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.
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.
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.
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.
Leah began dancing at the age of four and is trained in a variety of styles including jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, modern, and heels.
Throughout her training across the U.S., she has assisted a variety of top choreographers including Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Matt Cady, Mark Villaver, and Ricky Palomino. Leah has also choreographed for on stage performances that have appeared at World of Dance competition as well as several on screen commercial projects. As she continues her journey in dance, Leah wishes to provide a valuable and unique experience to her students.
Kyle Coleman is a Florida born hip-hop choreographer who has been teaching and creating for over 7 years.He has worked with new and upcoming artists as well as choreographed onstage pieces for competitions such as World of Dance, Monsters of Hip-Hop, Star Dance Alliance regional, nationals and world competitions, and many more
Constantly training, traveling and teaching, Kyle’s goal is to bring an educational understanding of hip hop dance to his students, while also motivating young dancers to reach their fullest potential.
While at Shenandoah University, Rachael pursued interests in kinesiology, theatre, teaching, and arts management. She served as Secretary for Sigma Rho Delta, an active dance fraternity on campus with a focus on community outreach and promoting dance as both an art form and an educational pursuit. Sigma Rho Delta nurtures dance through outreach opportunities at nursing homes, Relay for Life, and by bringing in a guest choreographer for a residency at SU every year. In addition, she choreographed and taught solo works to teen dancers for competition and performance.
Each summer, Rachael worked at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center as a Summer Staff Counselor. At 4-H camp, she worked with children aged 9-18 running programs, lifeguarding, mentoring teens, teaching classes, and more. She has extensive experience working with children and managing groups, and equally enjoys her on-stage and behind the scenes activities.
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.
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.
Jenn Maples is a performer, educator and choreographer currently residing in Orlando, FL where she performs in “Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage” at Walt Disney World. As a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, she has worked with the world’s leading entertainment companies such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Viking Ocean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruises, Universal Studios, and The Walt Disney Company as well as appearances and events for multimedia brands such as ABC, Lifetime, HGTV, and The Food Network.
Jenn’s experience in the industry also includes back up dancing for award winning recording artists such as The Pussycat Dolls, Mya, LeAnn Rimes and many more. Though her success has lead her into many genres of the industry, opportunities such as 42nd street in Las Vegas to recording tap tracks for major shows have allowed Jenn to share her passion for tap educating and choreographing for numerous studios and competitions. Jenn strives to keep the arts a medium accessible for all, traveling the country helping dancers from all over to reach their goals and further their understanding of the industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.