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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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