The Salsa With Silvia Story

STUDIO HIGHLIGHTS:

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:

THE SALSA WITH SILVIA STUDIO NOW:

Silvia Alexiev, owner of the Salsa With Silvia dance studio in Columbia Heights, DC

Silvia Alexiev, owner of the Salsa With Silvia dance studio in Columbia Heights, DC

Silvia with her students at Chicago's Dance Academy of Salsa, 2009.

Silvia with her students at Chicago’s Dance Academy of Salsa, 2009.

THE SALSA WITH SILVIA STUDIO STORY: HOW IT STARTED & HOW IT GREW

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.

Silvia with the ladies from Latin Motion back stage at the LA Salsa Congress 2005

Silvia with the ladies from Latin Motion back stage at the LA Salsa Congress 2005

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 the following video to find out more about how Silvia started her dance career and grew the Salsa With Silvia studio.

Salsa With Silvia instructors Jennifer (left), Silvia (middle back), Kelly (right), Joffre (front) after the Mr. Mambo performance April 27, 2013

Salsa With Silvia instructors Jennifer (left), Silvia (middle back), Kelly (right), Joffre (front) after the Mr. Mambo performance April 27, 2013

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 team Amika Dance Company after a performance at a DC home for senior living. The group often volunteers to teach and perform at charity events and local schools.

Silvia’s team Amika Dance Company after a performance at a DC home for senior living. The group often volunteers to teach and perform at charity events and local schools.

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.

Two hour cha cha workshop at the original Salsa With Silvia Studio in DC

Silvia and instructor Joffre teaching a group dance class at the Salsa With Silvia studio 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.

A peak of the new Salsa With Silvia dance studio on Gerogia Ave. (3232 Georgia Ave NW) before the beginning of construction.

The new Salsa With Silvia dance studio on Gerogia Ave. (3232 Georgia Ave NW) before the beginning of construction

 

Salsa With Silvia owner signs a 7 year lease for the studio's new home at 3232 Georgia Ave. NW, DC.

Salsa With Silvia owner signs a 7 year lease for the studio’s new home at 3232 Georgia Ave. NW, DC.

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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Located in Columbia Heights, DC, Salsa With Silvia is the Largest Latin Dance Studio in DC! Featuring 2,600sq ft of dance floor, state-of-the-art interior design, equipped with powerful HVAC system, ADA bathrooms, green room, two large studios and the ability to combine the two into one huge room for events and parties.

Located in Columbia Heights, DC, Salsa With Silvia is the Largest Latin Dance Studio in DC! Featuring 2,600sq ft of dance floor, state-of-the-art interior design, equipped with powerful HVAC system, ADA bathrooms, green room, two large studios and the ability to combine the two into one huge room for events and parties.

Salsa With Silvia's growing team of instructors.

Salsa With Silvia’s growing team of instructors.

The Salsa With Silvia dance studio celebrated its grand opening on April 23rd with the World's best salsa dancers - Junior & Emily Alabi from LA.

The Salsa With Silvia dance studio celebrated its grand opening on April 23rd with the World’s best salsa dancers – Junior & Emily Alabi from LA.

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