Carolé is my hero. I first saw her in a film when I was visiting Los Angeles and then took a belly dance class from her in San Francisco. When I learned about all that she does, I was blown away. Take her class, watch her show or simply talk to her, you will be glad you did.
We go over what they would like to accomplish and I create a plan based on their goals. Every person has their own idividual needs so I adapt to help them realize their dreams.
After becoming a professional dancer at 14, Ms. Acuña has been quite busy since. One of the featured professionals in Sunset Magazine as “Living The Dream” and named a “A star in her own right” by Ann Murphy of the Oakland Tribune News, Carolé (pronounced Carolay) is a Meisner trained actor, stand-up comedian, flamenco & modern dancer, choreographer, writer, activist. She is a Sanford Meisner Film Festival, Best Supporting Actress Nominee, an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) nominee in individual performance. Her work is seen in film, theater, television, commercials, heard on the radio. She carries on the Flamenco and Spanish Dance legacy of her world renowned mother and is the co-artistic director of Carolina Lugo’s & Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco. Carolé was named “The top flamenco dancer in America” on So You Think You Can Dance, she also warmed up the other auditioning dancers with some stand-up comedy by request of the judges. “Acuña expertly raises one eyebrow and with her chin up, she balances on a three-inch stiletto heel. Suddenly, the comedienne slumps, lowering her foot and eyebrow simultaneously as she delivers her punchline on stage in front of a laughing audience.”– Janice De Jesus, Contra Costa Times. She was one of the original hand picked chosen artists by Jennifer Lopez to be on Q’Viva! The Chosen. Her artistic works have a focus on social change, she is involved with San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), creator of Climate Narwhal, co-creator of The Artivists podcast, creator of Feeling Freedom Now Stand-Up Comedy Shows. Ms. Acuña is commercially represented by Look Talent Agency.
Where it Started:
Formally starting ballet at 3, Carolé started making funny faces and characters in and out of class. Since no talking was allowed during ballet, she would communicate with the other dancers using her visually spectacular facial and body expressions and while outside of class, she’d bring the characters to life with different voices, distinct physical movements, singing songs she’d composed to showcase her solo characters and also asked other people to be in her plays for family, friends, everyone who wanted to watch. Growing up with a professional flamenco and Spanish dancing mom who taught her dance at home, Ms. Acuña started formally taking flamenco, spanish classical, spanish regional at 11 with Rosa Montoya and became a professional dancer in her company at 14, Ms. Acuña and her mother started a dance company the same year “Carolina Lugo’s and Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco”. She 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. Balancing a professional dance career, high school, acting classes, she graduated while being nominated “Class Clown”. She dove straight into her acting, dancing, stand-up comedy career by going to the San Francisco Comedy College and then moved to Spain to live with her master flamenco teacher and second flamenco mom, Pepa Montes, among other prominent flamenco artists. She has 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, Carolé 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. She is now a studio member which is like a gym/laboratory for professional actors to discover, collaborate, work on their craft, continually expand. She is currently working on; a one woman show set to have a world premiere in the fall of 2019, hosting the podcast “The Artivists”, putting a stand-up comedy headlining show together. Carolé’s number one choice is to be in films, theater and various mediums where her and other people’s talents can help make positive changes in our world. Art and activism unite.
Private Lesson $85 an hour, 4 class package $80 an hour, 8 class package $75 an hour (not including studio rental)
Semi Private Lesson $40 an hour per student (not including studio rental)
Group Lesson $20 an hour per student (5 student minimum)
Since I grew up in the arts and fitness, I decided to pass it on as it is a necessity in our world. It is an honor to help people.
I work with all ages. 1 year to 100+ years
There are so many current happenings that I'm fond of. You can check out some shows that I perform in weekly :-)
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