BIOGRAPHY

Hello Everyone and Welcome,

 

My name is Veronica Silk and I am a dancer, choreographer, performer, and educator from Boston, Massachusetts. I moved to Central Florida in high school where I received my formal dance training from Osceola County School of the Arts, under the direction of Nealya Brunson and Tad Williams. My professional dance journey launched in high school, when I was hired as a character performer at Walt Disney World. I was privileged to work for that company for 4 years. I moved to Miami, FL in 2008 continuing my studies at New World School of the Arts. This institution helped shape me into the artist I am today, and for that I am forever grateful. During my time at New World I had the opportunity to perform in New York, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, and Prague. I graduated New World School of the Arts earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Florida in April of 2012.

A few months after graduating college I had the honor of working with Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, a Contemporary/Afro-Brazilian company based in Miami, FL, for three seasons. Brazzdance was another stepping stone in my life. I was able to dive into the beautiful repertory works of this company and perform in Brazil at the Vivadanca Festival as well as work my way up to assistant rehearsal director. The company had a residency at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center where  we worked closely with the underprivileged youth in the community . My time in Miami proved to be fruitful. I was blessed with the opportunity to perform at the world renowned art festival, Art Basel, hosted in Miami each year, The Adrienne Arsht Center, The Colony Theater, and The South Dade Cultural Arts Center.

 

In 2015 I moved to Atlanta where I became a freelance artist, and quickly started gaining traction in the Atlanta dance community. Some of the companies I have had the privilege of working with include: Atlanta Dance Collective, Dawn Axam Dance Theater Experience, Dance Canvas, Black Nativity, and The Atlanta Opera.  I have also had the privilege of premiering two original works; Powered Virtue at Atlanta Dance Collective's 2017 annual spring show and The Deception of Eden recently premiered at FemmeFest in February of 2019.

 

Dancing has a afforded me opportunities that seldom few ever get to experience. I am blessed to have performed works choreographed by Robert Battle, Anna Sokolow, Peter London, Augusto Soledade, Martha Graham, Dawn Axam, Victor Jackson and Lonnie Davis. I am also honored to have worked directly with Jim May, Darshaun Buhler, Denise Vale, Carl Flink, Ryan McNamera, Robert Conor and Dev Hynes.

I have been able to channel all of my incredible dance experiences into my teaching. Everyday I strive to impart the wisdom I have learned onto my students at Woodward Academy located in College Park, GA where I am the Director of Middle School Dance.  When I am not at Woodward I spend my time as the Director of the Teens and Senior Competition Division at Just Dance Studio in Douglasville, GA.

 

It is my hope to continue to grow and thrive as both an artist and educator making sure to bring artistic integrity, professionalism, and energetic personality to dance studios, educational institutions and professional dance companies world wide. My passion for dance has allowed me to travel, perform, teach and choreograph and I am extremely humbled and thankful for the many opportunities that I have been blessed with. My goal now is to keep inspiring the youth that with hard work, technique, and dedication anything is possible.

Education & Training

Bachelor of Fine Arts (2012)                                 New World School of the Arts 

GPA 3.94                                                                                    Summa Cum Laude 

 

American Dance Festival (2014)                                                  Duke University 

Adrienne Arsht Scholarship Recipient                                              Durham, NC                                                          

 

Circus Arts in Training (2013-14)            CAST-School of Arts, Career & Talent                                                                                                                         Miami, FL

 

Martha Graham School (2010)                                                Summer Intensive                                                                                                                  New York, NY

Areas of
Expertise

Ballet  

 

Horton  

 

Jazz  

 

Composition  

 

Hip Hop  

 

Dance History  

                                                                     

  Modern

  Graham

  Contemporary

  Choreography

  Dancehall

  Anatomy

Professional Dance 
Company Experience

Dawn Axam Dance Theater                                  Principal Dancer (2016-Present) 

Atlanta Dance Collective                                              Principal Dancer (2015-2017) 

Gotta Dance Contemporary                                                Principal  Dancer (2015) 

Augusto Soledade Brazzdance                                  Principal Dancer (2012-2015) 

Peter London Global Dance Theater                        Principal Dancer (2010-2012) 

Professional Performance Experience

La Traviata (2019)                                                                          Cobb Energy Center

The Atlanta Opera

 

Dance Canvas (2018)                                                            Ferst Center for the Arts

Choreography by:                                                                                         Lonnie Davis

 

Black Nativity (2016, 2017, 2018)                                            South West Arts Center  Directed by:                                                                                                Robert Connor

Dance Canvas  (2016)                                                                              Rialto Theater

Choreographed by:                                                                 Britt Whitmoyer-Fishel 

                                                          

Art Basel (2015, 2016)                                                                   Miami Grand Theater

Directed by:                                                                                            Ryan McNamara                                                                                                             

Unkindness of Ravens (2014)                                       Reynolds Industrial Theater

Choreographed by:                                                                                           Carl Flink                                                                                    

Da-Da                                                                   Aventura Arts and Cultural Center

Choreographed by:                                                                        Augusto Soledade                                                                    

Cordel                                                         Vivadanca International Dance Festival

Choreographed by:                                                                         Augusto Soledade                                                                      

Cordel/ Kayala                                                                           Adrienne Arsht Center

Choreographed by:                                                                         Augusto Soledade

 

Prelude to Action                                                    Martha Graham Dance Festival

Choreographed by:                            Martha Graham (staged by Denise Vale)

 

Battlefield                                                                        International Dance Festival

                                                                                                                  Daniel Lewis Gala

                                                                                              New Prague Dance Festival

Choreographed by:                               Robert Battle (staged by: Lara Murphy)                                               

Vespers for Frida                                                          International Dance Festival

Choreographed by:                                                                                Perter London                                                                      

Choreographic
Experience

Deception in Eden 2019                                                                         The B-Complex

 

Powered Virtue  2017                                                                 Synchronicity Theater

Choreography set on:                                                        Atlanta Dance Collective

             

Around We Go 2014                                                         Don Taft University Theater

                                                                                                                  Solo Performance

Awards &
Scholarships

Adrienne Arsht Center-American Dance Festival Scholarship                 (2014)
IArts Alive Scholarship                                                                                             (2008)

 

 

Miami Herald.com

"...But especially as performed by the excellent dancers — the intense, compact Veronica Cato."

   Reviews

 

Miami Herald.com

"Soledade’s dancers are terrific, with a level of technique, strength, finish and intensity rarely seen in Miami" ...Cato, a dynamic, commanding New World School of the Arts graduate..."

 

Miami ARTzine.com

"The dancers move at lightning speed to various scores including some Afro-Caribbean sounds....Veronica Cato, a tiny dynamo..."

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