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, while living there, studied a range of funk and club styles, including waacking, house, and original hip-hop dances. She continues to study, train, and enjoy all these styles today. Furthermore, she is a hip-hop scholar, having 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. After bringing her baby girl, Lilah, into this world in June of 2015, Elise is committed to ensuring that her daughter and all the women of the next generation have equal access to and representation within hip-hop culture.