“The real reason I dance is because I want to explode!”- a quote from Bill Evans is one of Calida’s favourites. When Calida dances, she really feels like she is exploding- with love and passion. She first tried dancing when she was 4 years old at her local dance studio, beginning with ballet and slowly, but surely, testing out all styles.
Some of Calida’s favourite film credits include Disney’s Descendants 2: choreographed by the world renowned Kenny Ortega and Tony Testa, ABC’s Once Upon a Time: choreographed by Paul Becker, the Nickelodeon original Movie Rags: choreographed by Rosero McCoy and Kelly Konno, and a Lifetime Unauthorized Life Story of Britney Spears: choreographed by Heather Laura Gray.
When set has closed and the cameras are off, Calida takes her talent to the stage. Some of these performances include Vancouver’s WE Day, the launch of MAC Cosmetics Archie’s Girls line, the Step Up 4 Revolution national launch, a BC tour of Legacy North’s Iconic Superstars Tribute Show and Nicole Bridger’s Allowing Grace at Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week.
While visiting LA, Calida worked alongside Meisha Lee as her assistant choreographer for an episode of Seventeen Magazine’s Promposals, presented by CoverGirl.
Acting is a new interest for Calida as dance has given her the necessary skills to delve into a character, take direction, and find the passion in a performance. Calida made her debut acting appearance and was awarded Best Supporting Actress in the short film #FIX at the UBC Persistence of Vision Film Festival. Calida plays the lead in her second short film Slice of an Onion as Leyla. Most recently, she was featured in an episode of TLC’s Untold Stories of the ER.
Calida has been teaching for over a decade- sharing her love and knowledge of dance is something very important to her. She has travelled throughout Canada and the USA teaching and inspiring dancers