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Her Story

“YOU WERE WILD ONCE... DON’T LET THEM TAME YOU.”

- Isadora Duncan

Chanel DaSilva is a multifaceted artist whose work reflects her deep connection to the transformative power of the arts. A native of Brooklyn, NY Chanel has been immersed in the field of dance for the entirety of her life. A graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, Chanel has performed the works of acclaimed choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Camille Brown, Eliot Feld, Jessica Lang, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, and Doug Varone.

Chanel was a member of the highly celebrated Trey McIntyre Project based in Boise, Idaho. As a founding member of TMP, Chanel was a muse for the creation for many of Mr. McIntyre’s works, including his critically acclaimed collaborative work with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Ma Maison” and his final creation for Trey McIntyre Project, “Mercury Half-Life”. In 2011 Chanel graced the cover of Dance Magazine and as a part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Dance Motion USA," Chanel toured throughout Asia with TMP as a cultural ambassador to the United States of America. 

Chanel is the recipient of the 2019 Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Award, a 2011 Princess Grace Award, and the 2008 Martha Hill Prize awarded by The Juilliard School. She is a National YoungArts Winner, was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was featured on the 2004 PBS Documentary “American Talent”. 

As a choreographer Chanel is inspired to create works that are rooted in the beauty of artistic expression to reflect the complex and multifaceted experience of what it means to be human. She has been commissioned to create works for Gibney Dance Company (GDC), American Repertory Theater, Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance, The Juilliard School, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. 

In 2019 Chanel received a IRNE nomination for Best Choreography for "The Black Clown" which premiered at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. “Whether it be a production number, a solo ballet, small groups of dancing pairs, or a walkabout, every step is a reflection of an experience or an emotion; despite being wordless, DaSilva's art makes no less a statement than the lyrics being sung.” - Broadway World. Up next, Chanel will be joining the creative team as choreographer for Dave Malloy’s new adaptation, “Moby-Dick”, premiering at American Repertory Theater and directed by Rachel Chavkin.

Chanel believes deeply in creating more pathways for access and opportunities for artists who have been historically underrepresented and overlooked, primarily women of color. In 2015, alongside her long-time friend and business partner, Nigel Campbell, Chanel co-founded MOVE(NYC), a multi-pillared arts and social justice organization with the mission of creating greater equity and diversity in the dance profession and beyond. The cornerstone of the organization is the Young Professionals Program which offers dance training and mentorship to talented and motivated young dancers in New York City, absolutely tuition free. MOVE(NYC) believes that the only deciding factor as to who should have access to quality dance education and training is TALENT.

Chanel is a widely sought after teacher, educator, and mentor having taught master workshops and seminars across the nation for institutions such as The Juilliard School, Harvard University, NYU, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Ballet Hispanico, and New Orleans Ballet Association among others. Chanel is a notable repetiteur of the works of Trey McIntyre, having set his works on companies such as Parsons Dance Company, Washington Ballet, and Marymount Manhattan College.