Owner and Program Director
As the Owner and Program Director of Expressions Dance & Arts, and the mother of two EDA students, Ms. Veronica is excited to provide high-quality and fun dance instruction! Ms. Veronica began teaching at the studio in 2014 and soon became involved in all areas of the dance program. She helped develop a new direction for the studio after becoming the owner in 2019. Ms. Veronica enjoys working with children of all ages and has been teaching professionally since 2003, not only as a dance instructor but also as a lead preschool instructor, substitute teacher for grades K-12, swim instructor, and camp director. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2010 with a Major in Liberal Studies Preparation for Teaching and a Minor in Dance. Ms. Veronica began her dance journey when she was six years old at Mission Dance & Performing Arts in Fremont, where she was a member of the dance team for 11 years. She has extensive training in a variety of dance styles including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and modern. Several of Ms. Veronica's former students have gone on to study dance in college and become accomplished dance teachers themselves. Ms Veronica’s education, training, and experience working with youth, as well as her passion for dance, creates a warm and encouraging environment at the studio, and she hopes Expressions will instill a love of dance to all students!
Team and Recital Instructor
Ms. Rosselyn was born in Caracas, Venezuela where she began her dance training. In 2005, she joined Ballet National de Caracas Teatro Teresa Carreño, and in 2009, Ms. Rosselyn was promoted to principal dancer. She joined Diablo Ballet in 2011. In 2019, Ms. Rosselyn retired from the stage to focus on teaching the new generation of dancers. Ms. Rosselyn attended interactive workshops led by world renowned dance professionals and educators at the Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach in 2015 and 2016. Ms. Rosselyn earned her certification at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and she is certified on Progressing Ballet Technique. Ms. Rosselyn joined Expressions in 2022 and we are thrilled to have her on staff. She teaches students of all ages and skill levels focusing on classical ballet technique, terminology and stylization. She encourages a love for creative expression and a passion for the art of movement. Ms. Rosselyn is excited to be working with the EDA Performance Team and Recital Dancers!
Team and Recital Instructor
Ms. Katherine began her dance journey as a ballerina in the Ballet San Jose. She continued to dance at The Harker School in San Jose where she trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, and tap. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA where, in addition to graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Design, she became very involved in the hip-hop dance community in the greater Boston Area. She served as captain for MIT Ridonkulous (one of MIT’s competitive hip-hop dance teams), choreographed for MIT Mocha Moves (another of MIT’s competitive hip-hop dance teams), and MIT Dance Troupe (MIT’s community dance group), and then joined the Static Noyze Dance Company. While in Boston, Ms. Katherine competed in Elements, the largest hip-hop dance competition on the East Coast, performed at corporate events, and opened for Ginuwine and Ja-Rule. Most importantly, Ms. Katherine has found hip-hop dance is one of the best ways to unlearn perfectionism and celebrate the unique ways each person interprets music and movement. She joined EDA in 2022 and enjoys sharing everything she loves about dance with her students on Tuesday nights!
Ms. Melysa has been dancing since she was 5 years old and was on the dance team with Ms. Veronica at Mission Dance & Performing Arts in Fremont. In high school, at Moreau Catholic in Hayward, she expanded from ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary to modern, song/pom, with a sprinkling of hip-hop. She was a Varsity Songleader for 2 years and her team not only cheered and performed at games, but competed and placed on a national level. While studying at University of California, Davis, Ms. Melysa dove into the world of social dance and ballroom. She trained at OnTheEdge while living in Los Angeles. Ms. Melysa joined the Expressions dance family in 2021, she choreographs and works with Team students to develop strong jazz technique, and she can't wait to dance with you on Monday nights!
