Ballet Instructor: Felicia McPhee received her early Vaganova training at The Ballet Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah. She continued her dance education with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Brigham Young University. She was president of BYU’s Ballet Showcase Company and was a member of BYU’s Theatre Ballet Company. Felicia spent a few years in San Francisco dancing as a freelance artist and as a company member with Bay Pointe Ballet, under the direction of Bruce Steivel. Moving to Dallas, she spent two seasons with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and was a Soloist with Dallas Neo-classical Ballet. This season, Felicia is a principal with New Orleans Ballet Theatre. She loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students. She believes in the importance of understanding how the body anatomically works and functions in the vocabulary of ballet, and encourages correct usage of muscles, bones, and alignment. Felicia has had many exciting opportunities teaching all over the country, including teaching at Google in California. She feels very fortunate to do what she loves everyday and share her passion for dance.
Acro Dance Instructor: Christina Ramon is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology from Mandeville, LA. In addition to Christina’s ten years of dance experience, she has also participated in competitive gymnastics for nine years followed by competitive cheerleading. In her collegiate years, Christina had the honor to be an LSU Cheerleader where she has performed in front of large crowds in various sporting events. Her remaining collegiate years, she was a United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) certified professional coach where she encouraged her passion for gymnastics through coaching young aspiring competitive gymnasts. Christina has taught various levels and ages from beginner recreational to upper-level competitive gymnastics and ages 3-17 for eight years. She has choreographed gymnastics floor and beam routines within the Baton Rouge area where she had the opportunities to fuse her prior dance background with gymnastics. Christina’s mission at Body Expressions is to motivate those seeking to grow as athletes and performers by strengthening them both physically and mentally to perform acrobatic elements in dance safely.
Contemporary and Hip-Hop Instructor: Hannah Gallagher has been dancing for 18 years. She has been training with TOKYO the Academy for the past 2 years under the direction of TOKYO Inouye and Alisha Captain. She is part of TOKYOtheCOMPANY2 and has choreographed for TOKYOtheCOMPANY Show Dallas and DC. She has performed in the professional show Othello’s Touch directed by Mario Atelier and Tokyo Inouye, and was also Assistant Choreographer for this show. She has performed with numerous artists including Janet Jackson, Eden XO, and Bobby Newberry and has also taught all different styles of dance in numerous states around the U.S.
Jazz, Musical Theater and Contemporary Instructor: Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher originally from Clinton, Mississippi. In 2010, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Following her undergraduate studies, she earned an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012. Kellis is a former instructor of dance at Belhaven University and USM, and she specializes in ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre techniques. She is also a certified yoga instructor and has orchestrated her own freelance choreography and teaching business for the past ten years. Kellis and her husband, Kirk, live in New Orleans, where she is the Rehearsal Director as well as a choreographer and dancer with the Marigny Opera Ballet.