Lara, and her husband Erwin, founded Expressions Academy of Dance many years ago. She has trained multiple generations of dancers and has worked as a Competition Judge. In addition to continuing teaching some of the youth classes, Ms. Lara regularly drops in many of the other classes to check progress, evaluate dancers, and clean routines. Ms. Lara manages all of the administrative functions of the studio, orders all the beautiful costumes you see on stage each year, managing the studio's dance store, after-school program, etc.
Miss Tonya is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in Psychology. In addition to her psychology education, Tonya danced 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. Tonya was also a USAG 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, television commercials, and has worked as a professional print model. Tonya has received multiple Choreography Awards and has worked as a Competition Judge. Tonya casts local talent for music videos, festivals and professional stage performances. Tonya teaches and choreographs for our competitive dance company as well as Fun Adult Classes. Tonya is the founder of Human Art Alliance, a professional adult performance company.