Savor Some Critical Acclaim

 


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“Ms. Acuña is a star in her own right” -Ann Murphy, Oakland Tribune

“Carolé is an inspiringly accomplished flamenco dancer, comedienne, actor, and more talents diversifying her” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine

“Flamenco Star Carolé Acuña Brings the Soul of Spain to San Francisco” -Sunset Magazine

“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

“Carolé Acuña is hilarious, she is animated, like a female Jim Carrey.” -Tony Sparks, The Godfather of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy

“Acúña is a mesmerizing woman and a sensuous, generous dancer, as gifted in classical Spanish dance as in gypsy Flamenco” -Ann Murphy, Dance Critic, Oakland Tribune

“The first time I saw Carolé was at The Purple Onion at Kells and she did a Kaufman impression that is forever burned into my memory” -Vince D’Amico, stand-up comedian

“Carolé Acuña’s stand-up comedy work is prolific. I see strength backed by warmth.” -Eddie Brill, previous talent coordinator for The Tonight Show with David Letterman

“The Andy Kaufman of a new generation, she’s funny, delightful, she’s Carolé Acuña.” – Joseph Ugalde, stand-up comedian and host

“Carolé’s mind works quickly. She is a very physical comedian.” – Kurtis Matthews, San Francisco Comedy College founder

“Your entire dance and every move that you made was emotionally moving to me.” -Jason Gilkinson, So You Think You Can Dance judge

“Carolé should be an Academy Award winning actress:  AND THE OSCAR GOES TO CAROLÉ ACUÑA!  . . . and CHEERS! She is not only funny, but inspirational at the same time.  That takes talent, which she has loads of.  I’ve gotta come see her perform more often” – Janice Kendricks, Bay Area photographer

“You (Carolé) are a mature dancer, you have a presence beyond your years.” -Nigel Lythgoe, So You Think You Can Dance judge

“Acuña reveals not just the polish of experience, but also the joy of dancing.” -Mary Ellen Hunt, San Francisco Chronicle

“Carolé is like a more fit, female Chris Farley” -Emily Browning , comedian

“The accomplishments of Carolé cannot go unnoticed.” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine

I was mesmerized when I saw you, (Carolé) it was just like a movie scene for me. I should really thank you for those moments. -Serdar Yayla, fan

“Flamenco dancing is closely related to the Spanish culture and for a dancer to understand the dance, you have to understand the culture, it is clear that you understand both, you are a powerful performer, you have control of the dance yet you allow the dance to have some give at the right moments. Along with a select few, you are definitely the top Flamenco dancer in America.” -Nigel Lythgoe, judge, So You Think You Can Dance

“I was standing in the Brainwash on what was probably my first or second time there. Carolé was the only other person there and we introduced ourselves and started talking about comedy. She couldn’t stop making faces and striking poses… she had so much energy. I thought, “If Jim Carrey was a beautiful woman dancer, this is who he’d be.” Keep on joking, dancing and acting, Carolé” -Dean Inouye, stand-up comedian

“Carolé’s stand-up comedy is intelligent, fast paced and full of energy. I am amazed at her ability to show her raw self and transform into virtually anyone, her face is like rubber and her body is agile.” -Virginia Lanely, fan

“Acuña has not only inherited her mother’s striking appearance but also her innate talent for Flamenco dancing.” -Amy Chen, Contra Costa Times

“You have such a strong presence, your back and hands are gorgeous, you are a strong dancer. The way that you use your shall is like dancing with a partner, you have complete control and yet you let it flow freely.” -Mary Murphy, judge, So You Think You Can Dance

“The best solo of the night was Coraje/Courage” Carolé’s Martinete palo dance, accompanied by the two guitarists hitting canes on the floor while she elegantly wrestled with a staff. Wearing an all white pant suit with black trim, Carolé placed this staff in every direction ranging from baton to crucifix. At one point she sat on the floor facing away from the audience and pushed it around her back to reveal her pant straps. Her yogic flexibility and discipline came through in this solo.” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine

“Carolé’s solo of incredible classical Flamenco technique and presence in Caña where she wore a formal red/black polka-dot bata de cola costume. Her exquisite carriage and Sevilla skirt/train work were admirable.” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine

“The first half concluded with Carolé dancing jota. In this particular northern Spain (Basque) originated folk dance form, she excelled with castanets, displaying elevation, manual dexterity and charm in her balletic interpretation of a classical form. I enjoyed Carolé in this jota. She stretched it out in the middle and made it her own. It felt like she was actually free to fly” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine