Born into a Puerto Rican family, Mileyka Mateo began her early ballet studies at the age of 3 and continued to further her dance career while attending Southern Dance Theatre in South Florida. As a young dancer, she was the first prize winner at many prestigious dance competitions including the Regional winner at the ‘’Youth America Grand Prix’’ Competition for both the Classical Ballet and Contemporary divisions and was a finalist in the New York City Finals before her dance career even took off. She has trained on full scholarships at The School of American Ballet Theatre & Miami City Ballet. Mileyka graduated from Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. High School for the performing arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Upon graduating high school in 2007, Mileyka worked as a dancer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and traveled throughout Europe. That same year a casting director from New York City spotted Mateo in a youtube video and shortly after flew her to New York City and casted her in Arthur Laurent’s 2009 Revival of West Side Story on Broadway as a shark girl (Bebecita). She has also danced for many Reggaeton artists such as ‘’Daddy Yankee’’, ‘’Wisin & Yandel’’, ‘’Ivy Queen’’ & Bachata sensations ‘’Aventura.’’ Mileyka has also appeared on Regis & Kelly, Dancing With the Stars, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The Disney Channel and other hit Television shows. In 2011 Mileyka was cast as a principal dancer in Univision’s latin version of Dancing With The Stars, ‘’ Mira Quien Baila.’’ That year she also joined the Ballet/Contemporary Company of ‘’Ballet Hispanico’’ located in New York City for a few seasons. In the fall of 2011 Mileyka made her debut in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular’s Rockette Holiday show as a featured ensemble dancer in New York City. She has also been spotted in Stephen Spielberg’s hot new Television series ‘’SMASH’’ Season 1 as a principal dancer. She has had the pleasure in being a model of So Danca’s 2015 Model Ambassador Campaign for dance wear. Mileyka also had the pleasure in appearing in Jennifer Lopez’s ‘’Same Girl’’ Music Video. Other Music Video credits include Omi’s newest Music Video of ‘’Hula Hoop.’’ Mileyka was most recently seen on the court as an Orlando Magic Dancer for the NBA. She is currently performing at Walt Disney World as an equity performer while looking forward to what the future holds as she continues to strive forward in her dance career.
‘’Dance is the hidden language of the soul ‘’ – Martha Graham