Where it Started
Formally starting ballet at 3, I started making funny faces and characters in and out of class. Since no talking was allowed during ballet, I would communicate with the other dancers using my visually spectacular facial and body expressions and while outside of class, I would bring the characters to life with different voices, distinct physical movements, singing songs I composed to showcase my characters and sometimes asked other people to be in my plays for family, friends, everyone who wanted to watch. Growing up with a professional flamenco and Spanish dancing mom who taught me dance at home, I started formally taking flamenco, spanish classical, spanish regional at 11 with Rosa Montoya and became a professional dancer in her company at 14, I and my mother started a dance company the same year “Carolina Lugo’s and Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco”. I started dancing modern dance with Cheryl Chaddick and Robert Moses soon after and collaborated with various Modern Dance Companies such as Urban Jazz Dance and Katiedid Dance, as well as many other companies, artists, special events and many solo events. Balancing a professional dance career, high school, acting classes, I graduated while being nominated “Class Clown”. I dove straight into my acting, dancing, stand-up comedy career by going to the San Francisco Comedy College and then moved to Spain to live with my master flamenco teacher and second flamenco mom, Pepa Montes, among many other prominent flamenco artists. I have been going to Spain once a year ever since while also touring various shows and workshops internationally. In order to dive in deeper as an actor and artist, I went through a life changingly intensive training at The Meisner Technique Studio with Sanford Meisner’s last teaching protégé, Jim Jarrett and the assistant director, Melissa Thompson Esaia. I was a studio member for 3 years which was like a gym/laboratory for professional actors to discover, collaborate, work on their craft, continually expand. I am currently working on; a one woman show, hosting the podcast “The Artivists”, putting a stand-up comedy headlining show together. My number one choice is to be in films, theater and various mediums where my and other people’s talents to help make positive changes in our world. Art and activism unite.