Expressions Studio for the Arts Faculty
At Expressions Studio of the Arts, there’s a special place for serious, talented and hardworking dancers who are looking to pursue a career in performance and production. Each instructor brings a prestine level of passion and skill to their classes. Get to know our talented instructors below.
CASEY LYNN HARTMAN
Artistic Director & Founder
Casey Lynn Hartman was born and raised in South Florida where she studied all different styles of dance from age 3 to 19. The styles of dance Casey was emerged into at her Dance Studio in South Florida include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Musical Theatre. Upon graduating, Casey attended New World School of the Arts in Miami, where she received training in classical styles such as Ballet, Horton, Graham, Limon, Labanation and more. Casey studied under world renowned instructors such as Peter London, Gerard Ebitz and Rebecca Cannan. She then earned her Associates Degree in Dance, while also teaching and choreographing many pieces for Boca Dance Studio.
Following her dream, Casey moved to NYC, joining BEings Dance Company Directed by Emily Bufferd, for whom she has performed for numerous concerts and showcases throughout New York, New Jersey and Boston. Casey has performed at The Jazz at Lincoln Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and many more. Casey has taught at multiple studios over the past 9 years in Westchester County and NYC, her main studio home being Academy of Dance Arts.
Last summer, Casey joined her colleague Chloe Kastner in performing for CKDC at the world renowned Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since then, Casey has performed in multiple events in NYC, Philadelphia and more! CKDC has taken off as a dance company and has been invited to perform multiple shows both nationally and internationally. Casey hopes that dancers may draw that initial spark of inspiration from CKDC's presence at Expressions.
Casey earned her Bachelors Degree in Science for Psychology from Hunter College. Which urged her to pursue her passion for helping young people connect with their emotions through the art of dance. She is also working to become a certified holistic health coach. Casey believes that the art of dance builds self-confidence, respect, authenticity and self-discipline; qualities essential for the personal pursuit of happiness.
CHLOE MAE KASTNER
New York City-based dancer and choreographer, Chloe Mae Kastner grew up in Westchester county and studied dance from 3-18 at Academy of Dance Arts where she also competed on the ADA dance company team. Chloe has been teaching and choreographing since 14 across Westchester county working with aspiring dancers. She taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Theatre Dance at Academy of Dance Arts for 4 years where Chloe was also the head director of Junior Competition Team where she trained 6-11-year-olds at a professional level.
Upon graduating high school, Chloe has worked with the musical theatre group, Theatre MAMA, where she performed daily in Times Square working as a brand ambassador for the Radio City Rockettes as well as the broadway shows: “Finding Neverland” “Paramore” and “Chicago”. You can also see Chloe in Caitlin Dwyers music video “Games” as well as “Neck Tattoos” by Live Well. Chloe has modeled for Paramour on Broadway, Stand Steady Desks, and She+Sky.
This May Kastner graduated with a BA in Dance at Manhattanville College where she performed for Marta Renzi, Andrei Kisselev and Takehiro Ueyama. Since graduation, Chloe founded her own dance company in November 2018. She has toured her work locally and globally. The summer, CKDC had its global debut at the 2019 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland where she was recognized by BBC and dance critic David Meade. Chloe was a selected company at 7 Midnight Performance Series in the October and December showcases. In December 2019 she was also an artist at the first annual “Breaking Boundaries Dance Festival” in White Plains NY. This Fall Kastner will be debuting the concert-length piece “Joy is Sick” as a featured Emerging Artist in the New Works Festival in Manhattan. Chloe is truly a storyteller and wants the world to see how dance can speak the words, that we cannot find.
Jenna Stamps is an aspiring dancer and choreographer following her dreams to live in New York City. Originally from Massachusetts Jenna attended Manhattanville College as a Dance & Theatre major with a concentration in Dance. During her four years of college, she performed in various performances on and off-campus. Each semester there is a Fall and Spring Dance Concert presented by the Dance & Theatre Department. All four years Jenna was cast in multiple dances in each concert, where she worked with many professional choreographers from New York City. Jenna was also cast in her fellow dance major's Senior Thesis and Choreographer's Workshop dances each year. Along with performances in the department she was also a part of the hip hop dance team on campus Minds In Motion (MIMO). She was the President and Choreographer of MIMO.
During her first year in college, Jenna acquired a job at Putnam Dance Center, where she became a teacher and choreographer. She also acquired a job as a staff instructor for the Universal Dance Association (UDA). With UDA, she has been Rookie of the Week, Nominated for Rookie of the Year, Staff of the Month, and Nominated for Vet of the Year. UDA has brought her so many opportunities to teach around the country and meet amazing dancers and teams. She now has the opportunity to choreograph and work with many dance teams from all over. During her junior year in college, Jenna auditioned for a hip hop crew, HeartBreak Crew, in New York City. She now performs with them for anniversary shows, annual dance competitions, and other events.
After she graduated from Manhattanville College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, she moved to New York City. She continues to work at her studio and Universal Dance Association. She aspires to audition for various dance companies in the area along with creating her own work. She also is looking to audition for the Brooklynettes dance team. She wants to work both in the concert/ professional and commercial dance world.
