MEET THE TEAM

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Meet our talented team of instructors at DancExpo, Inc. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Read through our instructors’ bios below, and if you’d like to set up an introductory meeting don’t hesitate to reach out.

SGM (R) VON K. AUNA

CEO/President

As a former Dance Dad, A current Dance Grandpa, Dance Husband and Retired Sergeant Major, Von Auna is the perfect candidate to run our company. A father of four daughters, 3 dancers and 3 budding dancers, he is well qualified to handle the daily business that is dance. He has sat through hundreds of competitions, recitals and performances with a smile on his face and roses in hand...sometimes a tissue and a shoulder to cry on. You may see him once in awhile, but don't let that SGM exterior scare you...he's a dance dad at heart! He builds sets, manages finances and can glue gun with the best of us!

TIFANIE WRIGHT

CFO/Office Manager

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SHARI AUNA

Founder/Artistic Director

I have had a passion for all things dance as long as I can remember! It is my privilege as the Artistic Director of DancExpo, Inc. to instill this same love for dance, movement, music and performance in our students. I bring 32 years of experience in professional dance performance, instruction and competitive coaching, to the dance floor. Being married to a military service member has afforded me the opportunity to train dancers from the East Coast to Alaska. Building and owning our own successful dance studio in Alaska has given us the necessary experience and foresight to establish a successful studio here in Arizona. It is my privilege to share my love of dance and the performing arts with your child. Come and join us in this dance adventure!

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CASSANDRA TISDALE

Assistant Director/Ballet Mistress

Miss Leilany Ramos is an accomplished performer and competitive dancer. She has been dancing for 15 years and is trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary/lyrical, and acro. She was on the Dysart High School dance/pom team, acting as captain for three of four years. She is an accomplished choreographer and award-winning competitor. We are excited to welcome her to our DancExpo Inc family!

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Ms. Cassandra is a native of Arizona who grew up training, competing, and performing throughout Arizona, California, and Nevada. Her true passion for dance is showcased through the numerous years of experience teaching dance to all ages. Cassandra has had the privilege of teaching dance for the past 25 years in Arizona to countless students. She has extensive knowledge when it comes to classically training students. Ballet and technique is key to a dancers training. Cassandra enjoys working with children on developing their skills and proper technique in ballet. She has worked to develop and train dancers for competitive dance, high school pom or cheer teams, audition for plays, college dance team, NFL or NBA dance teams, Disney, and auditioning for companies. Cassandra also has extensive background working with children and adults who have special needs. She has countless hours of training and certification though her 20 plus years of working with special needs children and adults. She truly believes anyone should get the chance to enjoy dancing no matter their limitations and everyone is worth teaching.

LEILANY RAMOS

Dance Instructor

CURTIS WALKER

Acro/Dance Instructor

Mr. Curtis was born in Columbus, OH. Both his parents are veterans of military service and his family moved frequently until he was 6. Mr. Curtis has lived in Arizona since that final move. Growing up, he had a love for break dancing, martial arts, and gymnastics. He studied dance at Royal Dance Works in Phoenix and completed courses at Deer Valley High School. He was a primary dancer for North Side Crew out of Phoenix. In 1991 they auditioned to compete on Star Search which is an equivalent to America’s Got Talent or World of Dance. They won their first round with 3 and ¾ stars. This was an amazing opportunity and learning experience, and they were blessed to be a part of it.

His passion for dance, cheer, and gymnastics grew, along with his skills. He began to develop an interest in teaching others everything he had learned along the way. He taught dance and tumbling at studios, gyms, and schools. Mr. Curtis realized that his true passion was in teaching tumbling and cheer. He has worked as a cheer/tumbling coach for 31 years, with 4 of those as Head Coach of two local high schools. He has worked with over 50 Elementary, Junior High, High School, and Junior Colleges throughout Arizona, Nevada, and California, becoming one of the valley’s premier tumbling coaches. He has also worked at many cheer gyms as an All-Star Cheer Coach throughout the Valley. Today, Mr. Curtis also offers private lessons.

In 2018 he took a leap of faith and decided to start his own business as a traveling tumbling coach. We are excited to have him as part of our staff here at DancExpo, Inc. and look forward to our dance students increasing their abilities in Acro/Dance.

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