Meet Our Amazing Team
Owner & Director
Kristin is the proud Owner and Director of Xpress Yourself Dance Studio. At the young age of three she began her training in South Florida where she studied in several disciplines including: tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, acro and hip-hop. During that time, Kristin competed at many dance competitions where she won numerous awards for her achievements. Kristin continued her studies at the University of Tampa where she obtained a degree in both Performing Arts and Business Administration with a minor in Dance Theater. She also added modern and ballroom to her repertoire. While in college, in addition to performing, Kristin began her career as a choreographer and teacher. During her sophomore year, she was named "Choreographer of the Year" and by her senior year was named "Dance Student of the Year" at the Academic Awards Ceremonies. After college, Kristin moved back to South Florida and has taught and choreographed for students at several studios in the local area, earning many teaching and choreography awards. Kristin was also a 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 comes first and foremost. Kristin continues to keep herself current in the Dance Community by attending events such as the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, the Dance Life Teacher Conference in Arizona and other conventions. Her competitive team at Xpress Yourself Dance Studio has achieved Entertainment, Outstanding Performance, People’s Choice and Class Act Awards. Every student that walks through her doors earns a special place in her heart. From babies to adults, Kristin does all that she can to give her students a quality dance education.
Marisa has been dancing since the age of two and hasn’t stopped since. Starting her leadership roles as the Captain of Coral Springs High School’s Drill Team led her to becoming a Dance Director of Suntree Dance Academy, Founder of the Bayside High School Dance Team, and running the Brevard County Dance Competition. Marisa received her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Florida State University. Marisa developed the original “Tiny Toes” program taught here at Xpress Yourself. This successful program is now in its 16th year. Thanks to Ms. Marisa our littlest dancers, ages 18 months to 2 ½ years, can experience the joy of dance. In addition to teaching Tiny Toes and Pre-School classes, Marisa has also worked with our company, performance team, and many recreational classes in jazz and tap. Alongside teaching dance, Marisa is our studio’s Office Manager. Marisa has continued her dance education as she has traveled around the country attending dance seminars including the Dance Teacher Summit and Dance Life Teacher Conference. We are grateful to have Ms. Marisa as part of our team at Xpress Yourself Dance Studio.
Erika Talley was born and raised in South Florida. She found her love for dance at the age of 3 and began her training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, and Hip Hop. By age 13 she began assisting in weekly classes and quickly grew her passion for teaching. Erika, who also had years of experience being a competition kid herself, began choreographing and traveling to local and national dance competitions. Erika received her dance certification through the well-respected Florida Dance Masters Organization. Throughout her teaching career her students have won numerous Scholarships, Overall High scores, Special Judges Awards, National Titles, and has been recognized for her Award Winning Choreography. She is proud that some of her former students have continued their passion for Dance and have gone on to being a part of College Dance Teams, Cruise Ship Dancers, Local Pageants, and Dance Teachers themselves.
Rosanne owned and operated a dance studio with three locations in the Pittsburgh, PA area for over 20 years. She was on the 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. Rosanne studied at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Luigi’s and ABT. She’s 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. 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 Henderson has been in the dance community for 35 years and has taught for 21 of those years. As a dancer, she has appeared on Star Search in 1993, The New Original Amateur Hour and on WDZL as cool kid of the week. Jessica has received numerous scholarships to both LA and New York to take classes with teachers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Doug Caldwell. She has also received scholarships to tour around the country with Tremaine dance convention where she also assisted and performed in their end of the weekend showcase. As a teacher, she has won numerous choreography awards and many of her students have won overalls and scholarships.
Jessica is excited to join the XY staff this year where she can pass on her expertise and enthusiasm for dance with her students!
Miss Nia began dancing at the age of 2 in South Florida. After competing for several years in Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop she moved to Cali, Colombia to begin her professional ballet training at Incolballet under the direction of Gloria Castro. At this time she would also train in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop and Tango. After attending Earl Mosley’s summer intensive in 2011 she discovered a great passion for teaching. Years later she became the Artistic Director of a children's Jazz and Lyrical company with Be! Danza in Cali, Colombia. She 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, and currently works as a professional photographer when she's not teaching.
Born in Georgia, raised in Miami. Miraj began his dance training on the streets of Atlanta. Never fearing away from competition, Miraj sought out to battle anyone that was willing. This helped to develop his freestyle skills as a dancer while broadening his prespective as a choreographer. Miraj soon moved to Miami and was accepted into New World Performing Arts High School for Musical Theater. Continuing from there, Miraj expanded his career by dancing as a back up dancer for artist such as Jamie Foxx, Flo Rida, and Katy Perry, where he also did choreography. Miraj was also in a few major movies such as Stomp The Yard featuring Chris Brown and up and coming film Dance Like Me featuring Shane Sparks and Paula Abdul. Miraj currently teaches at several of South Florida's most elite dance schools where he has choreographed several award winning hip hop numbers.
