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Meet Our Amazing Team

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Kristin Vincent
Owner & Director

The proud owner and director of Xpress Yourself Dance Studio, Miss Kristin, began dancing at a young age, studying several disciplines including: tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, acro and hip-hop. Though she has a love for all dance, Miss Kristin is truly in her element teaching and choreographing tap!

Miss Kristin continued her life-long passion for dance and received a degree in both Performing Arts and Business Administration with a minor in Dance Theater from the University of Tampa. It was during this time that Miss Kristin began choreographing and teaching. She also received many accolades at her alma mater including: Choreographer of the Year and Dance Student of the Year.

A talented teacher and choreographer, Miss Kristin continued to perform as well and was a featured dancer/singer/actor in Rome Saladino's production of "Singin' and Dancin' in the Rain."

While she loves being on the stage, her passion for teaching has always come first and she strives to be a life-long learner by attending events such as the Dance Teacher Summit and Dance Life Teacher Conference.

Every student that walks through the doors earn a special place in Miss Kristin’s heart. From babies to adults, she does all that she can to give her students a quality dance education and a second home to her growing dance family.

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Cassandra Spohn
Studio Manager, Instructor 

Miss Cassandra is one of XY’s newest staff members. You’ll be seeing her behind the scenes helping manage the studio as well as social media. You’ll also see Miss Cassandra teaching class on Thursday’s! Growing up, Miss Cassandra’s favorite classes were always jazz and ballet. As she continued dancing, she was fortunate to explore other styles such as lyrical, tap, musical theater, hip hop, ballroom, and modern at her alma mater, Otterbein University. She continues to stay involved as a Board Member of the Otterbein Theatre and Dance Alumni Network. You can see her love for jazz and ballet influenced in her choreography.

Miss Cassandra believes all people are capable of dancing because dance is an expression of our feelings within. She also believes that all people are teachable and, like any other subject, it takes the right teacher and interests to be discovered for a student to thrive.

Miss Cassandra is thrilled to be teaching and helping out at such a warm and encouraging dance studio and is so excited to be part of the XY family.

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Jasmine Solano
Assistant Studio Manager

Miss Jasmine started her career at Xpress Yourself four years ago and has grown with the studio over those years. Now the Assistant Manager, she is the first smiling face all students, teachers, and families are welcomed with when coming to the studio.

Always eager and willing to help with questions, Miss Jasmine is dedicated to each and every XY student that has now become family. From tying shoelaces to pep talks, to guiding parents and answering all questions, Miss Jasmine is always ready wherever needed.

Sherine

Sherine Vernon
Office Assistant 

You can see Miss Sherine's smiling face at the studio desk. She is always willing to help out a customer or an instructor whenever needed. If you ever have a question, or just want to enjoy a freindly conversation, Miss Sherine is here for you.

Working at Xpress Yourself is a refreshing and uplifting experience for Miss Sherine. Seeing the dancers and parents passionate about their craft motivates her in many ways her personal life

Miss Sherine's favorite parts about working with XY is seeing the dancers push to be their best and the parents support them in their passion. She also loves being a listening ear for the dancers whenever they need emotional support or when they want someone to talk to!

 

 

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Nia Ramirez
Competition Coordinator, Instructor 

Miss Nia wears many hats at the studio and is truly a Jack-of-all-trades. When she’s not teaching an amazing class, you can find her photographing professionally and throughout the studio. Miss Nia brings an incredible amount of expertise in many different dance forms…and we could not be more excited to have her as part of our XY team!

In addition to recreational classes, Miss Nia works hard preparing our Company and Performance Team dancers for each and every performance and competition. After competing for several herself, Miss Nia moved to Cali, Colombia to begin her professional ballet training at Incolballet under the direction of Gloria Castro. She also began to train in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop and Tango.

Growing up, Miss Nia loved the freeness, explosive movement, and all around groove and happiness while dancing Jazz.

After attending Earl Mosley’s summer intensive in 2011, Miss Nia discovered a great passion for teaching and eventually became the Artistic Director of a children's Jazz and Lyrical company with Be! Danza in Cali, Colombia. Miss Nia is constantly traveling and taking classes to expand her dance knowledge, to places such as New York City, Cuba and Los Angeles. Her goal is to give students a new language through which they can express themselves freely and confidently. Miss Nia is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also certified through Progressing Ballet Technique. Miss Nia is currently working on becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through NSAM. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Film.

Miss Nia teaches dance to instill confidence and body autonomy to all of dancers. Overcoming obstacles gives confidence to approach harder things in life. She hopes that at the end of each class, her students have faced a challenge and feel proud of the way they navigated it. Making progress everyday is an important life skill.

