all of our staff is in agreeance that we love to create a warm and friendly dance environment as well as a high level of training and dance education for each class we offer.
STAFF PHOTOS SOON TO COME! Nikki Pittman, the wonderful owner and operator of Expressions, has been dancing since the age of 3, starting with her first instructor being her Grandma, DJ Koontz of Bremen. She has been teaching since the age of 17 and has had a major passion for dance all of her life! Miss.Nikki has studied and instructed at many local dance studios around the Marshall, Elkhart, and St.Joseph Counties! She has instructed and specialized in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, acrodance, contemporary, lyrical, improv, liturgical, tumbling, ballroom, and many specialty forms of dance. She has also won many awards at local and state wide competitions for choreography and specialized routines along with multiple routines receiving top scoring awards at each competition! You can see many of them at multiple of our studio locations! She is always learning new methods, forms, and techniques of dance and loves to bring new things into the studio. Miss.Nikki treats the studio as a "Dance Family," and takes the dance education of her students very seriously. She is always looking for new ways to improve and grow as a studio, instructor, and dancer! When she isn't at the studio, Miss.Nikki spends time renovating her home to make it one of a kind and loves to spend time with her loving family and dog Roxie! Our Studio Family is growing by the day and crossing boundaries we never thought were possible, all thanks to this amazing, selfless, inspiring lady! Miss.Nikki is so very proud to call each and every student a part of her dance family and loves to see the growth in each and every one of them!
Miss. Roxie is our studio dog, you may see her around the studio from time to time. She loves to make an appearance once or twice a year to check up on the student's progress. She has made a couple cameo's in some routines and plans to continue on that career path. She loves show business and has a great appreciation for our staff and students! We love to have her at the studio to watch practices and keep the moral up in the studio. When you see her don't be afraid to say "Hey Miss. Roxie" she craves the attention.
Elizabeth Wickens, best known around the studio as "Miss. Liz" has been with our studio since 2012 where she began with us as a student. Elizabeth graduated in 2017 and decided to make dance her main passion in life. She pursued a teaching interest with our studio and has put in many hours of work and dedication and we are now proud to call her our studio manager. You will see Miss. Liz at all of our studios teaching, assisting and helping out where needed. Elizabeth has also branched out into the full performing arts realm and works a full time job at the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres, a local theatre. She is the assisting choreographer for their 2018 production of Annie and works the box office as well. In her spare time she loves spending time with her dog Lucy and watching old recital tapes. Miss. Liz has lots of knowledge in several genres of dance and is certainly a great asset to our studio!
We welcome coach Emmy Snead to our staff as our new tumbling instructor! Emmy has been involved in cheer for 23yrs. Cheered every level including all-star and collegiate. Started coaching competitive cheer and gymnastics at 17 and have coached everything from recreation gymnastics, 5-12 grade school cheer, collegiate and all star.Program director and head coach for all star for 6yrs and my senior team had numerous championships and were ranked 4th in the National in their division through US Finals rankings. I also went through KAT training through USAG which is lesson planning, movement and conditioning for gymnastics coaches and went through USASF certifications for stunting, tumbling and basket tosses as well as overall safety.
Our studio prides itself on our Student Teachers and Peer Program. Our students have the option to enroll into the Peer Program and then become Student Assistants, Student Teachers, and then when ready, Instructors themselves. We encourage our students to be open to learning from Student Teachers as it helps them learn from a different perspective, and it helps us teach our Student Teachers to help them further their dance education! We hope that every parent is supportive of our older students stepping in from time to time to teach and take over to help build their dance education, as one day your student may come to us and want the same opportunities.
Ali Rex is our Substitute Dance Instructor for the studio! She has a wonderful husband (Justin) and three great children (Zoey, Wyatt, Penny). Miss.Ali is a previous and long time student of Miss.Nikki and has come back to be a great part of our studio! You will see her throughout the year filling in when an instructor cannot be in class. She specializes in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz and also dance drills! She is also furthering her dance education by doing plenty of research and participating in events within the studio to stay fresh and updated on all of the new dance information! The dance world has truly come full circle with her family as her mother (Michelle) was a dancer, she was a dancer, and now her children (Zoey and Wyatt) have started dancing! We are very excited to keep her dance circle going and to have her as part of our staff here at Expressions!
Amy Thompson is our full time advertising event coordinator. She is the woman behind our table events and publicizing our studio! She has a loving husband (Carter) and three wonderful children (Tori, Colin, Kelly). Miss.Amy has been with Expressions for a long time as she has cycled two dancer's within our studio beginning in Bremen in early 2005 starting with her oldest daughter Tori! She is making her way back this year with her youngest daughter Kelly taking multiple classes and moving her way up with her dance education! Miss.Amy can answer any questions needed about the studio and current events happening within the studio! She is a fabulous asset to our studio and such a fantastic dance mom! We are looking forward to having Miss.Amy around for a long time to come and keeping her apart of our staff!
Samantha Schaeffer is our Studio Seamstress! Miss.Sam has two children (Mannin and Madilyn) and a loving husband (Zac)! Her daughter Madi has been quite the dancing queen the past three years and is now a 4th year dancer along with a 2nd year member of our Mini Competition Team! Miss.Sam is such a quintessential asset to our studio as she does many things and does them with all of her might! She is our go to mom at the studio and can answer any of your questions regarding alterations and costuming fixes that you may have! We are so very excited to have Miss.Sam as a part of our staff for another great dance season! From fixing seams, to hems, to major costume alterations, shes our gal!
Erin Welborn is our Head Cheer Coach for our Bremen Pride Cheer and the North Liberty Shamrock Shakers at Expressions! She has many passions in her life and cheer has been one of them since middle school! She cheered all through middle school and high school, then joined the pom squad her last 2 years. Along with cheer, she was a dance student at Senter Stage in Plymouth so the pom squad seemed natural. After college, she earned her way on to a Ft. Wayne cheer squad. When the team disbanded, she got married and had her first baby. Since then she has had a more limited cheer experience, but has kept up with the sport through her daughter Paisley and her cheer teams for over 8 seasons! As a Team Mom and part of the Fundraising Staff, she helped organize blocks of hotel rooms for State and Nationals trips, helped plan team bonding events/ trips, and helped set up fundraisers (until separate committee were formed). We are so very blessed to work with Miss.Erin and share her passion. She said,. "I'm very excited to get started here at the Bremen Studio!"
Noelle Cannon is our Assistant Cheer Coach and our Tumbling Coach! She is married and a mom of two girls and one boy! Miss.Noelle has taught Preschool for 11 years now. She cheered in high school for both football and basketball cheer leading. She did a Cheerleading Competitions that her and her squad performed and placed very well in. She took gymnastics for 5 years growing up and has a background in tumbling. She has coached Middle School Cheerleading for 5 years both football and basketball cheer. She recently instructed a few of her teams to a Cheer Competition this past season at the middle school, and was able to place very well! Miss. Noelle is very excited to help coach our Bremen Pride Cheerleading Squad as well!
Justin Rex is the dance dad to Zoey and Wyatt Rex and married to our Substitute Dance Instructor Miss.Ali! Along with his three children Zoey and Wyatt, and Penny! Justin is our handy man around the studio and makes sure everything is in the best running condition possible! He has great ideas and is very creative when it comes to solving the problems that occur in the maintenance area of the studio. Justin has a passion for helping grow and renovate our studio spaces, so that our dancers have the most adequate space to dance and be proud of! Be sure to stop and thank him from time to time, as he spends a great deal of time working very hard for us within our studios!