Michelle Ritenour - Owner/Director
Michelle is the owner and director of Encore School of Dance. Before opening ESOD, she taught for many cities surrounding DFW. Michelle began her dance training at the age of three. She has professional training in ballet, tap, pointe, jazz and drill team. She has studied under the direction of Carol Jones, Pat Riddle, Rhea Gold, Bruce Lea and Richard Walker. She has continued her training seasonally with master teachers such as Joe Tremaine, Gregg Russell, Loree Russeau and Reenie Gold. Michelle has choreographed dances for multiple drill teams, Miss Texas and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader contestants. She has also attended numerous convention and competitions past and present. She has danced with the Miss Texas dancers in Santa Monica, Texas A&M, Grapevine Opera House and Texas Stadium. Michelle was a three year member of the Richland High School Dixie Bells and went on to become the captain of the Gold Dusters dance team at Hardin Simmons University. Michelle also judges the Miss Ft. Worth pageant and the Miss Southlake pageant yearly. She is a member of the Dallas Dance Council, D&M Dance Educators of America, BMI and Sesac. Michelle joined an incredible organization called “More Than Just Great Dancing” whose methods are now used at ESOD.
Kelly Furche - Accounts & Costumes Manager
Kelly began working for ESOD in 1999 after having worked for a large arts and crafts company for eighteen years. During that time she raised her daughter dancing at Encore and watched her son graduate. Kelly has the enormous task of ordering and coordinating all of the beautiful costumes as well as managing the family accounts. Kelly enjoys the dancers and meeting their parents as well as feeling like she has a second family with ESOD.
Jamie Hein - Company Director/Instructor
Jamie began her dance career at the age of two in Arlington. In 2002, she was awarded an internship to Broadway Dance Center in New York City where she trained with many great teachers and choreographers including Ginger Cox, Brian Thomas, Wed Veldink, Michelle Assaf and many more. Jamie continued her education while on staff at Broadway Dance Center performing with various Companies at many different venues including the Duke at 42nd street in Times Square. In late 2004, she relocated to Phoenix, Arizona becoming a choreographer/instructor in the area. In the past seven years, Miss Jamie has instructed over 500 students in the East Valley by becoming an Assistant Artistic Director of a musical theater company and an Artistic Director of a dance company. Jamie was a principal dancer on a premier company, On The Level Dance Company, which has performed in association with the Art Institute of Phoenix, ESPN, National Breaking League and Golden Lion Productions. In 2010, Jamie moved back to the DFW area and began working with Encore.
Maci Davis - Assistant Company Director/Instructor
Maci has over 20 years of dance experience both recreationally and competitively. She began her dance education at the age of two under the direction of Miss Michelle and has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, clogging and hip hop. Maci was a student at ESOD for sixteen years and was a member of the Competitive Companies for eight years. With ESOD she performed at several events such as Ft.Worth Brahmas games, Ft.Worth Flyers games, Mayfest, Drill Team Showcases and numerous competitions across the states of Texas and Oklahoma. While dancing with ESOD she competed at Nationals in Las Vegas with her team and took classes from Gregg Russell, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio and many more. After graduating from Northwest High School, Maci furthered her education at TCC majoring in Radio/TV/Film Production with a minor in Dance. During school she worked on television shows such as Toddlers and Tiaras, Dallas and Deion’s Family Playbook. Maci currently furthers her dance education by attending conventions year round and by traveling in the spring as a staff member for a national dance competition.
Stevie Davis - Administrative Assistant
Stevie grew up dancing at ESOD and was a member of one of our competitive companies throughout middle school and high school. After graduating high school, Stevie began teaching at Encore while attending UNT and graduated with an Undergrad in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Literacy Instruction. For five years, she has been a teacher at an elementary school. Stevie is so excited to be back at ESOD and is looking forward to the years to come!
Lindsey Carrington - Instructor
Lindsey began dancing at the age of three and continued through the beginning of college. She has studied ballet, tap, clogging, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. Lindsey has enjoyed being a part of recreational and competitive dancing for over 18 years. Lindsey graduated from Keller High School and was a 4 year member of the Indianette Drill Team. She served as a Lieutenant her junior year and Captain her senior year. Lindsey attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Lindsey now works full-time as a Pediatric Speech Therapist and enjoys teaching at Encore on the weekends! She absolutely loves children and focuses on strengthening their creativity and individuality. Lindsey and her husband, Carl, live in Keller with their two fur babies, Sadie and Dany.
