Sandra L. Portal-Andreu is a Miami native of Cuban/Colombian descent who began her dance experience at the Mirochnik Ballet Institute under the direction of Madelyn Alfonso. Later, she trained intensively in the Vaganova Technique with Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev. Under Issaev’s direction with the Arts Ballet Theater of South Florida, she performed as soloist in The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire: Pas de Trois, Ballet Concerto and Suite of Waltzes No.1. She received an A.A. from New World School of the Arts, a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University, and a M.S. in Movement Sciences from Barry University. In 2012, she received the Professional Development Grant from New World School of the Arts to attend the summer intensive at the Workcentre of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontedera, Italy. In addition, she has trained with Fernando Bujones, Suzanne Farrell, Michael Foley, Gerri Houlihan, and Roxane D’Orleans-Juste. Her professional performance experience includes: Josee Garant Dance, Arts Ballet Theatre of South Florida, Florida Grand Opera’s “AIDA”, Miami City Ballet’s “Lounge 2200”, Camposition, and TOC Project.
Ms. Portal-Andreu is adjunct faculty of the Theatre Division at the New World School of the Arts where she concentrates on Movement for Theatre with a focus on GYROKINESIS(r) and Grotowski. Sandra has also taught at the Miami City Ballet School, Barry University, Vladimir Issaev’s Classical Ballet Russian Seminar and FSUdanceSARASOTA. In 2015, she joined Concept Health Systems as a Prevention Coordinator/Co-director for the youth-driven, bilingual performance troupe: UnaVoz.
Her choreography has been described as “striking”, “smart”, “chilling”, and “having a knack for the theatrical”. She was resident choreographer for City Theatre Miami from 2010-2014. Other choreographic credits include: Gabo Pulido’s “Deep Surface: An Homage to the Sea”, The Naked Stage Theater Company’s “Nerve”, “T.M.I.” for Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, and “Labyrinth” with filmmaker, Claudio Marcotulli. In the Fall of 2015, her short play “LuvBytes” premiered in MicroTheater Miami with much success and was featured at the Ft. Lauderdale Fringe Festival, May 2016. Sandra has been awarded grants and commissions from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, NWSA Professional Development Program, Miami-Dade Public Library System, MicroTheater Miami, and Miami Light Project’s Here & Now 2016.
Among her dance experience, Portal-Andreu has worked in numerous Film /TV and Commercial projects which include “Marilyn in Miami” by Agatino Zurria, “Dancer” by Dara Friedman, Carlos Ponce’s “Todo lo que Soy”, Iron and Wine’s “Lion’s Mane”, Super Bowl XXX Pregame Show featuring KISS and Cher and Sabado Gigante. She has appeared in local, regional, and national commercials and print which include Cheerios, Walmart and Intel Computers.
Sandra deeply thanks her family and friends for their continuous love and support. She credits her husband, Juan and two sons, Julian and Gabriel, who encourage and inspire her to continue moving and creating.