Encore School of Dance

 

Celebrating 23 years of inspiring kids to reach for the stars...

Now Registering For The 2016/2017 Season! 

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. Michelle is looking forward to ESOD’s 22nd year!

Sara Tyler - Assistant Director

Sara has been dancing for over 20 years both recreationally and competitively. She started her dance career under the direction of  Miss Michelle and danced at ESOD throughout her childhood. In high school, she was a member of the state and national award-winning Boswell Pure Gold Drill Team and competed as a team member, soloist and small group member. Miss Sara has performed on a cruise ship, at Disneyland, at the Miss Texas Pageant and in numerous competitions and community performances. She also has experience in pee-wee, middle school, and high school level cheer. Miss Sara enjoys spending her free time traveling and doing things outdoors with her husband Gregg. She has twin stepdaughters, Chloe & Kaitlyn and a baby girl, Hartley. Miss Sara furthers her dance and studio education by attending conventions and seminars each year. This is Miss Sara’s 12th year at the studio and her third year as Assistant Director.                   

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. This is her sixth year at ESOD and third year as the Company Director.

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. This is Maci’s sixth year teaching at Encore School of Dance and second year as Assistant Company Director.

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. This is Lindsey’s second year at ESOD.

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 2015. This is Anna’s third year at Encore School of Dance.

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. This is Storee’s third year at ESOD.

Brandi Guerra - Instructor

Brandi began her dance education with Miss Michelle at the age of six years old. She studied tap, ballet, jazz, drill team and lyrical. In high school, Brandi was a member of the State and National Champion Pure Gold Dance Team of Boswell High School. She served as Jr. Lieutenant and Captain. With Pure Gold she performed at many events such as the Oil Bowl, Miss Texas Pageant, Dallas Mavericks Game, Disneyworld, Disneyland, on a cruise ship and numerous competitions. Brandi began teaching at Encore in 1998 and this will be her tenth year to be a part of the Encore staff. With Encore she has taught tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, drill team prep and hip-hop classes. She loves sharing her passion for dance with children of all ages. Brandi is married and has four daughters. She loves spending time at home with her family, dogs and her pig, Cinco.

Marlo Harris - Instructor
Marlo Harris, Director of Dance and Fine Arts Department Chair at High Point Academy received her B.A. in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She performed as a principal dancer with the KDH Dance Company for 10 years and was one of the last founding members of the company to retire. She went on to be the Assistant to the Director of KDH and served on the Board of Directors. Marlo was nominated by the Austin Critics Table for Best Female Dancer in Austin in 2007. Her training includes studying at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York and American Dance Festival at Duke University from 1995-1998. Marlo has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., PS 122 in New York, The Cunningham Studio in New York, in Las Vegas and Orlando on the Kohler Tour, and has made a television appearance on the Deborah Duncan talk show in Houston. In conjunction with dancing and performing, Marlo taught Pilates. She is a certified Pilates instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute based in NY and has taught for 10 years. Marlo started her Pilates teaching career at Ballet Austin, under Ann Arnoult. She went on to teach at VIM Studios in South Austin as well as the JCC. Marlo then moved to Houston and proceeded to manage two of her own studios. Upon returning to Austin, Marlo taught for 4 years at Pilates360 in Westlake as an independent contractor in order to concentrate on her performing career. Marlo's teaching career not only encompasses Pilates, but she has also spent time throughout the years in outreach teaching. She has taught dance to children at MD Anderson Cancer and Research Hospital in Houston, as well as Safe Place, Settlement Home, and Salvation Army in Austin. Marlo is currently the director of the dance program at High Point Academy and is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department. This is Marlo's first year with ESOD.

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. This is Michelle’s third year at ESOD and she is looking forward to many more years as a part of the Encore family!

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. This is Jenna's first year with ESOD. 

Sha McMillian - Front Desk
Sha works the front desk and is available to help our families with anything they may need. She loves country music and kids. Sha danced growing up, where she was given the opportunity to dance as the drill team for the TV Show Friday Night Lights, in Galveston, San Antonio and at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Taking a break after high school, she attended cosmetology school in 2010 and did hair for 3 years. She is happy to be back around something she has always enjoyed. This is Sha's third season at ESOD.

Shyanne Pruit - 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.

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. This is Brianna's first year with ESOD.