Alexis is a Boise native and began her dance training at a very young age. She was a member of the Sweet Liberty Dance team at Centennial High School and continued her dance education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Alexis danced professionally as a cast member for the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. Alexis has remained actively involved in dance in Idaho. She coached the Skyview High School Blue Angels dance team, the Diamond Dancers at Rocky Mountain High School and is currently the coach of the Meridian High School Warriorettes Dance Team. Alexis was an instructor at Dance Pros and Dance Unlimited in Boise and was the Director of Studio C in Nampa for 5 years. In addition to the many hours she spends with her studio students, Alexis’ shares her passion for quality dance education as a member of the Boise Valley Dance Teacher’s Association. Alexis lives in Meridian with her husband Ben and their three sons, Yale, Easton and Bowen. The Xpressions Dance Academy is the fulfillment of her life-long dream and a commitment to dance education in the Treasure Valley.
Crystal has been teaching dance for 20 years throughout the Pacific NW, the Southwest, and Midwest. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho in Dance Pedagogy and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in Dance Choreography. For several years Crystal owned and directed Northwest Dance Center, in Pullman, WA. She has been on faculty with the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Central Washington University, and Alma College. Crystal is passionate about teaching dance while nurturing emerging artists. Please join us in welcoming Crystal to Xpressions to lead our ballet program!
Dugan Jackman's on-stage career began as a clogger at the Rocky Mountain Express Dance Studio in Burley, Idaho. This training earned him a spot on the BYU-Idaho International Folkdance Team and he toured with them throughout Europe, Canada and Central America. Dugan moved to Boise in 2005 to work with the Starlight Mountain Theatre as an actor and choreographer and he also ran their Education and Outreach program. He has choreographed musicals for Centennial High School, Idaho Arts Charter and the 'Knock 'Em Dead" Theatre. In addition to his full time job as a Director at a local fitness center, Dugan is one of the founding members of the youth theatre company, “Meridian Cue”, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatre education and entertainment to the children in the Treasure Valley.
Erin was born and raised in Kansas. She started dancing and tumbling when she was 7 years old. She moved to Idaho to attended school at BYU-Idaho where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. During college, Erin danced on the BYU-Idaho International Folk Dance Team and coached tumbling for both the cheerleading and tumbling teams. Erin has over 12 years of experience teaching gymnastics, tumbling, jazz, tap and clogging. In 2011, she moved to Nampa with her husband and their 3 children. She loves teaching and is looking forward to another year of teaching Tumbling and Kinder classes at Xpressions.
Danielle began dancing at the age of 9. While she started as a tap dancer, Danielle quickly wanted to explore other dance genres. She loves the artistic expression of jazz; the structure and organization that is ballet; and the musicality of tap. She continues to explore and push herself artistically through regularly attending a variety of dance camps and conventions. Danielle has performed with the Eugene Ballet Company in their local production of The Nutcracker, as well as with Les Bois Junior Ballet Company during their inaugural season. She is a current member of the 4-time State Champions, the Skyview High School Blue Angel Dance Team. Having been a teacher's assistant the past four years at Xpressions, Danielle is excited to be promoted to a faculty member this season.
Pariss is a Nampa, Idaho native and began dancing at age 3. She trained at Dance Dimensions and Kennedy School of Dance where she competed on the Elite Company team. Pariss was a member of the Blue Angels Dance Team at Skyview High School and performed with the Idaho Stampede Spirit Dance team after high school and is currently dancing with FUSE Dance Collaboration. Pariss is a 2015 graduate of Boise State University with a B.A. in Communications. She is excited to be a part of Xpressions Dance and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others.
Performing since the age of 5, Leesa always knew music would be in her life. She was a music director and vocal coach in Florida for 17 years before moving to the Treasure Valley 4 years ago. Leesa has traveled and performed throughout the country in various singing groups and was a performer for the Walt Disney World Company. Leesa believes that learning music and improving ones voice, even just a little, can build confidence and is a hobby you have for life!
Emalee is currently a student at Boise State majoring in Anthropology and Archeology. She began dancing in pre-school and danced at several area studios. In high school, Emalee was selected to be a member of the Meridian High School Warriorettes dance team, spent 4 years on the team and served as their Captain her Senior year. She is continuing to enjoy dance through classes at BSU. Emalee has enjoyed getting to know the families and dancers at Xpressions and strives to make everyone’s experience a pleasant and memorable one.