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Dance Instructors

Elizabeth Mico

Elizabeth Mico

Owner/Artistic Director

Elizabeth Mico, owner and director of Creative Soles Dance Company in Windermere, FL is a dedicated professional in the dance world and has been performing and studying dance for over 25 years. Liz was a competitive dancer for many years focusing on jazz, tap, ballet, musical theater, lyrical and hip-hop. As a native New Yorker, where she studied for most of her dance education, she had the opportunity to take master classes with some of the most notable choreographers of today including Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, and Brian Friedman, to name a few. All of whom have been showcased on top rated national television shows. She has not only studied at her local studio but also in programs at Broadway Dance Center and Steps, renowned schools in NYC. Liz was a dance major in her high school Performing Arts Institute and continued her studies as a dance minor at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY.

A well rounded performer; she notes performance opportunities on her resume that include both stage, television and locally as a performer for the Walt Disney Company. Liz had both principal dancer and leading roles in shows such as; “Funny Girl”, “Grease”, “Meet me in St. Louis” and “Annie”. She has also made appearances on NBC shows, “Ed” and “Law & Order”. Making the move to Orlando, FL in 2007, Liz followed her dream of performing with the Walt Disney World Company and did so for five years in various parades and shows throughout WDW property.

After almost 20 years of performing, Liz has taken a backseat and dedicated all of her energy to her greatest passion; dance instruction and choreography. Her true passion is teaching and giving people the opportunity to love the art of dance as much as she does. Studying dance education both in college and throughout the country at numerous dance intensives and conventions, dance instruction became second nature to her. Liz’s award winning choreography has since then brought home national awards from all over the country. It is her goal to instill the passion of performing and dance on every level, to every student that walks through the doors of her studio, Creative Soles Dance Company, which opened in 2013. Owning and operating a studio to call her own has been a dream for countless years. She has built an incredible reputation not only through dance instruction, but also as a Special Education and Dance teacher at local public school, Keene’s Crossing Elementary, Windermere, Florida.

Zoey Cruz

Zoey Cruz

Dance Instructor

Zoey Cruz began his dance career in 2004 at a local dance studio in Los Angeles where he began training in freestyle and hip hop. He relocated to Washington DC and became a scholarship dancer with Culture Shock DC. Zoey then moved to Las Vegas a few years later to further his dance training with Culture Shock Las Vegas.

Zoey has had the privilege of working and sharing the stage with other mainstream dance companies and choreographers like Jesse Lee Santos, Jerry Slaughter and NappyTabs who’s credits range from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Pink, Janet Jackson, & some of TV’s biggest dance reality shows. He has worked nationally and internationally visiting several cities as a guest choreographer. Zoey has also taught workshops and judged events with dancers from shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew and NBC’s World of Dance. He has Judged and featured choreography for World Of Dance showcase/competition.

Zoey has also taught at several prestigious colleges such as George Town, Wagner College, University of Maryland, and Brown University. Zoey also had the opportunity to be an adjunct faculty at Shenandoah University. He is currently touring as a choreographer for a nationwide convention, Ambition presented by World Class Talent Experience.

For the past 8 years Zoey has been teaching/directing several hip hop programs at studios and schools. He has also partnered with one of the biggest social dance networks, DanceOn that reaches 100 million plus viewers worldwide. In 2017, Zoey started his own dance episodic series Urban Generation, and is a guest staff instructor at Millennium Dance Complex Miami. With his past, current and future endeavors, Zoey hopes to grow as a dancer, choreographer, and director.

Headline Credits:

*World of Dance
*World Class Talent Experience / Ambition Tour
*Culture Shock Las Vegas
*DanceOn
*Urban Generation
*Millennium Dance Complex Miami

Haley Gray

Haley Gray

Dance Instructor

Taking dance classes since the age of 4, Haley Gray began rigorously studying dance at City Ballet School in Hagerstown, Maryland. There she was a 3 year member of the pre-professional Western Maryland Ballet Company, where she gained a great deal of classical performing experience. In May of 2018, Haley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She has had the privilege of directly working with faculty and guest artists of various styles including ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz and heels.

Haley has taught many master classes at various schools and studios, and has been weekly faculty at Mercersburg Academy and Elite Movement LLC. Her professional highlights include performing at VelocityDC, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Infinity Talent Management also represents her for dancing and modeling. Her work has been published in Lens Magazine, Important World Artists Vol. 2, and sold at various galleries in NYC, San Diego, Miami, and Florence, Italy where she was able to go and receive the Leonardo Da Vinci Universal Artist Award. As an expressive, technical and gravitating dancer, she is eager to share her knowledge with students so they can reach their fullest potential.

