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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

Nautical and Beachy

Carolina Santos Read

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Wearing my new anchor dress I bought in a small boutique on Block Island this summer by designer Escapada, and gold Maypol espadrille flats also a recent buy from TJ Maxx. I topped it off with an oldie but goodie pink Chanel quilted purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano. 

Wearing my new anchor dress I bought in a small boutique on Block Island this summer by designer Escapada, and gold Maypol espadrille flats also a recent buy from TJ Maxx. I topped it off with an oldie but goodie pink Chanel quilted purse. Photography by Francisco Graciano

Hi there! 

Are you looking forward to your Labor Day long weekend? I have the perfect end of Summer beachy and nautical look for you. On a recent trip to Block Island I purchased this beautiful little nautical anchor dress from a small boutique on the main strip. The designer is Escapada. Nautical looks are absolutely everywhere for summer and can transition into fall beautifully too. My last look from Newport had the traditional white and navy stripes with a pop of yellow (which can be done with long sleeves jeans and a blazer or cute scarf once the weather gets colder). This week's look is more traditional with navy and pink anchors. We photographed on the water in Watch Hill, Rhode Island before hitting the beach. It's a simple beachy dress that can be dressed up or down.

I kept it casual with a pair of gold Maypol (made in Spain) espadrille flats that were a recent purchase from TJ Maxx. A gold espadrille is comfy, cute, and right on trend! I was looking for a pair like these all over and the Rochester, NY store had them but Manhattan had sold out. Jane Martin, store manager at the Pittsford Plaza TJ Maxx was kind enough to send the pair over to my closest Manhattan store so I could purchase them. That's amazing customer service! I will remain a lifetime Maxxinista for that.

My last accessory is one of my favorite Chanel bags I've had for a long time. You can never go wrong with a classic quilted Chanel and a gold chain strap. It will never go out of style and the resale value is high so these handbags are a great investment. I've sold older ones and put that towards new ones sometimes even making money. Talk about Maxxinista! I updated it with a black pom accessory bought at a small boutique in CT, but they are everywhere including the streets of Manhattan and H&M stores.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

xo, 

Carolina