Dance Studios in Long Island

Silva Dance History


The Story………

The founders of the Silva Dance Studios in Long Island originally came from the U.K. The Silva’s started with the “Greats” of the Ballroom Dancing world. Having the opportunity to be coached by the icons; Josephine Bradley, Len Scrivner, Henry Jacques, and Alex Moore.

The Silva’s opened a dance school in Wales U.K. The Silva school of dancing quickly became very successful and developed into a prominent and well-established Ballroom School. At the Silva school, lectures, demonstrations, and Medal testing were all done by highly regarded Professionals such as, Alex Moore, Frank Ford, Eric Handcox, and Charles Thiebault.

The students at the Silva School quickly developed in highly competitive ballroom dancers. Competing and winning such events as county Championships in Wales the studio produced over 100 competitors, starting from Junior and Youth up through senior champions

Silva Dance Studios in Long Island | Dance Academy and Lessons | Gwen Silva awarded National Ballroom Queen of Great Britain

The Silva’s successfully competed throughout the UK. Dancing in competitions such as the British Championships, The Star Championships, and winning the Welsh Professional Championships. Gwen Silva who was the youngest to ever win the National Ballroom Queen of Great Britain, danced against over 4000 girls, and through elimination competed and won and was crowned the National Ballroom Queen of Great Britain at the Lyceum in London. Her success winning the event brought National TV and Newspaper coverage throughout the UK.

Silva Dance Studios in Long Island | Dance Academy and Lessons | Gwen Silva awarded National Ballroom Queen of Great Britain with runner ups

Having an opportunity to come to the US the Silva’s started the Silva Dance Academy in Rockville Centre in 1963. Still producing winners at such competitions as the Imperial Championships, the largest US competition at that time, the Silva’s developed a highly known and regarded reputation in America.

Gwen Silva partnering with Mark Barth continued their success in New York. While running their school they continued training for competitions, studying with some of the “Greats” of the Ballroom Dance & Latin Dance  world. Training with Peter Eggleton, Eric Hancox, Bill & Bobbie Irvine, Benny Tolmeyer, Sonny Binick, Dennis Udel, Richard & Janet Gleave, Monica Neeham, Michael & Vick Bar, Robert Richey, Paul Beaton, Michael Stylianos and other world and British Champions, Mark & Gwen continued their competitive successes.

Mark & Gwen became The Southeastern Ballroom Champions. The Baltimore Maryland Champions, The Imperial Rising Star Champions, as well as overseas finalists in the City of Bradford Uk Championships, finalists in the Ohio Star Ball rising Star, Finalist USBC rising star Championships, Finalist Heritage Classic, as well as numerous other events throughout the UK and the US.

As their successes in the US continued, they have performed and given shows at various dance competitions, stage productions and special events throughout the U.S. They have been on national T.V. Channels 7 & 12 in the New York area and also taught for the Cable network on the Latin Channel. They have taught at many venues in the U.S. and England, and have taught and assisted in numerous Professional Congresses for Professionals in the U.S.

Mark and Gwen being Licentiates & Fellows of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, as well as other organizations in the US prepare their students for examinations from amateur up through professional levels as well as train them for Ballroom & Latin Dance Competitions. Mark & Gwen split their time between teaching their students, giving lectures, organizing shows, judging and also competing in Pro/Am competitions throughout the U.S. Mostly they operate the Silva Dance Academy giving their years of experience to their students. Today their professional services are even more important, as they are helping to guide and develop the dancers of tomorrow.