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About Us

Elevate Studios is designed to bring out the full potential in YOU! Our curriculum is to develop you in all areas of the arts such as Dance, Performance Techniques, Vocal Training, Artist Development and Acting through our classes, intensive training seminars, workshops and live performances. Elevate Studios promises to provide a program that will develop your talent, build self-esteem, and create a path to give you the confidence to pursue your goals and dreams.

Our Coaches

Mark Izzo – Technical Director

mark-2Born and raised in Syracuse New York, Mark was very interested in arts and entertainment at a young age. After many years of being involved in school plays, he started to venture into music at age 16. Mark then began playing guitar in bands through high school and into his college years. After 6 years of playing, Mark made the move to Central Florida to follow his career of working in the Entertainment Industry.

After receiving his BA in Entertainment Business, and an AS in Recording Arts, Mark continued to perform music in and around Central Florida. With over 12 years of live music experience, Mark has preformed at venues such as Hard Rock Live, Sun Fest, The Social, Back Booth, Bridge Street Music Hall, Bike week in Daytona, and many more. Mark has won 2 band competitions, recorded 3 music albums, and has over 8 years experience working in studios. Mark is also a songwriter and has written songs for numerous artists and rock bands. Mark has shared the stage with the likes of Joy Drop, Brand New Sin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Fiona Apple.

As a freelance Audio Engineer, Mark has worked with different styles of music from Hard Rock to Blues and Pop. Mark has worked with artists such as Mike Portnoy, Virgil Donati, Billy Sheehan, and “The Voice” contestant Ashley De La Rosa. As well as other local talent signed to management and indie record labels.

  • Recording/Mix Engineer
  • Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Content Editor

Heather Ladd – Director of Operations & Vocal Coach


Heather teaches voice classes and private lessons in voice, piano, guitar and percussion and coaches performers in their rehearsals for shows.

Her education includes a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, Music and Business from Florida State University & Palm Beach State. She has also received specialized training and certification for music instruction with special needs students including hearing and sight impaired/CP/autism.

Heather has 17 years of experience teaching students the art of their craft, preparing them for public appearances, performances and philanthropic events focused on the community and inspired by music and has had a variety of experiences in the music industry! She has hosted her own ongoing jam nights in Tallahassee and had a stint as private talent scout, while training to become a producer for a hip-hop/rap/pop label based in Atlanta. Her titles have included Private Vocal Coach, Instructor, Program Director, Performance Coach and Judge (written reviews).

We are excited to have Heather on board at Elevate Studios and looking forward to her sharing her talents in her favorite genres, pop & rock music!

  • Office & Administration
  • Vocal Classes
  • Vocal Privates
  • Guitar, Piano, Percussion Privates
  • Performance Coach
  • Summer Camps

Sarah Newton – Elevate LIVE Coordinator & Dance Coachsarah-2

Sarah has been singing and dancing since she was 4 and acting by 6 years old. Sarah has opened up for various artist such as the Black Eyed Peas, Raven Symon, The Jam X Kids and more. Sarah recorded her first song at the age of 6 and was a featured artist on an album at 8. She worked with a girl group for 3 years and was under management. She was also in competitive dance for years as well as acted in several commercials and such. Sarah was also in a singing and dancing tour group from ages 9-18 performing everywhere from TD Waterhouse to Sea World. Sarah has experienced American Idol (making it to the judges) and Americas Got Talent (making it to the judges). At age 19 she recorded her first full album and filmed a music video. She has been coaching voice and dance for over 10 years and it has become a major passion of hers. She loves to share her knowledge of the industry and the arts with others.

  • Elevate LIVE Touring Groups
  • Dance Classes

Hank Stone – Acting Coachhank-2

Elevate Studios is proud to bring Director and Professional Actor Hank Stone into our Elevate Studios family as the director of our acting programs. Hank focuses his curriculum, at Elevate, on building a strong foundation for each student, while teaching them to understand the difference between “Acting” and true emotional “Reacting”. Hank has worked with kids and professionals of all ages and enjoys preparing them for a professional television and film career using techniques for auditions, refining scene study skills and embracing ones unique Presence all the way to the big screen! Hank has had the priveledge of working with such distinguished Directors as Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain), Tom Hanks (From The Earth To The Moon), Steven Soderbergh (Fallen Angels), and Roland Emmerich (The Patriot). Hank has played opposite such distinguished actors as Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger (The Patriot), Jude Law, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Giovanni Ribisi (Cold Mountain), Brad Pitt/Juliette Lewis (Too Young To Die), John Travolta (The Punisher)-to mention but a few.Hank began writing his first screenplay during the filming of The Patriot and  now has six full-length scripts, as well as a two hour pilot for a television series. His most recent work, The Truth Lies, is rapidly moving from the development stage into preproduction.We are proud to bring Director and Professional Actor Hank Stone into our Elevate family as the director of our acting programs.

