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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Alyssa was born in Russia and came to South Florida at the age of three where she began to love dance. She 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. 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. She loves challenging her students to be the best version of themselves and loves seeing their faces light up when they learn something new. Currently Alyssa is studying at The University of Miami to obtain a degree in Arts and Film.
South Florida based dancer, choreographer, and artist, Victoria Smith is a recent graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance. 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 such as ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap, and many others. She specializes in modern, contemporary, and hip-hop styles. Victoria has won competitions, grants and awards such as first place winner for Choreography at the Prime-Time Dance Competition, Lake Yale Talent Show 2nd place award, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance Award, to name a few. 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. Victoria has also been performing with Dancing Waters Inc since 2017. Victoria has trained at various studios all around South Florida to continue to grow in her skills as a dancer, choreographer, performer, and artist.