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.
Jazz, Musical Theater and Contemporary Instructor: Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg is a dancer, choreographer, and teacheroriginally 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.
Contemporary, Jazz and Technique Instructor: Kylie Fairburn has been dancing for 17 years. She has traveled and trained all over the United States. Kylie has been assisting alongside many professional choreographers/teachers such as Derrick Schrader, Keri LaGrand, Meghan Sanett, Katherine McCormick and Robert Roldan just to name a few. She is currently an assistant for Seth Robinson and Jeff Wolfe for Ballet Matters and Tribe. Kylie has been part of the Tremaine Performance Company and Dance Makers Collective, which are professional assistant programs for conventions and competitions. Kylie teaches many different styles of dance and has been teaching and choreographing for 3 years. Kylie also competed on So You Think You Can Dance. She is currently enrolled in Tulane University for dance in the fall.
Contemporary and Hip-Hop Instructor: Brian Lamont graduated high school in 2009 from Lee High School as best dancer of his class. He attended Louisiana State University and was part of the LSU Legacy dance team while attending. In 2014, he was cast to dance with Debbie Allen’s Productions and was chosen to perform exclusively with Terry Beeman in miming. The same year, Brian Lamont was featured on the television network A&E Breakout kings with and was later cast as a performer for the Louisiana Film and Video Magazine Awards. Towards the end of 2014 he was cast to perform on the Universal Studios “Pitch Perfect 2”. He got the opportunity to work with actress, producer, and director, Elizabeth Banks during that time. In 2015, Brian Lamont was an assistant for Showstoppers Dance Convention and was cast as the assistant choreographer and lead male dancer for an extravaganza event called Children’s Cup where they provide support to kids in need across the globe. In 2018, Brian Lamont was a judge at his first dance convention in Mississippi with Dance Teachers United. He has choreographed and performed for MTV, Cumulus Media Awards, LSU Dance Programs, LSU Symphony Orchestra, and the Tiger Girls. Brian has won 1st place and other special awards for his choreography. He has a Hip Hop Company based in Baton Rouge and a Non Profit Organization elite company Watson Co. called’ “Benevolence” serving the the community through dance.