Sanchez in 2009
|Born||Caitlin Ariana Sanchez|
January 17, 1996
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Sanchez was born in Englewood, New Jersey to a musical family of Cuban heritage. She began playing the piano at age four, and while at the Yamaha Music Center, won the Yamaha Corporation's Young Composer's Award in 2004 for an original jazz composition. She has performed several times at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theatre, and has won the prestigious Tito Puente Musical Scholarship Award twice in 2005 and 2007. She has also been a multiple-winner and presenter at the Hispanic Youth Showcase competition held in New Jersey.
An avid jazz fan, Sanchez enjoys listening to the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. When NPR's Robert Siegel indicated that it was unusual for someone her age to be a fan of Thelonious Monk, Sanchez responded that "He has this really unique style. He kind of hits the piano really hard. And I love his offbeats. Sometimes he goes on-beat; sometimes he goes off. He's full of surprises."
In 2008, Sanchez took over the voice role of the seven-year-old lead character in Dora the Explorer, following the departure of the character's original voice actor Kathleen Herles that year when she went to college. She was selected from among 600 girls who auditioned for the part. She voiced the character until 2010, when Fátima Ptacek took over the role.
Besides appearing in several national commercials, Sanchez's other TV work includes as Lupe Rojas in an episode of Law & Order: SVU, ("Uncle" 2006) and appearing as Celia, the daughter of Carlos Ponce's character, on Lipstick Jungle. Her film work includes appearing in the film Phoebe in Wonderland.
Sanchez performed the National Anthem at an NBA game at the IZOD Center on November 21, 2009.
- 2006: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – Lupe Rojas (1 episode)
- 2008: Dora the Explorer – Dora (TV series; 2008–2012)
- 2008: Phoebe in Wonderland – Monica
- 2008: Lipstick Jungle – Celia Vega
- 2008: Dora Saves the Snow Princess – Dora
- 2009: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom – Dora
- 2009: Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure – Dora
- 2011: Dora's Ballet Adventure – Dora
- 2011: Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventure – Dora
- 2012: The Secret of Atlantis – Dora
- 2012: Dora's Knighthood Adventure – Dora
- Dora's Party Favorites
- Dora's Christmas
- We Did It! Dora's Greatest Hits
Awards and nominations
- 2009 40th NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program for Dora the Explorer
- 2009 Imagen Awards: Best Actress/Television for Dora the Explorer
- 2010 41st NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program for Dora the Explorer
- 2010 Imagen Awards: Best Actress/Television for Dora the Explorer
- Shipkowski, Bruce. "Millions listen when this Fairview girl speaks", The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 2008. Accessed December 30, 2008.
- Faherty, Emily. "Call Me Dora", New Jersey Monthly, posted October 13, 2008. Accessed December 30, 2008.
- Boursaw, Jane. "Exclusive: Interview with Caitlin Sanchez, the new Dora the Explorer!", Film Gecko. Accessed December 30, 2008.
- "NETS: Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to visit Kids' Country during NETS-Knicks Game", November 19, 2009
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