¡Que tal! Welcome to my virtual stomping ground. I’m Carolé, an international flamenco & contemporary dancer, stand-up comedian, meisner actor, actualization mentor, author, speaker, forerunner of the philosophical new thought movement. I’m a narwhal loving philanthropist, and a globe trotting entreprenuer, who is here on a colossal mission to help inspire and guide you on your transformational adventure of actualizing your most fulfilling life. I am immensely stoked that you are here and we can connect!
After becoming a professional dancer and actor at 14, I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy with artistic and athletic works. One of the featured professionals in Sunset Magazine as “Living The Dream” and named a “A star in her own right” by Ann Murphy, Oakland Tribune News, I am also a Sanford Meisner Film Festival, Best Supporting Actress Nominee, Isadora Duncan Dance Award’s (Izzie) nominee in individual performance. My work is seen in film, theater, television, commercials, heard on radio and podcasts. I carry on the Flamenco and Spanish Dance legacy of my world renowned mother and I sometimes artistically direct Carolina Lugo’s & Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco. I was named “The top flamenco dancer in America” on So You Think You Can Dance and I 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. I was one of the original hand picked chosen artists by Jennifer Lopez for Q’Viva! The Chosen.
It’s Worth the Sacrifices
When I decided to take the next step in my career, I knew I had to shed everything away to plunge in deeper so I cut and donated my long waist length hair, went to therapy, postponed my regular shows and found different ways of making money to go through a two year intensive Meisner acting training, I broke up with my fiancé, gave up my personal belongings, couch surfed, and fully devoted my existence living my dream while helping others realize their dreams.
Growing up with a diverse background; a flamenco dancing mother, homosexual father, being of mixed ethnicity, and being a survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence, I am passionate about letting the world know the important role art plays in our world and helping you realize your potential so you can see that there is a way to live your dream now. Having an artistic outlet during my childhood and teen years helped me cope with troubling issues as well as help others around me. After years of healing and being a transcendental meditation scholarship recipient, I come from a place of compassion. I weave my artistry with helping others. This is why I am here, to share my voice; to help as many people as possible in this world speak their truth. We are living our dreams right now so we can choose to feel free and help others do the same. The present is a gift for us.” – C. Acuña
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.