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Miss Tanya M. Yost (Owner/Director/Instructor)

Email Miss Tanya: mstanya@ptd.net

TEACHES: Pre-School & Jazz Classes, Encore & Explosion Competition Teams, and Private Lessons

Miss Tanya has been owner and director since she opened the studio doors in 1995 with 75 students and 2 dance rooms. She is a lifelong certified member of the Dance Educators of America. Miss Tanya has won numerous awards for her outstanding talent and choreography, along with her award-winning competition teams and private lessons. She is honored to receive the “Best Choreography” Award at LV Dance Challenge numerous times not only for herself but her staff too. Her students have performed at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Harlem Globetrotters, IronPigs, Hershey Park and many have competed at Nationals with Starpower, Sophisticated Productions, and Showstopper Competitions. Miss Tanya has met and educated many students in the Lehigh Valley that have graduated and continued with dance in college, gone on to perform in the arts or are now educating young dancers. EOD has been Miss Tanya’s dream come true and she is blessed to share her love of dance with every the student that walks through the door.

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Miss Meghan Kohler (Assistant Director/Instructor)

Email Miss Meghan: mkohler731@gmail.com

TEACHES: Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theater & Pre-School Classes, Encore, Impulse, Extreme, Reverence, Petite Allegro & Allegro Competition Teams and Private Lessons

Miss Meghan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with her BFA in Dance. She has been dancing since the age of 4 under the direction of Miss Tanya. She was a competitive dancer, student teacher, and performed in Disney World and Hershey Park. She has also studied under Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane at the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Meghan has trained at numerous programs such as the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Point Park Summer Dance Intensive. While in Buffalo, she was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company. She performed at the American College Dance Festival in both Buffalo and Rochester, NY. Throughout her four years at the University at Buffalo she was not only given the opportunity to perform, but also choreograph. Meghan’s competitive dances have won numerous choreography awards and top scores. Meghan is the choreographer for Notre Dame Summer Theatre Company and Notre Dame High School Arts Department. Her choreography was a part of the Freddy Award winning musicals “Little Women”, “Music Man”, “Sweeney Todd”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, and “She Loves Me”. She is also a substitute teacher for the dance department at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. Meghan continues to further her education by taking dance classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and studying the Ron Fletcher Pilates method. Miss Meghan is excited to be teaching at Expression of Dance to share her love of dance with her students.

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Miss Nicole Matthews (Office Manager)

Email Miss Nicole: expressionofdance630@gmail.com

Miss Nicole grew up dancing at Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance and she is so happy to continue being a part of the dance world as our EOD studio office manager. Nicole has been with us as our office manager since 2009. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call her at the studio– 610.746.2818, email her, or just stop by the office window to say Hi!


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Miss Kayleigh Dillman

Email Miss Kayleigh: kayleigh.dillman@gmail.com

TEACHES: Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Impressions & Explosion Competition Team and Private Lessons

Miss Kayleigh has been dancing since she was 3 years old.  She came to Expression of Dance at the age of 8 as a member of a competition jazz team, and later was also a member of gymnastics, lyrical, and ballet teams.  She also competed many award winning solos, duos, and a trio.  Through EOD, she had the opportunity to perform in Hershey Park, Walt Disney World, and as a part of Power Pak for StarPower Competition in Ocean City, Maryland.  She made the Northampton High School Dance Team in 7th grade, and performed and competed with the NHS team for 3 years until she was accepted at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts (LVPA).  At LVPA, she had many opportunities to perform, including Poverty Requiem at City Hall in Bethlehem, PA, NYC and Washington, DC.  She attended summer dance programs at Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, the University of the Arts, and DeSales University.  After graduating from LVPA she attended DeSales University and received her BA in Dance in 2013.  She attended the American College Dance Festival in the Spring of 2011 and performed in NYC at the Dance New Amsterdam Works in Progress show in the Fall of 2011.  Miss Kayleigh has had many opportunities to choreograph at LVPA and DeSales for student choreographed performances as well as at EOD in her junior and senior year of High School.  In addition to dancing, she has also enjoyed the many chances to work behind the scenes for shows at LVPA and DeSales.  Miss Kayleigh is thrilled to be back “home” teaching at EOD and hopes to help her students find their love for dance, just as her teachers did for her.

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Miss Jordan Fager

Email Miss Jordan: jordancfager@gmail.com

TEACHES: Pre-School, Hip Hop, Lyrical & Jazz Classes, Dynamite & Intensity Competition Teams and Private Lessons

Miss Jordan graduated in 2016 with a dance major and business minor from DeSales University. She has been extensively trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern. She grew up dancing at and competing with Accent School of Dance. She was a member of the Parkland High School Varsity Dance Team, and the DeSales University Dance Team. Miss Jordan has recently become a member of the professional dance company Introspective Movement Project. She hopes to continue her career in dance as a performer and teacher. She is very excited to begin another season teaching at Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance!

