Shay Smith

Co-Director | Instructor

Shay has had training in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Swing Dance, and has touched on other styles. She has choreographed shows as well as performed in various local community theatre productions over the past 20 years.

Shay enjoys teaching children at Talbot Elementary School, working with babies and toddlers at the United Church of Gainesville, performing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, being a mom, and raising guide dogs for South Eastern Guide Dogs.


Howard Anderson

Co-Director | Instructor

Howard has trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Tap.

Howard has been a performer, instructor and choreographer for over 20 years. He has worked and trained with many companies such as, Hard Drive Productions, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Alvin Ailey to name a few.

He enjoys performing in local community theatre, teaching at Expressions Learning Art Academy and being a daddy.


Karin Baker

Technical Director | Instructor

Karina is a multi-award-winning dancer, instructor, and, choreographer based in North Central Florida

With almost a decade of experience, Karina is constantly continuing her dance education by being a student first, teacher second. She believes that no matter your level, there is always something you can learn.

She has been trained in many genres of dance under the instruction of masters such as Carolena Nericcio, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Aziza, Karin Jensen, Donna Mejia, Silvia Salamanca, and, Jillina Carlano to name a few.

Her main priority when teaching is to focus on proper technique, versatility, creativity, rhythm, and discipline.

In 2017 she received her ATS ® General Skills Classic certification under the direction of Carolena Nericcio.