Elise Silva started her dance career as a salsera, practicing salsa and other Latin dances for over five years. Along the way, she was introduced to breaking and has been bgirling since 2007. That same year, she moved to New York City and studied a range of funk and club styles, including house, waacking, and original hip-hop dances. As a hip-hop scholar, she has written several works analyzing hip-hop music and dance through historical, social, and feminist lenses. Her essay, “Bronx B-Boys to Havana Hip-Hop: Breaking, Cuba, and the Globalization of a Subculture,” was published in the 2011 issue of the Gallatin Research Journal. Currently, she lives in Longmont, Colorado and reps Street Stylez Crew.