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Dance is a sport.
We teach correct posture and movement, and help develop balance and physical and mental endurance. Acquiring these skills provides a foundation that later enhances performance in other sports.
But dance is much more than that. It can develop discipline, self-respect, and respect for others. As students attain physical and mental abilities , they increase their confidence.
For some, dance becomes a way of life.
Welcome to our studio.
Our well-trained staff is caring, dedicated, and works hard to make sure your child’s dance experience is a positive one!
CHRISTINE LIVIE - Owner/Director
Christine Livie has had extensive dance, performance, and instructional experience in the fine arts of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Her education started with over 16 years of dance instruction from Susan Winter’s School of Dance in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe before receiving her degree in Dance from Dean College, Franklin, MA. During her time at Dean, Christine was a member of the Tap and Modern Dance Companies and was privileged to have received the Carrie Grant Chilson award for dance excellence. She was invited, and attended, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in New York City. During that time she also trained at Broadway Dance Center.
Christine Livie had the honor and pleasure of dancing under the instruction of Donald McKayle at the Boston Summer Dance Festival, which included a performance at Boston City Hall Plaza. Christine also performed at a half-time show alongside Cirque du Soleil, at a New England Revolution game held at Gillette Stadium. Christine continues to educate herself by attending workshops such as Northeast Workshop for Dancers and Dance Masters Of America in Buffalo, NY.
Of all the accomplishments in Christine’s dance career, her greatest achievement is watching her students perform with distinction at their Annual Spring Performances, Dance Competitions and Showcases. Christine also takes great pride in her students’ involvement, in past and present events, for the Wolfeboro Community such as the Festival of Trees, 4th of July parade, Summer Solstice, Taste Sights and Sounds, and the Scarecrow Festival. Under her direction her students have also performed at a New Hampshire Fishercats game as well as a Manchester Monarchs Game. Most recently her students were hired by BookAFlashMob.com for a private event in Freedom NH.
KAYLIN DEAN - Instructor
Kaylin Dean has had training with several dane schools in teh arts of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. during her dance education, she was a member of competitive dance teams and traveled all over the state of New Hampshire to compete in regional dance competitions. She has won numerous high gold and high platinum awards for her choreography, along with a Title at Olympic Miss. She was also a youth dance ambassador for Dance Troupe International in 2004.
Kaylin has had the privelge of attending the Rockette Summer Intensive at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where she trained under Karen keeler, Kat Steers andChrystie Kenny in Rockette Style precision technique. At the conclusion of the intensive program, she had the honor of performing Rockette, choreograhy on the great stage at Radio City. She frequently continues her education by attending workshops and conventions.
ROBIN YOUNG - Instructor
Robin Young began her dance education at the age of 2 at the Geraldine C. Hoffman School of Dance in Buffalo, New York. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap and tumbling with various instructors and attended many dance conventions during her 15 years at the school. As a student she competed in numerous competitions in Upstate New York and Pennsylvania earning silver medals at the new York Dance Olympics and several 1st place finishes at the Summer Dance Festival. After taking time away from dancing to pursue a career in another area and start her family, Robin’s love for dance has brought her back to the studio as a teacher. She is thrilled to be part of the dance community again and to share her enthusiasm with the students at Expressions Dance Academy.
GWEN COLLINS - Instructor
Gwen Collins gained her dance education at Expressions Dance Academy, Broadway Dance Center, as well as at multiple intensives, and continues her education by attending classes and workshops whenever she can. She has studied the arts of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Hip-Hop, and was a member of competitive dance teams for several years. Gwen has also been involved in many different theater productions, and has been choreographer and assistant choreographer in multiple productions with The Village Players and Perform It! Stage company. In addition to Gwen’s involvement with the dance community, she is working toward getting her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Gwen is very excited to be continuing with her passion for the art of dance by teaching the next generation of dancers!
MEINHARD VALENTINE - Instructor
Meinhard Valentine has been breakdancing professionally for well over a decade. Primarily throughout the greater Boston area he has been hired to choreograph, perform, and teach breakdancing as well as hip hop to everyone from recreational learners all the way to collegiate performance groups. Meinhard has travelled to every U.S. coast as well as overseas to locations like Japan, Korea, Germany, Taiwan, and France to compete, perform and further his own expertise in breakdancing. Meinhard’s main focus is to not only teach the the technical form of his art, but to spread a love and appreciation for hip hop culture as a whole.
Lyrical maintains the percussive, rhythmic characteristics that define Jazz, but it incorporates elements of Ballet, and sometimes even Modern Dance to give it a smooth, lengthened look and lyrical quality. Lyrical routines are usually danced to ballads. Lyrical is offered at 2 different age levels. Students must take Ballet to participate in this class.
This class offers an opportunity to explore both Modern and Lyrical techniques. The Modern portion of class mainly focuses on Horton’s technique (the major influence to Alvin Ailey) but also incorporates Limon, Graham, and Dunham techniques. Modern is a dramatic and more poetic way of moving which evolved as dancers found the need to break away from the rigidity of Classical Ballet and express themselves using a freer style. Modern Dance is characterized by its bending of the spine into spirals and contractions as well as the use of off-center movement such as tilts, layouts, and fall and recover technique. It lends itself to various types of music including alternative and New Age, and is traditionally danced barefoot. This is offered at 2 different levels to competition groups only. Students must be taking Ballet to participate in this class.
