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Inspiration

Nikkina had always dreamed of owning her own dance studio. After years of teaching as a dance studio teacher, she made her lifelong dream her reality. Her daughter, Kylie Simone, is the inspiration behind the studio name of Expressive Movement Dance.


Inspiration


Meet the EMD Studio Staff

 Our dance instructors and assistants are trained in various dance styles and have years of experience teaching dancers of all ages. We love equipping our students with the skills they need to be successful!

Nikkina Robinson

Owner & Artistic Director

Elite & Mini Competitive Teams Director

Nikkina has 30 years of dance experience. She is trained in classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater, modern, African, and Flaminco dance styles. She was a competitive dancer for more than 10 years competing on teams in the DFW area. She also has experience judging local area school dance team auditions. While in high school, she was a member of Performing Heights Dance Program, the Competitive Dance Team at Arlington Heights High School and a dancer in the Performing Heights musical production of 42nd Street. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree and has a Texas Dance Teacher Certification. She is currently the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Rivertree Academy. While pursuing her education at Texas Wesleyan, she was the captain of the Cheerleading Squad and the Wesleyan Dance Team. She has had the opportunity to train with some of the most distinguished individuals in the entertainment industry including Debbie Allen, Joe Berry, Dave Scott, Shane Sparks, Titus Fotso, Chloe & Maud Arnold, Ava Bernstein, Eartha Robinson, Laurieann ‘Harlee’ Gibson, Jimmy R.O. Smith, Brandon Mason, Tucker Barkley, Brandon Alexander, Matt Steffanina, Rosero McCoy, Jaimie Goodwin, Valerie Rockey, Molly Long, Brea Perdue, Tricia Miranda, Rumer Noel, Guy Groove, Judson Emery, and Gil Duldulao. Some of her most memorable performance opportunities include: performing as the opening act for the Legendary Charlie Pride at Bass Hall (one of the first children to perform on that stage), North Central Civic Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, Sugarbowl Halftime Production with Jessica Simpson, Dallas Cowboys Halftime Shows with LeAnne Rhymes and Toby Keith, Debbie Allen’s Texas Production of Pepito’s Story, and Kids Who Care Production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She was one of the original members of the Slightly Off Tap Company, a local Fort Worth tap dance company. She currently teaches Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Improv classes. She has choreographed numerous competition dances. Her competitive dance routines have received numerous awards including Elite Platinum, Platinum, High Gold, Best Costume, Judges Choice Award and several overall awards. The greatest reward is teaching students, watching them learn and progress as beginner dancers, and then flourishing into confident and joyful dancers. She is proud of the great first season of EMD and is excited about the second season, especially since her daughter, Kylie Simone, is an EMD dancer! Check out this magazine article featuring Ms. Nikkina at

http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-trailblazer-nikkina-robinson/

Breiah Allen

Instructor 

Junior Team Director

A former dancer herself, she has always loved expressing the mind through movement. Introduced to a literal version of art at the age of three. Former cheerleader turned athlete she learned a new way of expressing through focus of team organization and what it meant to push yourself beyond your limitations. Creation of expression is what she vows for most and is why Expression Movement Dance has become a place of acceptance, grand experiences and a space of growth and development. After studying under talented choreographers such as Tricia Miranda, Nikkina Robinson, Laurianne Gibson, Debbie Allen and countless others she decided that teaching the next generation of dancers was a calling she couldn’t ignore. Studying all major genres of dancing including but not limited too Classical Ballet, Afro Caribbean, Modern and Jazz, has helped her find balance in her teaching techniques. She is the founder of Beauty Within Excellence, an all-natural beauty rejuvenating brand that reminds you to focus on yourself inside and out. Believing your mental health is just as important as your physical. The minis choreographer director, Breiah Allen. 

Gloria Allen

Office & Stage Manager 


Margaret Saddler

Office Manager


Sayla Wofford

Student Assistant

Sayla has been dancing for 11 years, 9 with Ms. Nikkina. She is trained in jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, musical theater, ballet and pointe. Sayla has been competing in dance for 5 years and has won numerous awards. Some of her awards include: 9 first place platinum awards with her groups and solos, a sixth place overall with her jazz group, and her solos have won 2 fifth place overall awards and 1 third place overall award. Sayla has danced at Cowboys Stadium, on a cruise ship, the Hall of Fame Competition at Will Roger's Coliseum, and Dance Showcase USA. Sayla's favorite hobby is dance, but she also enjoys running, hunting, fishing, playing golf with her dad, and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited to be a student assistant at EMD because she has always enjoyed improving as a dancer and now looks forward to helping others improve in different dance styles. Sayla is proud to be a part of the first year of EMD!

Hunter Robinson

Student Assistant

Hunter has been dancing for one year. He joined EMD initially to be trained in hip hop and Broadway Musical. However, by the end of the dance season he began training in ballet as well. This season, he will add to his dance experience by enrolling in tap and contemporary along with hip hop, ballet and Broadway Musical. Hunter competed for his first-time last season and was part of the competition team that won Platinum 1st place in the category, 9th overall in the division and a Judge’s Choice Award. He has performed at various venues around the DFW area as a member of EMD, as well overseas as a member of a local Taiko drum group, while living in Okinawa, Japan. Hunter is a Senior this year at Brewer High School, where he is a member of DECA. DECA is a leadership organization for emerging entrepreneurs in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management. He enjoys dancing, going to Brewer football games, and spending time with his family. He is the oldest of three boys in the Robinson family. Hunter looks forward to being a Staff Assistant this season as he enjoys dancing and helping others learn.  

Jessie King

Student Assistant

Jessie is apart of the EMD Elite Competition Team. She has been dancing for one year and competed in hip hop, jazz, and contemporary in the 2018 season. She was apart of the group last year that earned Platinum, first in their division, and 4th Overall with a Judges Choice Award. This year, she’s enrolled in pointe, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, broadway musical, improv, a broadway jazz trio, a contemporary duet, a contemporary solo and a hip hop solo. Outside of dance, she’s involved with National Honors Society, National Science Honors Society, Student Advisory Council, McGhee Co. Modeling and Influencing, Physics tutoring, Algebra Aide, and the AP Capstone Program that very few people in the U.S. have completed. Jessie also passes time with reading books, studying fashion, and drawing. Jessie assists the Junior ballet and hip hop classes, and plans to continue her training in dance in the future. 

Tuleatha Pride

Custom Costume Designer

Ms. Pride started sewing with her mother at the young age of 6 years old. She instructed her on how to make my first apron. Once Ms. Pride entered school, it was evident to her Home Economic teachers that sewing was not just a required class for her, but something she did remarkably well and enjoyed. In high school, she received special honors and many awards for sewing. She have been sewing for over 40 years and enjoys doing custom Quinceañera and wedding gowns as well as little girl dresses and alterations.  Currently, she is an Elementary School Teacher in the Fort Worth ISD and has been an educator for many years.