Meet Our Staff
Takiyah Jackson. Interim Director
Lead Hip Hop and Adult Jazz Instructor
Takiyah Jackson was born and raised in Mt. Morris, MI. At the early age of 2, Takiyah began dancing. By age 5, she began to realize her love for dance when she continued taking dance lessons at Creative Expressions Dance Studio. Through this experience, she was fortunate enough to travel the country and dance on a competitive level. She competed at Joe Tremaine Dance Convention/Competition and Creative Expressions obtained several wins. She studied Ballet and Jazz under Sheila Miller Graham. She also studied Ballet and Jazz under Charlene Hanks Banks. She was also privileged to work with professional dancer Tony B. White, featured in dance movie, Breakin 2, and featured in Michael Jackson's videos, Thriller and Beat it. She studied Tap under Alfred Bruce Bradley and number of guest artists, such as Kevin Ramsey, Gregory Hines, Tony Capella and many more. Takiyah was extremely successful in her craft because she was fortunate enough to learn the value of discipline, loyalty and respect. In 1995, Takiyah graduated from Beecher High School and was accepted to Western Michigan University. Although she did not major in dance, she would never neglect the gift of her creative artistic ability and Takiyah was a choreographer for pageants such as NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated, and many more. Upon graduation, Takiyah returned to her hometown, she could not resist returning to Creative Expressions Dance Studio, where she became a dance instructor and she has been there since. She currently teaches Hip Hop to ages 5 up and adult jazz. Takiyah has also been happily married for 10 years to Frederick Jackson. They have a beautiful daughter, Laelle Jackson, who is following in her mother's footsteps currently dancing on the competition team at Creative Expressions Dance Studio.
Le’Tina Shonte’ Williams is a native of Flint, MI. Her journey for dance began at the tender age of three with Creative Expression Dance Studio under the direction of Sheila Miller-Graham and Alfred Bruce Bradley. She began assisting and teaching at thirteen, during these years she also had the profound privilege to learn from several talented and professional choreographers, including Mia Michaels and Tony B. White. In the course of her studies, LeTina also had the opportunity to dance and travel on a competitive level. This is when she began to develop her confidence through master classes and auditioning. While at Joe Tremaine Covention Competition, LeTina was awarded a junior scholarship for the National Finals in Orlando, Florida.
Even though LeTina decided to take a short break from her passion in 1995 and begin cheerleading for her now Alma Mater Flint Central High School, it was not long before she returned to dance. Upon graduation in 1999 she was accepted to Eastern Michigan University where she joined Diversion Dance Troupe, which was founded by seven young and motivated undergraduate students. Diversion Dance Troupe was the beginning of her ability to reach within herself to see the true potential of her God given talent, which allowed her to extend chorography to others. Before completing her undergraduate degree, LeTina had the opportunity to perform beside several Grammy and Stellar Award winning artists Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra ‘KI KI’ Sheard and Dorinda Clark-Cole. In 2003 she was given the pleasure to perform with the Eastern Michigan Gospel Choir and Dorinda Clark-Cole during the Stellar Awards in Atlanta, GA under the direction of choreographers Rosero McCoy and Jamal Sims, who has worked with Usher, Beyonce, and Snopp Dogg to name a few. She also appeared in the 2005 live recording of “The Rose of Gospel” in Houston, TX. LeTina is passionate about dance and always excited about passing on that passion to her students.
Small Tots & Jazz Instructor
Brittney Rimmer began her dance training at the age of four in Flint, MI at Creative Expression Dance Studio under the direction of Sheila Miller Graham. In 1999, she had the pleasure of being on the competition team that competed at Joe Tremaine Dance Convention Nationals in Orlando, FL. In 2003 she joined the Flintstone Hoofers under the direction of Bruce Bradley. It was with the hoofers that she had the pleasure of studying under Diane “Lady Di” Walker, Savion Glover, Van “The Man” Porter, Cartier Williams, Joseph Wiggan, Alexandria Bradley, Frances Bradley, and many others. Post-graduation, she received her BS in Biology from Ferris State University and is the mother of one son, Tristian Terrell. In 2013, Brittney returned to Creative Expressions and is now a part of the Tap program teaching Tap I -III.
Aris Campbell is a proud Flint native that began her journey with Creative Expressions Dance Studio at 8. years old. She since has had training in tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern, musical theatre and African dance. Aris's training at Creative Expressions afforded her the opportunity to become a student choreographer for her high school theatre department. Upon graduating high school, Aris came back to Creative Expressions to assist with teaching the Small Tots group. She has been teaching small tots, since 2012, and currently works with the competition team. In addition, Aside from teaching at Creative Expressions, Aris has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from University of Michigan-Flint with minors in Theatre and Dance. She is a dedicated 5th grade teacher as well as a professional choreographer for high school and community theatre companies. Aris now teaches Musical Theatre, which is a new and exciting addition at Creative Expressions Dance Studio.
