Lisa Ver Steeg is the owner and Director and has been active in the dance community both locally and nationally for over 23 years. Her training includes all forms of dance from local and world-renowned instructors. She attends dance instruction certification programs and training seminars throughout the United States including; Christopher Seminars, Dance Masters of America, Tremaine Dance Conventions, Company Dance, Manhattan Dance Project, New York Dance Alliance and Broadway Dance Center. She has done choreography for the Judy and David Show based in Canada and the performing arts theater group OnStage Productions. Lisa is currently the President and Executive Board Member of Dance Rochester! She judges dance competitions and loves to share her creativity and passion for dance with all of her students. Lisa is currently an Executive Board Member of Dance Rochester! and the Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce.
Maria Parina is the owner and Assistant Director and has been in dance education and administration for over 15 years. She has directed dance programs for local public schools and choreographed for school plays. She has choreographed many dance pieces for community events such as Spencerport's Christmas on the Canal, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Half-time for the Rochester Rhino's, and local benefits. She has also attended many certification programs and training seminars throughout the United States such as Christopher Seminars, Dance Masters of America, Tremaine Dance Conventions, etc. She is trained in all forms of dance in the beginner and intermediate levels by local and master teachers. She enjoys sharing and passing on her dance knowledge to her students.
Casandra Battisti started dancing at Expressions when she was just two years old. Since then she has participated in many dance competitions, conventions, benefits, and recitals. She also had the amazing opportunity of dancing in Disney World twice. She started as an assistant teacher and after graduating high school decided she wanted to continue sharing her passion for dance with the students at Expressions. She loves being able to make a story come to life through dance and see the students grow not only as dancers, but as people. Expressions is a family and she loves being a part of it.
Jessica Buono has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Through her years of hard work and discipline she has grown to love the art of dance and everything it stands for! Jessica has been teaching the art of dance for over a decade now and has taught in such places as Melbourne, Florida. Jessica has been a teacher at Expressions for over 9 years and in that time has won numerous awards including high score and choreography awards. Jessica has attended numerous seminars and conventions and has been apart of community events. Miss Jessica has also choreographed for the Jewish Community Centers Summer Theatrical Program in 2001 & 2002. She feels blessed to have Lisa & Maria in her life and to be apart of this beautiful family.
Kristin Dowdy is from Hazelwood, MO. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre & Dance from Ball State University (magna cum laude) and is currently a 1st year MFA Candidate in Dance at SUNY Brockport. Kristin has been teaching dance for ten years and has experience in teaching, plannng and choreogrpahy in many different styles of dance including many ages and skill levels. For several years she has wokred at Camp Wiscosuta as Dance Activity Head/Dance Instructor/Camp Counselor. Kristin spent time teacing ballet at Astoria Pre-School Dance and was a dance instructor with Elite Dance Conservatory. In addition, she works as a personal trainer on the side and works to strengthen dancers so they can perform to the best of their abilities.
Corinne Fallone has been dancing since she was 5 years old and been apart of the Expressions family since she was 7. Expressions of Dance by Lisa is a place that she calls her second home not only because she is dedicated to the art but also because of the close relationship she has built with all of the students and staff. She has worked her way up from being an assistant teacher, to a student teacher, to now being an instructor. She has participated in several dance benefits, competitions, and recitals, winning numerous awards. She has also enjoyed the opportunity of being able to dance in Disney with the competition dance team and attend Pulse tour in 2010. Corinne is very passionate for the art of dance and is very enthusiastic about expressing her love for it with her students.
Alessaundra Haag has been dancing since she was just a baby. Dance was always the biggest part of her life, and it still is. She is excited to be a part of the Expressions of Dance by Lisa staff. She has danced in numerous benifits including the Razor Sharks, Knight Hawk games, Christmas on the canal, Canal splash and even went to Disney as a student, and a teacher. She has been on the competition team at Expressions since she was 6 years old, winning numerous awards. She has also attended different conventions throughout her dance career. She participated in NUVO, the PULSE and 24/7 Dance Convention. Dance is her passion and is a way to express your self, and she is so excited to share her passion and expressions with her students!
Danielle Luksic has always had a passion for dance and is excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Expressions of Dance by Lisa's teaching staff. Dancing has always been a huge part of her life and she is glad it will continue to be. She started dancing at the age of four and began dancing at Expressions at the age of eleven. She started off as an assistant teacher at Expressions and is now excited to have become an instructor. She has competed in many competitions throughout her dance career and has won several awards. She also has danced in numerous benefits and special event performances such as, Christmas on the Canal, the Rochester Razorshark's halftime show and in 2008 she had the opportunity to dance in Disney as part of the Expressions of Dance by Lisa's Competition Team. Most recently she had the opportunity to learn from master choreographers at the PULSE tour in 2010. As dance continues to be part of her life she is looking forward to sharing her dance experience with her students and help them be the best dancers they can be!
Alyssa Monti has been dancing since she was two years old and competed in dance from age 6-18 years old. She has won awards as both a student and a teacher. She attended many competitions over the years both in and out of state as well as conventions such as 24 Seven and Tremaine. She worked hard for her technique but the passion came easily. Dance helped her get through many obstacles and continues to be a release from the everyday stresses of life. Her mother was a dance teacher for 32 years before her, specializing in preschool ages. At the age of 8 years old Alyssa began assisting her mom in teaching the younger kids, learning the special techniques one needs to handle little ones. Alyssa began teaching on her own 3 years ago. Alyssa, like her mother, specializes in preschool and elementary ages. Alyssa also loves teaching older ages and competition classes. Her favorite age group though is 3-6 year olds. She incorporates stories and props in order to make class more entertaining and memorable. Her “baby” classes are her pride and joy and she spends lots of time making sure they look just as good as the “big girls” when recital time comes. Alyssa loves seeing dancers grow and find themselves whether it is competitively or recreationally. She hopes to inspire her students and spread her passion of dance to the upcoming generations. Alyssa also attends Brockport for child psychology and wants to continue her work with children in both dance and the mental health field. She takes ballet classes at Brockport as well and is continuing her own dance education and technique.
Laura Murawski recently graduated from The College at Brockport, SUNY with a BFA in Dance and minor in Political Science. She was an accomplished dancer in the department, receiving the Bette Bailey Scholarship for Exellence in Dance and the Outstanding Undergraduate Award for her graduating class. She began performing professionally while still in undergrad, working with Mariah Maloney Dance at Water Music, Brockport, NY, and James Hansen Assembalge at the Rochester Fringe Festival. Her passion for dance began when she started training under Lauri Lucas and Marianne Dalton at Fitzsimmons Dance Factory. Outside of performing, Laura loves teaching dance- she feels that it is an investment into the art form and that it's the best way to share her passion with young dancers. She looks forward to dancing with you this year!
Rachel Schur started dancing when she was 3 years old. The majority of her dance education she learned at Expressions of Dance by Lisa. At the age of 12 she began as a Junior Assistant Teacher, worked her way up to Assistant then Student Teacher, and is now an instructor. For part of her training she took various dance classes from master teachers. Miss Rachel was part of the Competition Team and competed at the regional and national level. She also did other performances such as dance benefits and special events performances including the Razorsharks Halftime Show, Christmas on the Canal, and Dancing in Disney. Rachel is also the Office Manager at the studio. She loves teaching the students and watching them as they progress, as well as getting to know the parents at the studio.
Kristen Wegman-Biography coming soon!