MEET OUR FACULTY

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DENELE SWEET

Academy Director

Small Business Owner

Dance Instructor

Choreographer, 25+ years

"It is my lifelong dream come true to serve my community with our very own 'Fame'-style performing arts school. I am deeply committed to the success of each and every one of our Academy students."

MISS COURTNEY

Academic Director
Academy 4th-12th Grade Teacher
Tumbling & Acrobatic Instructor
M.S.Ed.
Acrobatic Arts Certified
USA Gymnastics Safety Certified
Specialty: Acro, Tumbling, Academics

"I love the 'goosebump moments' when you can see a child succeed after months or years of hard work on a skill.  You can see all the pieces click into place, and witness the joy and sometimes happy tears, that come with a job well done."

MISS LAUREN

Academy 4th-12th Grade Teacher

Academy Humanities Teacher
MFA in Creative Writing

Bilingual Teaching Credential
BA in English Writing & Spanish
Certified Yoga Instructor

"It's my honor and responsibility to guide my students' growth as writers, readers, listeners, and speakers. Encore Academy's performing arts model is transformative. We develop critical thinkers and compassionate creatives who face the challenges ahead with confidence and curiosity."

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MISS LYNDSAY

Academy Preschool Teacher
Encore Academy Parent

Lyndsay has worked and studied in early childhood education for many years, and is passionate about providing safe, creative opportunities

MISS KATELYN

Academy Kindergarten Teacher &
Dance Instructor
Acrobatic Arts Certified
Specialty: Pre-K and K Dance, Tumbling & Academics

"At Encore we never stop encouraging growth, not only as dancers, but as people. Ceilings don't exist in Encore.  You can always go higher an dream bigger."

MISS MICHELLE

Academy 1st-3rd Grade Teacher
B.S.E.Ed.
Specialty: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Education

"I love working in a place where children of all ages can dance, learn, and play in a fun environment.  My favorite part of teaching little kids is watching the growth and development from the beginning of the year until they graduate and go on to kindergarten.

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MISS CC

Dance Instructor

Cecchetti Ballet Certified

Specialty: Ballet, Lyrical,
Contemporary

CC began rigorous training in the ballet world at a young age, playing classical roles such as "Clara" in the Nutcracker Ballet.  She has studied with a wide variety of well-known teachers in the areas of ballet, Spanish flamenco, Chinese, character, and modern dance.  CC is certified in all levels of Cecchetti ballet training.

MISS KRYSTI

Dance Instructor

B.S. Dance

Specialty: Tap, Hiphop,
Musical Theater, Ballet

Krysti's main focus in the classroom is balancing proper technique while encouraging individuality and character play. Her students are encouraged to entertain from the inside out.  She loves nothing more than witnessing those "a-ha" moments both in the studio and on stage.

MISS NORMA

Dance Instructor

B.S. Dance

Specialty: Jazz, Hiphop,
Competition Team

"Encore is a truly special, inclusive safe place for children to learn and express themselves through the art and physicality of movement.  I've loved watching my students grow, not only as dancers, but also as creative, compassionate, hard-working people."

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MISS SUZANNAH

Dance Instructor
Acrobatic Arts Certified
Specialty: Ballet, Tumbling

Suzannah has studied both Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet styles, jazz, tap, modern, and tumbling.  Discovering her passion for teaching as a teenager, it led her to study set and costume design as well.  She is delighted to continue her dream of teaching at Encore.

MISS TORIN

Classroom Assistant
Encore Academy Student
Student Body President

"I love learning how to teach by watching our great teachers, being around the kids and getting to share my love of dance with them.  I hope one day to become a dance teacher with a classroom of my own, and eventually, a preschool teacher."