  • Group Acting Class
  • Private Acting Lessons
  • Skype Acting Lessons
  • Summer Camps and workshops

Shannon Broome – Vocal Coach

shannon-2Shannon Broome is a 22-year old Orlando, FL singer and songwriter with a soulful and powerful voice that covers many genres and captivates all audiences! She has won several singing competitions throughout her life including Disney’s Hollywood Studios, American Idol Experience, Star Spangled Showcase in Winter Springs, Winterfest Teen Idol, Great Day’s Got Talent, and many more. She has also had some amazing opportunities to live out her passion by appearing on The X Factor USA 2013 where she received 4 yes votes from the judges (Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio), Florida’s Super Singer, Triple Threat, Channel News 13 and other various local shows. She is currently working with local artists on new music and making her very first EP. Shannon is excited to continue her musical journey and hopes you will be along for the ride! In addition to her professional music career, Shannon also loves working with kids and has taught at a local pre-school. She is looking forward to her new role has vocal performance coach for Elevate Live!

  • Elevate LIVE Touring Groups
  • Summer Camps

Niko Fagan – Dance Coach


Niko Fagan started dancing at the age of 3. When he was 4, his father began training him in Hip Hop. Since then Niko has performed at competitions and showcases with huge success. He has assisted professional choreographers such as Dave Scott, Shane Sparks and Laurie Ann Gibson at the Pulse Conventions. He’s been on stage at Universal Studios and City Walk, and competed in, and won, World Wide competitions such as the Dance Worlds at Walt Disney and Hip Hop International in Las Vegas. He is now teaching Hip Hop at several local studios and has run shows and organizations for Dancing 4 Diabetes Association and Elevate Studios. Niko is currently coaching, teaching and dancing, as he continues to pursue his career.

  • Dance Coach
  • Drop in Hip Hop Classes
  • Elevate LIVE Touring Groups
  • Summer Camps

Stephanie Arborn – Dance Coachstephanie

Stephanie has been a part of the dance industry for years! She started dancing hip hop at Georgio’s American Dance Centre in 2003 and never stopped dancing after that. After Georgio’s, she danced for Lake Mary Allstars which is now called Legendary Athletics. She was on their top competitive dance teams until the age of 18, and then immediately became a coach after. Stephanie coached every single hip hop team that Legendary Athletics offered as an assistant to Dana Evancoe. After 2 years of coaching, Stephanie became the Assistant Dance Director for Legendary. Not long after that she became a part of Studio One and she is currently a member on theSQUAD. In addition to that, she is also the founder and director of Ladies Choice. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the Elevate team and to take another step into her career as a choreographer and director.

  • Elevate LIVE Touring Groups

Roland A. Simmons – Guitar Coach


Roland Simmons began playing guitar at the age of 15. He comes from a very musical family. His grandmother played piano and sang, his mother sang in church choir, and his father played bass guitar professionally touring with The O’Jays and playing for the likes of Aretha Franklin among many others. As a child Roland took piano lessons but is mostly a self taught multi-instrumentalist who has toured, recorded and played with many local Orlando bands including Pendulum Swing, Big Shirley, One Drop, Kow, The Brownote, Umoja, The Legendary JC’s, Paddington Ambush, Katie Burkess and The Ruby Rays, Kevin Maines Band, Bithlo Rising, The Gerry Williams Band, My Man Mohammed and many others. His band One Drop recorded the movie soundtrack for an independent film called Push. Roland has opened for several major label artists including James Brown, Maceo Parker, The Funky Meters, Galactic , George Clinton, Funckdelic and many more.  Roland played for NBA athlete Charles Barkley’s golf charity event and also played a Jimi Hendrix 70th Birthday tribute show at The Hard Rock Café in Miami. Roland has played many weddings, private events, and won several music competitions. Roland is most experienced on the guitar but also plays drums, bass guitar, keyboards, and piano as well.

  • Guitar Classes
  • Guitar Privates

Nina Ufret – Dance Coach


Bio Coming Soon…….







  • Dance Classes

Eve Koch – Acting Coach


Eve Koch has 30 years of experience working at talent agencies and as a talent agent and knows and understands the entertainment industry! Eve has worked with the Susanne Haley Talent Agency, Zoe and Company (acting studio), assisted Bio-Coastal Talent and spent years with the Diamond Agency as Director of TV and Film. She is on the Board for TV and Film at several schools and is in high demand for sessions in drama classes at several universities in the Central Florida area. She has mentored Miss Teenage Richmond contestants with their talent as well as many other performers in live shows and film. Eve holds regular workshops at Elevate Studios on the Business of Acting and also offers private consultations for actors and parents on how to break into the industry and get an agent.

  • Workshops