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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

A New Twist on a Classic (Denim Shirt)

Carolina Santos Read

Free People "Because You Are Mine" embroidered shirt, JCrew dark wash matchstick jeans, and Vince Camuto Moto boots. Photographed in Philadelphia by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I was recently at a Free People store and picked up this beautiful denim button-down shirt with white flowered embroidery that I fell in love with. I love that it's a twist on the old classic denim shirt, and it's perfect for spring. Additionally, it's currently on sale so what's not to love about that? 

I was in Philadelphia for work recently and Francisco and I found some great spots to shoot! In the photos above I styled the top with dark blue JCrew matchstick skinny jeans since I love to mix two color denims together (for an updated Canadian tuxedo), but I more traditionally matched a black belt to my Vince Camuto motorcycle boots which are also on sale right now! 

This is a look which could easily be styled with a bolo tie and cowboy boots for a more obvious country western vibe, but I chose to make it edgy while still feminine with my Moto boots. Going into Spring I've certainly been feeling like mixing girly accents with rock and roll which overall I would say I'd my favorite style aesthetic. 

Happy sale shopping! There are some great sales at the moment.

Xo,

Carolina