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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


New Workout Clothes = Workout Fun

Carolina Santos Read

In my Athleta hoodie and Albion fit floral workout leggings and Nikes at the gym. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

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Have you ever had the feeling of being so excited to work out because you just bought new workout wear? I unashamedly feel that way, and my recent purchase was no exception.  Besides my normal obsession with Lululemon, Athleta, Free People movement, and other workout brands, I recently came across Albion Fit.  These floral workout pants called the "Antigua Extend Leggings" are boho chic and springy but you can wear them at any season, and they are the right material to sweat in.  

In this look I paired them with my Athleta black hoodie and a floral seafoam workout bralette I got as a gift.  My new Nikes (a recent outlet purchase!) have grey and seafoam-colored trim as well as shoelaces, so they picked up the greenish blue hue in the flowers and my bra.  This look is great for jumping on the eliptical to warm up my workout, and I can take off the hoodie once I've started to sweat a little.

The look was also perfect for yoga which I did as a cool-down to my workout on this occasion. I love taking yoga for flexibility, relaxation, and to restore my mind and body in between workouts or after workouts.  As you may recall from my past fitness-themed blog entry with my new Athleta and Free People movement gear and my introduction to Class Pass, I love to try out new studios and forms of exercise to keep my workouts fun and stay motivated.

Finally, I had to stop at the water station for some lemon-infused water to re-hydrate, restore, and the lemon is great for your digestion system! Fitness is a lifestyle, and it feels so good so why not look good doing it too, right?