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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

Rooftop-ready Boho Chic

Carolina Santos Read

Wearing my Hoss dress from Madrid and new Arezzo shoes from Brazil.  Necklace is Kendra Scott, earrings from a small boutique in Brazil.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

The weather is starting to warm up a bit in New York again (though I still suggest layering as certain days are still cold), and I was recently able to attend my boyfriend's closing night party for Paul Taylor Dance Company's Lincoln Center season at the David Koch theater, which was held at the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop in the Meat Packing District. To this occasion I wanted to look Boho chic, so I chose to wear my favorite Hoss Intropia dress.  

Hoss Intropia is a beautiful design house from Spain which I discovered via my aunt when visiting family in Madrid a few summers ago.  They are like a high end Anthropologie, and their elegant classic silhouettes with a hint of bohemian style really caught my eye.  This dress is even more special to me because I went shopping with my step Grandmother Isabel (a Spaniard) on that day when she surprised me by gifting it to me, and it was the last time we had a date together just the two of us before her passing of cancer within a year of that visit.  The fashion scene in Madrid is electric as Spaniards always dress tastefully accentuating their femininity in a really elegant way.  Nobody goes grocery shopping in Madrid without being in a put together outfit.  I carried a lot of Madrid with me moving to CT as an 8 year-old, and continued to build my style on my upbringing with I later moved to New York City twelve years ago.

I paired the dress with  my new Arezzo brown wedges from Brazil which I bought last fall when shopping with my cousin Camila the bride-to-be just before her wedding.  I was supposed to be helping her out (bridesmaid duties called) to buy honeymoon clothes, which we did successfully, but I couldn't help getting myself a pair of shoes...and maybe some sunglasses.  Brazilian shoes are always made so beautifully.  Most of the shoes I buy in the States end up being a pair that was "made in Brazil." The platforms are brown with beige rope detail woven as the straps on the foot and ankle. I topped off the outfit with a pair of gold circular earrings from a small boutique in Brazil (a gift from my cousin Camila in Sao Paulo), and my Kendra Scott long necklace with gold detail and one blue stone for a pop of color.

Of course long soft curls in your hair always compliment a boho look, but messy hair or a beach wave is perfect also!

Xo,

Carolina