Wendy Calio

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Wendy Calio
Born Wendy Calio
(1977-08-07) August 7, 1977 (age 38)
Wahiawa, Hawaii, United States
Other names Sabrina Starr
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, business owner
Years active 1981–present
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Spouse(s) Jeremy Gilbert (2008–2013)
Website www.wendycalio.com

Wendy Calio (born August 7, 1977)[citation needed] is an American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer who is best known for her portrayal of Nina, the spirited ever-smiling neighbor on Disney Junior children's series, Imagination Movers.

Life and career[edit]

Calio was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii[1] and graduated from Mililani High School[2] in Mililani, Hawaii. She is 5'3", 115 pounds, has black hair with black eyes and is of Filipino and Caucasian descent.[3] Her mother, Theresa Osthoff-Cambonga, is currently a business partner in her ventures.

Calio started dance training at the age of 4 by taking ballet at The Ballet School in Walnut Creek, California under the direction of Lareen Fender and continued under the direction of John Landowski at Hawaii State Ballet. A few years later she added to her repertoire by studying Contemporary Jazz under Pam Sandridge at Big City Productions. Calio began acting at age 12 when she was cast as the host of "Saturday AM" on Hawaii Public Television.[4] She spent two summers in a studio with 14 other kids filming a local version of "The Mickey Mouse Club". At age 14, Calio was crowned Miss Teen Hawaii Filipina. At 16, she recorded her first song, "I’m Coming Home For Christmas" under the alias of Sabrina Starr.[5]

By the age of 16, Calio was an accomplished actress, vocalist and dance performer. After the release of her first song, Calio started teaching dance at a local community center in Mililani, HI and made headlines for leading over 150 dancers in annual productions at local theatre venues such as Leeward Community College Theatre and Mamiya Theatre. Using the name under which she released her single, she opened her own business, Sabrina Starr Studios, and within a short amount of time made a name for herself as one of Hawaii’s Premiere dance instructors.

Sometime in 2007, Calio began her relationship with Disney as a performer and assistant choreographer in the national tour of Disney’s High School Musical and also appeared in Aladdin’s Musical Spectacular at Disney’s Hyperion Theater. To get the role of Nina on the Imagination Movers, Calio reportedly beat out over 800 hopefuls auditioning for the role in New York, Florida and Los Angeles.[4] In August 2008 to July 2013, Calio married [6] Jeremy Gilbert in a ceremony that took place at the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute in Kapolei, HI.[7] After finishing work on the second season of Imagination Movers, Calio opened up a performing arts/dance school called Pas De Deux (French for "dance for two"),[5] which opened May 1, 2010 in Waipahu, HI.[8] Calio is also in the process of creating a children's book.

In addition to ballet, Calio is also trained in hula, yoga, and Bollywood dancing, and is a pop rock and soprano singer.[3] Her Hawaiian heritage and hula skills were incorporated into her character Nina in the Imagination Movers episode "Trouble in Paradise." She continues to star in Imagination Movers, and has officially signed on as the choreographer of the third season.[9] She currently divides her time between New Orleans and Los Angeles during the hiatus periods of Imagination Movers.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Byrds of Paradise Diane ABC
1998 Cosmo's Tale Roxy Adam Shankman's Cosmo's Tale; credited as Sabrina Calio
2006 Think Tank Suzanne Think Tank (film)
2008–2013 Imagination Movers Nina Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior
2011 Imagination Movers in Concert Nina


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