Our faculty consists of professional, highly trained instructors who are truly dedicated to bringing out the very best in each and every one of our students.  Our entire faculty has an intense background in teaching.  We are passionate about teaching, and it shows!  A student teacher may assist in a class that is extremely full, or at the request of the instructor.



DARLENE PALLOTTA JASION - Owner/Director/Choreographer

Darlene has been teaching dance for more than 30 years.  She was trained by Judy Debenedicty, Helen Douglas and BDC.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Centenary College, where she majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Dance. 

Darlene has won hundreds of choreography, top studio, top group, and top duet/trio awards when she owned Dance By Darlene, a competition school.  Darlene closed the competition school after deciding to stay home and raise her three sons. 

After a short while, she started teaching again in the Hackettstown area.  In 1999, she opened Dance Expressions, a performance school where the emphasis is on a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere, and where the students are trained and geared towards all aspects of performing, not strictly competition.  Darlene and other members of her staff have had their students dance on Carnival Cruise Lines, Walt Disney World, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Hershey Park, baseball games, Morey's Piers in Wildwood, the New Jersey Devils at MetLife Stadium, and various locations in Myrtle Beach including the Palace Theater, the Carolina Opry, and Broadway on the Beach.  They have also performed at many community events.


Monika has over 25 years of teaching experience in all levels of ballet, pointe, contemporary and gymnastics.  She was trained in the Vaganova method by Czech and Russian teachers.  She was also the Owner/Director of Ballerina-European Dance Academy for 14 years.  She choreographed hundreds of dance recitals, workshops, auditions and competitions.  Monika was also a member of the Czech Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team, and is certified in Pilates. 

Monika had an extensive professional career as a dancer with major Eastern European ballet companies.  She was a member of the National Ballet of Prague, as well as a Solist and Leading Ballerina for the State Theatres in Pilsen and Ostrava, Czech Republic.   Her career includes over one thousand performances at major theatres, operas, musicals and television shows in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Germany and Poland, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Giselle, Peer Gynt, Cinderella, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet.  She is a very gifted teacher, and a wonderful asset to our studio.



Ally is a principle dancer for The Redef Movement professional dance company, training in hip hop and street styles: breaking, locking, popping, and more under the direction of John “Comix” Barrella. With the Redef Movement, Ally has performed in various shows throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania including being a speaker and performer at TEDx Asbury Park: Chaos. Ally has a B.A. in Dance Performance at Georgian Court University studying in ballet, modern, improvisation, and choreography. She has been trained under Silvana Cardell, Megan Mazarick, Michaela Mann, Erin Bonzeck, and William Robinson. Ally will be starting her Master’s Degree in Dance Education in the Fall of 2021 at Rutgers University. Ally studied abroad with New York University Tisch Dance Department in Berlin, Germany in July 2019. Training in contemporary and improvisation for three consecutive weeks, she trained under Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Megan Stuart, and Eva Duda. Ally believes that hard work, dedication and passion can help students grow even further as a dancer. She is excited to share her love of dance with her students




Kellie has been dancing since the age of two and half, and it did not take long before the dance studio soon become her second home. She has studied the graceful art of ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, musical theater, and jazz throughout her 25 years of teaching. Kellie is a graduate of Dance Educators of America, along with an Associates degree in Theater dance from Bergen Community College. Kellie has traveled as a VIP (very important performer) and has been part of award winning competition troupes. She is excited to share her love and passion of dance to all of our students.


Amanda has been teaching at Dance Expressions since 2013, but it seems like she has always been here.  She came to us with more than 8 years of experience as a dance instructor and choreographer, teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre.  She has a degree in Theatre Arts/Dance from Rowan University.  She is energetic, creative and passionate about teaching our dancers, and it shows in everything she does.  


Marion received a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland and an AS Dance degree from County College of Morris. While in college, she was a member of the University of Maryland Dance Team and also performed throughout the DC area. She also performed and choreographed for the CCM Dance Theatre group. She studied in NYC at Broadway Dance Center and Steps Studio, as well as in NJ at local dance studios. Marion loves teaching and is a seasoned Dance Instructor for over 28 years.


For over nine years, Grace has had the privilege of training dancers & actors of all ages.  Originally hailing from Indiana, Ms. Noel received a B.A. in Theatre Arts & Dance from Anderson, Indiana. Grace has performed at the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 'Journey Draft 4' choreographed by Frederick Earl Mosely.  She has also performed in various regional productions across the country, including The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's: A Yuletide Celebration.  Furthermore, Grace has choreographed for various musicals, performing arts camps and dance concerts, including Mulan Jr., Lion King Jr., and Broadway Boot Camp as well as Anderson University's Fall into Dance.  Her collegiate Broadway jive piece, Judy and Johnny, was selected to perform at the American College Dance Association concerts.  Her favorite style of dance being musical theatre, she always encourages her students to explore each character moment and theatrical opportunity. 


Lauren holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has worked professionally as a performer for the past 10 years. She appeared in the first National Tour of Elf the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast National Tour (Belle cover), and regionally in Funny Girl, Tick Tick Boom, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, and West Side Story. She most recently appeared as a headliner on a World Cruise with Princess Cruise Lines. Lauren has also been a teaching artist and choreographer for the NJPAC, MAYO PAC, Steps on Broadway, and Vanguard Theater Company. She previously choreographed pieces for an NYU Steinhardt School Showcase, The Atlantic City Jersey Boys concert at the Borgata Hotel and Casino (A.C), University of the Arts Theatre Dance Senior Showcase, the Teen Summer Showcase for Action Theatre Conservatory at The Producer’s Club in NYC, and various school musical productions around NJ. Lauren is currently working on her Master’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU!



Victoria has extensive teaching experience, teaching ballet technique and character dancing in Moscow Russia, as well as teaching ballet, character, and ballroom dance here in the US.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Ballet Master/Choreographer from the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts, formerly known as GITIS.  While studying there, she was part of M. Lavrovsky's choreographic laboratory, participating in completions for choreographers, doing her own shows, dance performances with professional dancers in Moscow, Russia.  She also graduated from Moscow Regional College of Arts in Moscow, Russia as a character and ballet teacher (Bolshoi Ballet curriculum), and is a certified Ballroom Dance Instructor.  

Victoria's performance experience includes a guest soloist dancer at the Pacific Festival Ballet in Los Angeles, performing "Russian Dance" in the Nutcracker, ballet and contemporary dancer with The Kennedy Dancers in Jersey City, a soloist dancer with Barynya Dance Company in NYC, a soloist with the State academic choreographic ensemble Beriozka (director Mira Koltsova), touring nationally and internationally with a large folk dance repertory, and also performed as a ballet dancer at the Russian Ballet Theater "The Crown of the Russian Ballet" in Moscow, Russia, performing the Nutcracker, Cinderella and Swan Lake.  We are th


Jen, originally from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is a dancer, dance teacher, and Pilates/fitness instructor. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Dance Education from Rutgers University. Professionally, Jen has danced with Spark Movement Collective, Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Humanistics Dance Company, Kaley Pruitt Dance, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. She continues to train under the instruction of Kelly Slough, Carolyn Dorfman, Logan Kruger, Brad Beakes, Risa Steinberg, Jenna Riegal, Ariel Grossman, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, and Samuel Pott, as well as many others. Jen enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages! She is an ABT® Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3) and currently teaches ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, and jazz at several dance studios in the NJ/NYC area.





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