Sabrina began her dance career at age 6 with Marian Schatz in West Union by taking Tap lessons. Under the training of Marian, Sabrina's love for performing was instantaneous. As she grew and entered high school, Sabrina met Kate and Roger Barloon at Turkey Valley High School. The Barloon's quickly noticed her love for the fine arts and thus a wonderful artistic relationship began. Under their direction, Sabrina took part in musicals, helped start her high school dance team, became a cheerleader, was a member of the 1996 state championship color guard and began training at Kate's dance studio. During college at UIU, Sabrina was a 4 year captain and choreographer for cheer and dance. It was at UIU that Sabrina met Shelly Abernathy. They remain close friends and work together to this day. As Sabrina's adventure thru college continued, she continued to work with Kate and her studio. As her college experience was coming to a close, a phone call from Kate came that changed her path in life; First Step Studio was handed down to her from Kate. With a Business Degree in hand, Sabrina became the official owner of the now, Expressions Dance Studio, in August of 2000. The studio will continue its 29th season this fall, with Sabrina at the helm for over 22 years.
Angelia has been involved with Expressions Dance Studio for 10 seasons, previously being a member of the Tomah Dance Team in Tomah, Wisconsin. As a child, Angelia grew up with a strong tumbling background which has made her a fantastic Acro teacher; she also specializes in Hip Hop and Jazz technique. Since joining Expressions, Angelia has trained at Rivers Ballet in Minneapolis, MN with other staff members and students. She has also taken part in many in-house workshops with renowned Joffrey teacher, Candice Michelle Franklin.
Angelia's inspired passion for dance empowers her to deliver astounding choreography season after season. She looks forward to continuing her dance education and teachings, in addition to sharing her diverse creativity with the communities of Northeast Iowa. Angelia is going into her 11th season!
Chastity began her dance journey at the age of 5, taking classes at a local dance studio. As she grew older and became more invested in dance, she switched studios to pursue a competitive pathway. She danced competitively at Dance Express in Mankato, Minnesota for 8 years as well as participating in workshops and her high school's dance team. After graduating high school, Chastity's interest in dance continued to blossom and she became an instructor at Kathrine Howard's School of Dance in Roseburg, Oregon. This previous year, Chastity joined the EDS staff and is very excited to continue on for her third season as the Contemporary and Lyrical instructor.
Expressions Dance Studio is currently located at three locations in Northeast Iowa; Decorah, Fredericksburg, and West Union. The studio as a whole is open Monday through Friday. However, classes are run Monday through Thursday, late afternoon into late evening.
The studio was started in 1993 in New Hampton, Iowa by Kate Barloon under the name First Step Studio. Kate branched off to Decorah and Cresco, Iowa and eventually closed the New Hampton and Cresco studio's. In 2000 the Decorah studio was taken over by Sabrina Schmitt and re-named Expressions. Three additional locations soon opened; Fredericksburg opened in 2001, West Union in 2004 and New Hampton in 2006. Cresco studio was re-opened from 2012 to 2016.