Owner/Artistic Director/Dance Instructor
Stephanie began her dance training at age 3 in ballet, tap and jazz. She continued her studies and added lyrical, pointe, and hip hop to her techniques. Stephanie competed with local Charlotte studios in various competitions around the state. Upon completion of High School Stephanie attended the University of Georgia pursuing a major in dance. She transferred to University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was a dance education major. Stephanie graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Dance Education. She has completed much clinical work within the Charlotte surrounding schools working with children from the ages of 5-18 in the CMS dance curriculum. She is the proud recipient of the Outstanding First Year Teacher award 2008-2009 and was named CMS Dance Educator of the Year 2009-2010. Stephanie has continued her professional dancing career as a member of the Charlotte Checkmates 2008-2009 and most recently was a member of the Lady Cats, for the Charlotte Bobcats dance team (voted number one dance team in the USA 2009-2010). Stephanie is ecstatic to have the opportunity to teach students in her own studio and local community. She cannot wait to begin the new school year and rock it out with all of her new dancing divas!
Greetings to my Dance Family! I am ecstatic to continue working with Dance Expressions! I began my dance training at Dance Discoveries in Gaston County at the age of three; training in ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, contemporary jazz, and hip hop. At age 10, I joined the Dance Discoveries competitive team. Following my High School graduation, I tried out for Western Carolina's Collegiate Dance Team. While on the team, I participated in many community fundraisers, campus pep rallies, and had the time of my life cheering on my Catamounts at Football and Basketball games. I also choreographed many of the team dances ranging from lyrical, to jazz, to hip hop. After two years at Western, I transferred to University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I became a member of the UNCC Gold Dusters Competitive Dance Team. I am currently pursuing my masters in Guidance Counseling. Dance has shaped me into the woman I am today; it has taught me self determination, time management, and perseverance. Dance is a beautiful art I hope to teach and share with everyone at Dance Expressions! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family!
I am Ti’Ara Toney from Columbia, SC. I started dancing when I was 5 years old and started off doing ballet, tap, and jazz. As I continued to dance, I started to take lyrical, tumbling, pointe, and hip hop. My junior and senior year of high school, I joined the competition team at Academy of Dance Arts in Columbia, SC. I now attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and I’m majoring in Architecture with a minor in dance.
Jasmine is from Marco Island, FL. She has been a dancer her whole life, training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She danced ballet at the University of Florida and was on the Dancing Gator's dance team. She graduated in 2014 with a BFA in painting. After graduating, she interned with the Disney College Program and worked in Magic Kingdom. She then returned to her hometown where she taught dance in all styles to all ages from 2.5-75, as well as, performed at local events. She loves to share her passion for dance, and to inspire with movement in a fun and safe way. Jasmine is so excited to be a part of the Dance Expressions family!
Lindy began dancing at the age of 7 with Dance Dynamics, a small studio where she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and clogging. Realizing her love for dance she continued expanding her studies and started dancing competitively. Lindy became a dance instructor at Dance Dynamics teaching ages 3-18, while attending Isothermal Community College. After earning her Associate in Arts, she transferred to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015. Through her studies at UNCC, she found her interest in African dance styles including West African, Afro Brazilian, and Ring Shout. In 2017 Lindy graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Dance Performance, Choreography and Theory. She couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Dance Expressions family, sharing her love of dance with every student!
Mariah Leigh Brewer
Mariah began dancing at an early age at Prima School of Dancing in Rapid City, South Dakota, under instruction of Christy Remington. Mariah trained in ballet and pointe (ABT Curriculum), jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, tap, and modern, and also performed in many school and local theatre productions including Phantom of the Opera, Alice in Wonderland, and Oklahoma!, to name a few.
Mariah earned her BFA with honors in Theatre and Dance- concentration in Dance Science at the University of Wyoming in 2018. During her undergraduate time, she studied abroad in London for a semester and performed and created extensively. While in London, she studied dance at Pineapple Dance Studio, The Place, Danceworks, and Studio68.
Upon submitting her senior thesis research to IADMS ( the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science), it was accepted to be presented in Helsinki, Finland in 2018.
Mariah has trained under and taken classes from dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Darrell Grand Moultrie, The Joffery Ballet, Axis Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury, and has trained proficiently in vertical dance (harness) under Margaret Wilson and Neil Humphreys, among others. Mariah was given the opportunity to tour the state of Wyoming in 2018 as a performer in the show, Six Songs from Ellis, directed by Marsha Knight and Leigh Selting. After graduating, Mariah was able to create a ‘dance for camera’ piece in collaboration with the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and mentors Andre Megardichian and Jennifer Deckert in Sitges, Spain.
Currently, Mariah teaches dance in the Charlotte area, and is excited to begin teaching at Dance Expressions!
Alyssa began her dance training at the age of 3 in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, and later lyrical and contemporary, when she joined Dance Expressions competition team in 2013. She continued her studies at the University of South Carolina where she received a BA in Dance Education, adding Modern, West African, and Musical Theater to her background in dance. Alyssa was a member of the Carolina Club Dance Team at USC where they performed at local events on campus and participated in community fundraisers. As part of an international exchange, Alyssa also had the opportunity to travel to Panama and study dance from local professionals, as well as teach dance to youth in orphanages and at-risk youth foundations. Here, she was able to share culture and ideas while discovering the world through dance. Alyssa has a huge passion for teaching. She is an elementary school dance teacher with Kannapolis City Schools and is also excited to be a part of the Dance Expressions family from a different perspective. To once a student, to now a staff member at Dance Expressions, she is eager to share her passion of dance here at Dance Expressions!