Lara and her husband founded Expressions Academy of Dance many years ago. Ms. Lara manages all functions of the studio.
In addition to teaching some of the Competitive Company Classes,
Ms. Lara regularly drops in many of the other classes to check progress, evaluate dancers, and clean routines. If you have questions that cannot be answered through your dance portal, this is who you should speak with. Email questions to: or text (727) 409-7533.
Taylor is a student at St. Petersburg College. Prior to teaching at Expressions Academy of Dance, Taylor was part of its Elite Competitive Company. She was a top-notch competitor, winning multiple awards for outstanding technique, as well as receiving multiple dance scholarships. Taylor works with our After-School Program, teaching recreational level classes for ages 6-10 such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Acrobatics. We are happy to have a well-trained former student as a member of our staff.
Miss Tonya is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in Psychology. In addition to her psychology education, she has two years of college level dance training, as well as being on a college dance team. She was a top notch competitive level dancer for many years before moving onto being a professional choreographer.
Tonya has choreographed for and danced in multiple music videos for various recording artists and has appeared on MTV. She 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 a fun dance class for Adults on Wednesday evenings.
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 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. Miss 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 teaches Expressions' Jr. Lyrical Team. Alycia also teaches a Yoga class for teens & adults on Wednesday evenings.
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 and he is always welcome!
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.