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 dream 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

               Janell Fears is a multi-talented dance teacher, judge, and choreographer. From the time Janell was only four years old she knew she wanted to be a dance teacher and knew teaching dance was her passion and purpose. At five years old she started dancing in a tap class and continued to grow in her love and passion for dance. Throughout her childhood she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, and Luigi dance technique. She received most of her training through Victoria's Academy of Dance, Tempe Dance Academy, Ballet San Jose (now known as Ballet Silicon Valley), as well as numerous other dance teachers from around the world through the convention circuit. At thirteen her teacher Victoria Hartlove-Morrison saw a desire in her to encourage, lead, and teach younger students and invited her to start assisting in classes. From then on Victoria taught Janell what it was to be a good teacher and to share the love of dance with her students. At this time Janell continued to take class, perform, as well as assist. She was a member of multiple performance companies throughout California and Arizona and had been recognized for her solo and group performances in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and tap. At seventeen she started a dance program at a local multi sports facility and took several students to competitions where her choreography and students won top awards.
             Since the age of seventeen teaching has always been a part of her life. She has taught throughout California and Arizona and was even a guest teacher in New Zealand. Her students have been awarded several scholarships and top awards and have been accepted to Ballet Silicon Valley, Alonzo King's Lines Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, as well as The Tisch School of Dance at NYU. Janell is excited to share her love of dance with the students of Expressions Academy of Dance.​​

Miss Janell

Cecilia started Folkloric dancing in the 2nd grade and has been dancing ever since. She loves ballet, lyrical, tap, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop dance and expressing herself through movement. She is a senior at Lincoln High school where she is a dancer as well as a T/A for dance classes. Cecilia enjoys babysitting, teaching, and mentoring children of all ages. 
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Miss Cecilia