Anna Chavez - Instructor
Anna Chavez grew up in Plano, Texas, where she started dancing at the age of three. She was trained in classical ballet, the Cecchetti method, as well as jazz, tap, hip hop, pointe, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. She danced competitively under Kim Bryant of Plano’s Dance Expressions. She won her first choreography award at the age of seventeen, among others. Despite the challenges of two knee surgeries, Anna continued her passion of dance in college. She obtained her Bachelors of Art in dance from the University of North Texas in 2011. Anna has had opportunities to train with some prominent dance companies such as Garth Fagan, Jose Limon, Urban Bush Women, and Bebe Miller. One of her proudest moments was to have her choreography selected for a charity event, Dance for Hope, which raises money for domestic abuse against women and children. Upon graduation, Anna traveled to New York City to take classes and enhance her dance abilities. She moved back to Texas in 2013, and continues to dance under Kerry Kreiman of Contemporary Dance Fort Worth. You can catch her in performances across the DFW area. In 2016, she was honored to perform “Steps: 13” under Gus Solomons Jr of NYC. Alongside performing, CDFW allows Anna to go into inner city schools to inspire children through movement. This is her fourth year at Encore School of Dance.
Elaney Dominguez - Instructor
Carolina Escamilla - Instructor
Carolina started dancing at the age of 9 years old in Mexico at a studio called
Art D' Danse. She went to competitions like Dance Masters of America and
Dance Educators of America with their dance company. She became a
dance instructor at the age of 14. Carolina was trained and has also instructed the basics of ballet, jazz, hip hop, salsa, belly
dance, and hawaiian. She went to Needvile High School in Needville, TX
where she became the captain of the Sapphires Dance Team. Recently, Carolina moved to Fort Worth where she is attending Tarrant County
Community College to finish general studies while taking dance
classes at a college level. Carolina plans to transfer to UNT where she'll finish her bachelors in Dance with a secondary teaching certification.
Storee Everage - Cheer Coach/Instructor
Storee Everage began cheerleading at the age of seven. She has over 12 years of experience including three years coaching a varsity cheerleading squad. Storee was a junior high cheerleader at Wayside Middle School. She cheered for four years at Boswell High School and also participated in many parades including the Fort Worth Parade of Lights, The Thanksgiving Day Parade in Hollywood, California and the New Years Day Parade in London, England. She was nominated for All American Cheerleader at NCA camp and won All Star Cheerleader at UCA cheerleading camp. Over the past three years Storee has choreographed cheerleading dance and routines for several local schools and has continued her education by attending FCC and UCA cheerleading camps. Storee graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development/Child Development. She has always had a passion for dancing, cheerleading and tumbling and loves working with children.
Rachel Hudler - Instructor
Rachel began dancing at 5 years old with Ms.Michelle at the Saginaw Community Center. She was a member of the Boswell Pure Gold Dance Team and performed with Tarrant County College Dance Company. While at Encore she has taught many subjects; tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, drill team and Zumba. However, her proudest achievement has been developing and leading the No Boundaries team, a dance class for children and adults with unique intellectual and physical abilities. In addition to dance, Rachel is extremely passionate about physical fitness and nutrition. She combined her love of dance and fitness to create Cardio Dance Jam. A dance party style workout class that helps children and adults customize their workout for their fitness level. She is also currently pursuing her certification to become a personal trainer.
Michelle Lamm - First Impressions Director
Michelle makes sure that the studio is always an inviting atmosphere for our families with all kinds of special touches. Michelle’s daughter grew up taking dance, so she was eager to get back into the studio life after spending years doing practice management in the medical field. As an avid scrap booker.
Jenna McDade - Instructor
Jenna began dancing at the age of three at a studio in Haltom City,
Texas. She has studied jazz, modern, tap, ballet, hip hop, world dance,
and musical theatre. Throughout grade school, Jenna danced with the
Texas Children's Choir's Praise Dancers and the
Casa Kids at Casa Mañana and Bass Hall. During her time at Haltom High
School, she preformed in the school musical every year and her
choreography was featured in
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat her senior year.
She was also the student assistant for several dance classes at the
school. Jenna furthered her dance career at TCC while she obtained an
Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in dance.
She danced with the Mosaic Dance Company at the Northwest campus for a
few semesters. After TCC, Jenna attended UTA where she danced and
choreographed for the Maverick Dance Company. She completed a B.A. in
Psychology with a minor in dance in December 2016.
She wants to share the therapeutic qualities of dance with her
community. In her free time, Jenna likes to listen to music and hang out
with her fiancé, step son, and dogs, Ringo Starr and Woodstock.
Shyanne Pruit - Cheer Coach/Instructor
Shyanne began her dance education at the age of two. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, tumbling and cheerleading. Shyanne performed for five years at places such as Billy Bob’s Mayfest, Pioneer Days and other area events with a local Ft. Worth dance company. During middle school, Shyanne participated in sports and was a cheerleader. She continued cheering during high school and was on the varsity cheerleading squad at Boswell High School. Shyanne was also a four year member of the Touch of Gold Show Choir. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport. While at TSU, Shyanne was a member of the coed cheerleading squad. Shyanne taught at Encore in 1999 and is so happy to be back at ESOD.