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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. Michelle joined an incredible organization called “More Than Just Great Dancing” whose methods are now used at ESOD. 

Kelly Furche

Account & Costume 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.

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!

Maci Davis  

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. 

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 where she also found a love for yoga. With the help of yoga and physical therapy, she rehabilitated her knee and 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, Alvin Ailey, 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. In March 2018, ten years after her first yoga class, Anna completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Om Yoga Journey under Arpita Shah. Her goal of teaching yoga in conjunction with dance is to instill a calmness of the mind through a connection of breath.

Elaney Dominguez 

Instructor

Elaney Dominguez started dancing at age 3 in San Antonio, TX. Her training included ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. She continued to dance in high school and competed as a soloists (lyrical/jazz). Elaney has been teaching mini hip hop, ballet, jazz, creative movement and dance team prep since 2015. After graduating from Brennan HS, she attended UTSA and continued her passion dancing with the San Antonio Rampage Ice Girls 2015-2017. Elaney transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington studying psychology. Her love and passion for the art is equal to the love she has for her students.

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 7 and has over 12 years of cheerleading experience. She has 7 years of experience coaching cheerleading including 3 years coaching a Varsity cheerleading squad. She cheered on several competition teams and was a junior high cheerleader at Wayside Middle school. In high school she cheered all 4 years at Boswell. Storee graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors degree in Human Development. She cheered her Freshman year as a collegiate cheerleader at Texas Tech University.  She was nominated for All American cheerleader at NCA camp and won All Stars at UCA cheerleading camp. Her varsity cheerleading squad won Camp Champions and was invited to cheer in Hollywood, California where they participated in the Hollywood Parade. She cheered in many parades including the Fort Worth parade of lights, the Thanksgiving parade in Hollywood California, the New Years Day parade in London, England, and the Texas Tech Homecoming parade in Lubbock, TX. Over the last 7 years she has choreographed cheerleading dances and routines for several High schools and hosted camps for several local private schools. She has continued her education by attending FCC, NCA, and UCA cheerleading camps and cheerleading competitions. She has always had a passion for dance, cheerleading, and tumbling and loves working with children and teenagers!

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

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.