MEET OUR FACULTY
In 1999, Cara opened the doors of Expressions Dance Theatre, and to this day remains true to the early traditions and disciplined training that instilled in her such LOVE for the art of dance. Cara’s vision for EDT is to offer technical excellence, versatility, and to spark a passion for the arts in every student.
She passes on her passion daily at Expressions and takes great pride in the AWESOME students that bloom in front of her eyes. Under Cara’s direction, students of EDT are earning college and arts-related scholarships, holding national titles, and are highly recognized for their competitive achievements nationally. You can find graduates of Expressions dancing in ballet companies, on university dance teams, and majoring in college dance programs in the US and Europe. Many are also working professionally with cruise lines, in theme parks, as national and international models, in modern and ballet companies, on television, in movies, and even in administration with The Metropolitan Opera.
Cara is proud to be an Ambassador of YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance), a Licensed Kentucky Charter Member of More Than Just Great Dancing, an Affiliate Member of the Association of Dance conventions and Competitions (ADCC), a member since 1999 of Dance Educators and Dance Masters of America, and a partner of CLI Studios.
In 2001, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and began teaching at a local elementary school, and in 2005 she received her Master of Arts in Elementary Education. In 2005, her responsibilities at Expressions changed and was more focused on the administrative aspect of the studio while she opted to leave her teaching career and focus on her new family.
These days, Chelsea continues to bring her years of dance and managerial experience to the administrative side of Expressions while teaching several dance classes each week. She believes that her love and passion for dance adds to the authenticity of the staff at EDT.
In 2012, Kaelyn started her own tap company, ProtoTap, along with fellow tapper/hoofer Parker Hall of NYC. With this company they hope to reach their long-time goal of providing tap education to the under-privileged through community outreach.
In the Summer of 2013, Kaelyn was offered to be a part of the faculty at the “LA Tap Experience”, a week-long intensive featuring artists such as Maud Arnold, Sarah Reich, Rod Howell, Angie Carter, and Ryan Lohoff. The week ended with a performance at LA Theatre Downtown featuring Tap Sounds Underground, founded by Gregg Russell. She was also an assistant at the Annual Dance Teachers Summit held in NYC in the Summer of 2011.
In July 2014, Kaelyn launched Tap Dance Tutorials, a website dedicated to educating and inspiring teachers and dancers all over the world. Her online video tutorials quickly became a huge success, and she looks forward to what’s to come in the future. You can learn more about Kaelyn and her tutorials at www.tapdancetutorials.com. With this endeavor she hopes to #bringtaptothepeople.
Kaelyn teaches full-time at Expressions Dance Theatre in the styles of Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Jazz Funk, and Lyrical/Contemporary. Her choreography has been recognized regionally and nationally, and her students have gone on to work in film and television, on cruise ships, in college dance programs, and in professional companies.
Caitlin was one of the first venture dancers and has performed in several of Cincinnati Ballet’s productions including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While in high school she also attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Lou Conte Dance.
Upon graduating high school, she attended Butler University where she was given the opportunity to dance in many of the classics as well as experience new and innovative choreography. She received her BS in Dance Pedagogy from Butler in the spring of 2005.
The following season she joined Louisville Ballet and danced in several productions such as Paquita, Three Musketeers, and Giselle. Shortly after that Caitlin danced with the Nevada Ballet Theatre in their productions of Dracula, Nutcracker, Who Cares?, and Peter Pan. She personally enjoys dancing in the classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and The Nutcracker.
Caitlin is currently working in the finance industry and is enjoying teaching ballet classes in the area.
Jessica has been teaching dance since the age of eighteen and has been managing a studio in the Pennsylvania area for last eight years. Recently, she moved to the Northern Kentucky area and joined EDT's office and teaching staff. Jessica brings her professionalism to the administrative aspect of the studio and energy and experience to the teaching faculty.
