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Home of the Tiny and Mini Expressions Competition Dance Teams!


Directed by Lori Downey - Choreographer of the

Butler Kickline and Senior Expressions!





Adult Jazz/Tap

Ballet (I, II)

Boys Hip Hop (age 8-13)

Classical Ballet (II, III, IV, Adv)

Classical Ballet/Lyrical (V)

Contemporary (V)

Contemporary/Lyrical (III)

Hip Hop (I, II, III)

Hawaiian (age 6 & up)

Jazz (I, II, III)

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo (IV)

Leaps & Turns

Lyrical (III, IV)

Lyrical/Jazz Combo (V)

Pom/Funk (I, II, III)

Pre-Acrobats (age 3-5)

Pre-Ballet (age 3-5)

Pre-Ballet/Acro Combo (age 3-4)

Pre-Tap (age 3-5)

Tap (I, II, III, IV)

Tumbling (I, II)

Tumbling (III)/Leaps & Turns


Private Lessons

Tiny Competition Team (grades 1st-3rd)

Mini Competition Team (grades 4th-6th)

Senior Expressions (age 13 & up)




30 minute class - $32

45 minute class - $38

60 minute class - $45

75 minute class - $50


Tiny Competition Team - $43

Mini Competition Team - $48

Senior Expressions - See Handout


Registration Fee (per child) - $25


Private Lessons:

1 hour =  $40

45 min =  $32

½ hour = $24

This time for private lessons can be shared with one other dancer.


*Confirmation of classes and policy brochure will be sent out in early August.  Please understand that some levels cannot be determined until the bulk of registrations are in.  We want the best for the dancers so age, ability and technique will be considered when placing a student.


*Classes must have six participants to remain open.


*The younger, larger classes may have a student teacher added to them after the Open Houses.


*Once class size is determined we may switch rooms for better accommodations.


*Private lessons can be scheduled with requested teacher throughout the year.  Student teachers are also available and can work out a time convenient for students/instructors.


* Levels will be determined by age, ability, proper dance technique and experience. Teachers will place the students in the proper level. During September/October it may be necessary to move your child to a different level. You will be notified. Let a staff member know if you need further clarification on our classes offered.

Hayden Farst

Hayden Farst is a 2nd grader this year at Bethel Elementary School.  As soon as she could hold a crayon, there was no question Hayden loved to dance.  She decided to take it seriously at five years old, when she began Jazz I.  Jazz is her favorite style of dance and did so for three years.  This will be her second year on the Tiny’s Dance Team, and her first to be a part of a Trio.  Hayden enjoys traveling to compete, and taking Ballet at the studio.  From the time she wakes up, to the time she goes to bed she lives and breathes dance.  Hayden received a student of the year award for Dance Expressions Recital 2016.  She was excited to receive this honor and validated her love for dance.  She would like to thank all the teachers, and coaches she has had the pleasure to work with so far.  Hayden is inspired by all of the great dancers at Dance Expressions.

Kiersten McBride

Kiersten McBride is a 5 th grader this year at Smith Middle School.  She has been dancing since she was three years old when she began with pre-ballet.  She has spent three years on the Tiny's Dance Team (one year as an officer and one year as captain), this will be her second year on Mini Expressions.  This will be her fourth year competing as a soloist.  She also enjoys taking lyrical, ballet and contemporary classes at the studio.  Dance is Kiersten’s favorite part of her day.  Kiersten was so excited to receive this honor and believes that her hard work and passion are what helped her get where she is so far in her dance career. She would like to thank each coach, teacher and choreographer she has had so far.

Claudia Pinson

Claudia Pinson is a senior at Butler High School.  This will be her 14th year of dancing at Dance Expressions, where she started at age 4 with pre-ballet.  She has been on a competition team since 2nd grade, starting with 2 years on Tiny’s, 3 years on Mini’s, 2 years on Vantasia and starting her 4th year on Butler Kickline/Senior Expressions.  Proudly serving as an Officer one year on each team.  She will also end her senior year competing as a soloist.  Being an only child she has adopted many “sisters” and very special friends through her dance teams.  When not dancing Claudia loves hanging out, shopping, and going out to eat with her friends.  Claudia would like to thank all of her teachers, coaches, directors, and choreographers for always supporting her and giving her the honor of accepting this special award!