Alyssa David

Alyssa David

Dance Instructor

Alyssa first found her passion for dance through her mother who performed with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, but she would go on to be a competitive gymnast full time at age 7. She was a Level 10 gymnast who earned a full NCAA collegiate gymnastic scholarship competing for Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

In college, Alyssa was an All-American gymnast and two time MAC Conference Champion who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Event Management.

After graduating, she moved back home to Orlando and fell in love with aerial acrobatics where she has had the opportunity to perform at theme parks, in theater productions and at corporate and private events across the US and Japan.

Rebekah Woodson

Rebekah Woodson

Dance Instructor

Miss Becky is originally from England and trained professionally there in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre. She has performed and toured professionally with The Irish National Ballet in the Nutcracker and STOMP off Broadway. She is a former gym and studio owner in England, winning multiple National, European and International Titles.

Commercial work includes choreographer for Street Dance XXL and Britain’s Best Dance Act. Rebekah has judged competitions and taught master classes in USA, Germany, Malaysia, Chile, England, Scotland and Wales. When moving to Florida she became a D1 college coach for cheer and dance. Then moved on to studio work and became a Competition Director. in 2018 she founded Full Out Dance Production, a live critique competition company and continues to pour herself into teaching, choreographing and judging full time.

 Madison Shifflett

Madison Shifflett

Dance Instructor

A very positive, joyful young lady, Madison Shifflett clearly dances from her heart. She shares that love of dance with younger dancers and the community. She graduated from Shenandoah University’s Conservatory with a BFA in Dance and a Psychology Minor in 2018. Since then she has moved to Florida to follow her dreams. She taught dancers of all ages in Panama City before relocating to Orlando, FL. Now she is an entertainment cast member at the Walt Disney World Resort. Madison Shifflett grew up in Mechanicsville, VA, training in multiple styles of dance from the age of two.

Growing up, Madison participated in Dancers with Heart, a program that taught her how personally rewarding and important it is to “do for others.” She has been blessed to be involved in this organization where giving back to the community is an important role. Each fall and winter, the Dancers with Heart Company performs at the Richmond VA Children’s Hospital (which is always Madison’s favorite), nursing homes, retirement centers, elementary school fall festivals and Santa Breakfasts, visiting with patients and residents after each performance. She has also performed in many other concerts including many school productions and with LehrerDance at their summer intensive.

Madison enjoyed traveling abroad to Barcelona, Ikaria, Siros, Athens, and Paris to take Silks and Harness workshops, and the 1st Ekilibre Contact Workshop. She loves to choreograph and teach dancers of all ages! Her ultimate goal, along with performing in Disney, is to combine her love of dance with her commitment to helping others by obtaining her Master’s degree in Dance Therapy.

Angela Napoleon

Angela Napoleon

Dance Instructor

Angela D. Napoleon is no stranger to the stage, to film, or television. She is a proud member of Actors Equity and has performed in over 35 professional musicals and shows and has been a professional actor for over 20 years. Some of the highlights of her career to name a few have been performing in a brand new musical at the Grand Ole Opry, serving as a travel correspondent for the Travel Channel and hosting MTV’s Million Faces Tour and host of the Nike Revive Tour. She has performed as an Equity actor for the last eighteen years for the Walt Disney Company in shows such as The Adventurers Club, Finding Nemo, Citizens of Hollywood, The Hoop Dee Doo Review, The Velcro Show and The Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

She has workshopped with Disney creative many convention shows, press event performances and was excited to be an original judge for the American Idol Experience for 5 years and is an original actor in For the First Time In Forever, Frozen Musical which she loves! She had done voice overs for numerous companies along with commercial work and industrials for such companies as The Florida Lottery, Choice Hotels, American Airline, and Planet Fitness to name a small amount. She has served as an emcee/ host for live convention shows for Microsoft, Covergirl, Bath and Body Works, McDonalds to list a few. Her educational background and training can be traced back to New York University: Tisch, Maureen Budway: Carnegie Mellon University, Second City, Pittsburgh Ballet: Marion Petrov/ Mary Kunkelman, Frank Hatchett and Duquesne University. She has taught and choreographed for universities, arts academy’s and schools for the last 18 years across the United States.

Madeline Henson

Madeline Henson

Dance Instructor

Madeline is an alumni of Creative Soles and has been dancing for fifteen years. She graduated in 2019 with honors from the Dr. Phillips Dance Magnet program where she served as an officer and also devoted two years as a select member to volunteer daily as a mentor for children with special needs.