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Miss Nicole Hockenberry

Email Miss Nicole: nkostura@aol.com

TEACHES: Tap Classes & Precision Tap Team and Private Lessons

Nicole B. Hockenberry, a PA native, has been tap dancing professionally for over 20 years. Nicole became a performing member of A&G Dance in 1991, under the Artistic Direction of Germaine Salsberg and Manhattan Tap in 1992, under the Artistic Direction of Heather Cornell. As the founder and director of T.A.P. (1995-2006 & 2013-ongoing), Nicole has been asked to teach and perform with the New York Foundation for the Arts, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Soul to Sole (Austin, TX), Columbus Taps, Third Coast Rhythm Project (San Antonio, TX), Southeastern Tap Explosion (Atlanta, GA), Everything on Tap! (Dallas, TX), Traditions in Tap (New York City), Tap Jam (Albuquerque, NM), Chicago Human Rhythm Project, The Big Apple Tap Festival, SoFlo Tap Fest, The Rock City Tap Festival, Resonance Tap Experience and Tap City: The New York Tap Festival, among others. Nicole’s choreography has been commissioned by tap companies throughout the country, including RPM (San Antonio, TX), Tap Ties (Allentown, PA), In Motion (Chester, NJ) and Austin Tap Ensemble (Austin, TX). Nicole joined Germaine Ingram, tap partner to La Vaughn Robinson, for performances in the Philadelphia DanceBoom! Series in 2005, held at the famous WILMA Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Nicole was a founding member of the women’s tap trio, The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers, under the Artistic Direction of Shelley Oliver and the Musical Direction of David Leonhardt from 1997 – 2002. Nicole is a featured speaker and performer on behalf of Dr. James ‘Buster’ Brown, in the Doctors of Dance Documentary filmed in February 2002, at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma. Nicole spent twelve years as an adjunct professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA) and three years a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), teaching tap courses involving Musical Structure, Tap History and Improvisation as well as directing both the Cedar Crest and UArts Tap Ensembles. Currently, Nicole is a part-time Lecturer of Tap in the Dance Department of Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and runs the MCDC Tap program. Nicole is the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the LVAIC Dance Consortium. Nicole, along with her husband Mark and children Julia and Alan, make their home in Eastern Pennsylvania and are also the proud owners of Crafty Nicole, (www.craftynicole.com), an online custom designed, clay accessory business that services the international tap community.

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Miss Noelle Kondikoff

Email Miss Noelle: nkondi19@gmail.com

TEACHES: Hip Hop Classes

Miss Noelle began studying dance at age three. Miss Noelle continued to dance competitively throughout middle and high school, participating in various workshops and performance opportunities. Miss Noelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. While attending the University of Delaware, Miss Noelle continued her dance career as a member of the University of Delaware Dance Team, performing at sporting and campus events, including football and basketball games, and competing at the Universal Dance Association College National Championships. Miss Noelle began teaching jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and preschool classes at Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance in 2002. She worked with competition teams, winning numerous awards throughout the years. In addition to teaching dance classes, Miss Noelle has thirteen years of experience in the field of education. Miss Noelle has a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, she is an elementary school principal in New Jersey. Miss Noelle is very excited to be back at Expression of Dance and to share her passion for teaching and dancing with her students.

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Miss Amy Krey

Email Miss Amy: amk1photography@gmail.com

TEACHES: Twisters & Pure Energy Competition Teams and Private Lessons

Miss Amy is one of the instructors for our gym classes and gym private lessons at Expression of Dance, including our award-winning competitive gym teams. She has her Level One Certification through the USA Gymnastics Organization and has been involved in gymnastics for over 20 years. Miss Amy teaches gymnastics to ages ranging from Pre-K to teen. Miss Amy studied gymnastics and dance at The Melanie Wagner Academy of Baton and Dance. While at Melanie’s, Miss Amy competed on both dance and gymnastic teams and won numerous awards for her talents. Miss Amy was a LHS Varsity Cheerleader and has worked with cheering squads throughout the Lehigh Valley. In 2005, Miss Amy received the “Teacher of The Week” award that was presented by Soft Rock 100.7. She was nominated by one of her own students who felt she should be recognized for her talents in teaching children gymnastics. Miss Amy was elated to have a student compliment and appreciate her passion with gymnastics. In 2008, Miss Amy was awarded an “Outstanding Choreography” award for a gymnastics group performance of Hare. In 2012, Miss Amy was awarded a “Choreography” award for Jellicle Ball.