Yovanny was born in New York and raised in south Florida. He found his passion for dancing at the ripe age of 14. Wanting to become a jack of all traits he trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and ballroom. He then successfully transitioned into the competitive side of dancing having the honor becoming the First Place Title Winner at competitions including Revolution, Showbiz and Starbound regionals. He was also invited to dance in the World of Dance Competition. Yovanny later ventured into the world of Hip-Hop and fell in love! He began teaching at several competition studios and later became a part of the Marlins Energy Team in 2016. After gaining experience, he had the opportunity to star in music videos for Andrea de Lima and Kira Silverberg. He also got to work with Telemundo for charity events and has done other various guest performances. Additionally, Yovanny is a certified ballroom instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio where he teaches Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rumba, Swing, Cha-cha, Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. His passion for dance is absolute and he hopes to instill that same fire in his students!
Cassidy grew up dancing in South Florida at Dynasty Academy of Dance where she was introduced to her passion for dance. She started competing at the tender age of 7, winning numerous awards, including 1st overall at the American Dance Association in New York, solo Titleist and convention scholarships. Cassidy is classically trained in tap, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and contemporary, but has a special love and talent for teaching tap. She has choreographed tap numbers for competition teams, helping them win 1st place and specialty awards. Currently, she is teaching at numerous dance studios and is an FAU Alumni with a Business Marketing degree. One fun fact about Cassidy is that she starred in a movie theater commercial that aired in the West Coast!
Alexa was born and raised in South Florida. She began dancing at age three and is one of Xpress Yourself Dance Studio’s Company alumni. Alexa entered the competition world in second grade and has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, pointe, contemporary, hip-hop and acro. Alexa has been awarded numerous special judges awards, has placed overall with her jazz solos, has been named the Tremaine Studio Dancer of The Year, placed first overall at On Stage America National Finals and has been a part of many overall top score winning routines. Alexa has experience in teaching many styles of dance and loves to share her passion with dancers of all ages. Alexa has been a part of the Knights and Damsels Dance Company at the University of Central Florida and is currently studying to become a Firefighter/Paramedic. Alexa has a desire to share her extensive dance knowledge and experience with all of her students so that they can grow to love and appreciate the art and sport of dance just as much as she does.
Dorian Mirasola is the owner and operator of Define Me Fitness with over 25 years’ experience in the fitness industry as a Fitness Coach, Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning Coach. Receiving his B.S.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University, Dorian is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCSS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). A highlight from his accredits include working for the New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Angels. Dorian has worked with clients as young as 7 and as old as 90, ranging from professional athletes (including NFL, NBA, NCAA, PGA, MMA and boxing) to special populations. Specializing in sports specific training, speed development, health and wellness, weight loss management, injury prevention, biomechanics, and nutritional guidance Dorian has consulted for different high schools, travel teams, dance studios, and has been a guest lecturer for many different organizations including: Florida Atlantic University, The Hadassah Women’s group, and The Fitness Institute, as well as being an expert witness on court cases. Dorian is excited to continue the strength and conditioning program at Xpress Yourself.
Alana began dancing at the age of two and is one of Xpress Yourself Dance Studio’s Company Alumni. She has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, contemporary, and hip hop. Competing for over 15 years, Alana has achieved numerous overall top scores for tap solos, has been awarded Studio Dancer of the Year at Tremaine Convention, placed 1st at Legacy Nationals for her pointesolo, and was awarded the Broadway Bound Award at On Stage America Nationals. She has been a recipient for the Broward County Arts for the Future Scholarship, CoDance Convention Scholarship, and Harlequin Floors Scholarship. Alana has worked as a dancer and party motivator with Jammin Express Entertainment and Laurence of Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism from Florida State University. As an undergraduate Alana participated as a member of the competitive dance team, Seminole Dance Force, partook in officer roles with the philanthropic organization, Dance Marathon, and helped start up the university’s first tap team as President of Seminole Tap Troupe. While at school, Alana was the 2019 Miss Tallahassee and won preliminary talent at Miss Florida throughthe Miss America Organization. Currently, Alana is pursuing her Masters in American Dance Studies at Florida State University. Alana has grown from student to choreographer as she teaches dance from preschoolers to adults. Through managing social media and teaching dance, Alana is always humbled to come back home to Xpress Yourself Dance Studio.