Our Team

  • Graciela Newsam
    Graciela Newsam
    Chief Executive Officer

    Graciela Newsam, Co-founder of NEWSAM AERIAL DANCE, was born in Panama and started dancing at an early age. While studying journalism at the University of Panama, Graciela began teaching dance under the guidance of renowned instructors Ginela Vasquez, Leslie Reyes and Barbara Berger. She performed in different venues throughout Panama City, such as the Pacific Theater Center and the Panama Canal Zone. She also co-founded the first Panamanian contemporary dance company “Creadanza,” with her sister and life-long collaborator Monica Newsam. (more…)

  • Monica Newsam
    Monica Newsam
    Vice President

    Monica Newsam, President of NEWSAM AERIAL DANCE, was born in Panama. Her discovery of a passion for movement and dance at age five marked the beginning of a life-long journey to define her singular artistic vision.

    Monica’s internationally acclaimed body of work in dance and choreography stretches across four continents. She has performed in France, Italy, India, Ecuador, El Salvador, Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National School of Dance and Folklore in Havana, where she also performed professionally with the Cuban dance company "Retazos.” Upon her return to Panama, Monica co-created the first panamanian contemporary dance company “Creadanza,” with her sister and constant collaborator Graciela Newsam.