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Carolina Santos Read was born in London and raised in Madrid and Connecticut where she studied at the Casa de Cultura and Eastern CT Ballet. She was in numerous productions including "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty" (Young Aurora), "Hoedown" (Cowgirl), and a soloist in Balanchine's "Concerto Barroco." Carolina has attended many summer dance intensives including the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, the Carmen Roche ballet school and the Amor de Dios flamenco school in Spain. Carolina was awarded two gold medals with distinction at American Academy of Ballet's Performance Awards, and was recipient of the Shoreline Arts Alliance dance scholarship in 2004.<br /><br />

She graduated from Fordham University with a BFA in dance in conjunction with the Alvin Ailey School and a BA in Political Science. She has worked with choreographers Maximo Luna, Christopher Huggins, Troy Powell, Sylvia Waters, Pascal Rioult, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Pedro Ruiz, Robert Battle, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Jacqui Buglisi, and performed Ramon Oller's "Besame" solo set by Irene Hogarth of Ballet Hispanico. In the spring of 2008 she performed as a guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater. In August 2008 she performed as tango dancer and dance captain in an Actors Equity (AEA) production of "Evita" at the Ivoryton Playhouse in CT. She then performed with Ballet Hispanico's Senior Ensemble in Manhattan.<br /><br />

Carolina has acted in commercials, film and television including "Beautiful Girls," "The Reflection," and "Friends With Kids" (Chicago dancer) as well as Princess Sophie's Secretary on Season 4 of Gossip Girl, a stewardess in ABC's "Pan Am" pilot, and Johnny's girlfriend on "Tattoo Nightmares." She models for commercial print work and has danced in music videos. In March 2010 Carolina performed in "Canto," an all-women flamenco piece choreographed by Melinda Marquez. April-September 2010 she toured the UK with England's Giffords Circus as dancer and assistant choreographer. She performed in plays "La Revolucion" and "Moctezuma" at NYC's Mint Theater, as well as "The Producers" and "Home for the Holidays" in CT.  She most recently performed a flamenco solo in the 2012 Provincetown Dance Festival and was seen Off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical at the Gramercy Theater. She is currently working in the ghost opera "Circle of Haunts" in NYC, and in March she will once again guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

Fashion

Mala Beads & Jewelry

Carolina Santos Read

Wearing the gold plated brass Buddha pendant. Found at the Great Eastern Imports website or their Etsy shop (more below). Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Wearing the gold plated brass Buddha pendant. Found at the Great Eastern Imports website or their Etsy shop (more below). Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Wearing the rose quartz and hermatite wrist mala beads. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Wearing the rose quartz and hermatite wrist mala beads. Photography by Francisco Graciano

My best friend Samantha in the gold plated brass Om Mani Padme Hum Pendant. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

My best friend Samantha in the gold plated brass Om Mani Padme Hum Pendant. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Wearing the rudraksha and amazonite as well as the amazonite wrist malas with my Hamsa bracelet from Mexico. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Wearing the rudraksha and amazonite as well as the amazonite wrist malas with my Hamsa bracelet from Mexico. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Francisco is holding the gold plated silver Vajra pendant with a Swarovski crystal in the center. I can't wait to wear this one as a necklace! Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Francisco is holding the gold plated silver Vajra pendant with a Swarovski crystal in the center. I can't wait to wear this one as a necklace! Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Wearing the aquamarine mala bead necklace with crystal. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Wearing the aquamarine mala bead necklace with crystal. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Francisco in the same aquamarine and crystal mala. Photography by Yours Truly.  

Francisco in the same aquamarine and crystal mala. Photography by Yours Truly.  

Hi there!  

 I am loving mala beads right now. Not just because they are a trend (though that certainly is the case) but because as someone who practices meditation and yoga as well as going to a Buddhist meditation center regularly, they are part of my lifestyle and aesthetic. Another thing I love about Buddhism is that they are completely inclusive and any religion is welcome. It is more than religion, and the jewelry is beautiful.

The company I partnered with is Great Eastern Imports, out of Thailand. I was originally going to go to Thailand with Francisco in September but with the Thai King's passing the dance festival Francisco was going to be performing at was cancelled and we weren't able to go, since his schedule was filled up quickly with rehearsal instead and then the rest of their Asia tour (and my own shedule and travels proved difficult to rearrange). So in the end we still partnered with this great company but by mail instead. 

The pieces above are all described in more detail in the captions so you can see what pieces specifically I, my friend Samantha, or Francisco are wearing if you want to purchase those items. I should mention they typically sell wholesale out of their website to other retailers but for individual purchases they have an Etsy shop too! They also have an array of other beautiful pieces so I encourage you to visit their site and look through.  

With the holidays approaching, these make great gifts! I can't wait to wear some of these pieces with my party outfits either.  They are not only beautiful but a great reminder to slow down and take time for yourself during this hectic holiday season.

Xo, 

Carolina