One of Jess’ best accomplishments, however, is her adorable daughter Tori, who is also setting her mark as a great dancer at the studio.
Separate from dancing on a competitive level, Holly was also a devoted ballet student at the Cincinnati Ballet Company. She danced in their annual production of “The Nutcracker” for 4 years and had the privilege of performing the main role of “Clara”.
Once Holly entered high school, she began choreographing for Notre Dame Academy’s dance team. She had a daughter of her own, and before she knew it, she was right back at the doorsteps of Expressions Dance Theatre enrolling her little dancer in classes. The opportunity to become a teacher at the very studio she was trained at fell into her lap, and her love of teaching dance has continued to flourish in the 7 years she has been a staff member. The staff and students at EDT have become a second family to Holly, and she couldn’t imagine passing on her passion of dance anywhere else.
She began studying dance in Michigan at Tecumseh Dance Workshop. She went on to study at Dancin' Inc. At Dancin', she began apprentice teaching during high school. She went on to study dance at Oakland University under Carol Halsted, Laurie Eisenhower and Iacob Lascu. After college she went back to Dancin' as the Director of Dancin' Ballet Company. Her other studies include: Rochester School of Dance, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, American College Dance Festival, Dupree, Dance Olympus as well as the Dance Teacher Summit in New York with world-renowned dance educators and choreographers. Her experience includes choreography for musical productions: Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables.
Miss Kerry is the former owner of Kerry's Dance Stages and Oakland Regional Ballet in Michigan. During her time as a studio owner she created Ballet productions, such as: Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia, an annual Nutcracker and original works La Petite Fee [(The Little Fairy) written by Heather Wallace-Campbell], The Pirate Ballet, (written by Kerry Enders).Since closing her studio, Miss Kerry taught for Next Step Broadway and 2nd Street Studio of Dance in Michigan.
She has a passion and joy for teaching dancers of all ages and loves to share that energy with all of her students. She is very excited to have relocated to Northern Kentucky and is very excited to be a part of the teaching staff at Expressions Dance Theatre.
Since graduating from high school, Geena has become a faculty assistant for BellaMoxi dance convention, has assisted Kaelyn Gray at CLI Studios, and assisted at many studio workshops. Geena is also currently the Assistant Coach for the new Expressions Performance Team. Geena looks forward to sharing her love of dance with all of the dancers at EDT, and is grateful that she is able to now teach dance at the studio where that passion began.
After high school, Erin continued her love of dance as part of the 2003-2004 University of Kentucky Dance Team for both the football and women’s basketball teams. Returning home in 2005, Erin began assistant teaching at Expressions where she has remained involved in a variety of roles including working back stage at all of Expressions shows.
One of Erin’s favorite aspects of being with Expressions since the beginning, is watching the students grow from Tiny Tots to “the big girls” the Tiny Tots aspire to be.
At the age of 16 she received the Outstanding Student Choreographer Award during the Dance America competition. She was also selected as Student Teacher of the Year in 2009. Miss Jackie has traveled throughout the United States to train at dance workshops. As a community liaison, Miss Jackie performed a pointe routine with the Moscow Ballet during their Sleeping Beauty performance. She has also performed at the Christmas Tree Elegance, Gonzaga University basketball games, and Shock Arena Football halftime shows.
Currently Miss Jackie attends Gonzaga School of Law in pursuit of her desire to be an attorney. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2014 with high honors and a double major in Political Science and Psychology. During her senior year at Gonzaga University, she was elected as Gonzaga Student Body’s Speaker of the Senate. While attending Gonzaga Preparatory School Miss Jackie was Vice President, a varsity cheerleader, a mentor, tutor, National Honors Society member, and at graduation won the Brother Buskin’s award for Loyalty and Leadership to her school.
Jennifer is a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certified Instructor and is the Director of our RemarkABLE Movement dance program! In addition to teaching the RemarkABLE classes she will be teaching our youngest EDT dancers in our Tiny Tots and Mini Movers programs.