Sandra L. Portal-Andreu (Multidisciplinary Artist/ Choreographer) is a Miami native of Cuban/Colombian descent. Ms. Portal-Andreu independently creates and presents work throughout the community, mixing dance with dialogue. Her work is deeply rooted in community, social practice, and identity, exploring themes of tradition, femme, culture, society, and politics through various mediums, genres, and spaces. Sandra has received support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Live Arts Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami-Dade Public Library System, PBS’ Filmmaker Project, Judson Church/ NYC, Miami Light Project, NALAC, MicroTheater Miami, and Pioneer Winter Collective’s GrassStains 2018. She is a 2021 Dance Miami Choreographers Grant recipient and has created work for CityTheatre Miami, Juggerknot Theatre Co. “Miami Motel Stories: North Beach”, and Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company. Her choreography has been described as “striking”, “smart”, “chilling”, and “having a knack for the theatrical”.
Her professional performance experience includes Arts Ballet Theater of South Florida, Josée Garant Dance, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet’s Lounge 2200, Camposition, and TOC Project. Among her dance experience, Portal-Andreu has worked in various Film, Theatre, and Commercial projects including Oscar Ernesto Ortega and Carlos Betancourt’s El Ultimo Balsero, Lifetime TV’s Designing Spaces, Dancer by Dara Friedman, Iron and Wine’s Lion’s Mane, MTV Latino, Google Home, Cheerios, Walmart, and more.
An educator and arts cultivator, Portal-Andreu has served as adjunct faculty in the Theatre Division at New World School of the Arts and served as Miami Director for ProjectArt from 2019-2021. She has taught at the Miami City Ballet School, Barry University, and FSUdanceSARASOTA. Sandra 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 addition, she trained with Fernando Bujones, Suzanne Farrell, Gerri Houlihan, Roxane D’Orleans-Juste, and Actor/Director, Thomas Richards at the Workcentre of Jerzy Grotowski in Pontedera, Italy. When she is not in the studio, you can find her running her small biz of patented, sustainable home goods: Tappas! Sandra deeply thanks her family and friends for their continuous love and support.