Small Tots & Musical Theatre
Lead Ballet Instructor
As a student Talia received training at the Flint School of Performing Arts, Blue Lake fine arts camp, Joffrey Midwest, Interlochen, and the Dance Theater of Harlem (She attended all of these schools on merit scholarships). She has been blessed to have been mentored by many great dancers and teachers some of which include Joffrey’s John Magnus and Judy Rice, Dance Theater of Harlem Directing founder Arthur Mitchell, DTH’s Tyrone Brookes (Now serving as Artistic Director of The Tallahassee Ballet), Lorraine Graves, and Choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie. As a professional dancer Talia has had the opportunity to work with Urban Bush Women, Ann Arbor Works Dance Company, Flint Water Project, FIM’s Nutcracker and More Dances Contemporary Dance Company. Currently she is a member of the multi-disciplinary Vertical Ambition Dance Company and is entering her 10th year working with the company. She remains on faculty at Fli-City Dance Studio, home to Vertical Ambition.
Talia Wooten is an ABT Certified teacher. She holds a certification in levels pre-primary through level 3 in the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. She is currently the only African American women in Michigan to have this certification. Although Ballet is Talia’s main focus she is well versed in modern, contemporary ballet, jazz and breaking.
Talia Wooten has 19 years of experience teaching movement to students aged birth through adult. Talia has had the opportunity to teach master classes and serve on the faculty of many Michigan dance schools. She has taught countless outreach classes in Genesee County and served as the Flint School of Performing Art’s Head-Start Coordinator, Summer Dance-N-Fun director, Children’s Performance Workshop Director and Adult Ballet Ensemble Founder and Director. She also served as the Children’s Ballet Mistress for the FSPA’s yearly production of the Nutcracker for 14 years. Talia served as an ABT project Plie’ teacher for the Boys and Girls Club for 2 years. In addition to teaching in the classroom Talia has created a course in GISD’s Edupaths program for teacher training focused around incorporating movement into early childhood classrooms. Recently Talia co-founded A.R.T. Addressing Racial Tensions, an art collective that aims to build community through discussion and collaborative creation of multi-genre art. Her goal is to continue to build the A.R.T. non-profit and to break racial tensions in and around Genesee using both professional artist and community members. Talia also serves as a Tinkergarten teacher, a nature play school, and often brings her husband and 4 children along to participate. Talia is excited to be working at CreativeExpressions and glad to be joining the CEDS dance family.
Ambriana Mccollum started dancing at the age of 5 years old. She started taking ballet at the Flint Institute of Music for 5 years and then switched over to gymnastics at AGA Gymnastics for 3 years. Throughout her middle school and high school career, she participated in Cheerleading and Dancing along with many other sports. While in high school, Ambriana was apart of The Flint Southwestern marching band. In addition, she worked with Florida A&M (2011-2012) along with Jackson State University (2013-2015) majorette teams. She attends tumbling workshops at Creative Expressions and has worked as an majorette instructor for the past few years.
Lead Tumbling & Acro Instructor
Roslyn English-Simmons is a native of Detroit, MI. Starting dance at the age of 3, Roslyn has trained in various styles of dance including but not limited to ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, and pom, as well as being a national award winning baton twirler. Although her performing arts training afforded her the opportunity to perform internationally, her favorite performance was in the parade at “The Most Magical Place on Earth” - Disney World. As a teen, she directed the liturgical dance ensemble at her home church. As a freshman at Michigan State University, she started I3 Dance Team, a college team which produced multiple events including a statewide College Dance Team Battle. These two experiences became a stepping stone for starting a youth dance program as a Sophomore at MSU all while completing her degree - a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education & Economics with a minor in Mathematics. That program, which is now an international award winning competitive studio, caters to youth in Detroit ages 2+.
Although she enjoyed performing, Roslyn soon realized that she found her true passion, which was to become a coach. As a choreographer, she has won multiple choreography awards, entertainment awards and overall high scores at the Regional, National and International levels as well as being featured on a TV series and in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Besides being an award winning dance and acrobatics instructor and choreographer, Roslyn has been named one of the “40 under 40” by the Michigan Chronicle. Roslyn is a certified Zumba instructor and has also coached cheerleading for little league, middle school, high school, and all star programs, leading her teams to victories at the state and national levels and also winning “District Coach of the Year”.
Roslyn is extremely passionate about helping youth maximize their potential; that passion, combined with her love for dance, has been the driving force behind her training methods and instrumental in training hundreds of national award winning dancers and athletes. As an instructor, her most memorable experiences thus far have been winning the World Dance Championships and working on the set of Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” in LA alongside her dancers who were selected to be a part of the cast. When not teaching, Roslyn enjoys spending time with her biggest supporters, her husband and two sons. As a certified Tumbling & Acrobatic Arts instructor, she is excited to share her tumbling/acrobatics expertise with the dancers of CEDS and is looking forward to a great season.
Lucrecia " Cricket" Duncan was born and raised in Flint Michigan. She started dancing at the age of seven at Mcree
Theatre with Mrs. Sheila Miller-Gram. She was one of Creative Expressions first students. While a student at Creative Expressions, she studied ballet, jazz, and tap. She was also a part of Creative Expressions award winning competition team. She would go on to receive a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University and she holds a
Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College in Chicago. She is
a certified Commit Dance and Zumba instructor and is so excited to bring Commit Dance Fitness to
Lucrecia "Cricket" Duncan
Commit Fitness Instructor
Terria Boose was born and raised in Flint, MI. Terria has been a part of Creative Expressions Dance Studio since the age of 11 when she first started dancing. Terria’s love of dance is bedded from watching her late uncle, Tony B. White, dance and perform some of the greatest legends and stars that include the late great, Michael Jackson. She has previously been a part of the “Ole School” ensemble and has passed on her shoes to her youngest daughter Teylyn, who has been dancing with the studio since the age of 3. Terria takes pride in her relationships established within Creative Expressions and desires to see the studio continue to prosper and grow. Mrs. Boose has taken on the responsibility of volunteer coordinator and office assistant. Terria holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University and a MSW from Michigan State University. She currently works for the State of Michigan as a State Administrative Manager. Mrs. Boose is the mother of 2 beautiful daughters. Terria prides herself in playing an active role in the lives of the youth in her community. She believes that with God and a supportive village anything is possible.
Fundraising / Volunteer Coordinator
Shannon Owens-Burns love for dance started at Creative Expressions Dance Studio at the age of 8. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop until she graduated high school in 2007. After graduating, she went to Grand Valley State University where she was apart their Dance Troupe for 4 years. Moving back to flint, Shannon was excited to be able to pass down her passion of dance to her daughters who have now been apart of CEDS for 9 years. For the past 3 years shannon has enjoyed assisting and is now teaching Adult tap. CEDS has alaways been family but she is excited to join the teaching staff.
Adult Tap Instructor
Marketing Executive / Stage Manager / Financial Records Manager / Instructor
Natasha Lyle is a native of Flint, Michigan who started dancing at the tender age of two. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she earned her B.A in psychology with a minor in allied health. Natasha is skilled in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. Mrs. Lyle began her dance training at Creative Expressions Dance Studio of whom her mother is the director. Previously, Natasha has served as the Artistic Director for Dance 360 of 360 Performance Fitness, a program of which she developed herself to help cultivate the minds of youth to embrace to art of dance as it coincides with health and fitness. Throughout her matriculation as a dancer, Natasha has performed on Broadway, Showtime at the Apollo, St. Louis Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Detroit Tap Festival, Fox Theater, Foot Notes, and a variety of many other performances. She has performed and studied under many dance legends; some of which include Bruce Bradley, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Lady Dianne Walker, Henry LeTang, Peg Leg Bates, Cholly Atkins, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Van the Man Porter, Jimmy Slyde, Mable Lee and many more. For several years, Natasha has served as a guest artist and instructor for the Tapology Tap Festival for Youth held for aspiring dancers locally & worldwide. As a professional dancer, Natasha has worked with the Urban Bush Woman as well. Natasha is a former member of professional companies such as Village Ensemble and Flintstone Hoofers and also former member of the Clark Atlanta University “Onyx” dance team. Mrs. Lyle has also had the opportunity to open up for artists such as B2K and Mario while exhibiting her gift of dancing as well as her singing ability. She has also done choreography for other dancers and groups who have opened up for Shad Moss "Bow wow" and Romeo Miller to name a few. Her choreography was also recently featured on a televised solo spot for the Children’s Miracle Network Parade. In addition, she has been known to produce double platinum, platinum, and high gold award winning competition choreography. Natasha is the founder of H.I.T. (Highly Innovative Tap Dancers) Entertainers Tap Dance Company. This company emphasizes embracing the history of tap, advancing tap skills, cultivating minds, and eloquently bringing tap dance to the forefront.