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. 


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.  

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.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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.

Francis Aranton

Francis has been dancing since the age of 8. Starting at PraiseTEAM Studios, he has been trained in several Hip Hop funk style, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. He is currently a full-time student at Simon Fraser University in hopes to complete his Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology.

Many of his first place titles with his crew ‘Brotherhood' include Vibe 2017, Body Rock 2015, World of Dance Vancouver 2013/2014/2015 and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships 2013. Francis has worked on choreography for various KPOP artist like ‘EXO’ and 'HIGH4:20’ and has performed for “America’s Got Talent” and “The Dance Switzerland”. 

 Sydney Thompson

Sydney Thompson was born and raised in Calgary Alberta and started her dance training at 5 years old at Danscott Studio. Sydney trained in all styles ranging from tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. Sydney has trained all over Canada and the United States at many prestigious institutions such as Boston Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, and the School of Alberta Ballet. Sydney has trained in both the ADAPT and RAD syllabus and achieved her Solo Seal award in 2011. In 2015 sydney graduated from the University of British Colombia Okanagan with a degree in political science. Currently Sydney has been training at Harbour Dance Centre in both the Intensive Training Company, and the Aviary Dance Company. 

Encore Dance Instructors / Choreographers