Kristen Meyer is the Owner and Artistic DIrector of Expressions Academy of Dance.  Her love of Dance began at the young age of three while dancing at Dance Expressions in El Dorado Hills.  Kristen focused on Ballet until age eight ​when she began studying Jazz and other forms of dance.  At age eleven she joined a performing company, Expressions Productions.  While in this troupe she studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Polynesian, Clogging, and Musical Theater.  She dedicated herslef to the dance community at a young age, and began touring with the dance troupe.  She had the opportunity to tour locally to San Francisco, and DIsneyland, as well as internationally to Mexico with the World Dance Festival.  After graduating Ponderosa High School in 2003, Kristen moved to the Bay Area to study dance under the direction of Warren Lucas and Vernon Gallegos.  She also obtained a Bachelors Degree from California State University Sacramento in Dance.  While at CSUS Kristen had the privelage of dancing for Lorelei Bayne, Nolan T'Sani, Philip Flickinger, and Lisa Ross.  
         Kristen's director noticed a special talent she possesed with children, and at age fourteen Kristen became a teaching assistant.  By age fifteen Kristen had her own classes, and had found a new passion in life.  Teaching brought more happiness and joy to her life, and she knew that owning a studio and teaching dance was her destiny.  She has taught for Dance Expressions, El Dorado Dance Academy, Foothills Dance, Mission Dance & Performing Arts, CLAP Arts, Tricks Dance Studio and now at her life long dream, Expressions Academy.  

        Kristen hopes that Expressions Academy can be the catalyst for dreams to come alive for generations of dancers in the Lincoln community.  Dance was a way for her to express and release emotions in a healthy and creative way.  She believes that dance can change lives and that together we can help encourage self confident and strong dancers to take on the world.  She loves being involved in local events, and with the Lincoln Community, and plans on being here for decades to come! 
       

Miss Kristen

            Kelly began her dance career at the age of 3 and joined Dance Expressions in El Dorado Hills, CA at age 11. Shortly after she joined the international touring company Expressions Productions, Inc. and fell in love with the ability to serve the community by using dance to spread social messages and bring joy to underserved populations. Kelly became a dance instructor at age 16 and discovered she had a gift for teaching young girls and connecting with them through dance and art. 
               Kelly went on to dance at De Anza College and University of California, San Diego where she received a BA in Psychology. After graduation Kelly married her sweetheart, Navy Corpsman Dave Crittenden who was stationed with the Marines in Jacksonville, NC. While Dave served two deployments to Iraq, Kelly directed a program with the Boys and Girls Club that matched active duty Marine and Navy service members with local at-risk youth into year long mentor partnerships. Dave’s end of service with the Navy brought the couple back home to California where Kelly managed a non-profit program that provided independent living and recreational opportunities for developmentally disabled adults. The arrival of their daughter Katelyn in 2011 inspired Kelly to complete a certification course in childrens Yoga teacher training and launch Empowered Kids, a mindfulness character education program that promotes confidence centered anti-bullying training through exposure to the arts, dance, yoga, and community service. 
              Kelly is honored to join forces with Miss Kristen to open Expressions Academy of Dance. She is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to develop physical, mental, and spiritual strength and encouraging each child to confidently create their own unique identity. Kelly loves dancing, teaching, practicing yoga, and empowering families to live positive, healthy lives. 

Miss Kelly


 Elizabeth Kirchof graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor in Arts in Dance. She had the passion for dance at the age of three after attending her brothers’ tap and jazz combo class. Ms. Kirchof has studied Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) under the direction of Bambi Fleeman and has received distinguished awards both in vocational and grade exams. Additionally, she has trained in jazz, tap, and contemporary under the direction of Marcy Borghi and competed at local and national dance competitions in the west coast. During her studies at San José State, she continued her training in modern, jazz, ballet, choreography repertoire   with Heather Cooper, Jill Yager, Dominique Lomuljo, and Fred Mathews. She was honored to be a part of University Dance Theater (UDT), the pre-professional dance company at SJSU under the direction of Gary Masters. Ms. Kirchof has had the privilege to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, at Disneyland, and with Carnival Cruise lines. She was also thrilled to attend classes through the American College Dance Association (ACDA). She is passionate about both teaching young children the art of dance and inspiring them to make it apart of their everyday life.  


Miss Liz

Miss Desirae

Kristy Vang is a Hmong American. She is number 11 out of her 16 siblings. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 2015 where she first started her dance career. She was in Sheldon High School’s dance company named Universal Rhythm Dance Company.  Kristy was a director and a producer in her years experience with Universal Rhythm. She has also trained with a few dance crews and companies such as Hijinx, The Project, Xposed, and Press Play. Kristy has taught for children at local mutual housings and local community, as well as guest choreograph for Universal Rhythm’s Mainstage Production shows. She has performed for Dance Fest Production Shows, the Wells Fargo Climb the Stairs Charity Event, the half -time at The Sleep Train Arena (NBA Kings Arena), Public Display 9 and 10, HillTribe Fashion Runway, and other more. She also competed in competitions such as Montage, Exhibition Break Through, Urban Street Jam, and Arizona Prelude. Kristy has been featured in music videos such as Ola Ray’s Remember, Tha Xim’s Ntuav, Taylor Vang’s Las Voo, and Lady Luna’s Thov Mloog Kuv.

Miss Kristy

Miss Taylor has been a fan of dance since she was a kid! She twirled baton and pom for five years before joining her high school cheer team. After getting a degree in baking & pastry at the Art Institutes International - Kansas City she managed a coffeehouse in Omaha, Nebraska. Shortly after moving to Lincoln in May Taylor found the open office position with EAD and knew it would be an amazing opportunity! She has been enjoying learning more about the art of dance and meeting people from the Lincoln community.

Miss Taylor