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Miss Jenn Langensiepen

Email Miss Jenn: jlang1@ptd.net

TEACHES: Jazz & Lyrical Classes

Miss Jenn trained at Bucks County Dance Centre, Wendy’s Dance Center and the University of the Arts Dance Extension Program. She performed on Temple University’s Dance Team and as a dancer at Sesame Place theme park. After 6 years of teaching in Bucks, she relocated and joined Expression of Dance in 2002. Miss Jenn has received several awards for choreography over the years including the “Cool Choreography” award from the DAP Competition for a solo jazz performance of Back In Business in 2005, the “Senior Top Choreography” award from the NDS Competition for a group tap performance of Lunatics in 2006, the “Great Intrepretation” award from the DAP Competition for a group lyrical performance of American Beauty in 2007, “Outstanding Choreography” awards from the LV Dance Challenge for a group tap performance of Fabulous Feet and from the Starquest Competition for a group lyrical performance of Breathe and production performance of Join the Circus in 2008, the “Outstanding Choreography” award from the Nexstar Competition for the lyrical group performance Gravity in 2009, the award for “Excellence In Choreography” from the Starquest Competition for the contemporary group performance of Count to Ten in 2010 “Outstanding Choreography” award from the LV Dance Challenge for a solo contemporary performance of Just Dance in 2011, and the “Outstanding Choreography” award from the Starpower Competition for the lyrical group performance of Earth Song in 2013. Miss Jenn is the founder of the Lehigh Valley Dance Alliance (LVDA), whose mission is to better the opportunities for dancers of the area by bringing in master teachers and creating events to build dance awareness. Through LVDA and other master workshops, Miss Jenn strives to bring a fresh perspective, offer new challenges and share her passion for dance with her students.

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Miss Michelle Major

Email Miss Michelle: pamajors@ptd.net

TEACHES: Ballet & Pointe Classes

Miss Michelle studied classical ballet under the instruction of Timothy Draper, artistic director of the Rochester City Ballet. She performed many lead roles in full-featured classical ballets. Miss Michelle danced the role of The Dew Drop Fairy, from The Waltz of the Flowers, in The Nutcracker Ballet. She danced various solos and duets in the second act of The Nutcracker: The Chinese Dance, The Merlitons Dance, The Spanish Dance, and The English Toffee Dance. In Firebird, Miss Michelle was the lead maiden where she performed solos and a pas de daux. She also starred as the Wolf in Peter and the Wolf. Miss Michelle was selected to attend the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs (summer home of the New York City Ballet). There she studied ballet under lead instructors from The School of American Ballet and principle dancers from the New York City Ballet. Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in English and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Currently Miss Michelle teaches kindergarten in Clinton, New Jersey.

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Miss Hunter McCadden

Email Miss Hunter: huntermccadden15@gmail.com

TEACHES: Acro Classes, Impressions, Extreme, Impulse, Mini Twisters, Twisters, Tumblers & Pure Energy Competition Teams and Private Lessons

Miss Hunter graduated with her BA in dance from DeSales University in May of 2015. She has been dancing since she was four years old, and began dancing at Expression of Dance when she was 10 years old. She has danced competitively for seven years with Expression of Dance. She also attended the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts for four years.She has been extensively trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and acro gymnastics. While in college she was given many opportunities to both perform and choreograph. She took class and performed at the American College Dance Festival for two years in both New York, and Ohio, and has performed in many shows during her time at LVPA and DeSales. Throughout high school and college she took numerous master classes from renowned artists from all over the world. She is excited to return to teaching at Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance and share her love of dance with her students.

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Miss Terri Moyzan

Email Miss Terri: mommymoytz@gmail.com

TEACHES: Jazz & Baton Classes, Pre-Competition Baton Team and Private Lessons

Miss Terri has been involved in baton twirling and dancing in the Lehigh Valley since age 4. She began her competitive career at age 7 and continued into high school. She competed at various levels in hundreds of competitions, including Nationals hosted at the University of Notre Dame and World Championships hosted at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas. She received many awards and commendations throughout her competitive career. She was a member of the Bethlehem Catholic Majorette squad and performed up and down the east coast with the bandfront. After a brief break from twirling, Miss Terri was thrilled to get back into the swing of things at Miss Tanya’s in the 2003-2004 recital year and is looking forward to another great year of twirling at Expression of Dance.

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Miss Christine Rinker

Email Miss Christine: cyrinker@gmail.com

TEACHES: Pre-School, Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop Classes

Miss Christine attended dance classes at Miss Jeanne’s School of Dance Arts from elementary school to high school and was trained in jazz, ballet, and tap.  At Kutztown University, Miss Christine was one of only two freshmen to be chosen for the University Dance Company, “Performing Dance Portmanteau,” where she performed a variety of dance styles including contemporary, modern, and jazz.  At Kutztown she was also one of the inaugural members of the Dance Team, performing hip-hop performances at basketball games and promotional events. After college, Miss Christine continued her dance education in the art of tap performance. Miss Christine has also choreographed routines for Northampton County Community College Cheerleaders and several years of the “fitness” and “poise and composure” on-stage portions of the Lehigh Valley’s Jr. Miss Program/Lehigh Valley’s Outstanding Young Woman, and has judged several Pennsylvania preliminaries for the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant. These have included Miss Berks County, Miss Butler County, Miss Moraine State, Miss Keystone, Miss Lehigh Area, and Miss Northeast.  Miss Christine is excited to bring her enthusiasm for dance and learning to Expressions of Dance. She encourages her students to have fun, try their hardest and learn something new each and every class.