about how Silvia started her dance career and the Salsa With Silvia studio.
When Silvia moved back to the DC area in 2009, she immediately located several dance studios where she started teaching and gradually built a solid crowd of supporters and long-term students. She also founded her very own salsa performance team, Amika Dance Company, which has now performed at many local venues, events and salsa congresses.
Silvia’s following became so big that she had to train a few of her most dedicated students to become instructors. In 2011 Silvia and her husband bought and fully renovated a town house in Columbia Heights, DC.
They converted the basement into a professionally equipped studio that fits up to 25-30 people. Silvia’s studio now has over 5 instructors and about 15 classes weekly in addition to private lessons and workshops. Throughout the years, Silvia has also become very popular on YouTube, where she teaches her famous Trick Of The Week salsa lessons, which people of all ages and Worldwide destinations follow and learn from. Silvia, her instructors and the studio have been featured live on local TV several times.
With a quickly expanding network of students, the Salsa With Silvia studio was on a mission to raise money and move to a new, bigger space. In September of 2014, Silvia launched a large crowdfunding campaign and successfully raised over $17,000.
In November of 2014, Silvia signed a 7-year lease for Salsa With Silvia’s new home. Salsa With Silvia was awarded a grant in the amount of $85,000 by the Great Streets Program to go towards the build out of its new studio. The total cost of the new studio build out was $325,000. The new studio opened doors in April of 2016 and officially became the Largest Latin Dance Studio in the DC area. The new studio offers new adult classes and programs as well as kids after school dance classes, summer dance camp, discount classes for veterans and people with disabilities, kids and adult performance classes, social dances, and more. By opening the largest Latin dance studio in DC, Silvia will offer many ways to support her community and teach people of all ages how to dance.
ABOUT THE NEW SALSA WITH SILVIA STUDIO: 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 Silvia for more info or click here to read about the studio’s features.
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