Sylvana Christopher is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her family John Lee and Jasper Christopher. Christopher is passionate about creating community within her classes and promoting inquiry. Her early training began at The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, North Carolina School for the Arts and Jacob’s Pillow. Christopher attended The Ohio State University earning a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. Her senior project “Soul Infiltration” took her to Santiago de Cuba where she studied Afro-Cuban folkloric dance with Cutumba Ballet Folklorico. After graduating OSU, the first job teaching dance was at Nancy Newell’s DC Dance Collective where she taught youth ballet. She also landed her first job dancing professionally as an apprentice with Rincones & Company Dance Theater. The journey with dance performance continued from there to include touring internationally with Bowen McCauley Dance Company, performing in multi-disciplinary theater work with Arts United of Washington, researching and dancing about cancer with BosmaDance, forming Glade Dance Collective, and eventually SylviDances spurred by 5by5.
Christopher now teaches classes online for youth and adults. She is teaching ModBallet for youth and Tempo for adults. She is available for choreographic commissions, workshops, master classes, special events and partnerships with communities looking to build and repair.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss