Elizabeth Tookey

Contemporary & Jazz Instructor / Choreographer

Elizabeth’s professional career has allowed her to travel all over the world for the past 10 years. She began with Princess Cruises where she performed roles as Judy Garland and Cyd Charisse on the Sea Princess. She then traveled to Tokyo Japan where she was part of a featured pas de deux couple in “Encore!” at Tokyo Disney Sea. Elizabeth was then hired by Big Fish Management to perform alongside Lisa Brokop for the Canadian troops in both Israel and Egypt.

Wanting to settle down Elizabeth moved to Vancouver, B.C where she began as Co-Director and Choreographer for the Source Dance Company. Finding her love for choreography Elizabeth set many pieces all around Vancouver and the lower main land. She was hired as part of the creative team for the film “Reefer Madness” where she helped create dance sequences for the film.

Elizabeth also travels around Canada adjudicating in many competitions including Dance Power finals in Kelowna, B.C. She has also worked in Stratford and Edmonton where she lends her expertise in lyrical, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre and contemporary. Most recently Elizabeth returned from Toronto where she just completed performing as Ensemble Dancer and 1st “Baby” understudy in Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. After an 18 month run Elizabeth went on to play the role of “Baby” 52 times. Elizabeth can now be seen on the CW TV Series Hellcats which is currently being filmed in Vancouver, BC.

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Laurel Cabrita

Ballet Instructor / Choreographer

Known for her infectious enthusiasm for Ballet, Laurel has been teaching in the Lower Mainland for 25 years and is certified with I.S.T.D. Cecchetti branch at a Licentiate level. She is President of the Cecchetti Association and is a leader in the progress and advancement of the Cecchetti ballet method in Canada.

Laurel has also studied Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University allowing her to help dancers understand anatomy, development and physiology. Dancers she trains consistently achieve top marks in their examinations and she leads by example – setting professional standards. Many of the dancers she has trained have gone on to careers as ballerinas, performers, dancers for cruise ships and even business students – like Miss Barbie! They have always been driven by her contagious passion and acute dedication to their progress. After beginning her dance career at age 4 with Tap and Baton in Calgary, AB she went on to become one of the original Kidettes which later became the Young Canadians. As a teen,

Laurel studied the Royal Academy of Ballet method, Jazz and Contempoary with Lynette Fry Abra and completed her Advanced exam before moving to Vancouver at age 16. Her extensive Ballet training includes The Banff School of Fine Arts Summer Schools with Arnold Spohr, Frank Borman and Larry Hayden and the Pacific Ballet Theatre Company under the Direction of Maria Lewis and Renald Rabu. She performed and toured with PBT Company throughout BC before being given the opportunity to travel and dance in Asia (where she met Miss Stacy!). Laurel continues to train every summer travelling across North America studying with renowned Ballet Masters such as Glenn Gilmore, Susan Brooker, Kate Simmons and Veronica Tennent to name just a few. 

Aldeana Bawtinheimer

Acrobatics Instructor / Choreographer

Aldeana operated her own studio, ALDEANA'S ACROBATS, for over 30 years in the Surrey area. She now offers her services to local studios, who are interested in expanding their Acrobat programs. Aldeana was trained at a young age in the specialized arts of Acrobats and Adagio. Aldeana enjoyed competition success at an early age, and has brought that successful attitude to her students.

Her students have excelled at all levels of competition in Acrobats, Adagio and Fitness. Her Surrey troop, of 20 Acrobats, earned a reputation of having a fierce, highly competitive team spirit. Her talented students and unique choreography have combined for many routines that have successfully competed in both local and international competitions, receiving many Honour Awards.

Aldeana’s students have gone on to a professional level, performing in many corporate events. Her students have also been afforded opportunities to participate in Vegas workshops with Cirque Du Soleil performers. Aldeana now looks forward to continued challenges and successes with student’s thru-out the Lower Mainland.

Tracy Dekker

Pilates & Body Rolling Instructor

Tracy was introduced to Pilates as a student over 10 years ago. As a dance teacher she fell in love with the classical pilates method of balance of body, mind and spirit. In 2009 she made the plunge into the world of Joseph Pilates, studied under Matilda Christensen and Veronica McClurg, the only 2 teacher trainers of Classical Pilates in Canada, and graduated the Teacher Training Program which is a one year program and requires over 950 hours of intense training. This program is recognized as one the most well respected and thorough programs in the world who’s headquarter are at “The Pilates Centre” in Boulder Colorado.

Tracy continues to explore Pilates by taking classes and workshops and believes that there is no end to the depth of the work. She truly believes that Pilates is the best form of exercise and considers it to be life changing not only physically but mentally. Tracy brings both energy and enthusiasm to her classes and enjoys watching clients feel the wonderful benefits of movement done correctly.

Krystin Clarke ​

Modern, Contemporary Ballet & Jazz Tech

Krystin Clarke was born and raised in Red Deer Alberta, where she began her dance training at age 3 in Ballet in the RAD and Cecchetti syllabus. At age 12 she continued to enhance her dance training in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She has had the opportunity to train in Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, and New York City. She has had the opportunity to perform with the Alberta Ballet, Edmonton Contemporary Dancers, Orchesis Modern Dance group, and as a guest performer for Feets Festival.

University brought Krystin to Edmonton where she received an honors degree in fine arts from the University of Alberta. While pursuing her education she was a member and choreographer at Orchesis Modern Dance group as well as a full time principle dance instructor. During her time in Edmonton, Krystin was also a guest instructor and choreographer for a number of prestigious studios.

During her years teaching dancing, Krystin has had the opportunity to adjudicate a number of competitions across western Canada. She is known best for her choreography, which has won a number of awards, and her passionate teaching style. Many of her students have moved on to dance professionally in numerous cheer groups, television and film, cruise ships, and compete on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She has had the opportunity to act as stage manager, choreograph a number of bridal fashion shows, choreograph for the Edmonton Fringe Festival and work on numerous short independent films.

Krystin is currently working on her after degree in Industrial Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She continues to and choreograph across Alberta and British Columbia and currently teaches at a number of studios in Vancouver. She is extremely excited to share her intense passion for dance with others and foster creativity in students and aspiring teachers to continue to enhance the dance community.

Carlo Atienza

Hip Hop Instructor / Choreographer

Carlo took his first dance class at the age of 19 and hasn’t looked back since. He is one of the most captivating performers to have hit the scene as a choreographer in recent years. He is currently a member of White Chocolate, who won top prize as best professional dance crew in 2006 and has also joined up with 3D dance crew who was awarded Choreographer of the year at Artists Emerge 2008.

Carlo hopes to encourage his students to hear music differently so that they may better understand themselves both as dancers and choreographers. He continues to educate and train himself in all styles of hip hop dance whether it be in locking, popping, or house. He not only draws inspiration from the top choreographers of the west coast, but also from his fellow peers and most importantly his students. “Knowing how to learn is knowing how to grow. Not until we understand how to be inspired can we then inspire.”

Danielle Gramm

Danielle has been dancing since the young age of nine and continues to explore the dance world in all its different paths. Although she's still competing and dancing herself, she has been a teacher all over the Lower Mainland for over 5 years. She was trained in all the styles she could get her hands on; Jazz, Ballet, Tap, HipHop, Stage, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern and Acro. Her passion within dance lies with Acrobatics. Eager and excited to take her choreography to the world of competitions - Danielle couldn't be happier that she's taking that step within the very studio she grew up in, Encore. 

Stacy Cole

Owner / Technical Director

Miss Stacy is a passionate, diversified and reputable instructor and adjudicator whose love of dance began at age two and half and continues to this day. She has studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Chinese Dance, Polynesian, Voice and Acting; her passion for teaching was ignited at the age of sixteen when she was asked to teach a Jazz routine for a P.E. class! As a dancer, Stacy has performed at local favourites like the Pacific National Exhibition, The Vancouver Show, The Rene Simard Show, and the Rick Hansen Homecoming.

She was a dancer and choreographer for the "Cotton Club" dinner theatre in Nagoya, Japan and was the Canadian representative for the Miss World Asia Pageant held in Taipei, Taiwan. She has choreographed for the Miss Vancouver Chinatown Pageant, Abracadabra Show Productions and the National Lacrosse League's Ravens Junior Dance Team who performed for crowds of 12,000 at GM Place. Her dances have been seen on stage in Disneyland, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and of course at local events such as Golden Spike Days. In 2010 Stacy received Mentor of the Year Award in 2010 at Shine Dance Festival and her choreography has won numerous awards. She is currently a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers' Association, BC Branch, co-owner and Technical Director of Encore Dance Academy and adjudicates across Canada.

Stacy's philosophy on dance is . . . "you never stop learning" . . . as a dancer, teacher, or even adjudicator. Stacy dedicates her life to her "kids" at Encore and is amazingly compassionate and encouraging, which has greatly influenced all dancers she has trained who have gone on to careers as professional dancers, performers and even doctors. She is a crazy animal lover especially to her dog, a black lab named Seyla! 

Lindsay White

Lindsay White is a highly experienced dance and certified yoga instructor.  She has been teaching and choreographing for 20 years in a variety of dance genres.  Lindsay is trained in multiple disciplines and continually attends conventions and various courses to learn new techniques to share with her students.  She is passionate about dance and her students.
Lindsay has grown up performing in the lower mainland competitive scene.  Her love of dance has transpired into a rewarding career. Lindsay teaches both at the recreational and competitive level with her students winning numerous high score and  choreography awards.
Her love of dance is most apparent in her commitment and dedication to train her students focusing on developing their technique as well as inspiring a love of performance.  Lindsay is encouraging, positive, and invested in nurturing her dancers through their dance journey.
Lindsay desires to share her love of dance with her students and aspiring teachers.  She proudly has numerous dancers who post graduation continue to dance professionally or teach, sharing their passion with the next generation.  Lindsay brings both energy and enthusiasm to her classes and enjoys watching her students succeed. 

Kelsey Chase

Instructor / Choreographer

Kelsey is one of Vancouver’s most exciting and energetic dancers. She began dancing at the age of three and has not stopped since. Her passion for teaching, choreographing and performing has and continues to take her all over the world. She has lived, trained and worked in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and of course Vancouver where she currently resides.

Some of her T.V. and Film credits include “The L Word”, “Another Cinderella Story”, “Fantastic Four 2”, “Chicago”, “Dudley Do-Right”, “Just Deal”. Some of her stage and credits include “Cabaret”, “Chicago”, and “Oliver”. Fefe Dobson, Gemini Awards Show, Canadian Forces Show Tours with Lisa Brokop, Farmers Daughters and two seasons with Toronto’s “Helix Dance Project”.

She was blessed to be a part of the closing ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and assisted choreographer Jocelyn Peden as well as performed in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympics. When Kelsey is not performing she is sharing her love of dance through teaching. She is a faculty member for Groove Street Productions dance convention, Rocky Mountain Dance Project and Harbour Dance Center. She feels very blessed to be able to do what she loves.

Christina Leger

Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, tap & jazz Instructor / Choreographer

A true teacher at heart, Miss Tina has a special talent of making each and every one of her dancers feel like a star. Her genuine and enthusiastic love for teaching began at the age of 16 when she was asked to be her dance instructor's assistant. She quickly learned that she loved to work with children. Since her debut as a teacher, choreographer and of course Encore Dance Team Leader and Costume shopping GURU, she has earned numerous awards for her choreography and has been proud to watch her dancers perform her work in the Vancouver 2010 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Vancouver Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Vancouver Canada Parade, Disneyland, and on Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

At age 10 Tina added dancing to her busy schedule as a competitive gymnast where she won the BC Gymnastics Provincials with Gold. She has trained in dance extensively at The Edge in Hollywood, LA Millenium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, Harbour Dance centre in Vancouver, BC and has been moulded by some of the best instructors in the Industry including Belinda Sobie, Sherrie Scherger, Stacy Cole, Moe Brody, Jocelyn Peden and Laurel Cabrita. She went on to be a featured dancer in the movie Reefer Madness starring Neve Campbell, a BC Lions dancer, Captain and Choreographer from 2003-2005 including Choreographer for the Grey Cup in 2004. Tina has been a featured dancer for the Vancouver PNE's night Shows, and has performed/choreographed for the musicals Annie, Westside Story, Scrooge, Grease, Romeo & Juliet, Oliver and Les Miserable by Delta and South Delta Secondary Schools, Delta Youth Theater Productions and The Arts Umbrella Granville Island. She can can also be seen in films and on television on Millenium, X Files, the L word, Sandlot 2 and Jumanji!

Currently, Miss Tina is enjoying her ninth year teaching at Encore, attending conventions such as Triple Threat and GSP, learning techniques and ways to help drive her passion through her students. In her spare time, she enjoys working at local preschools and elementary schools sharing her love of dance and fun to young students, volunteering as Coach for the Delta Secondary Dance Team - Winners of three Provincial Championships!! When you see her next, ask her how much she loves Hello Kitty.

Sara CloseAIDT Advanced Associate II Tap; BCRPA Registered Personal Trainer; BCRPA Registered Weight Trainer; Standard First Aid with CPR-C-AED

 Instructor / Choreographer

Sara is a dancer, dance educator and choreographer. She has 20 years of dance experience with extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, salsa, contemporary, hip hop and stage. Sara is a registered teacher with the Association of International Dance Teachers (AIDT) and holds her Advanced Associate II for Tap. Sara is also a BCRPA Registered Personal Trainer and BCRPA Registered Weight Trainer.

Sara trained professionally with Bravo Dance Company on the Elite Salsa Team under the direction of world champion Alfonso Caldera and assists with his salsa classes. She was also a member of the Scholarship Program at Drive Dance Centre. Here she had the opportunity to widen her experience by training with diverse choreographers and companies such as 605 Collective, Over The Influence (OTI) and the Response. Sara also apprenticed with Heather Laura Gray for Claire French’s Project CPR (choreographic practice and research) and was rehearsal director for “Ego Tripped” Project CPR. Her credits include television, film and live performances. She was a lead dancer in the Ash Koley music video “Brighter at Night” and Jessie Farrell’s “You Make Me Feel” and also performed in music videos for Marianas Trench, Hey Ocean and 16mm. She has worked on independent short films, Crazy8s Film Productions and TV commercials for Never Stop.Milk. Live performances include The Vancouver International Salsa Festival with Bravo Dance Company, For the Luv of It showcases, The Army of Sass, and corporate events with The Underground Circus.

Sara’s training and professional work led her to the business side where she gained additional experience in event organizing. She has planned, coordinated and assisted with events, workshops, intensives and competitions for Drive Dance Centre and CoreDance Productions. She also worked as an Events Operations Assistant for the TED 2014 Conferences held in Vancouver, BC.

Sara is currently teaching competitive classes as well as technique and exam work throughout the lower mainland and continues to train and perform.

Lindsay Mackay

Creative Movement, ballet, tap & jazz Instructor / Choreographer

Lindsay has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Polynesian. She has won numerous awards and scholarships at competitions throughout the Lower Mainland and has performed at many local events. She completed one year of musical theatre at Capilano University and then performed on Carnival Cruise Lines for two years enjoying being part of some of the best shows on any ship.

Lindsay performed as a tap dancer in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics. She is currently working on her Advanced 2 Cecchetti and her Associates degree in Ballet and is thrilled to be back again this year to teach at Encore. She is absolutely passionate about dance and performing and hopes to share this love of dance with her young students.

Gaylene Burton

Gaylene takes enormous joy in sharing her love of dance through teaching, choreography and performance.   

Originally from Manitoba,  Gaylene started dancing at the age of 7.  At 16 she was given the opportunity to teach in her Hometown of Minnedosa.  It was then that she discovered the immense rewards of working with children.     

Gaylene relocated to Vancouver to dance & study acting.  She now has over 20 years of teaching experience.  She is CDTA certified in tap and stage & has a strong background in jazz and ballet. Gaylene has earned numerous choreography awards over the years.  She has Industrial credits including principal dancer/actor in the tv pilot “A Screwball Homicide” and principal dancer in the feature film “Life or something like it”.  She has appeared in many commercials including most recently Dairy Queen, Macy’s and Ziploc.  

Gaylene continues to share her fun, positive enthusiasm with students & in her spare time can be found chasing after her three adorable, rascally kids.  

Melissa Cruz

Hip Hop Instructor / Choreographer

Melissa danced all throughout grade school and started here at Encore. She is trained in hip hop, jazz and lyrical. Throughout her years as a student at Encore, Melissa assisted with hip hop classes. Currently, she is in the process of completing her degree at SFU in the criminology department.

Encore Dance Instructors / Choreographers

Akeisha de Baat

Born and raised in the Lower Mainland of B.C, Akeisha trained at a small studio in Mission, developing a love for Ballet and the early modern techniques, which led her to New York City in 2008, training at The Ailey School. In 2014 she graduated with her BFA from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and shortly after co-founded WAREHAUS dance collective. Akeisha continues to educate herself in movement, taking workshops and classes at home, in Vancouver, and abroad traveling to places such as: Australia, Germany, Italy, Austria, London and The Netherlands. Her keen interest lies in the principles of Coutnertechnique, traveling extensively to gain more knowledge and insight in the teachings in order to better integrated the method into her artistic practice. Along with creating works for WAREHAUS, Akeisha has worked as an assistant to Dutch choreographer, Joeri Dubbe, at the Korzo Theatre in partnership with The Netherlands Danse Theatre. She has had the pleasure of presenting and performing work through Dance Allsorts, Small Stage, 12 Minutes Max, Cascadia Film Festival, and To. Be. Announced, New Blue (Toronto), and Lovers Cabaret; and performed works by Vanessa Goodman, Paras Terezakis, Lovers Cabaret, Dezza Dance, Valence Movement, and Megan Hunter over the years. 


Breanna English

Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre Instructor / Choreographer

Breanna is a multi-talented performer and choreographer whose passion has led her to travel and train in dance all over the world. Her extensive dance training includes Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.

As a performer, Breanna's long list of Television and Film appearances includes Warner Bros. featured film “The Fantastic Four”, “The Sixth Man” with Marlon Wayans, the Disney production "So Weird” and the one hour TV special with recording artist Love Inc. Although you might not recognize her Breanna also appeared as the principal character in the movie “Scooby Too Monsters Unleashed” as the dancing Scooby Doo. She also has worked on Commercials such as “Coors Light” and “Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines” among others. Breanna’s credits include performing with Charo, Ben Vereen, Boys 2 Men, TV series “Instant Star” Alexz Johnson, Base is Base, the Country Music Awards, the Las Vegas Legends, BMG Germany recording artist Sarah Connors and the Vancouver Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team. Her enthusiasm for entertaining has given her the opportunity to also perform for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and as a lead at Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan.

As a choreographer, Breanna has won numerous awards for her unique and creative style as well as has been given the opportunity to choreograph for some of our National Sports Leagues such as NLL Vancouver Ravens Fly Girls and CFL B.C Lions Dance Team. Her list of accomplishments also includes modeling for Miss Sixty, New Balance, Tommy Hilfiger, Westbeach, Killah, Polo, Revlon, MAC and Joico. Breanna hopes all of her students will benefit from her commercialized style and sassy upbeat attitude for dance.

Peggy Giesbrecht

Tap, Stage, & Lyrical Instructor / Choreographer

Peg Giesbrecht has over 25 years of experience creating amazing dancers and helping young people of all backgrounds, interests and abilities to dream big and achieve their goals. A quick internet search of her former students (Lisa La Touche, Nicholas Drommard, Jody Hagel, Stephanie Cadman, Sarah Moore and Lisa Goebel to name a few) shows just how far Peg’s students travel along the path to their dreams. Peg received her fundamental dance training under the skilled eye of Susan Mensinger in Calgary, Alberta. Showing an extraordinary level of creativity and confidence early on Peggy began teaching and choreographing at age 16 and never looked back.

Since then she has become a sought after instructor in studios across Canada and each new dance season provides new opportunities and demands for her expertise. Peg studied ballet and contemporary dance, theatre and education at the University of Calgary, during which time she also met Heather Cornell of Manhattan Tap and enjoyed a brief period of mentorship with this icon of North American tap dance. Peg has also performed, trained or created general dance mayhem with the likes of Jim Hibbard, Diane Walker, Jeff Hyslop and William Orlowski, Danny Neilson, Mika Komatsu and Jennifer Bishop – and the list goes on.

Peg is currently teaching tap, modern and jazz in the thriving arts community in Vancouver, BC. She is a provincial and national level adjudicator, member of the West Coast Tap Dance Society, BC Dance Educators Association, SOCAN and supporter of the World Youth Music Organization.

Some of her choreography for theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Li’l Abner, West Side Story, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Charity and the independently produced rock music compilation Smells like Teen Spirit. Peg herself has also performed and/ or presented choreography at the One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo, the Calgary and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, Spring Board Dance Festival, Ignite Youth Festival, West Coast Tap Day Celebration and the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival. Peg trains regularly with The Working Class, Kokoro Dance and will be returning in the fall to the Tuesday Tap Club at the Rhythm Room.

Terri-Lynne BanfieldFISTD (Cecchetti)

Ballet Instructor / Choreographer

As one of the most qualified and respected teachers in the Cecchetti Society, Terri trains many other teachers and advanced students as they prepare for their upper level ballet exams, including Miss Lindsay!

Her extensive training includes the National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She has danced professionally with the Pacific Ballet Theatre Company, adjudicated and has taught numerous workshops throughout North America.

Terri-Lynne has been teaching for over 25 years and holds her Diploma Certificate and Fellowship Teaching Degree from the Cecchetti Society, the highest qualification they issue. Her passion and dedication to her students shows every day, she enjoys encouraging dancers to be their best. Her favourite quote is "They don't care what you know until they know that you care". And she truly does.