Believe in Your Dreams

with Ingrid Silva

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Ingrid Silva, I’m a professional ballerina.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always believe in your dreams and never give up.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Be patient. Things don’t come over night, take your time and wait because what’s yours is yours.

What is your greatest fear?
You know, I’m not sure. I mean life is a consequence of amazing and crazy things happening.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Yes of course, we all do! I’m really encouraged to prove them wrong.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
That each one of them are special and they can do anything they want!!

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
The summer, the city and how many people you meet, they are from all over the place.

What do you love most about yourself?
I’m really honest and that’s something people don’t understand.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
When I left Brazil and made my career at Dance Theatre of Harlem. From where I came from, it’s like a one in a million opportunity to become someone and inspire others.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?

Why do you love to travel?
I get to see and experience different places.

What motivates you most?
Seeing the younger generation, how they get inspired by dancers of color or for the art itself.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
In many ways, I always spend time with my family. I work on my outside projects and I hangout with my friends.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I read, get informed and connect with many people.

What is something on your bucket list?
Travel to Paris.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. I think I also find inspiration in my own life experience.

What are your biggest passions?
I created a platform for women called EmpowHer New York. It has grown so much since it started!! It’s connected so many women and gave them a voice and a place to feel safe. I’m super proud of this movement and community.

More About Ingrid

Ingrid Silva is a professional ballerina. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she came to NYC at the age of 18 after auditioning for the Dance Theatre Of Harlem, where she’s been performing for the past 11 years and has become one of their main dancers.
Aside from her stage highlights, Ingrid also stands out as a digital influencer and has starred in national and international campaigns for prestigious brands. She mentors young dancers through the Brown Girls Do Ballet project and believes in the importance and strength of representation for women to follow their dreams inside and outside the dance world.
She’s also the Founder of EmpowHer New York, a collaborative platform created to share stories and give voice to real women who are determined to achieve their goals, despite any challenges they face.

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