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.
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.
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.
Jada started dancing at a young age with the Central Washington Dance Academy where she had the opportunity to perorm in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. She also student taught beginning levels of ballet and attended summer intensives around the country at the Rock School of Ballet, State Street Ballet, and Evergreen City Ballet. Jada took dance classes at Central Washington University during high school and performed with Orchesis Dance Company. After graduation she moved to Santa Barbara, CA as a trainee with State Street Ballet. Jada came to Boise to apprentice with Ballet Idaho, performing in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and several New Works. We are very excited to have Jada at Xpressions!
Romeo Almeida didn’t start dancing until he was 16, and was inspired by Michael Jackson music videos! He attended college in Los Angeles to study theology and found his mentor and dance teacher, Billy J-Smooth. Romeo was able to learn from others including Matt Steffanina, Tricia Miranda, MADD Chadd Smith, Jay Smooth and Criscilla Anderson. While in LA, Romeo volunteered to direct a dance ministry program which taught free dance lessons to kids, growing the program from 100 to over 1,500 dancers. After graduating, Romeo returned home to Idaho and is pursuing his dream as a hip hop teacher in the Treasure Valley. He hopes to inspire his students to dance and to choose the better road in life!
Taylor Fenton joins our staff from Phoenix, AZ. She is a student at Boise State University where she is majoring in Health Sciences as well as continuing her dance training in ballet and pointe. Taylor has been dancing since was a young girl in all genres including ballet, jazz and tap. Taylor was a tap student of Suzy Guarino, a mentor of Miss Alexis and we are very excited to have her on our staff at Xpressions!
Danielle Bleier is a long-time dancer and teacher at Xpressions. As a dance student, she was an assistant in our Tiny Toes, Kinder and elementary Jazz classes and last season she was promoted to the position of Teacher in several of these classes. A recent graduate of Skyview High School, Danielle is enrolled at Boise State this semester and we are excited to have her continuing on our Faculty.