Director, Teacher, Solo Choreographer, Head Coach/Choreographer of Tiny & Mini Expressions

Miss Lori has been training in dance since the age of seven. She obtained a degree in dance in 1997 and opened the doors of Dance Expressions in the fall. Dance Expressions is in its 19th year!


During her early years in school, she was very active in local dance teams as well as being a junior high cheerleader. She competed on a competition dance team in Huber Heights for six years and on her high school dance team for three. She was the Junior Captain in 1987 and the Senior Captain of both her community and school team in 1990-1991. Lori graduated from Wayne High School in 1991. Throughout her college years she was a part of several dance/cheer squads for teams including the Dayton Wings, Dayton Cowboys, and the Columbus Crew MLS. In 1994, her Wright State dance team placed 2nd in the NCA College Nationals televised on ESPN. Lori is in her 22nd year as a board member for competitive dance team circuit, Showcase America,  active judge for over 20 years. She enjoyed heading up the summer dance camp circuit for Showcase in 2000.She also travels the country judging for NEXSTAR & serves as a consultant for many dance affiliated teams & circuits.


Lori celebrates her 23rd season with the Butler Kickline this year and was awarded Director of the Year in 2000.  During this time, the team has held many State & National titles and has earned many bronze, silver and gold medals, grand champion titles, and overall best of the best awards with Showcase America. After branching out to the studio circuits, the team has been recognized with many Best Choreography awards as well as Audience, Judges and Best in Industry recognition.  They hold several regional titles & recently competed with the dancers of the Lifetime show Dance Moms. Since in existence, the Tiny & Mini Expressions hold many titles and a long-standing officer line National Champion title!


Miss Lori has traveled to NYC several times for conventions and has Certification& Recognition in Achievement from Broadway Dance Ctr of New York and Dance Teacher Magazine.


Miss Melanie’s dance career started with Miss Gloria Esposito’s School of Dance at age 3 through her high school graduation in 1997. Her continuous training was in jazz, tap, and hula. At nine years old Miss Gloria asked her to join her elite (high school age) group of girls that travel and perform hula at special events such as luaus, wedding receptions, nursing homes & other special events. She was a member of this performance group for 12+ years.


In High School she was first a Butler Cheerleader and then spent 3 years with the Butler Kickline. She was an officer as a junior and co-captain as a senior. She was recognized at various dance camps throughout her dance team years as a top performer and loved being a soloist in the Showcase America circuit.

She has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University & her Masters Degree in education from Nova Southeastern University based in Florida. Miss Melanie is a first grade teacher for Northmont City Schools & celebrates her 15th year there. In 2002-2003 she co-created and choreographed a dance group at my elementary school that performed at district events. She also had a blast coaching high school cheerleading for Northmont for several years.


Melanie has two daughters Allison and Jocelyn who are part of the hula class as well as members of the mini and tiny expressions. This is Miss Melanie's third year teaching with Dance Expressions, and is very excited to see her class shake it!


Ms Mary Stephens is looking forward to educating dancers and positively guiding them to follow their dreams, just as she was guided many years ago at this very same studio.  She brings nearly 30 years of dance experience to the staff.  During her early years, she danced with the Vantasia Dance Team and the Butler Kickline.  She went on to dance collegiately for Wright State’s Emerald Jazz where they were ranked in the top 10 nationally by NDA.  In addition to her dance training, Miss Mary also brings 11 years of competitive dance team coaching experience.  She was on staff of the Vantasia Dance Team from 2001-2009 where she coached/choreographed for seven years and was also the Director for three years.  During her tenure, she helped the team earn many SCAU State and National titles, special awards and medals. During her final year as a coach, the team competed a perfect, undefeated season in her category.   Afterwards, Miss Mary choreographed for the Centerville High School dance team for three seasons.  In 2011, her routine earned the team’s first ever SCAU State and National title in the Jazz category and the overall Gold Medal in the AA division.  They repeated their State/National Jazz Champion title in 2012.  Miss Mary has judged several team auditions and has worked with other organizations including the Tipp City Players “The Wizard of Oz” production, the Wee Aviator cheer program and even her local preschool program.  Her passion for all things dance has never faded, and her love of teaching has brought Miss Mary back to Dance Expressions.  She is excited to join the staff for her third season and is also looking forward to being a first-time solo choreographer!


