About Dan & Silke
Personal website: danielcalloway.com
Dan and Silke (pronounced “Silk-a”) Calloway have enjoyed a long and successful career performing and competing in ballroom dancing, including performing at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama in 2009. They are Asian-Pacific and United States Professional Ten-Dance Grand Finalists. The Calloways have performed extensively on television including providing the expert analysis and commentary on the North American Professional DanceSport Championships and the United States DanceSport Championships.
Dan has been competing professionally, coaching and judging for thirty-five years, repeatedly earning the distinctions of “Professional of the Year” and “Top Teacher” at many national level events and within numerous dance organizations. In 1985 Dan was the youngest dual fellow in the world with highly commended fellowships in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the London-based society which embodies the world’s acknowledged leaders of the dance profession. He has served as the Chairman of Judges at the North American and USA Dance United States National DanceSport Championships and many other national level events. Dan is also the DanceSport coach for the competitive DanceSport teams at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, as well as serving as guest coach at numerous other universities, congresses, and dance camps, including moderating the professional discussion panels at key events in the United States. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature.
Silke preceded her dance career with a career in dressage in Germany, including acrobatics on horseback. She has trained extensively in all major areas of dance performance including ballet, jazz, and flamenco and is also a highly commended, dual fellow of the ISTD. Since their retirement as professional competitors in 2001, Silke has earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is employed at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital near their home in Bethesda, Maryland.