The Body Expressions staff teachers are skilled at educating students in the full-spectrum of current dance styles supported by strong classical training. Periodic guest teacher workshops expose our students to even more challenging levels while offering highly coveted networking opportunities for those pursuing dance professionally.
Heidi Roth – Studio Director, Teacher, Choreographer
Heidi Roth has been teaching and choreographing for 21 years. As one of the Owners/Directors of Body Expressions, Heidi has been committed to bringing quality dance education to the Northshore community since opening the studio in 1998. Her choreography has been recognized over the years by many special awards and placements including several “Outstanding Choreography” awards. Heidi travels each year to NYC to advance her own training, expanding her knowledge of dance, choreography and of staging large productions. This has allowed her to bring the newest trends in choreography and teaching methods to the students of Body Expressions. She has enjoyed immensely sharing and teaching this wealth of information with her students over the years! Heidi has also performed and worked under artists such as Mia Michaels and Dan Karaty in two Off-Broadway shows, Mia Live and Shake the Floor.
Annie Lefevre – Studio Director, Teacher, Choreographer
Annie Roth Lefevre has been dancing since the age of 2 and has been teaching and choreographing for 21 years. As one of the Owners/Directors of Body Expressions, Annie’s love and passion for dance and for teaching children of all ages inspires her each and every day to bring the best training to her students. Each year Annie educates herself in the ever-evolving dance industry to make sure she is continuing to learn and bringing the best dance technique and training methods to the students of Body Expressions. Annie’s choreography has received special recognition at competitions around the country. Some of these include Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Style, the Critic’s Choice Award and the Showmanship Award. She has received training from some of the best dancers/choreographers in the industry and has performed in an Off-Broadway show under the direction of Mia Michaels. Annie is the proud mother of two wonderfully amazing daughters, Stella age 14 and Scarlette age 10. She is thankful for her husband D.J. and his continued love and support over the last 20 years.
Kellis Oldenburg – Ballet Mistress
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.
Cami DeBenedetto – Teacher
Cami DeBenedetto has trained and danced with Body Expressions for the past 8 years. She was a member of the BXP Dance Company and Crew for 3 years. Cami trained as a class assistant under the direction of Heidi Roth and Annie Lefevre and graduated from the Body Expressions Teacher Apprenticeship Program in 2015. Cami was a LADM 2014 Summer Scholarship Recipient. She continues to further her knowledge and training in dance by taking classes herself and attending dance conventions. Cami is always thrilled to share her love and passion for dance with her students.
Kate Starns – Teacher
Kate Starns is a Junior at Louisiana State University where she is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Studies and minoring in Dance and Business Administration. Kate grew up dancing at Body Expressions where she was also a member of the BXP Company. She graduated from the teacher program at BXP in 2012 and has been teaching and choreographing ever since. Kate has traveled the southern area attending dance conventions and studying with many famous choreographers including those from So You Think You Can Dance. Kate’s passion for dance inspires her to continue to grow and hone her skills. Through her own hard work and dedication to the art form, Kate hopes to inspire her students to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. Kate is so excited to be back at BXP.
Justine Protopapa – Teacher
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Dara Schultz – Acro Dance Instructor
Dara Schultz grew up dancing and training in gymnastics since the age of 3. Her training began at Apetrei as well as Norhtshore Gymnastics. She has trained competitively for 12 years. In her training, Dara has learned valuable leadership and coaching skills. She has worked with children of all ages in both classes and tumbling as well as competitive gymnastics for the Northshore All Stars team. Her experience and training has given her students continued growth through flexibility, conditioning and a hands on approach to coaching to improve their skills and form. It is Dara’s mission at Body Expressions to motivate those seeking to grow as athletes and performers by strengthening them both physically and mentally to perform acrobatic elements in dance safely.
Julié Murry Mathas- Office Manager
Julié Murry Mathas is the former Director of the Children & Teen Program at Broadway Dance Center (BDC) in New York City, as well as the former Artistic Director of BDC’s teen dance company, Arts in Motion (AIM). She also held the position of Program Coordinator for the Educational Programs at BDC. Julié choreographed the original Off-Off-Off Broadway production of Joyride. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C. with the modern based companies Izzy Movin’ and Mark Dendy Dance Theatre. Julié has appeared in cabaret shows at the Triad in NYC and was an original member of Skip Costa’s COREmovement Project where she performed and assisted for many years. She has been the Technical Director for the Uptown Performance Series at The Bridge in New York City. She has taught in the New York/New Jersey area and has been commended for her award winning choreography. She has toured the US as a judge for many dance competitions. She recently moved back to her hometown of New Orleans, LA to spread her love and knowledge of dance and spreadsheets ; ) and is happy to be a part of the BXP family.