With a foundation in dance that began at Orlando Ballet School and which includes almost ten years as a competitive dancer, five years as a studio assistant and four years as a choreographer, she brings diverse experience to our studio. Always striving to give back to her community and leave a positive impact on others, Madeline has been recognized as a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Giana Piccolotti

Giana Piccolotti

Dance Instructor

Giana Picolotti has been dancing 5 years at Creative Soles and it is her 4th year on the company team. She has competed and taken classes in many different styles including; jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tumbling and ballet. She has assisted at the studio for the past 3 years and it is now her second year teaching classes of her own. She is passionate about working with children of all ages and strives to pass her passion down to the next generation. She has been part of the Student Government Association at Windermere HIgh School for three years. Her third year dancing,

Giana won the Legacy Award Scholarship (a 6month scholarship) at CSDC for her passionate, dedicated and hard work she has put in as both a student and teacher. This had been a lifelong dream for this achievement and one she will never forget. A recipient of multiple first place overall competition awards for solos, duets and group dances is another achievement she takes great pride in.

 
Emily Henson

Emily Henson

Dance Instructor

Emily Henson is going into her eighth year of competitive dance and second year of assisting at the studio. Throughout the years, she has trained in many styles of dance and has even been awarded special judges awards and scholarships from competitions/conventions that she has attended . In addition to dance, Emily is also bilingual, has maintained a 4.7 GPA, participated in several years of student government and plays the violin in her premiere school orchestra.

Natalie Poole

Natalie Poole

Dance Instructor

Natalie has been dancing at Creative Soles for over six years and competing for 5. She has studied styles in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tumbling, and ballet.

She has assisted classes for over 3 years and just started teaching on her own. She is almost a senior at Windermere High School and participates in the Student Government Association where she takes part in leadership daily.

Stella Wright

Stella Wright

Dance Instructor

Stella started dancing at age 2, danced competitively since the age of 4 and has trained in all styles of dance. She has participated in the CSDC TAP (Teachers Assistant Program) assisting classes since age 9.

Stella has earned many dance scholarships and achievements from major dance conventions and competitions. In 2015, she was the recipient of the first annual Creative Soles Dance Company Legacy Scholarship Award.

In school, she has been a member of the national junior honors society and participates in advanced and honors level classes maintaining an A/B average and currently attends 9th grade through Florida Virtual School. Stella has a love and passion for dance and hopes to continue to be a positive role model to young dancers.

T.A.P. (Teacher Assistant Program)

Our advanced team students have the opportunity to join our T.A.P. (Teacher Assistant Program) where they can shadow and assist our studio teachers to learn the necessary skills to one day instruct a dance class of their own at the studio.

Cami Brokaw

Cami Brokaw

T.A.P.

Cami Brokaw, 16 years old has been dancing with Creative Soles for 5 years and competed with them for 2 years now. She has always been in honors classes and since entering high school has successfully passed several AP classes with high grades. She has assisted many of the camps this summer at Creative Soles and is excited to assist dance classes throughout this year.

Mia DiGiovanni

Mia DiGiovanni

T.A.P.

Mia is 13 years old and in the 8th grade.She has been dancing since 3 years old and this will be her second year competing. She loves being crafty and enjoys music and spending time with friends. She is currently in honors Science and Student Government and truly enjoys volunteering any chance she can get. She even often perform as my schools mascot, the “Bobcat” during school events! You can find her regularly dancing and tumbling anywhere possible, and she looks forward to what the future holds at the studio. Go CSDC!

Ava Filipkowski

Ava Filipkowski

T.A.P.

Ava was born in Rhode Island, where she found her love for dance. Her and her family have lived in Windermere, Florida for the past 5 years. She has been dancing at Creative Soles since then and is currently on the competition team. This is Ava’s second year of assisting. Education is very important to her and she enjoys all aspects of learning. She is a National Honor Society and honor roll student.

Taylor Swears

T.A.P.

Taylor has been dancing at Creative Soles for 5 years now and competitively dancing for 3 years at the studio. She received the “Dreamer and Doer” studio scholarship award in 2019 for her passion, teamwork and work ethics at the studio. An honor roll student, Taylor also takes dance classes at her school as well. She is so excited to train with the staff and begin her assisting journey at the studio.
 Gracie Borghesi

Gracie Borghesi

T.A.P.

Gracie Borghesi Bio- Gracie has been a dancer at Creative Soles for five years now. She has competed those 5 years as well and is a recipient in 2018 with the Dreamer and Doer scholarship award. She is an honor student and it is her second year assisting both Fall and Summer classes.
Ella Brokaw

Ella Brokaw

T.A.P.

Kyndall Dale

Kyndall Dale

T.A.P.

Jules Goldberg

Jules Goldberg

T.A.P.

Taylor Trover

Taylor Trover

T.A.P.

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