Miss Mary graduated from WSU in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.  She and her husband, John, reside in Arcanum where she is a stay-at-home mom to their two boys, Luke and Drew.


Miss Jessica Aveyard has over 20 years of dance experience under her belt! She was a student at Jeanette Popp School of dance for 15 years where she was a member of JADE, the Competitive dance ensemble for 9. She competed in various studio competitions and attended many Nationals across the U.S. In 2011 she attended the Walt Disney College Program as a performer and was featured in the Christmas parade throughout the remainder of the year. Jessica has been very involved with the Dayton Dragons since the organization began. She was an original Mini Dugout Dancer, a group she now choreographs for, as well as creating dances for Heater and Gem, the mascots that represent Fifth Third Field. Some of her past teachers include Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Laurie Johnson, Tony Bellissimo, Marty Dew, Brian Freedman, Desmond Richardson, Gregory Hines and many more! This is Jessica’s 3rd year with Dance Expressions and she is ready to make some noise with her students!


Miss Paige Hall is a young energy that is always keeping up on the trends of dance.  She studied dance at Bellbrook Dance Academy for 12 years, where she enjoyed being a competition dancer/soloist for many years.  She now shares her love of dance by doing choreography in the area with soloists & groups. Her favorite style is lyrical/contemporary, but is trained  n all styles. She’ll be a junior at Wright State where she was a highly recognized dancer for the Emerald Jazz Dance Team for two years. Her group traveled to Nationals in Florida both years & came away a top team. Last year she was recognized as an All American dancer through National Dance Association &  won/attended an All Star  convention in NYC. This will be her first year teaching at Dance Expressions, and is very excited to share her love of dance with the kids!


Ms. Toni DeBord-Meiser has been dancing since the age of 8.  Her background includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Acro, Pointe.  Toni spent seven years on the competitive dance team the  Tomahawks as a junior and senior team member.  She was Captain for five years and led the Tomahawks to numerous state titles.  Toni also earned many leadership awards through out the years and was even named Junior Miss Showcase in 1993.  After graduating high school Toni attended Wright State University as a Dance Major and received her degree in 2001.  While at Wright State Toni performed in many dance concerts and junior/senior dance productions.  She was also an ensemble member of the musical Crazy For You.  Toni is currently a stay at home mom of 2 and helps many local high schools with their musical productions.  She is very excited to return to Dance Expressions for her second year with the fabulous kids and staff.


Miss Amy Jones begins her eighth season with Dance Expressions. Originally from  Huntington, West Virginia, she trained with the Huntington Dance Theatre and  the RiverCities Dance Company, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet and the River North Dance Company in Chicago. Amy graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Dance. She is our Classical Ballet Instructor and is our lead choreographer for all of our trios.  She has been awarded Best Choreography numerous times over the past few years and recently her piece INTERACTIONS was undefeated over the year and holds Regional titles with three organizations. Over the past few summers Miss Amy has worked for the West Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, and currently choreographs, teaches & judges dance throughout the country. She has been with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for 8 seasons & has traveled the globe performing including an amazing trip to Santiago Chile.  She also serves as rehearsal director for DCDC2.  She has set choreography on the Ohio Northern University's Dance Department, Wright State University, as well as several works for both DCDC and DCDC2. Amy looks forward to working with the students and is so proud of their technical growth over the years.  She enjoys all of the families that she has met.


Miss Lauren Daidone, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, she performed in pieces choreographed by Gladys Bailin, Travis D. Gatling, and Julie Fox as well as several students’ works. Ms. Daidone choreographed multiple pieces including solos, duets, trios, and group numbers. “Three to One” a trio collaboration was featured in the Inaside Dance Chicago Choreographic Sponsorship Event. In the summers, she teaches numerous genres of dance to students ages 5 to 18 through the competition circuit Showcase America Unlimited (SCAU) where she is also a judge. While competing in SCAU Daidone won the National Leadership title as Captain of the Butler Kickline her Senior year of high school and lead her team to winning Grand Champions. She was 2009 Miss Showcase USA. Lauren is also a Certified Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates in beginner and intermediate mat. Daidone aspires to pursue a career in dance performance, teaching and Pilates instruction.


