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. Two years ago Michelle joined an incredible organization called “More Than Just Great Dancing” whose methods are now used at ESOD.
Kelly Furche - Accounts 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 the past five years, she has been a teacher at an elementary school. Stevie is so excited to be back at ESOD for our 24th season 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 began her dance training at the age of three at a studio in Plano, Texas. There she was trained primarily in ballet, Cecchetti Method, and began competing at the age of seven in categories of tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip hop. She is a graduate from The University of North Texas where she obtained her B.A. in dance in 2011, studying under Shelley Cushman, Dr. Mary, Lynn Babcock, Ellie Leonhardt and Robin Lakes. She has performed pieces by Audrey Kennedy, Yuki Osawa, Terrynan Davis, Ellie Leonhardt, Teresa Cooper, among others. Her narrative piece, “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner” which premiered in 2010, was featured in Dance for Hope Charities to raise money for battered women and children. Following college, Anna moved to Brooklyn, New York, to follow her passion for dance. There she began creating NYC Project, a series of three pieces collaborating dance, architecture and film. She now enjoys dancing for Contemporary Dance Fort Worth under the direction of Kerry Kreiman of Fort Worth. You can see her in performances across the Dallas Fort Worth area. She most recently performed her solo, Back, at the Modern Dance Festival in Fort Worth of July 2017.
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.
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, Michelle does an awesome job on the studio bulletin board and the journals that you’ll find in our lobbies. She is engaged to be married early next year and will become a stepmom to two precious children.
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.
Whitney Mosteller - Instructor
Whitney began her dance education at the age of five at a studio in Alabama where she continued to dance until she was 18. After high school, Whitney began teaching dance throughout college. She focused on broadway tap, broadway jazz and ballet and spent various summers enjoying learning other areas of dance such as clogging, hip hop and contemporary. Whitney was a cheerleader from junior high all the way through high school. She spent time teaching gymnastics and doing the choreography for gymnastics team floor routines. She also spent 4 years in competitive show choir and worked with the choreographer on routines. Whitney has a bachelors degree in Human Resources Management and in Business.
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.
Katie Swiczewicz - Instructor
Katie has been dancing since the age of two and began competing at age five. She is classically trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop and acrobatics. She is from Rhode Island and grew up training and performing all across the United States. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Psychology, which has helped her learn how to adjust her teaching styles as needed. She also had the chance to travel to Hawaii where she spent a semester studying the diverse dance techniques of different cultures. She holds various titles and was invited, on multiple occasions, to represent the United States at the IDO Dance Olympics held in Germany. She was also on Season 6 of the show, "So You Think You Can Dance" where she spent time training under many nationally acclaimed choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Travis Wall and Tyce Diorio. She has been teaching for over 10 years and has received many accredited choreography awards from national competitions. She has also both danced and taught at various conventions/master classes across the States. Katie loves teaching children, of all ages, and enjoys watching them learn and grow under her care.
Brianna Thomas - Front Desk
Brianna graduated from Boswell in 2014 and performed on the Pure Gold Drill Team as well as another competition team. During these years, she got to perform at the Cowboys stadium and a Dallas Mavericks game. Brianna enjoys doing yoga, traveling and of course dancing.