The Silvestre Technique
Stephanie Emmanuela Engel started training intensively in the technique in Salvador, Brazil with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Passos in 2007. After spending over 6 months dancing at the source, she went back to the US briefly, and returned to Salvador at the end of 2008 and stayed for 4 years straight determined to gain as much knowledge in the technique and the local dance as possible. While living there Stephanie was selected to attend the 2.5 year professional dance training program at FUNCEB and trained closely with the world acclaimed Balé Folclorico da Bahia.
In 2011, Stephanie Emmanuela Engel became 1 of 7 certified Silvestre Technique Instructors from the US, which is highly selective process, and unexpectedly a teacher of the Silvestre Technique in Salvador, Brazil.
Vera Passos, Rosangela Silvestre’s protégé, and the artistic director of the Silvestre Technique Intensive in Brazil, asked Stephanie to teach her ongoing Silvestre Technique classes at FUNCEB while she went on tour in the US with Viver Brazil. This was a new phase of understanding which deepened her commitment to the work, and her destiny as a dancer.
Stephanie was selected by Vera Passos to be her primary teaching assistant and personal translator at the 2011, 2012, 2014, & 2015 Silvestre Technique month-long dance intensives.
She performed professionally with the the Norma Santana Dance Company, Attomos Dance Company, and Diaspora Dance Company. Along with these amazing dance opportunities she also performed with notable choreographers such as Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Paco Gomes, Nildinha Fonseca and Augusto Omolu.
In 2012 & 2015 Stephanie was invited as a guest soloist dancer for Nei Sacramento’s Afro-Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, O Kontra, dancing for Yemanja and Oya Iansa respectively.
This passion Stephanie has for dance from this region ignited her life-long journey of living and immersing herself in the dance culture of Bahia. She has taught Silvestre Technique Classes at FUNCEB in Salvador, The 418 Project in Santa Cruz, at the Tannery World Arts and Cultural Center in Santa Cruz, and at Saint Mary's College of California. She is currently an MFA candidate in choreographic practice at Saint Mary's College.