Tyrese Vilela struck an interest in dance at two years old by moving around to the music around him and feeling the freedom while dancing. From an early age, Ty watched Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and later Les Twins and quickly became inspired by their movement. Soon enough, he became fully self-taught with dance. Currently, Ty is a sophomore at Manhattanville College where he majors in Dance and is working towards a minor in business management. He is one of the captains of the school hip hop club, “Minds in Motion” where he is taking them to Amsterdam to experience the dance culture in Europe. Throughout Ty’s collegiate career, he fostered an interest in additional styles of dance such as Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet. Since then he has danced for NY based choreographers Michaela McGownen and Mike Esperanza. Tyrese is currently dancing for Chloe Kastner Dance Company.
Dance Company Director
Emma Iredale originates from Castro Valley, California where she first began her dance training. She started at The Conservatory of Classical Ballet and trained there from age 3 to age 14. She worked with Carlos Carvajal, Ann Fisher, and Michael Lowe in choreography and performed many balletic and contemporary shows. She then went on to study jazz, modern, and contemporary with summer intensives at The Ailey School in New York City and Alonzo Lines Ballet in San Francisco.
During her senior year of high school, Emma joined a competition team with a small, local studio called Michelle’s Dance Explosion. She had the pleasure to work with Michelle Barrios, Antoine Olds, and Erin Babbs in choreography. She represented her high school in the California Thespian Festival in Los Angeles and received first place for her original choreography of her adaptation of “I Hope I Get It” from the Broadway Musical “A Chorus Line” . She also appeared in various pre-professional musicals such as “The Little Mermaid”, “A Chorus Line”, and “The Music Man” as a part of Firehouse Arts Center in California. As well as becoming dance captain and assistant choreographer for “Footloose”, “Annie”, and “The Boyfriend” as part of Castro Valley High School drama productions.
Emma recently graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a BA in Dance Therapy. During her sophomore year, she had the opportunity to perform in New York City thanks to Shawn Bible and his dance company, shawnbibledanceco. She participated in every dance concert as well as senior thesis performances since her freshman year. She had the honor to work with wonderful choreographers such as Julia Ehrstrand, Max Stone, Take Ueyama, Mike Esperanza, Leah Ives, Brad Beakes, Michaela McGowan, Ashley Menestrina, and Andrei Kisselev. Her junior year, she debuted her first choreographed piece that was showcased in the Fall Dance Concert at Manhattanville College in which she is extremely proud of. She served as dance captain and President of the contemporary and jazz dance team, “Manhattanville Dance Troupe”, and choreographed and performed at many athletic and social events school-wide. Her senior year, she choreographed, cast, and produced a 20-minute modern piece for her final project, but unfortunately could not debut due to COVID-19.
Emma recently performed at the 2019 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland with Chloe Kastner Dance Company, as well as two performances with 7 Midnight's Physical Research Program at Arts on Site in the East Village, NYC. She has taught and subbed at East Pointe Dance, Artistry Dance Project, and Poundridge Dance Center. Emma is currently a Dance Instructor at Expressions Studio for the Arts in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and the YMCA of Greenwich, CT. Emma is extremely excited to begin her journey as the Assistant Director and is thrilled to be a part of the community.
Dancing with Daphne
Daphne had a passion for the arts since she was little. Graduating with an acting major from Syracus University Daphne acted in many plays such as "Hamlet" "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" "Proof", "Dearly Departed", "The Fantastics" just to name a few in her early adult life. After starting a family Daphne turned to arts education. She was the Director of Music Together Mount Pleasant from 2001-2006. Where she developed her current Dancing with Daphne cirriculum.
After taking a brief break from the arts, Daphne was hired as the Head Director of the Lincoln Titus Players in 2016 and 2017. Daphne directed "Beauty and the Beast Jr." as well as "Willy Wonka Jr." Here Daphne re discovered her love for arts education and created her own company; Printemps Performing Arts. Daphne now tours westchester teaching at local public school and libraries as well as working childrens birthday parties.
Tap, Musical Theatre, Technique, & Preschool
Mackenzie is a small town girl who trained in the big city. Growing up in Fishkill, New York is where she found her love for performing. When she decided to become serious about pursuing a career in the arts, she moved her training to New York City. Mackenzie is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University and received a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She has performed in regional theater productions in the ensemble of Singing' in the Rain, Something Rotten!, and Roxie in Chicago to name a few of her favorite credits.
Mackenzie believes there is a place for everyone in the performing arts industry. Her teaching goal is to create a safe space for students to learn, grow, and explore their ability to express themselves. Her classes have an emphasis on proper technique, artistry, and individuality. Everyone has something unique to bring and Mackenzie encourages students to embrace that. No matter the age or skill level, Mackenzie will provide her love and knowledge for dance to guide her students to thrive in their dance journey. As Mackenzie continually explores the limits and possibilities of her own performance and creative practices, she becomes better equipped to drive her students forward.