Born into a family of Entertainers – dancers, actors, and musicians – it was inevitable that Dakhóta Romero would follow in their footsteps.
Her father Robby Romero, is an Award winning musician known Internationally for his groundbreaking PSA Music Videos. He has long been a tireless Environmental Activist and is an United Nations Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples; Dakhóta spent many of her formative years in his company, sharing stages with him and many of his accomplished friends all over the world. Her mother Suzanne Mitchell, is a former ballet dancer, fashion model, and actress who passed her beauty onto her daughter in spades, along with her easy going, gentle, and empathic nature.
It’s no surprise that Dakhóta spent her early life modeling with her mother, appearing in her father’s award-winning music videos, and singing on stages across the Americas. While in high school, Dakhóta crafted and recorded a unique cover of Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross’ hit, My Mistake, which was featured in the Rockumentary film, America’s Last Frontier. After graduating high school, Dakhóta went on to Loyola Marymount University to study Classical Music, where she would sing in five languages, covering Musical genres from Baroque to Postmodern.
During her Sophomore year, she traveled to Europe to be part of a 15 City Arena Tour, founded and hosted by German Rock legend Peter Maffay. After the tour, she joined Carlos Santana, Yusef Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) and Peter Maffey, in a concert for Peace in Bochum, Germany. Singing with Santana proved invaluable. Dakhóta would go on to working on several recordings with Karl Perazzo, the guitar legend’s band-leader.
After graduating University with a BFA in Music, Dakhóta was invited to perform at the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. She would later reflect on how profoundly she was impacted by the event and it would continue to inform her creative work.
Having appeared in plays and musical productions since early childhood, moving between artistic mediums was, and is, second nature for Dakhóta. She starred in the indie film, Hidden Medicine which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to air on the Best of Sundance Channel. Her list of credits can be seen in her impressive resume, with her most recent appearance being on House Of Cards.
Dance too runs deep in the family genes. Her grandmother Rita Rogers, danced her way to an MGM contract, where she appeared in a stream of Elvis Presley films among others. With the inspiration of her grandmother, and following in the footsteps of her mother, Dakhóta studied ballet as a child, and appeared in several recitals growing up. She also explored other forms of dance including Hip Hop, where she was scouted by Sesame Street Producers and began dancing professionally at the age of 10.
Though it’s Afro-Carribean music, and the moves that accompany it, that caught her in it’s rhythmic spell and she discovered her passion in its outward forms; Bachata, Bolero, Merengue, and Son are where Dakhóta’s grace, years of study, and discipline as a dancer, actress and musician have come to fruition.
Dakhóta has always felt connected to her roots that call her through music; song and dance. Currently, she travels the world performing and teaching music and dance with her partner, International Ambassador of Dominican Arts, Edwin M Ferreras. In 2017 the pair founded Areíto Arts, a dance company whose aim is to educate students on the history, culture, development, and growth of Afro-Caribbean Arts; their slogan, Rhythm & Roots.
Following the death of her glamorous grandmother, Rita Rogers, Dakhóta recorded a haunting rendition of the traditional La Llorona in homage to the woman who had early on inspired and encouraged her, to reach for the stars. The song (and the music video that accompanies it), is a gorgeous showcase for the depth, breadth, and scope of this sensitive artist’s multi-talented vision and passionate commitment to her work.
Until we understand our connection, only then will we understand our responsibility.
- Dakhóta Romero