JAZZ AND MODERN PROGRAMS
A native to Southern New Jersey, began dancing at the age of four. Her training with Chez Dance Studio, under the direction of Roseann Mastrogiacamo Gatto, sculpted her during her early stages of dance. She later was a part of the performing arts program with Paul VI High School under the direction of Courtney Daniels, where she received a scholarship in dance to further her education. While attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Summer Program, she had the opportunity to perform several works by Jonathan Lee. Mikaela, under scholarship, earned a BFA in dance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During this time she performed in works choreographed by Katie Swords-Thurman, Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, Tommie Waheed, Kyle and Dinita Clark, Milton Myers and Meredith Rainey. Parallel to her schooling and prior to her apprenticing, Mikaela joined Philadanco’s D/2, under the direction of Donald T. Lunsford and was later welcomed into Philadanco!