Miss Lori, Miss Stephanie, Miss Sarah, Miss Megan and alumni Jenna Conley and Katie Herbst all traveled to Las Vegas in November of 2006 to attend THE PULSE on Tour dance convention. THE PULSE is sponsored by the hit reality show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. They trained with famous choreographers such as MIA MICHAELS (choreographer for Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show, A NEW DAY) & WADE ROBSON (dancer for a young Michael Jackson and choreographer to many famous artists), who are both Emmy nominated for their creations on last season’s show. More amazing artists included Brian Friedman (most well-known for choreographing for Brittney Spears), Shane Sparks (You Got Served), Chris Judd (former spouse of J-LO, backup dancer & choreographer) and Laurie-Ann Gibson (Making the Band)! It was an incredible experience!!



Tiny Expressions


This is a Primary competition team comprised of girls in grades 1 - 3.  Audition required.

Mini Expressions


This is an Elementary competition team comprised of girls in grades 4 - 6.  Audition required.

Dance Expressions Competition Cast


A select group of technical dancers that will participate in possible solo, trio, and elite lyrical group.



2016-17 Team

*Hadley Adams

Becca Atkinson

*Lily Bihl

*Ava Bradley

*Mikayla Brush

*Addison Caldewell

*Stella Czarnecki

Reagan Downey

*Mallory Evans

Hayden Farst

Paige Gallup

*Taylor Griffith

*Davonna Harris

*Brionna Hilderbrand

Alyssa Holderman

*Kaitlyn King

*Abby Kreusch

*Lauren McBride

*Emery McConnaughey

Bella Runyon

*Ava Schrimpf

*Emersyn Sivon

Alyssa Stratman

*Ava Updyke

*Fable Walton

*Grace Weber

Ava Willamson



If you see an * Asterisk next to your child’s name, at least 3 private lessons or a summer class is required. This will help them with team skills and confidence. Please contact one of the teachers listed on the audition handout this summer and you can do this at any point during the summer! For 2nd and 3rd grade,

I would recommend the Dance Team Prep class

and the Master’s Class.

Captain: Reagan Downey

Co-Captain: Alyssa Holderman

Officers: Becca Atkinson, Stella Czarnecki, Hayden Farst, Paige Gallup, Alyssa Stratman, Ava Williamson

Leadership Award History

2015 National Officer Line Champions

Captain Kiersten McBride

3rd place National Leadership Placement


2014 State/Nationals

Captain Scarlett Mattice

Overall Leadership Winner


2013 State/Nationals

Captain Sydney Lawler

3rd place National Leadership Placement


2012 State/Nationals

Captain Alaina Titley

Overall Leadership Winner


2011 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Alaina Titley

Overall Leadership Winner


2010 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Avery Gunderson

Overall Leadership Winner


2009 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Hailey Willis -

Overall Leadership Winner


2008 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Kelly Pleiman - Overall Leadership Winner


2007 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Samantha Peters -

Overall Leadership Winner



2016-17 Team

*Breanna Christy

*Emma Cox

Taylor Dietz

Aubrey Gillespie

*Zoey Grimes

*Lizzie Hargrave

Tori Hargrave

*Taylor Harris

*Olivia Kreusch

Katie Landis

*Elise Leingang

Annabel Lozan

Scarlett Mattice

Kiersten McBride

*Mayci Minnich

Carlee Schroeder

*Ella Shuchat

*Ally Sowers

Julia Stapleton

Brooke Stueve

*Kaylee Thompson

*Keira Wagner

*Trinity Watson

*Sophia Updyke


If you see an * Asterisk next to your child’s name, at least 3 private lessons or a summer class is required. This will help them with team skills and confidence. Please contact one of the teachers listed on the audition handout this summer and you can do this at any point during the summer! I would also consider the two-week Master Class for that push they need.

