"We stress Dance Technique in a stress-free dance training environment"
Ballet ~ Pointe ~ Jazz ~ Modern ~ Tap ~ Hip-Hop ~ Acro ~ Lyrical ~ Contemporary
Welcome to Dance Expressions, a well established dance academy in Westborough for over 25 years. Our mission at Dance Expressions is to inspire and nurture our dancers to reach their fullest potential. Our highly qualified professional instructors provide our students with proper dance technique in a stress free dance environment. Everyone of our dancers is a special member of our dance family regardless of whether they wish to do competitions or be a recreational dancer and only take one class. We cater to each students needs and interests so they can achieve their dance goals.
Our professional dance instructors are above all educators who focus on producing dancers that are poised, confident and exude high self-esteem. Dance technique is very important to Miss Laurene, our Director, and as such, dance students receive quality technique training from September through June, with a focus on dance performance choreography in the Spring.
So excited to be celebrating our 28th year of providing so many of the youngsters in our community with excellence in dance. Dance Expressions is so proud of our many accomplishments in inspiring and creating the passion for dance to our students in order to be the best they can be.
The Academy of Dance Expressions is a well established and accomplished dance studio which opened in Westboro in 1995 under the direction of founder, Laurene Aldorisio, a talented dance educator who has been teaching dance for over 20 years and prides herself in offering programs of dance that cater to each students needs, talents and interests. Laurene is a native of this area and was raised and grew up in Northboro, Ma.
Laurene's motivation is having something for everyone who has an interest in dancing regardless of their level, age, gender or goals as classes are available for tiny tots age 18 months years to adults as well as to seniors as she has an adult ballet, and tap class for beginners as well as an adult jazz and movement class. Whether a person wishes to take only one class in any one of her several forms of dance offered or wishes to think about a career in dance by participating as a Dance Expressions Dance Company member , they are very much part of our dance family.
Her philosophy of "we stress dance technique in a stress free dance environment" has been her motto from the beginning as she and her professional staff teach dance where their focus is doing it in a caring and nurturing way in order to have students reach their fullest potential. Students are offered the opportunity to improve their dance skills through master classes taught by very acclaimed artists throughout the United States, attend dance conventions, participate in dance competitions, audition with professional local dance company to be in their winter or spring ballet performances, do community outreach performances in the MetroWest area and perform at both our winter and spring fantastic performances.
Dance Expressions is highly regarded and recognized for its participation at various performance venues. Our technique and choreography are consistently singled out by judges, instructors and dance directors at these events. Several of our students have received full scholarships at dance conventions and won the highest awards and scores at dance competitions. A few of our students have furthered their dance careers by becoming dance majors at various college dance programs.
We are dedicated to providing the highest level of dance training to students of all levels in a stress free dance training environment. Our faculty has a passion for dance and focuses on dance technique while inspiring our dancers to reach their highest level of excellence. This training discipline will follow them in all walks of life no matter what career they choose.
The Academy of Dance Expressions offers dance classes for students ages 18 months to adults for beginners to advanced levels. Our students are placed based not only on their age, but equally on their experience, training as well as their skill and maturity levels. Dance Expressions recognizes and is sensitive to the varied needs of its dance student's population. We offer 4 fabulous unique dance programs that we feel fit most of a dancer's situation. Even if a student has interests in sports, music, martial arts, etc. and wishes to fit in one or more dance classes of their choosing, it can be done! We offer classes in ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, acro, boys' and girls' hip hop, lyrical and contemporary dance in a small class size setting. If you wish to be a more serious dancer, we can also accommodate that as well.
RECREATIONAL DANCE which is designed for someone who wishes to take perhaps only one or two classes of their choosing per week and is encouraged to participate in our annual June performance.
PERFORMANCE GROUP is for students who wish to take two or more classes one of which must be ballet and who elect to participate in our wonderful innovative Community Service opportunities. The dancer commits to perform not only in our annual performance but to varied audiences in the community such as parades, senior centers, sporting events, nursing homes, etc. This is a chance to perform all year round.
COMPETITIVE DANCE is a program for dancers normally ages 8 or older who have 4 years of previous dance training with an emphasis in ballet. Acceptance into this program is done through an audition process in the Springtime with a panel of professional judges where the dancers will be placed for the new Fall season. There are required classes that the dancer will be placed in. Dancers will compete 1 to 2 times per year and are required to allocate more hours to train soon before the competitions.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL DANCE program is for a dancer who wishes to pursue a dance college education and/or follow a professional dancer career. This is for the more serious, talented and devoted dancer. The dancers must have 8 years of dance training and decided with their parents to make this commitment. Dancers will be required to take an extensive dance curriculum as defined by the Dance Director and will be mentored by her and select staff members.
