2020 Winning Works Choreographer
Chanel DaSilva is a multifaceted artist whose work reflects her deep connection to the transformative power of the arts. A native of Brooklyn, NY, DaSilva is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. DaSilva was a member of the highly celebrated Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) based in Boise, Idaho. In 2011, DaSilva graced the cover of Dance
Magazine and as a part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Dance Motion USA,” DaSilva toured throughout Asia with TMP as a cultural ambassador to the United States of America.
DaSilva 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, DaSilva has created works for Gibney Dance Company, American Repertory Theater, Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance, The Juilliard School, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. In 2019, DaSilva received an IRNE nomination for Best Choreography for The Black Clown which premiered at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
In 2015, alongside her long-time friend and business partner, Nigel Campbell, DaSilva 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, a tuition-free, year-round conservatory prep, and mentorship program for New York City teenagers who demonstrate exceptional potential for a career in dance.