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Hi, I’m Marina Santo. I have been dancing since I was very young and dance has never left me.

From the streets and dance floors of Rio de Janeiro to stages in Europe, movement has always been the place where I have found myself and where I have activated my own power.

For more than a decade I have been teaching dance with a focus on real bodies in Madrid and other cities around the world.

The multitude of people who have gone through my programmes and courses created from my philosophy and vision have experienced a transformation in their lives: liberation, enjoyment and wellbeing.

Women, youth, teachers, Lgtbqi+ community and diaspora are some examples of profiles with whom I work regularly. More than 35 organisations and institutions have counted on me for the realisation of my projects at national and international level.

I work on the development of bodily intelligence through awareness-raising practices, exploration of sensory anatomy, somatic practices and the contemporary code of movement free of demands and academicism.

I have been one of the 20 artists selected by the call “Art for Change” (2022) of La Caixa Foundation and I have been invited by the Residencies of creation and research around communities promoted by La Parceria “Waquiña” (2023).

Soon I will launch Santo Studio, a digital space that hosts my most varied projects related to the connection with the body and the practice of movement without academicism. There you will be able to find information about my calendar of sessions and my most recent and varied creations.

I am a graduate in History (UFRJ) and a specialist in Education in Arts, Culture and Citizenship by the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) / Valladolid University.

In Rio de Janeiro, my hometown, I started training at a very early age in classical ballet, then jazz, and in adulthood in contemporary dance and dance theatre. I have practiced capoeira angola and yoga.

I have worked as a dancer/performer for various dance and audiovisual companies and collectives.

As an artist I have been awarded by the press, public and jury of the 28th Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid for Atavico, a dance piece by the choreographer Poliana Lima as well as the short film Monday by Candice Vallantin, starring me, winner of several international awards.

As a teaching artist I have worked alongside international artists in Be Next (UK) and with the company Cross Border Project in the project Generación Global (Spain), winner of the Miradas al Refugio prize awarded by CEAR in 2019.

As a project maker, I have created and promoted various activities and events open to the general public related to dance for the community and reflection on the body, art made by women and anti-racism.

I highlight the creation and coordination of Espacio Muchas, carried out at the Entredós Foundation from 2016 to 2021, whose purpose was the protagonism of femininities of the diaspora and reflection on anti-racism.

I give talks for teacher training centers on practices and experiences from my perspective on body intelligence and its practical development in the classroom.I also give talks on anti-racism, sharing diverse contents and reflections related to the topic for a variety of audiences.

I speak Spanish, English and Portuguese (mother tongue).

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