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Rosanne Slifko
Instructor

Miss Rosanne comes to Xpress Yourself with an impressive background including owning and operating a dance studio in the Pittsburgh, PA area for over 20 years. She brings an extensive knowledge in dance, and we could not be more thrilled to have her on staff! Some of Miss Rosanne’s accomplishments include: Board of Directors of Dance Masters of PA #10 for over 30 years severing as President for two terms and is also a member of Ceccehetti Council of America (Classical Ballet), Dance Masters of America, Dance Masters of Florida, and National Twirling Judges Association.

Miss Rosanne studied at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Luigi’s and ABT. She has attended Dance Masters of America’s national conventions for the past 30 years, as well as the Teacher’s Training School and holds a continuous education with Dance Masters of America.

Miss Rosanne is delighted to introduce students to the wonderful world of dance and hopes to touch students’ lives in a positive way while exposing them to the art of dance.

Jessica

Jessica Henderson
Instructor

Miss Jessica has been dancing for over 35 years and has taught for 21 of those years. Now she brings her experiences and talents to the XY family!

 

As a dancer, Miss Jessica has appeared on Star Search in 1993, The New Original Amateur Hour and on WDZL as cool kid of the week. Jessica has been awarded numerous scholarships to attend classes in both LA and New York with teachers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Doug Caldwell.

 

Miss Jessica has also been awarded with scholarships to tour nationally with Tremaine Dance Convention where she assisted and performed in their end of the weekend showcase.

 

As an instructor, Miss Jessica has won numerous choreography awards and many of her students have won overall awards and scholarships. Miss Jessica is excited to join the XY staff this year where she can pass on her expertise and enthusiasm for dance with her students!

Miraj

Miraj Lawson
Instructor

Mr. Miraj brings style and swag to Xpress Yourself. Born in Georgia and raised in Miami, Mr.  Miraj began his dance training on the streets of Atlanta. Mr. Miraj developed his freestyle skills as a dancer by battling other dancers which broadened his perspective as a choreographer.

When Mr. Miraj moved to Miami, he was accepted into New World Performing Arts High School for Musical Theater. He expanded his career by choreographing and backup dancing for artists such as Jamie Foxx, Flo Rida, and Katy Perry.

Mr. Miraj’s film credits include: Stomp The Yard, featuring Chris Brown, and Dance Like Me, featuring Shane Sparks and Paula Abdul.

Mr. Miraj also holds many choreography awards for his amazing hip hop routines.

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Alyssa Dzikowski
Instructor

Miss Alyssa comes to us all the way from Russia! When she moved to South Florida, she was introduced and began a lifelong relationship with dance. Miss Alyssa competed and trained at many studios and was taught many styles of dance including jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre and Flamenco.

 

Miss Alyssa trained at Encore Dance Theatre, Intrigue, The Arts Of Classical Ballet and School of Classical Ballet. She found a passion for teaching dance and choreographing and loves to challenge her students to be the best version of themselves. Miss Alyssa loves seeing her students’ faces light up when they learn something new.

 

Currently, Miss Alyssa is studying at The University of Miami working toward a degree in Arts and Film.

Victoria

Victoria Smith
Instructor

South Florida based dancer, choreographer, and artist; Miss Victoria brings an extensive dance background to XY! A recent graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, Miss Victoria received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance.

Miss Victoria danced as a company member of Dancing Waters Inc, a Holistic Modern based Dance Company within South Florida. She has trained in various genres of dance including: ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap, and others. Miss Victoria’s true love, however, is in modern, contemporary, and hip-hop styles.

Miss Victoria has won countless awards including a choreography award at the Prime-Time Dance Competition, Lake Yale Talent Show 2nd place award, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance Award. In 2019, she performed and competed at the Mediterraneano Dance Festival in Naples, Italy. From 2014 to 2019, Victoria performed within the professional Dance Ensemble of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Dance Program and has been performing with Dancing Waters Inc since 2017.

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Casey Weyer
Instructor

Miss Casey is also new to the XY team this year. You can catch her in classes such as: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pre School, and Tiny Toes! Growing up, Miss Casey loved taking contemporary and modern as a student because it allowed for her to move freely and encouraged creativity.

Miss Casey is a big believer in creating a comfortable environment for students to dance and her teaching philosophy is very similar to the studio; encourage students to dance and perform confidently and to articulate an emotion not just for the audience, but within themselves.

Working for XY means that Miss Casey gets to share her love for dance with other students that are just starting to explore that joy. She gets to be a part of a wonderful team of teachers that help create a fun and creative dance environment.