Young Dancer Division Faculty
Cleo began dancing at age 6 at Suncoast Academy of Dance in Palm Harbor, Florida. She was a member of their performing company, Art In Motion, for 10 years, and joined the faculty at Suncoast in high school. She holds a B.F.A. in Commercial Dance from Pace University with concentrations in choreography and pedagogy. Pace Commercial Dance brought Cleo the opportunity to train with – and perform original works by – renowned teachers and choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Jessica Hendricks, Lauren Gaul, Rhonda Miller, and Jason Samuels Smith, as well as the chance to perform excerpts from Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, staged by Paul Sutherland, and José Limón’s Psalm, staged by Jonathan Riedel. As a participant in the inaugural Pace Performing Arts Los Angeles Intensive, she studied dance and choreography for the camera, working closely with Emmy-nominated choreographer Mandy Moore and renowned choreographer & videographer Jerry Evans.
Performance credits include the 2015 and 2017 Park Avenue Armory Gala (Larry Keigwin), A Letter to Cancer (Rachel M. Hettinger, Metaphors&similes Dance), My Love (Mike Esperanza, Peridance Capezio Center 2017 Gala), The Attraction of the Pedaling Ankle (Jaclyn Walsh, Pushing Progress Showcase 2016), and In Violent Circles (Rite of Spring)(Jonathan Riedel, world premiere).