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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

The Mermaid Craze

Carolina Santos Read

Hi There!

The Mermaid Craze has swept the nation. 

Wearing my DressLily shell bikini at the beach in the CT shoreline. Photo by Francisco Graciano.  

Wearing my DressLily shell bikini at the beach in the CT shoreline. Photo by Francisco Graciano.  

My vintage 1920s gold shell purse adds to my mermaid theme. Purchased from Mermaid by Hand Jewelry.  Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

My vintage 1920s gold shell purse adds to my mermaid theme. Purchased from Mermaid by Hand Jewelry.  Photography by Francisco Graciano

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Here I am lounging on the couch as a mermaid (doesn't everyone?) in my same DressLily bikini and mermaid tail blanket, and Etsy shop starfish hair clip. The hair clip wasn't a recent purchase but I'm sure there are similar ones on Etsy currently. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Here I am lounging on the couch as a mermaid (doesn't everyone?) in my same DressLily bikini and mermaid tail blanket, and Etsy shop starfish hair clip. The hair clip wasn't a recent purchase but I'm sure there are similar ones on Etsy currently. Photography by Francisco Graciano

As you can see from the photos above, I'm a little bit of a mermaid fan. Ok a lot bit. But there's definitely something to be said of the recent mermaid craze in fashion.  It's showing up everywhere in all different ways. I love it.

In my first two photos you can see my mermaid-themed beach look, where I styled a DressLily mermaid bikini with a vintage 1920s gold shell purse I found on Mermaid by Hand Jewelry, an Etsy shop (and Instagram page) I came across. The bikini is currently on sale on DressLily!

The second two photos are of my mermaid inspired home look, because all mermaids watch tv now and don't just sit on a rock in the ocean, amiright? In this look I wore a different shell bikini with more pastel colors also from DressLily and a DressLily mermaid tail blanket (both on the site) . The bikinis are on sale and some of the mermaid blankets too! I completed the look with a starfish barrette (purchased on Etsy I believe) that I scored as a bridesmaid in a beach-themed wedding I was in on the CT shoreline.

These looks are so much fun in the summertime, and the blanket can help you feel beachy while accepting a not-so-summerlike climate from the comfort of your own home. I even recently decorated my bathroom with these beach and mermaid-inspired accents! 

Xo, 

Carolina

This mermaid tail hook was a discovery at a boutique in Provincetown, MA on a recent trip. 

This mermaid tail hook was a discovery at a boutique in Provincetown, MA on a recent trip. 

These drawer and cabinet knobs were recent Anthropologie purchases, and the shell was even on sale!  

These drawer and cabinet knobs were recent Anthropologie purchases, and the shell was even on sale!