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The Music, TV Shows and Hobbies Getting Ingrid Silva Through the Pandemic While Pregnant

These past few months have been an unprecedented experience for all of us. But for Ingrid Silva, the changes that 2020's brought involve more than just a shutdown: She's also going through her first pregnancy.

Dance Magazine recently caught up with her for our "For Your Entertainment" series to hear about what she's been reading, watching, doing and more as she prepares for motherhood.


Her new pandemic hobby: 

"Riding a bike. It's been the best idea."

How she's prepping for motherhood: 

"I've read many books, but honestly I've been speaking to my mother and getting tips from her. The best is to follow your instincts and trust your journey no matter what. It doesn't matter how many books we read; all circumstances will be different for everyone. But I am super-excited for my bundle of joy."

Staying an activist at home:

"It never stops, especially if you want a change in the world. You have to make the change yourself day by day. I founded an organization called @blacksinballet with two other friends, Ruan Galdino and Fábio Mariano. It's a platform highlighting Black ballet dancers and sharing their stories. Every Black ballet dancer has a different background, a different path, a different story to tell."

Her COVID-19 training regimen:

"Dance Theatre of Harlem never stopped. I've been taking classes virtually ever since we've come back from our tour in March. I am also working with my coach, Bethania Gomes. She is a former principal dancer with DTH who's been keeping me in shape this whole time."

Favorite podcast:

"Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations."

Instagram picks:

"I've been inspired by @findingpaola, @simplycyn, @aliciakeys, @empowher_ny and @blacksinballet. And I love @balletmoods. It expresses how dancers feel honestly."

Shows she's watching:

"So many. I recommend '(Un)Well,' 'Babies,' 'Street Food: Latin America,' 'Away,' 'Ratched,' 'Down to Earth with Zac Efron,' 'I May Destroy You,' 'Insecure,' 'Big Little Lies,' 'Sharp Objects,' 'Luther,' 'The Mechanism,' '3%,' 'Brotherhood' and many more."

What she's playing on repeat:

"Silva's 'A Cor É Rosa,' Alicia Keys' '3 Hour Drive' and 'So Done,' Beyoncé's 'Otherside' and 'Find Your Way Back,' Gregory Porter's 'Hey Laura' and 'Our Love,' and Bobby Caldwell's 'What You Won't Do for Love.' "

To hear more from Silva, check out today's episode of The Dance Edit podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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