Team and Recital Instructor
Ms. Marqui' grew up dancing in the Bay Area since the age of 3, including being on the same dance team as Ms. Veronica. Training hard on team led Ms. Marqui' to find a real love for teaching. She has taught classes, workshops and set choreography for many studios, colleges and universities in the Bay Area. She has trained and competed with various professional Bay Area dance companies and took first place with her team at competitions. Ms. Marqui' then moved her dance career to the East Coast where she taught at three different dance studios. She trained in New York City at The Broadway Dance Center where she trained from highly established choreographers in the industry. Ms. Marqui' is well known for her adult hip-hop heels class that she taught in San Francisco for 10 years. With her hip-hop heels team, Ms. Marqui' directed and choreographed for multiple events including Miss World Beauty Pageant at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and two shows performing at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Her choreography covers movement from head to toe, incorporating grooves, body isolations and lots of personality. Ms. Marqui' inspires her students to achieve in every aspect of their life, utilizing the characteristics learned and the confidence they have as a dancer. She promotes creativity and freedom of movement to shape dancers into being versatile and independent. Ms. Marqui' is looking forward to teaching Team and Recital hip-hop and jazz classes on Tuesday afternoons at Expressions for the 2023-2024 dance season!
Team and Recital Instructor
Ms. Kelly was born and raised in the Bay Area and, since her first dance class at the age of three, her love for dancing has grown with each new day. She trained mostly at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy under the tutelage of Megan Ivey-Rorhbacher, Byron Seddens, Gregg Jeffries, and Katie Malooly. Ms. Kelly has trained in various styles of dance such as tap, breakdancing, aerial dance, hip-hop, jazz, and ballet. A talented dance artist from a young age, she received both the William Fife Scholarship as well as the Founders Award. Ms. Kelly is privileged to have tapped with numerous industry professionals, including her tap inspiration, Jason Janas. She has performed with renowned dancers such as Les Twins, Kida the Great, and Academy of Villains at the Palace of Fine Arts. Her instruction and innovative choreography have received accolades at many dance competitions, including Outstanding Showmanship and Critic’s Choice at New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA). Ms. Kelly is excited to be teaching Team and Recital tap and jazz classes at EDA on Monday afternoons!
Ms. Kim’s passion for fitness ignited at a young age. She trained in ballet and tap and lettered in three sports in high school. She also played intramural sports in college. Ms. Kim enjoys weight training, group fitness classes and outdoor running, and she has completed a full marathon! Ms. Kim obtained her degree in Business from SDSU and holds a certification in Exercise Science and Fitness Instruction from UCSD and a Personal Training certification from the American Council on Exercise. She previously worked for the UCSD Recreation Dept teaching student wellness, strength training for women as well as personal training. After moving to the Bay Area, Ms. Kim’s daughter joined the Expressions Team in 2013, and Ms. Kim has been a member of the EDA dance family ever since. In 2019, Ms. Kim partnered with Ms. Sandy to develop an EDA women’s fitness program, which launched in early 2020. With courage, patience, an open mind and a great sense of humor, Ms. Kim continued to teach fitness classes on Zoom until EDA returned to in-person classes in 2021. Ms. Kim looks forward to sharing her passion and joy through exercise in a welcoming and positive environment where everyone has fun and feels accomplished. Her classes include a full-body workout, upbeat music, weekly themes, daily motivational quotes, and most importantly, a great sweat!
Recital and Recreational Instructor
Ms. Diana began dancing at age 4 and, over the years, she has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, and tap. She joined the Expressions dance family in 2013 and was invited to join EDA's Performance Team in 2015. Ms. Diana has performed at Disneyland, on the Golden State Warriors' court, at Great America, the Alameda County Fair, and many competitions in the Bay Area, both in group routines and as a soloist. She is currently a member of the Senior EDA Performance Team. Ms. Diana became a teacher assistant in 2019 and a lead instructor in 2022. She has trained with Ms. Veronica, Ms. Daelyn, and other Expressions instructors, teaching weekly classes as well as summer dance camps. Ms. Diana is thrilled to be EDA's Friday instructor for the 2023-2024 dance season!
Recital and Recreational Instructor
Ms. Emee began dancing at the age of 6 and, over the years, has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, musical theater, and hip-hop. She joined the Expressions dance family in 2014 and was invited to join EDA’s Team in 2015. Ms. Emee has performed at Disneyland, on the Golden State Warriors' court, at Great America, and at many competitions in the Bay Area. She is currently a member of the Senior EDA Performance Team. Ms. Emee became a teacher assistant in 2022, and she has trained with Ms. Veronica, Ms. Diana, and other Expressions instructors, teaching weekly classes. Ms. Emee is excited to be teaching Saturday Classes for the 2023-2024 dance season!
