A Spanish Harlem, born and raised, Latin Grammy Award-Winning choreographer, dancer, performer, inspirational role model, and artistic developer. In 1989, Violeta, a former LaGuardia Performing Arts High School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater student, founded a non-profit 501(C)(3) dance company KR3T’s,an acronym for “Keep Rising to the Top.”
KR3T’s specializes in teaching various dance genres, including hip-hop, mambo, African, Latin, house, hustle, ballet, bachata, and much more. From November 7-8, the mother of three boys will celebrate her organization’s 25th anniversary with a two-day Manhattan fundraiser event, earnestly titled “KR3T’S: The Journey,” which takes place at El Museo del Barrio.
To date, well over 5000 students of all ages and ethnic backgrounds have experienced fortitude within her multifaceted Spanish Harlem-based dance haven. And through the years, Violeta has spread her gift of dance throughout various parts of the world. She has held dance workshops in Colorado, Switzerland, Paris, Chile, and several cities in France. Likewise, her unique dance style and unmistakable charisma have drawn people from all over the world to visit KR3T’s to become a part of the magic.
Numerous KR3T’s students have gone on to become established choreographers and dancers. Several have performed on world tours with artists such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliot, and quite a few other notable entertainers. From gang member reform to gang intervention to numerous at-risk youth and adults achieving scholastic and career excellence, KR3T’s success stories are seemingly endless.
Violeta’s lengthy list of recognition includes earning a 2012 Latin Grammy Award for “Best Choreography Flash Mob” (Verizon FiOS), the 2012 Bessie Award for “Special Achievement in Dance,” and of 300 hopefuls, she was one of seven women honored with a 2012 MamásLatinas Award.
For her incredible work inspiring and uplifting the community, Violeta received award proclamations from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., and former Bronx City Councilman Joel Rivera.
Furthermore, Violeta was presented with a “Citation Award” from NYS Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, a “Commendation Award” from the City of New York Office of Comptroller, and an “Outstanding Achievement Award” from New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel.