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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

Velvet and Wellness

Carolina Santos Read

At the Tournesol wellness event in my Free People velvet bell bottoms and bolo tie, H&M white silky blouse, Aldo studded booties and Valentino Rock Stud purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

At the Tournesol wellness event in my Free People velvet bell bottoms and bolo tie, H&M white silky blouse, Aldo studded booties and Valentino Rock Stud purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

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Hi there!

I was recently invited to the first Conscious Dinner in NYC (they have had them in different cities such as LA before, but will be starting them in NY now as well) last week and it was such a fun event I thought it would be fun to blog about it...and what I wore, of course.

The event was hosted by Integral Fitness and held at Tournesol Wellness, a space for holistic wellness including primary care benefits of everything from Reike practitioners to Herbologists, Yoga and Meditation, etc.  As we checked into the event we went into the kitchen of the space downstairs and had a wonderful vegan meal including kombucha and coconut water stations, and a tea and herbal liquid elixir station where I bought some mushroom immunity and some sleep tea.  

Afterwords we stepped upstairs and signed up for different rooms and experiences.  Francisco and I and my friend Lindsey (who has an awesome new blog all about sustainable clothing) experienced everything from an improv room to Reike, Herbology, and a talk about being our truest selves.  The other rooms also included astrological readings and sound therapy.  It was so much fun!

My outfit incorporated a huge trend at the moment: velvet.  In these Free People pants I always feel like a rockstar.  I styled them with a silky H&M blouse and Free People silver rose and red suede tassel bolo tie which also looks great as a choker, and my Aldo studded booties I wear all the time.  My new Rock Stud Valentino purse rounded out the outfit.  It was a beautiful night for velvet since it is such a cozy fabric especially for the holiday season, and it feels festive for parties.  Since this was a more casual party, velvet pants and a top felt just right.  I also wear it in dresses, shorts, and tops.  How do you wear it?

Xo,

Carolina

The kombucha they were serving was fantastic! 

The kombucha they were serving was fantastic! 

I loved the Anima Mundi teas and elixirs so much I bought an immunity elixir and dream tea for my insomniac boyfriend.  

I loved the Anima Mundi teas and elixirs so much I bought an immunity elixir and dream tea for my insomniac boyfriend.  

This was the elixir I decided on. Perfect for mixing into my morning smoothies! 

This was the elixir I decided on. Perfect for mixing into my morning smoothies! 

Here with Dasha the event organizer. Thanks Dasha! 

Here with Dasha the event organizer. Thanks Dasha!