Kristen Baker 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 had the opportunity to be taught by Kim Nead, Jessica Layton, Susan Daugherty, Shirin Keyani-Rose, Ryna Taylor, Georgina Coleman, Debi Davis Worth, and Dawn Paulson. She dedicated herslef to the dance community at a young age, and began touring with the dance troupe.  While with Expressions Productions, a pre-professional touring company, she had the opportunity to tour locally to San Francisco, Disneyland, and Hawaii, as well as internationally to Mexico with the World Dance Festival. While in high school she was accepted into the Sacramento Ballet Summer Intensive, and studied under Kirsten Bloom, Sunny Staton, Ron Cunningham, and others.  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 her 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. While at CSUS Kristen choreographed and performed in mutiple shows, and was a performer in a piece that was chosen for ajudication at the American College Dance Festival Association. 
        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.  She has taught all ages, ranging from two to adult, and teaches many styles including; Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Pointe. Kristen has been the Director of mutiple Dance Teams and Performing Companies, and is delighted to have a resident team at her own studio, Expressions. 

        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

Kiara grew up in San Diego CA and started dancing as soon as she could walk. She was an academy dancer for 3 years until she entered the competition world. For the first time ever she stepped out on the stage and performed her solo at age 5, winning first place overall. Over the course of 10 years she learned, and competed in: Jazz (character), Tap (character), Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro/Tumbling, and Polynesian winning many different titles such as: first, top 5, best costume, judges choice, and personality plus. She left the competition world to be on her high school dance team. After graduating and entering college she wanted to try something new and ended up as co-captain on the cheer team. In 2017 she had the honor of helping her childhood teacher open her new studio in Arizona and became Mz. Kiki. During this time she went to LADM conventions, Hollywood Dance Jamz conventions, and more. This is where she took the teachers seminars, and got to learn techniques from all over the country use. Since then she's moved from the beaches to the trees where she is so excited to be a part of the EAD family !

Miss Kiki

Mariah began dancing at the age of 13, and it quickly became her passion. She has put countless hours of work into building her foundation and artistic interpretation. She has worked with many different choreographers around Sacramento as well as international dancers, each one offering new technical skills as well as different forms of movement to incorporate into her own dance style. Mariah loves teaching dance and takes pride in the accomplishments of her students. She is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with the dancers at Expressions Academy!

Miss Mariah 

Kristina Vermette grew up in the Bay Area and has always had a love for dance! At a very young age she began taking classes at Marti Gibeau’s Dance Studio in Los Altos, Ca. Taking classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap, she found herself at the studio all the time, eventually teaching there by the time she was in high school. 

After years of dancing at Marti’s and within her high school, she left California for The University of Arizona’s School of Dance where she continued her education in a variety of disciplines. In 2001 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Retail and Consumer Sciences and moved back to the Bay Area to begin a career with Nordstrom working in Human Resources before moving to Lincoln in 2008.

Kristina married her husband Casey in 2003 and they have two daughters, Kylie and Sydnee. Kristina’s love for dance has always been prevalent....taking classes on her own, sharing the art with her girls and now teaching at Expressions Academy! 

Miss Kristina

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Miss Jessica

Jessica Bohler is a graduate from San Jose State University with a BA in Dance, with an emphasis in Jazz technique. The Dance Program was directed by Fred Mathews, and Jessie had the opportunity to study under Gary Masters, Heather Cooper, Jill Yager and Keith Pinto.  Before SJSU, she studied under Amber McCall, director of San Jose City College dance program.  During her time at San Jose City College Bohler attended the American College Dance Festival. In earlier training Jessica was active in Wrestling, Soccer, Swimming and color guard competing around California and Canada. Early into college Jessica studied dance and theater under the direction and guidance of Esther Pryor from Solano Community College.  During college at SJSU Jessica was a guest teacher for Solano Community College for two semesters.  Jessica is well rounded in many techniques in dance and loves educating the power and beauty of dance. Jessica is excited to teach at Expressions Academy of Dance and thank you for the incredible welcome to your amazing EAD family!

Miss Jessie

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Miss Katie

Rachel grew up training in classical ballet in Roseville, CA and spent 11 years performing with Placer Theatre Ballet until she graduated from Granite Bay High School. She spent 3 years of high school dancing, performing, and assisting in GBHS Dance Shows where she had the opportunity to perform and attend dance workshops at Disneyland. Rachel spent her first two years of higher education at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2017 Summa Cum Laude, earning her AA degree in Dance. She was also the lone recipient of the Trustees' Prize for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance of all AA graduates. Upon graduating from Dean, Rachel transferred to Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah where she is currently training to earn a BFA in Ballet. Rachel has always had a love for the arts and aspires to continue teaching and performing to spread her passion for dance with others and is excited to join Expressions Academy of Dance.

Miss Rachel

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