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 24th season this fall, with Sabrina at the helm for 17 years.
Angelia has been involved with Expressions Dance Studio for 6 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, and DW Choreography powerhouse, Desmond Walker.
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.
Morgan began dancing at age 2 at the Dance Arts Centre in Charles City under the direction of Gail Pitzenburger. She was enrolled in Ballet and Tap classes until the age of six when she added Jazz to her repertoire. Morgan began taking classes at Expressions in Fredericksburg at age 8. While dancing at Expressions, Morgan participated in a variety of classes including: tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Tap was always Morgan's favorite style. As Morgan grew at the studio, she began to take classes in West Union in addition to adding competitive tap dancing to her list of growing accomplishments.
Morgan currently attends Upper Iowa University in pursuit of a degree in Human Services. Morgan hopes to give back to the foster care system in which she was raised in. In addition to studio, Morgan works at Applebee's Bar and Grill as well as the Alpha Tap.
Morgan looks forward to continuing her teaching at the studio while expanding to teaching other classes besides just Tap. She is an active participant in the studio's competitive team as well; traveling to many convention's and competitions to support her students and further her dance education.
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.