Our Story

We opened up Dance Expressions to be Aquidneck Island's best choice for a high-quality and affordable dance program for all ages.

After working with some of the island's best dancers, we firmly believe that dance is essential to the well-rounded growth of all. Our dancers are allowed to express and challenge themselves in new and unique ways every class, while also being in constant movement. 


The studio aims to build confidence, inner and physical strength, technical skill and a sense of team membership in all of our dancers. Every student is guided to reach full potential by dedicating time and energy to learning the art form as a means for


What makes Dance Expressions unique?


We offer a wide variety of classes to fit the needs of both recreational and competitive dancers. Talented and accomplished instructors have backgrounds in dance and education. Dance Expression classes are motivating, safe, creative and energetic.



We have worked diligently to create the best team to
support our growing dancers. Each and every day our staff
comes to the studios with smiles and excitement to work
with your dancer. Find out more about us below!


Shannon Dugan

Owner and Artistic Director

Graduated Suma Cum Laude from Dean College in Franklin, MA with degrees in Dance and Business. During her university years, she was a member of the Dance Team and also the Dance Company.


Currently, Shannon is a board member for the Kinetic Synergy Dance Company, performing throughout all of the Greater Boston area at various venues and events. For the last seven years, Shannon has collaborated with Kinetic Synergy creating several pieces for the company concerts.


Shannon was a WNBA Mohegan Sun Dancer for 5 years and served as the team captain for 3 of those years. Shannon has performed with “Rascal Flats” and “Taylor Swift, both of which were aired on national television.


Recently, most of her time is focused on preparing her Dance Expressions dancers for different events and performances all throughout the state, and giving each and every one of them the opportunities to thrive and succeed in their dancing careers!

Lauren Coyne

Dance Teacher

Lauren Coyne grew up studying dance for 12 years at Legein Dance Academy, in Rhode Island. Lauren is a graduate of Dean College and has a BA in Dance and Performing Arts. While attending Dean, Lauren was a member of the Dean College Dance Company, Dean College Dance Team and performed in each year’s musical productions.


She was honored with two Dance Department Scholarships and Performance awards and was named to the Dean's List each semester. Lauren is also a graduate of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston in 2004 and since has been on faculty with Art in Motion Dance Studio of North Kingston RI and The Dance Studio of Easton MA.


More recently Lauren performed in Theatre by the Sea’s production of A Chorus Line, and collaborated with Applause Academy as choreographer for Rent: The Musical and Best of Burlesque. She has danced with the Solar Power Dance Team who performs for the WNBA Basketball Team, Connecticut Sun.  


Currently, Lauren is the dance teacher and choreographer for Applause Academy in Taunton, Mass.