Our Team

 
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Pam Schrier

Pam has been with Dance Expressions since its opening in 1991; first as a teacher, then taking over as director in 2009. She has been teaching for over 25 years and currently teaches ballet, tap, jazz and modern. Pam is a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she double majored in Dance and Psychology emphasizing in education. She danced and performed with the University Dance Company and Tony Powell Music and Movement. Pam has also been a guest artist and choreographer for other local dance companies. She is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America where she has served on their board for many years. Pam is certified to present students and teachers in the Cecchetti method. She is also a certified member of the Dance Masters of America and a member of The Maryland Council for Dance. Pam is also the mother of Rebekah, Rachel & Ryan.

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Charlene Jackson

Charlene has been with Dance Expressions since September 1994. Charlene has danced her entire life and has been teaching for over 20 years. She now teaches ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Charlene stays active in her training, studying under many great dancers locally and nationally. Her choreography has been professionally recognized and awarded. She is a certified member of the Dance Masters of America. Charlene brings a contemporary and exciting approach to all her classes. She has a wonderful rapport with her students and inspires them with the excitement of dance. 

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Jen Bailey

Jen grew up dancing at Dance Expressions and is a graduate of George Mason University where while on scholarship she earned her BFA in dance and education. She danced and performed with the University Dance Company as well as a being a guest artist with other modern companies.  Jen is a Cecchetti certified teacher and continues to train in the Cecchetti method. A wonderful dancer and exceptional teacher; Jen currently teaches ballet, modern.and jazz.  Jen is also the mother of Mary Grace, Lilly Ann and CJ. 

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Maggie Lockhart

Maggie Lockhart is a dancer, educator, advocate and arts administrator. While on scholarship at Goucher College, she received her BA in dance and elementary education, danced in the corps de ballet of The National Ballet, taught with Clancyworks Dance Company's out-reach program, and wrote dance curriculum for the Montgomery County Public School system. She has happily taught for numerous NYC organizations including Long Island City School of Ballet, New Dance Group, The Hudson Guild, Children's Aid Society and The School at Steps. Off the stage, she has worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation, and Steps On Broadway. She has performed and/or collaborated with SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions, and Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, among others. She served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City. Maggie grew up in the Cecchetti method of ballet and is a current member of the Cecchetti Council of America. She is a past recipient of the East Coast Committee (ECC) New Teacher Scholarship, studying the method at the Cecchetti International Summer Program in Michigan. She has also been a guest faculty member for the East Coast Committee's Spring and Fall conferences. She returned to Maryland in 2013 where she is on faculty at Turning Pointe Dance Academy in Columbia, MD and Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD the largest multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. She recently performed with popular Baltimore based band, Vinny Vegas, for their album release tour in Baltimore and DC. 

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Tracee Hillman

Tracee loves the ARTS, ‘Dance’ which she is most passionate about.  Born in Washington, DC and currently resides in Fort Washington, MD she started dancing at the early age of 3, with the Linda Natoli Dance Studio and throughout her childhood studied under other dance studios within the Metropolitan area. She has performed and competed nationally. She began teaching while in high school and has taught all genres of dance for many years including all male classes.
She initially attended Bowie State University, where she joined the dance troop the ‘Dancing Divas’ and ended her matriculation with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Fashion Merchandising at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she danced with their Dance Company as a Modern Jazz Dancer and also assisted in choreography performing in Fine Art productions throughout the Eastern Shore, Ocean City, and Delaware vicinity.
After college, she continued studying dance taking Modern Jazz, Tap and Ballet workshops where she lived in New York City for three years pursuing her career as a Fashion Merchandiser/Buyer, as well as enjoying other hobbies (modeling, fashion design and sewing).  She later returned back home to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area where she works with the Federal Government as a Contractor for the United States Air Force; recently she obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Acquisitions.  Throughout all the experiences and accomplishments, Dance has always been a major role in her life as well as teaching and sharing her love for it; admiring the grace, agility and confidence it provides for her and all others.

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Blair D'Amico

Blair D’Amico started dancing at age 3, developing a serious interest in the dance world, she took up every opportunity to learn all she could, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and tap at various local dance studios. Finding a natural understanding of the Cecchetti method, she trained with Elaine Seidman, passing the Advanced syllabus exam. Appearing in countless productions of The Nutcracker and studio dance recitals with the National Ballet , Blair competed in regional dance competitions until graduating high school in 2007.

