Mika Santo 

Contemporary & Leaps and Turns

Mika Santo is a 23 year old Florida native who has always had huge aspirations to become a successful choreographer. By choreographing an opening number for Pulse: On Tour for their Vegas nationals at age 19 and co-choreographing a music video alongside Robert Davis for KEVVO & Becky G at age 22, she is well on her path to following her dreams. In addition to creating a name for herself in the South Florida scene, Mika also obtained her BFA in dance at New World School of the Arts in 2021. In her time at New World, she has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Jennifer Archibald, and Jeffery Smith. She has also trained under Peter London, Lara Murphy, Adele Meyers, Jeffery Smith and Rebecca Cannan.

Mika has 18 years of dance experience, including her eclectic competitive/concert/commercial dance background. Growing up, she has had the privilege to receive many titles, scholarships, and awards in her competition dance career. In 2016, she was awarded a 20,000 dollar scholarship to attend AMDA college. Mika has also dabbled in commercial work. She was chosen by Matt Steffanina, who is a well-known LA choreographer, to be apart of his concept video. She has also appeared in a video choreographed by Jake Kodish in 2017.

Her passion for dance and teaching reflects in her choreographic works. She has won numerous choreography awards in her 5 years of choreographing and teaching. Her quest to bridge the gaps between all three of her worlds has made her become a competition stand-out and well sought-after. She has been teaching for Ballet Elite’s contemporary company for the past two years, and the Junior/Intermediate company starting this season. She has an incredible amount of love and care for her students, and is excited to continue her journey in mentoring them to become their best selves.