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Meet Our Staff

We hope you get a chance to meet every single one of our wonderful staff members and instructors. Here are some brief profiles to get you acquainted with the talented people who make up Expressions Dance and Movement Center.

The entire staff is YPAD certified.
YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) is dedicated to building empowered dance communities and keeping kids healthy and safe in all dance environments.

Staff

Karen Sjoblom - Studio Manager

Karen is our Business and Customer Care Manager and has been with Expressions from its inception in 2011. She has a degree in Accounting from the University of Utah. Karen has also attended multiple Manager Training sessions with More Than Just Great Dancing. Her favorite thing about working at Expressions is getting to know the dancers and their families.


Stephanie Vasquez - Program Director, Instructor

Stephanie is not only a passionate dance instructor and choreographer but also serves as the Performing Group Director and Community Outreach Coordinator for Expressions Dance and Movement Center. Her choreographic works have been recognized throughout the San Diego Community, competing in the 2018 Young Choreographers' Showcase. Stephanie is currently majoring in Dance at San Diego State University. She finds great satisfaction in combining the arts of acrobatics and dance into one athletically graceful style that serves to push her students to reach their fullest potential. Stephanie is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor.


Jordan Buss Instructor - Assistant Performing Group Director, Administrative Assistant

Jordan is originally from Houston, Texas. She relocated to San Diego in 2016 when her husband was assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego. Jordan began dancing at age two, and competing at five. She has over 12 years of experience teaching recreational and competitive dance. Her specialties include Jazz, Musical Theater, Technique and Ballet. Jordan and her husband, Josh, live with their two fur babies, Tiger & Tucker, in Santee.


Natalia Hill - Instructor

Natalia Hill graduated from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia with a degree in Modern Dance Education. She was a company member of Dance Envoy (Florence, Italy), Estensiona Dance Company (NY, NY), Vox Dance Theatre (LA,CA) and The PGK Dance Project(San Diego, CA). She also performed in the 80th Anniversary Tour of the Martha Graham Dance Company, at MGM in Las Vegas with The Pointer Sisters, Temptations, and The Four Tops. In addition, she has performed in regional musicals such as Will Rogers Follies and Peter Pan in PA. Natalia has choreographed across the country for productions such as Pirates of Penzance and P.T. Barnum, NY for Oxygen, and a dance sequence for an independent film in LA, Once Upon a Superhero. She is currently the lead singer in a local band called Nothing Special Ska.


Katie West - Instructor

Katie has loved dancing her entire life. She began taking classes when she was 3 and continued to dance throughout college. Katie has performed with Cache' Ballet, Sweetwater County Performing Arts Guild (SCPAG), and Casper College. She has been the chief choreographer for productions with SCPAG, Western Wyoming Community College, and Central Wyoming College. Her favorite roles include Clara, Swanilda, and The Sugar Plum Fairy. Katie has a special place in her heart reserved for The Nutcracker. She has been involved with the production for over 25 years, as a dancer, choreographer, Ballet Mistress, and off-stage help. She enjoys dancing and performing, but her passion is teaching others this beautiful art form. She began teaching when she was 15, and loves watching her students grow, learn, and succeed. Katie is looking forward to getting to know the families and dancers at EDMC. Stay on your toes, keep dancing and don't forget to Turn Out!