Ms. Dae joined the EDA family in 2013 as a team dancer and worked alongside Ms. Veronica for several years as a TA and substitute before becoming a recital and performance team instructor in 2021! Ms. Dae started dancing at age 2 and is trained in ballet/pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, hula/Polynesian, and color guard. She holds a BA in Education and a Minor in Dance from UC Riverside and has been involved in many artistic companies throughout the Bay Area including Alonzo King LINES Ballet SF, Tri Valley Repertory Theatre, IGNITE cohort of BIPOC emerging female/non-binary artists, and more! Ms. Dae currently lives in LA and is pursuing a career in the performing arts. Her most recent credits include Inspire Danz Co. “The Honors Project,” Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Let’s Make a Deal!, and PVPA’s In the Heights. She frequently visits her Bay Area home and has recently choreographed for Livermore High School and Sunnyvale Community Players in addition to her time teaching at EDA. Ms. Dae loves to share her creativity and passion for the arts by teaching students of all ages and advocating for accessible and equitable arts education.
Ms. Ashlee began dancing when she was 8 years old and has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, musical theater, and tap. She joined the Expressions Dance Family in 2013 and was a member of the EDA Dance Team throughout high school. Dancing on Team gave Ms. Ashlee a newfound confidence in her movement, and she enjoyed performing in multiple styles of dance including two solo pieces. Her passion for dance and choreography continued throughout her college career. Ms. Ashlee participated in ACDA (American College Dance Association) in 2019 performing a modern dance piece. She earned her BA degree in Communication Studies at Cal State University, Long Beach in 2022. Ms. Ashlee has experience teaching dance to all ages as well as experience working in child care and most recently was working as a substitute teacher for the Pleasanton Unified School District before moving to England in September 2023. She is thrilled to be on staff at her favorite dance studio as a visiting instructor!
Ms. Laura has been part of the EDA Dance Family since our 2012 opening. She has over 40 years of dance experience, and she still dances professionally! Ms. Laura is excited to share her passion and love for dance with dancers of all ages. She teaches basic dance fundamentals to children as young as 2 years old in a fun and encouraging style; and she enjoys teaching ballet, jazz and tap to young dancers. Ms. Laura believes that children should find a balance of many activities as they grow, and she encourages dance as one of their selections in life because it builds self-confidence, discipline, and a positive outlook. She is certified with AFAA, Zumba and Zumbatomic (Zumba for kids). Ms. Laura most recently was the co-captain and a dancer for the Golden State Warriors' Hardwood Classics dance team. Ms. Laura has three beautiful grandchildren who fill her days with love and joy. Ms. Laura is an inspiration to both young and old, and we are thrilled that she is part of our EDA dance family!
Founder and Business Consultant
Ms. Sandy opened Expressions in 2012 for her 3 daughters, who were the original inspiration for EDA. As the founder of EDA, Ms. Sandy understands the importance of a quality dance education that is fun and encouraging for all students, and that allows time for a healthy balance of family, school, community and the arts. Ms. Sandy earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University (Go Aggies!), and moved to the Bay Area with her husband, Dave, 25 years ago. She worked as a research group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for over 10 years, and she is the author of numerous scientific articles, book chapters and patents (published as Sandra McCutchen-Maloney). Ms. Sandy is excited to continue as a consultant to EDA, supporting Ms. Veronica on EDA's new direction, Ms. Kim in developing EDA's women's fitness program, and all the talented EDA instructors and dancers! Ms. Sandy enjoys adult fitness classes at EDA, and she is EDA's biggest fan!
Expressions Dance & Arts of Pleasanton
4811 Hopyard Road, Suite G-6, Pleasanton, CA, 94588
Copyright © 2024 Expressions Dance & Arts of Pleasanton - All Rights Reserved.