Ilana Silverstein is a dance artist and community organizer in Washington, DC. She studies nationally and locally with mentors, supports the next generation of artists, approaches movement with mindfulness and commits to the creative process. She has performed with Dance Box Theater, Daniel Burkholder/The Playground, Lotta Lundgren, Christine Stone Martin and other independent artists in the D.C. area. Ilana’s work has been presented by the Philly Fringe Festival, Gaia in Washington DC, and was selected for the 2011 Source Festival Artistic Blind Dates. She teaches Moving Meditation at the Joy of Motion Dance Center and an artist feedback structure called Fieldwork at Dance Place. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Environmental studies from Denison University.
While working on her degree, she studied Ecology, Community and Spirituality in France and India under Wim Aspeslagh. Concurrently, she first experienced contact improvisation in a workshop lead by Chris Aiken, Peter Bingham and Andrew Harwood and has since dived into the genre and studied with many teachers. Under the guidance of Gill Wright Miller, she investigated spirituality and movement in her senior thesis entitled Mindfulness: An Approach to Moving.
Throughout her college and post-college careers, she has studied and performed modern dance and improvisation in Ohio, India, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, DC. Ilana has worked for a number of arts organizations including the Denison University Dance Department, Links Hall in Chicago, Earthdance in western Massachusetts The Boston Mayors office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, and Arts Presenters and Dance Place in Washington DC. While working with Carla Perlo at Dance Place, Ilana received a National Performance Network Community Fund grant in Mentorship and Leadership to research best practices in non-profit arts organizations across the country. She has also received funding from the Creative Communities Fund and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. As an event producer, she encourages artists and audiences to dive into the creative process to produce the best work possible.