After attending the Cecchetti International Summer School in Holland, Michigan, Blair was invited to train at KS Dance Ltd., a professional vocational school in Greater Manchester, England directed by Kate Simmons. Continuing her training in the Cecchetti method, Blair honed her technique and developed as an artist. She toured and performed with the school’s company every year, working up through the ranks from corps to principal dancer. She was awarded the Best All Round Dancer Award at the Annual Choreography and Prize-Giving Ceremony, and received dancing and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti ballet and Spanish dance. She graduated from KS Dance Ltd with a Trinity College National Diploma in Professional Dance. Blair has danced roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Myrta in Giselle as well as Gamzatti Variation at Discover Ballet! with the Baltimore Ballet. She later joined BalletFleming in Philadelphia as an apprentice and was promoted to company member the following season. Her favorite roles have included The Evil Queen in Christopher Fleming’s Snow White, Too Big and Too Bold in Jenn Rose’s The Missing Piece, and Second Couple in Adrianna de Svatich’s Dyadic Dances. Since January 2016 she has been a part of the Polaris Dance Company in Portland, Oregon where she explored more modern based choreography and studied the Horton technique. Her favorite being a piece Robert Guitron's, Artistic Director, choreographed to Keb'mo's Every

Morning. Blair is excited to be back in Maryland teaching the up and coming talent at Dance Expressions!

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Laura Boyer

Laura Boyer is a Washington DC based dancer, actress, and choreographer with over twenty years of experience. Originally trained as a classical ballerina in the Cecchetti Style, she merged her love of dance and theater in high school. She graduate Cum Laude from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre and Dance, during which time she co-founded and ran InMotion Dance Ensemble. Post-graduation she has worked with companies such as BalletX, The Walnut Street Theater, Bootless Stage Works, New Candlelight Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre, and Victorian Lyric Opera. She has performed professionally throughout the country as a dancer, actress, and singer. Miss Laura has received awards for her dancing and choreography from The Kennedy Center and Beyond the Stars Dance Competition. Some of her favorite productions include A Chorus Line (Kristine), The Full Monty (Pam), Les Miserables (Ensemble) The Nutcracker (Snow, Chinese, Marzipan), Spring Awakening (Choreography), Into the Woods (Choreography) and Peter Pan (Choreography). 

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Maria Vitery

Maria started her ballet training in Trujillo, Peru, where she was trained by Estela Puga and Cuban principal dancer Daniel Santos. She continued her dance training in the U.S. at Rockville Civic Ballet, Washington Ballet, Montgomery College, Paul Taylor Dance School, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2008, she received the exemplary dance student award and dance scholarship. While at UMBC she majored in Biochemistry and minored in Dance. In 2011, she had the privilege to study the Vaganova Ballet technique for a full summer at the Vaganova school in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has choreographed modern and classical ballet pieces for Montgomery College, open Marley night, and UMBC. After almost 2 years in Boston, she is thrilled to be back in Maryland and teaching classical ballet at Dance Expressions.

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Amy Hess

Amy grew up dancing at Dance Expressions, and graduated in 2010. While studying to become a nurse, Amy continued her passion for dance, teaching Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. She graduated from Stevenson University in 2014 and is currently a pediatric nurse at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Amy has always had a gift working with children. She is a passionate and engaging teacher. We are thrilled that she has made time in her busy nursing schedule to share her love of dance with our students. 

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Robin Gale

Robin graduated from Boston Conservatory of Music with a B.F.A in dance. While in college she performed with the modern dance company, Directions Dance. After college she danced professionally 10 years with the National Ballet Company, and tapped in shows with Ben Vereen and Gregory Hienes. Ms Robin then began her teaching career. She holds her Grade 6 teachers certificate in the Cecchetti method of ballet, and has presented many students through their grade one through grade five exams. She also enjoys teaching tap and broadway musical to both the very young, grade school, and middle school age students. For 2 years Ms Robin lived in Switzerland where she taught master dance classes there and in Germany and France.

Ms Robin was recently awarded "Outstanding Volunteer" by the State of Maryland board of education for her many years of choreography to high school dance teams and pom squads. She is happily married and has a furry family with 2 dogs and 1 cat.

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Megan Watson

Megan has been dancing with the Dance Expressions family since she was 2 years old. A Bowie High School Graduate, Megan also studied at the University of Maryland. Given the opportunity to continue her dance training, Megan is a certified Grade II Cecchetti instructor, and currently teaches Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz. Megan continues her teacher training in the Cecchetti method. She has also played an integral role in our office for 5 years, providing excellent service to all our dance families. When away from the studio, Megan spends her time volunteering for a local public outreach program.

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Gina Ethe

Gina is currently an undergraduate student at The University of Maryland, College Park studying Education with a concentration in Middle School Math and Science. Gina has been dancing for 15 years. She is experienced in all styles of dance, with a strong focus in tap and jazz. She is currently the Vice President of Forward Motion Dance Company, a student run company at the University that focuses primarily on contemporary dance, artistry, and movement. She is also a member of Revolutions Dance Ensemble, another company at the University that practices all styles of dance. She has choreographed and taught for both of these companies and performed at many events in the DC area. Previously, Gina was a dancer at The Dance Corner in West Windsor, New Jersey where she performed in company shows and danced competitively for over 10 years at competitions and conventions in and around New Jersey, as well as a selected convention in Orlando, Florida. Throughout her dance experience, Gina has assisted and taught students ages 3-16. With a passion for teaching children and dance, Gina is looking forward to inspiring the love of dance at Dance Expressions.