Lara and her husband founded Expressions Academy of Dance many years ago. Ms. Lara manages all functions of the studio.
In addition to teaching the youth ballet, jazz & tap classes, Ms. Lara regularly drops in many of the other classes to check progress, evaluate dancers, and clean routines. Ms. Lara orders all the beautiful costumes you see on stage each year, manages the studio's dance store, and after-school program. If you have questions that cannot be answered through your dance portal, this is who you should speak with. Email questions to: ExpressionsAcademyOfDance@hotmail.com or text (727) 409-7533.
Gretchen is a parent-volunteer who helps out in many areas. From the After-School Program, to costumes, and helping back-stage. Gretchen is a hard-working volunteer that we treasure! Are you interested in getting involved?
Whether it be with props, or something else, ask to fill out the volunteer form. We'd love to have your help!
Miss Tonya is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in Psychology. In addition to her psychology education, Tonya continued her dance education in college including ballet and aerial arts, as well as performing on a college dance team. Prior to college, Tonya was a top notch competitive dancer, skilled in multiple genres: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, and Acrobatics. Simultaneous with her youth dance training, Tonya was a state champion gymnast. Moving onto being a professional choreographer,
Tonya has choreographed for and danced in multiple music videos for various recording artists, has appeared on MTV, and has received multiple Choreography Awards. Tonya teaches and choreographs for our competitive dance company, as well as several of the recreational level classes. Tonya also teaches fun dance classes for Adults.
Miss Alycia is a graduate of The College at Brockport, SUNY, with B.S. in Kinesiology. In addition to her Kinesiology education, Alycia danced with Brockport Dance Team. Alycia is certified as a Group Exercise Instructor, Yoga (NETA), as well as Personal Training (EXOS). Alycia teaches a variety of classes at Expressions, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical. Alycia also teaches a Yoga class for Adults. Alycia takes pride in making sure each student feels confidence and joy through dance. Her enthusiasm is contagious and all the students enjoy her warm and uplifting personality.
Master Classes/Guest Artist
Kameron was a finalist on SYTYCD. What a delight it is every time he comes to teach at Expressions. Our dancers are so inspired and energized in his classes. They always look forward to his arrival. Kameron has been coming as one of our special guests for the past several years.
Svetlana taught at Expressions for the past several years. She has an extensive resume in Ballet, in both teaching and as a principal dancer in Russia. Svetlana now teaches master classes at the studio on special occasions.