ncore Dance Academy
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.
Encore Dance Academy
Encore has been proudly serving the Tri-Cities for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on providing excellent training, with nurturing, professional and expert faculty.
We offer classes for beginners through advances, all ages and levels. Our programs include Company, Intensive, Half Day, and General (recreational). We offer Cecchetti Ballet Examinations as well as CDTA Tap and Jazz Examinations. Additionally, we offer workshops, camps, sessionals, and master classes. Whether recreational or aspiring dance professionals, Encore has a program to fit each student's needs.
At Encore, we provide each of our students with the opportunity and training to achieve their personal goals at dance, where dancers can be challenged and encouraged to dance to their full potential.