Laurene Aldorisio, Owner/Director/Instructor has an Associate's Degree in Dance from Dean College and a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Dance from Roger Williams University. She also studied at the well renowned Philadelphia University of Arts as a ballet major where her training was with very famous ballet professionals from the Philadelphia Ballet. She also studied with Edra Toth, principal Ballerina of the famous Boston Ballet. She received tap training with the well known LaVaugn Robinson who taught Gregory Hines. She trained in modern dance at Jacob's Pillow with Milton Myers and Judith Jamison, both instructors/directors with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Laurene is a member of the Dance Masters of America whose members are certified by practical and written exams to qualify to teach. She has been teaching for over 20 years and continues to educate herself by attending workshops through Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America to add to her repertoire. This past February Laurene trained with the current hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers, Mia Michaels, Desmond Richardson, Brian Friedman, Chris Judd, Dave Scott and Tyce Diorio. Laurene loves working with children of all ages and her greatest reward is sharing her love of dance by inspiring students to express themselves through movement.
Brittany is extremely well versed in all forms of dance after training for 16 years, since the age of 3, at Laurene Aldorisio's Academy of Dance Expressions. Brittany prides herself not only on her solid dance technique, but also as a young dance choreographer.
Brittany had captured numerous prestigious titles and scholarships throughout her dance career. She competed in the New England Dance Masters of Americas Title Competition where she placed 2nd. In the Junior age division, and 2nd. & 3rd. In the Teen Miss division. At several regional and national competitions she placed and won awards, receiving many scholarships to further her dance education.
Another forte of Brittany's is choreography. She competed with her self-choreographed Contemporary Solo at Believe National Talent Competition where she received the Power Park Invitation to study in Florida, Ohio, or Maryland. As well as a scholarship to SPARK, a unique week-long Summer Intensive to empower young artists to explore creativity and artistic expression, through training, performance, and choreography opportunities.
Brittany attended Dean College as a dance major with an Associate degree in Dance. She is a company member of The Boston She Party where she performs locally in the Boston Area. Brittany continues her training by taking classes regularly in Boston, Rhode Island and New York.
Michelle began her dance training at the age of three. She is an Academy of Dance Expressions alumna and has trained in a variety
of dance genres including Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has over 10 years
of experience teaching gymnastics and 5 years teaching aerial arts. Michelle is a licensed electrician by
trade but has always kept her love of dance alive though teaching, competing and performing.
Emily started dancing at the age of 3 and has trained at Laurene Aldorisio's Academy of Dance Expressions for over 10 years. She is classically trained in many styles including ballet, partnering, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary and musical theater. She has since focused on her ballet training at Jose' Mateo Ballet Theater in Cambridge where she is part of their youth performance company. She is also a company member with Dance Prism Ballet in Concord where she has performed principal roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Make Way for Ducklings, Kaleidoscope XXII and XXIII, excerpts from Giselle, Variations from La Bayadere and Pharoah's Daughter. Although Emily's main focus is ballet, she comes from a competition backgroud where she won many awards for her jazz and contemporary solos as well as her ensemble pieces. She has trained for the past four summers at various summer intensives such as Charlotte Ballet and Boston Ballet. Emily is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her knowledge of the ballet world with the next generation and is eager to begin her journey as a choreographer as well.
Victoria Njuguna has been dancing all forms and styles of dance since the age of three at Laurene Aldorisio's Academy of Dance Expressions. Victoria has participated in numerous regional and national events and performances such as the Dance Prism Nutcracker in 2020, the In10sity National Dance Competition in 2022 and the Summer Intensive at the Joffrey Ballet School in 2023. She attended the Joffrey Ballet School of New York with a scholarship in Jazz and Contemporary and she took numerous classes from various choreographers while there. Victoria also attended a leadership program in 2023 at Ron Burton Training Village that trains youth to acheive their purpose through leadership, physical wellness, education , social advancements, and spiritual growth. Victoria is very passionate about Jazz and Hip-Hop.She wants to teach kids how to express themselves with their movement and she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for dance with everyone. Victoria currently attends the Sarah Gibbons Middle School in Westborough.
"While at dance expressions, the people I was surrounded by has taught me to always stay true to myself as an individual and to take every opportunity that came my way. Laurene will always have such a huge part of my life and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for giving me the confidence to run with and grow as an independent hardworking woman."
- Jessica Steurer
"I love having your students audition, Miss Laurene. They are so well trained."
- Director of a prestigious Ballet Dance Company
"Laurene Aldorisio is an innovative, devoted studio owner. She fuzes classic technique with a modern twist, I find her choreography is suprising and strong. She has a true interest in the growth and improvement of her future dancers, and it is a pleasure to work beside such professionalism and passion."
"As a teacher at Dance Expressions I am inspired by the work ethic and determination that each dancer approaches class with. They are a hard working group of dancers with so much potential and passion."
"As a hip hop teacher at Dance Expressions, I find it rewarding to share my hip hop choreography with students that are so receptive to learning."
"What I love about Dance Expressions is how hard everyone works, it makes my job easier!"