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!
Coach Emmy Snead is our studios tumbling instructor and cheer advisor. 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.
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!
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.