The phenomenon UPA Dance It was a before and after in the television and music industry of our country with its premiere in 2002, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and breaking audience records. Mónica Cruz, Beatriz Luengo, Natalia Millán, Miguel Ángel Muñoz … all of them are already part of the history of our television.
The musical band that was born from the teenage series A step forward It was a great success and made several concert tours, filling venues across the country. The group was made up of Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Pablo Puyol, Beatriz Luengo, Mónica Cruz, Silvia Marty and Raúl Peña, the last member to arrive on the series.
The ‘UPA Dance’ phenomenon revolutionized the country’s television and music industry
With the return of the series and its addition to the Netflix catalog, we remember the path traveled by the best-known faces of UPA Dance. Sixteen years after the last broadcast of the series, fans will be able to enjoy it again on the streaming platform, where it premiered on October 1.
Miguel Angel Muñoz
The actor’s career has not stopped since its inception in UPA Dance, although at the moment it has acquired great popularity for its passage through Masterchef Celebitry, being the winner of the first edition of the program. After finishing the broadcast of the series, he began his musical career under the acronym MAM, which was a success. He played different roles in numerous television series such as My lovely neighbors O Ulysses syndrome.
Muñoz was the presenter of the program As sapiens and jury of The Dancer, both programs of Spanish Television. The next of the actor is going to be Sequía, a series that he stars together with Elena Rivera and Rodolfo Sancho, and whose premiere will take place throughout the month of November.
Penelope Cruz’s little sister has always considered herself a dancer, trained at the Royal Conservatory of Dance and was discovered by the producers of UPA Dance. After finishing the series, he worked in several foreign films, such as Asterix in the Olympic Games or Last Hour. The latter have not been seen so much on the big screen, although they have played small roles in series such as Red Eagle.
He acted as a double for his sister Penelope, when she was pregnant, in some scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean. He had a two-year love affair with his co-star Miguel Ángel Muñoz, and everything seems to indicate that today they maintain a beautiful friendship.
Beatriz Luengo is probably one of the most seasoned professionals in the sector of the cast of UPA Dance. With more than twenty years of musical experience in foreign countries, such as France or Cuba, she has been twice nominated for the Grammy Latino. She managed to win an American Grammy as a songwriter on Ricky Martin’s album Who wants to listen.
Already discovered since she was a child for her participation in The Rita and Miliki Circus or the Peter Pan musical, she opened her own dance school at the end of the series. At the launch of his first album, he already had the collaboration of artists such as Justin Timberlake or Yotuel.
The Malaga actor has always been a lover of theater, where he began and has continued his musical career. Before UPA Dance, participated in musicals such as Grease O Beauty and the Beast. But the truth is that it was his main role in A step forward what made him become famous. The love story of Pedro and Lola drove fans of the series crazy, whose broadcast lasted three years.
Years after the end of production, we could see it in series like The Serrano and working with Jorge Sanz in the play Perfect Crime. He also recently played a role in the comic series The one that looms and at present, his most recognized role is that of Chief Inspector Félix Durán, in Serve and protect.
Who did not adore Ingrid at some point in the series? The dancer who always tried to empower her friend Lola and had fun doing her own thing at school, marked a whole generation of viewers. After finishing the series, Silvia Marty appeared in series such as Hospital Central O The Serrano.
Later we could see her on the big screen, playing a role in the film The memory of waterby Matías Bize. Other productions in which he has participated are Love in troubled times, Stolen children O Acacias 38, a role that he played in more than 150 episodes.
The dancer Raúl Peña was the last member of the group to arrive at UPA Dance. His beginnings were also in the theater, in musicals such as Romeo and Juliet or Beauty and the Beast. Currently, he continues to perform on stage, with the play La Cuenta, by Clément Michel.
His fame comes from the roles he played in Companions, SMS and A step forward. He also participated for three years in The secret of Puente Viejo, playing the character of Carmelo. In Spanish Television we have been able to see him interpreting Hugo de Viana in Mrs o en April 14th. The Republic.
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This is how the members of UPA Dance have evolved 16 years after the end of the series