Captain: Scarlett Mattice

Co-Captains: Taylor Dietz & Kiersten McBride

1st Lieutenant: Carlee Schroder

Officers: Aubrey Gillespie and Katie Landis

Leadership Award History

2015 National Officer Line Champions

Captain Logan Druck

2nd place National Leadership Placement


2014 State/Nationals

Captain Jenna Dietz

3rd Place Leadership


2013 State/Nationals

Captain Kaili Titley

Overall Leadership Winner


2012 State/Nationals

Captain Avery Gunderson

Overall Leadership Winner


2011 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Tabitha Caulfield

Overall Leadership Winner


2010 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Samantha Peters -

Overall Leadership Winner


2009 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Samantha Peters -

2nd Place Leadership


2008 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Gold Medal

Captain Margo Shininger - Overall Leadership Winner


2007 State/Nationals

Officer Line - Bronze Medal

Captain Jennifer Liptak -

3rd Place Leadership



2014-15 Dance Season

These amazing ladies represented our community from the dance teams of the Butler Kickline, Vandalia Dance Ensemble, Vantasia, Mini Expressions, and Tiny Expressions on January 30 & 31 at the Creative Dance Productions Pageant.


Congratulations, dancers, on a spectacular weekend!


BUTLER KICKLINE:  *Kaylynn Buckner, Emily Hoagland (2014 Senior Queen), *Rachael McGraw, *Samantha Peters


VANTASIA: Molly Armentrout, *Jenna Dietz, *Kara Landis, Savannah Mattice, Kayli Paugh, *Anna Sciarretti, *Taryn Smith, Lindsey Viskup


MINI EXPRESSIONS: Logan Druck (2014 Elementary Queen), *Haleigh Gross, *Sydney Lawler, *Claire Leingang, *Scarlett Mattice, Heather McBride, Lauren Sass, *Carlee Schroeder


TINY EXPRESSIONS: *Reagan Downey, *Kiersten McBride,

*Katie Landis





Elementary Intensity Award - Lauren Sass

Junior Outstanding “Production Dancer/Work Ethic” -

Molly Armentrout

Junior Gown Winner - Kaylynn Buckner

Junior Compulsory Winner - Kaylynn Buckner

Senior Compulsory Winner - Samantha Peters



 PRIMARY COURT: 3rd Runner‐Up - Katie Landis, 2nd Runner-Up - Reagan Downey, 1st Runner-up - Kiersten McBride


ELEMENTARY COURT: 4th Runner‐up - Scarlett Mattice, 2015 Elementary Miss Dance Power Queen - Taryn Smith


JUNIOR COURT: 2nd Runner‐Up ‐ Jenna Dietz, 1st Runner-Up - Anna Sciarretti , 2015 Junior Miss Dance Power Queen - Kaylynn Buckner


SENIOR COURT: 2nd Runner-Up Rachael McGraw, 2015 Senior Miss Dance Power Queen - Samantha Peters

Award History

2016 Junior Miss Showcase Queen Avery Gunderson

2016 Primary Miss Showcase Queen Reagan Downey


2015 Senior Miss Showcase Samantha Peters

2015 Junior Miss Showcase Kaylynn Buckner

2015 Elementary Miss Showcase Taryn Smith


2014 Senior Miss Showcase Emily Hoagland

2014 Elementary Miss Showcase Logan Druck


2013 Junior Miss Showcase Samantha Peters

2013 Elementary Miss Showcase Avery Gunderson


2012 Junior Miss Dance Power: Torre Romano


2011 Junior Miss Dance Power: Margo Shininger

2011 Primary Miss Dance Power: Alaina Titley


2010 Elementary Miss Dance Power: Samantha Peters

2010 Primary Miss Dance Power: Avery Gunderson


2009 Senior Miss Dance Power: Lauren Daidon

2009 Elementary Miss Dance Power: Kelly Pleiman

2009 Primary Miss Dance Power: Hailey Willis


2007 Primary Miss Dance Power: Kelly Pleiman


2006 Senior Miss Dance Power: Beth Seitz

2006 Junior Miss Dance Power: Ali Romano


2005 Senior Miss Dance Power &

                           Miss Ameridance of Ohio: Megan Zugelder

2005 Junior Miss Dance Power &

                           Miss Ameridance of Ohio: Samantha Romano


2003 Senior Miss Ameridance of Ohio:  Heather Flohre

2003 Junior Miss Dance Power: Megan Zugelder




Shout out to Ms. Emily Hoagland for being selected for the ROCKETTES Summer Intensive in July 2015!




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Dance Expressions

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Dayton, Ohio 45414

(937) 890-9606