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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

Rompers Are My Favorite

Carolina Santos Read

In Olinda, PE, Brazil wearing my Topshop heart romper and Havaianas sandals and a typical hand woven clutch from the local artisans in Olinda.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

 I was recently in Brazil visiting family with Francisco, and we couldn't resist shooting for the blog in the beautiful city of Olinda in the state of Pernambuco in Brazil.  The colorful houses and hilly setting is idilic, and it has such a rich history. But I digress...

In this episode I'm so excited to tell you how much my love for rompers runs deep.  They are so easy to throw on and I love them in both solids and prints.  The photos above showcase one of my favorite rompers from Topshop.  It's navy with pink hearts and the criss cross neckline gives a beautiful neckline and shoulder perspective.  This romper is perfect for day (I styled it here with one of my favorite pairs of Havaianas: Brazilian-made flip flops, and a woven nude clutch I purchased from the artisans in Olinda) and transitions into night.  For a night look I would sweep my hair up and add a heel or wedge and some accessories like a long earring or bracelets.

In my orange and black lace Topshop romper, tan fringe sandals from Spain and black cross body fringe Rebecca Minkoff purse in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Photography by Francisco Graciano.

In this look above I wore another of my favorite Topshop rompers: an orange solid romper with a black lace back detail.  I accessorized it with my black fringe Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag and tan fringe sandals from Spain, as well as a dangly earring since the neckline of the romper goes up so high.

This romper transitioned from our sightseeing walk in downtown Puerto Vallarta to dinner at night.  I made it funkier with some fringe accessories, but I have also worn the romper with a heel, blazer, and dramatic smoky eye for a night event.  The high neckline allows for a fun statement necklace as well, or no necklace to further accentuate the back lace detail.

Rompers are so much fun to wear, the key is to wear them your way and you can't go wrong.

Xo,

Carolina