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My first ballroom dance competition

Ballroom competition

Here is a picture of my first ballroom dance competition this past December. When I’m not on set—whether it be for an independent film or TV show—or on stage rehearsing for a play, you’ll find me taking ballroom dance classes. Dance has always been an integral part of my life. Actually, my dance background in ballet, jazz and modern has enabled me to work in musicals including Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, On The Town and White Christmas. However, last year I started taking private ballroom classes and I got totally hooked. Let’s just say I fell head over heels… for Argentine Tango, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba, Bolero, Cha-Cha, Jive, Hustle, Foxtrot, AND Waltz.

Thank you to the best ballroom dance teachers at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Aventura: Slavic and Maria. You guys push me to excel and you believe in my abilities. I learn something new every time I take class.

For the record, I was completely terrified at the thought of competing but I had made a promise to myself at the beginning of last year and that was to start doing something every day that scares me. So, feeling the fear, I did it anyways as the author Susan Jeffers would have put it. In the end, I took home two medals that day and achieved first place in all my categories! Plus, I felt fabulously sexy due to Maria giving me a ballroom makeover—slicked back hair, eye-turning dazzling makeup and of course the much needed magic tan. Lol. I plan to dance till I turn 100 God willing.

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This January I had the honor of playing Elmire in Moliere’s Tartuffe or, as we performed it, Tartufo. It was an incredible experience–one of those times you want to pinch yourself and thank your lucky stars.Why was it so special, you might ask.  Well,  I had a protagonist role in a French play written by one of the world’s most renowned playwright’s, Moliere. Moreover,  I acted in my mother tongue, Spanish, all the while performing in the United States. How crazy and amazing is that?! Having grown up in all three countries, I consider myself, one third Venezuelan, one third American and one third French. So how could I not but rejoice in the process and soak it all in? A special thank you to our directors: Adela Romero and Julio Bouley. Adela, this production would not have been possible without your perseverance, faith, determination and leadership. Julio, it was a real pleasure to get to work with such a gifted actor. You made our Tartufo mischievous, brilliantly hilarious and the ultimate hypocrite. You elevated all of our performances and I hope to get to work with you again. To the rest of my dear and talented cast– Mabel Leyva, Santi Sierra, Gloria Cornejo, Miriam Casco, Carlos Rivero and Engie Camila Rodriguez– what a ride my friends! I feel blessed to have met every single one of you. Thank you for sharing your gifts, countless hours, laughter and for making this such an unforgettable experience both on and off stage. Esto se tiene que repetir! Besos a todos.




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