Hip-Hop is an upbeat, high energy street-style dance that incorporates some technical jazz elements. It is seen primarily on TV during rap and R & B music videos and usually catches the eye of the more “recreational” dancer. It is a form that evolved out of street and break dancing moves and is characterized by its vigorous athletics and bouncy style. Hip Hop is danced primarily to Rap and R & B music and is a great workout that enhances creativity while dancing cutting edge choreography. Hip Hop is offered beginning in 3rd grade and is offered at 3 different levels.
Pointe work is an essential part of upper level ballet training. Classes are offered to serious ballet students only. Instructors approval is required for this class.
MUSIC VIDEO DANCE
This class is only offered to dancers in grades 8 and up. The words imply “funky”, and uses movements that are in nature while maintaining its integrity as a technical dance form. Video also incorporates some urban and Hip-Hop moves into its style giving it the contemporary “music video” look. The hard hitting style combines clean line Hip-Hop/Jazz with a lot of sensuality; learning not only the dance moves, but how to sell them! Students should be able to be versatile in class and must have a strong jazz background as well as Hip-Hop to perform in class, therefore the beginner to intermediate level students are required to take a technique class such as Jazz or Ballet to attend.
For children ages 3-4 who like to move. Children will learn basic coordination exercises such as fundamental tap steps and are introduced to ballet incorporating basic terminology, positions of the feet, hands and body. Students will also learn social skills for the dance classroom. Creativity is encouraged! Children must have a good attention span and be out of diapers. Sorry, we do not accept students under 3 years.
Class work consists of more complex and detailed movement than in previous classes, while still allowing time for fun, creative exercises. Every class starts with Tap barre then proceeds to center exercises. Children learn about musical structure and develop improvisation skills. After Tap, the class will follow an actual format of a ballet class to include basic barre exercises and center practice. Children will also demonstrate skills and combinations traveling across the floor.
BTJ1 (first grade) AND BTJ2 (second grade)
This class offers young students the opportunity to explore three forms of dance in a single class. This is a combination class of ballet, tap and jazz. Every class starts with tap then will alternate between Ballet and Jazz every other week. Students learn physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology.
A fast paced mixture of dancing and cheerleading. This class is high energy and includes a warm-up based on a combination of Jazz andHip-Hop techniques, across the floor exercises, tumbling and Cheerleading movement. It is a complete combination of a dance class and a cheerleading practice.
BALLET & JAZZ
This classes offers a full ballet class including a complete barre warm-up, center work and across the floor combinations. During the jazz portion of class students are challenged with many different forms of jazz, all high energy but with different styles. Students enjoy learning the fun and fast paced mixture of various techniques.
Classes teach technique aimed at achieving good, clear sounds, while encouraging individual expression through rhythm. Dancers learn about musical structure and develop improvisation skills.
BALLET (Level 1 - Level Advanced)
The foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, balance, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and center floor work.
Ballet 1 Physical discipline, general body awareness, and control coordinating with elementary technique and terminology. Ballet 2 Understanding the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement with proper ballet technique. Ballet 3 New and more complex material will be taught at an accelerated pace. Student will begin to learn basic ballet history and develop a knowledge and great appreciation of the great ballets, classical music and famous dancers. Ballet 4 (advanced) An advanced class combining skills from previous level classes and correlating steps to lengthy and complex combinations with correct technique, extensive terminology and knowledge of the art of ballet it
Only offered to Competition Company dancers. The entire class is dedicated to working on the choreography for our Annual Spring Performance Opening Number. Usually a Jazz based style routine with a lot of energy and personality. Please come stretched and ready to have a lot of fun!
The Competition Companies are classes for students who excel at dance and wish to make dance their primary extra curricular activity. There are 5 levels: Mini Jazz, Petite Jazz, Junior Jazz, Senior Dance, and Master Dance. Students are held to a high standard of behavior and dance etiquette. This is by invitation only.
Creative Movement is a precursor to pre-ballet concentrating on gross motor skills. It is a joyful way for children to explore movement through movement, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. This class is designed for2 and 3 years olds and focuses on developing balance and skills necessary for traditional dance instructions. Creative movement activities should encourage all children to participate. Both boys and girls enjoy these classes.
Dance has been a magical activity for my daughter and has provided wonderful life long memories for her.
2009 - My daughter walked into her very first dance class at Expressions at age 3. We were looking for an activity to keep her busy…Fast forward 10 years and Expressions has become her second home. My cute toddler in a tutu has become a disciplined company dancer, competing and performing a variety of dance genres from lyrical to jazz to hip hop to ballet and has made many lifetime friends.
We love Expressions Dance for not only the wonderful dancer my daughter has become but for the friendships, team building spirit, knowledge on how to stretch and workout! Chrissy and her dance teachers are great role models! :)
Amazing studio!!! My daughter danced with Expressions for 12 years. Not only did she receive an excellent dance education, but the teachers and students that make up this wonderful studio became a second family. I simply cannot say enough good things, or express enough gratitude for all the positive influence that Director Christine “Miss Chrissy” Livie, and her dedicated and talented teaching staff impart to their students.
Dance is a discipline that will serve you forever.
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