Alicia Monaco began dancing at the age of 2 at The Dancer’s Studio in North Haven, CT. Her early training comes from Sharon DiCrosta, and she now continues her studies in NYC with teachers such as Andrew J. Nemr and Derick Grant. Cited for her talents at the age of 9 by Gregory Hines, his words of praise and encouragement continue to motivate Alicia even today. A former Petite Miss Dance of America, she has been recognized for her performances, as well as her choreography on the national and international levels. As a member of the World Tap Dance Champion Team in 96 and 97, she placed 3rd highest among female soloists and captured the bronze medal in the couples division with her partner Stacy Eastman. Alicia has worked with artists such as Ayodele Casel, Sarah Savelli, Danny Wallace and Derick Grant and was a member Cats Paying Dues, a NYC based tap company under the direction of Andrew J. Nemr. As the artistic director of Tap Into the Soul, Alicia’s choreography has been featured in NYC’s Dumbo Dance Festival, Symphony Space on Broadway in NYC and she directed and choreographed the production of ‘TAPOGRAPHY…..A Tap Dancer’s Journey, One Step At A Time;’ Most recently, she was a featured tap dancer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) along side upcoming musicians Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. In addition to performing, Alicia has been on the faculty for American Dance Awards; Generation IV Dance and continues to travel throughout the country as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator.