Meet Our Staff
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
Xavier Smith was born in the city of Flint, MI on April 11, 1990. Xavier was always a dare devil and around age seven he made that known by always flipping off of tall slides for the kids at school. This was just the start of tumbling as he knew it. As a teen Xavier moved from high school to high school but finally settled and graduated from Zimmerman. After graduation he started focusing more on his flipping, training himself to perfection, but he wanted more. Xavier began going to Creative Expressions Dance Studio after a friend suggested that he go. At CEDS, he started off dancing and sharpening his skills while also helping kids learn to tumble. Although that was fun, he still felt he wanted something bigger. He finally decided he was ready for his own parkour group called Windrunners. His group has been active for about a year. he spent several days, weeks and months training himself and his team mentally and physically preparing for upcoming performances. This is just a start for Xavier. He hopes to take this farther than just Flint one day.
Lead Tumbling Instructor
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 attend tumbling workshops at Creative Expressions and has worked as an majorette instructor for the past few years.
Lead Tumbling Instructor &
Jamise D. Wash- Lang, a flint native, is a proud wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. She has been dancing for more than 30 years, with a firm dance foundation from Creative Expressions Dance Studio. She has been blessed to train, perform, and compete in dance competitions throughout the United States. In addition, she has studied dance in Flint, Detroit, Washington D.C., and Texas. Jamise serves as a phenomenal tumbling instructor with a gymnastics background as well. She has studied gymnastics at acro sports in Flint, Marshall, Long View, and Dallas Texas. Mrs. Wash- Lang has worked and studied with dancers at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and performed with the Dallas Black Dance Conference in Texas. She currently teaches jazz, modern, and tumbling to children and adults.
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
Office Manager & Competition Coordinator
Terria Scott 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. Ms. Scott has taken on the responsibility of communication and coordinator for the competition team at the studio. 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 Foster Care and Licensing Supervisor. Ms. Kurtz is the mother of 3 beautiful daughters. Terria prides herself in playing an active role in the lives of the youth in her community. She currently attends New Creation Church of God, where she is over the dance ministry and serves as a mentor to the Girls of Distinction Mentoring program. Terria is also a committee member for Tapology Tap Festival. She has taken the lead as the Visiting School Coordinator which allows students from Flint schools to experience the art and history of Tap, Dance and Music from professionals across the country. She believes that with God and a supportive village anything is possible.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Charlene has been dancing since she was 5yrs old. She has studied with the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Her dance training spans from ballet, jazz, tap, dance photography, African, musical theatre, Asian fan dancing, and other cultural dancing. She has worked with many students of all ages in the mid-Michigan area teaching at Creative Expressions Dance Studio and Flint School of Performing Arts. Charlene currently lives in Las Vegas and continues to inspire students through movement as a board member and instructor at A Time To Dance dance company directed by Dance Theater of Harlem‘s Felicity Cunningham. She’s excited to reconnect and partner with the CEDS dance community to share through her passion the presence and power of dance.
Lead Ballet 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. 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.