Sandra Portal-Andreu, a Miami-based Multidisciplinary Artist and Choreographer of Colombian/Cuban heritage, delves into the intersection of community, social practice, and identity. Her artistic expression, which spans performance, multimedia, and immersive practices, explores themes such as culture, motherhood, and nature. Sandra independently conceives and presents her work within the community, blending dance with dialogue to foster audience-engaged performance activations.
Supported by institutions including the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Live Arts Miami, NALAC and Miami Light Project, Sandra’s artistic practice includes collaborations with Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Miami-Dade Public Library System, PBS’ Filmmaker Project, The Deering Estate. Her work has been performed at Movement Research at the Judson Church NYC, Dance on Camera NYC, and the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. Sandra is a recipient of the 2023 Miami Individual Artists Grant, a 2022 Telly Award, and the 2021 Dance Miami Choreographers grant. Currently, Sandra is choreographing Positive Vibration Nation, a rock opera by Sol and the Tribu, in collaboration with Sol Ruiz and Miami Light Project. The premiere is scheduled for April 2024.
Sandra holds an MS from Barry University, a BFA from Florida State University, and an AA from the New World School of the Arts. Her education includes intensive studies with Actor/Director Thomas Richards at the Jerzy Grotowski Workcentre in Pontedera, Italy, and GYROTONIC/GYROKINESIS certification under Juliu Horvath and Anjali Austin. With a performance background encompassing both stage and film, Sandra has danced with Arts Ballet Theatre of South Florida, Josée Garant Dance, Florida Grand Opera, and Miami City Ballet, showcasing her versatility in principal roles with Juggerknot Theater Company and various film projects, most notably The Last Rafter by Oscar Ernesto Ortega and Carlos Betancourt.
Beyond her artistic pursuits, Sandra is a mother, educator, and arts cultivator. She has contributed her expertise to institutions such as the New World School of the Arts, City Theatre Miami, Nova Southeastern University, ProjectArt Miami, Miami City Ballet School, and FSUdanceSARASOTA. When not in the studio, Sandra manages her small business, Tappas, offering patented, sustainable home goods. Grateful for the unwavering love and support of her family and friends, Sandra continues to weave a tapestry of creativity and community impact.