A native of Brooklyn, NY, Chanel DaSilva is a multifaceted artist whose work reflects her deep connection to the transformative power of the arts. She is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. Chanel was a member of the highly celebrated Trey McIntyre Project based in Boise, Idaho. In 2011 Chanel graced the cover of Dance Magazine and as a part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Dance Motion USA".
As a choreographer Chanel has been commissioned to create works for Parsons Dance Company, Gibney Company, Joffrey Ballet Academy, American Repertory Theater, Harvard Dance Project, The Juilliard School, Ariel Rivka Dance, and LaGuardia High School among others. Chanel has taught master workshops and seminars across the nation for institutions such as The Juilliard School, Harvard University, NYU, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Ballet Hispanico, and New Orleans Ballet Association among others and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Broadway for Racial Justice.
Chanel believes deeply in creating more pathways for access and opportunities for artists who have been historically underrepresented and overlooked, primarily women of color. In 2015, alongside her long-time friend and business partner, Nigel Campbell, Chanel co-founded MOVE |NYC|, a multi-pillared arts and social justice organization with the mission of creating greater equity and diversity in the dance field and beyond. Recently, Chanel and Nigel were featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine's April 2020 issue "Changing The Face of Dance."
In addition, Chanel has received recognition from numerous institutions including 2020 Joffrey Ballet Winning Works Choreographic Competition, 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”. In 2019 Chanel received a IRNE nomination for Best Choreography for "The Black Clown" which premiered at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.