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Encore Academy of Dance is more than a dance school!

Students go beyond learning wonderful technique and poise to develop important life skills and learn to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people.

Our mission is to create lifelong lovers of dance while students learn from our knowledgeable faculty, make new friends, and grow as individuals!


Located in Durham, North Carolina, 5 minutes from Duke University, Encore Academy of Dance is one of the most comprehensive dance facilities within the Triangle region. 

We have two studios and nine styles of dance on offer for students from ages 18 months to adult. 

To ensure classes are suitable for all who attend, we offer a range of options across styles, age groups and abilities. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit or simply ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you. 

The teachers at Encore Academy of Dance have a vast range of experience across disciplines and continue to educate themselves in the world of dance performance, choreography and education. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging. 

Enroll for group lessons or book private lessons at a time that suits you.

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Our vision is to create a community of life long lovers of dance where the magic of dance is fun, friendly and accessible. We have witnessed firsthand how dance can build character, confidence and lifelong friendships. 

This beautiful, enriching performing art is an incredible tool to teach body awareness, self-discipline and teamwork.

Through our service of teaching dance, we strive to provide exceptional mentorship and technique to our students. While high lighting to the importance of etiquette and manners, we also focus on good self-esteem and positive body image.  


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Lindsay Tilley

Lindsay Tilley began dancing locally at the age of nine. During her local studio training Lindsay was a member of the Durham Children’s Ballet Company as well …

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Brittany Brunner

Ms. Brittany has experience dancing, teaching, and using American Sign Language (ASL). She danced and choreographed since she was in high school, and we are very lucky…

Karyna Cherchevych

Karyna is a Ukrainian citizen who recently moved to Durham, NC. She began dance class at the age of 4 and enrolled in a professional ballet boarding school…

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Ebonie Conley

Ebonie Conley, is a Durham native and grew up dancing at Encore Academy of dance. She studied all styles of dance growing up but her favorite would have to be…

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Mallory Craig

Mallory Craig was born and raised in Durham and began dancing at Encore Academy of Dance at the age of 3. She became an EAD company member when she was 4…

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Allison Daniels Gordon

Allison Daniels Gordon, a Durham native, has adapted a unique choreographic style that reflects her varied interests in the performing arts as a choreographer, …

Macy Daniels

Macy Blair Daniels has been dancing for 17 years, she started at the age of 2 years old. Macy has learned most styles of dance throughout her years…

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Sydney Ekanayake-Lin

Sydney Ekanayake-Lin was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from NYU with a BS in Early Childhood & Special Education…

D'Amani Hillman

D’Amani began her dance training at 3 years old, loving the stage while tap dancing to “Animal Crackers.” She loved tap and wanted to learn more styles. She started Jazz and …

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Ava Howell

Ava Howell began her dance training and competing at a local studio near her home. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, african, liturgical and gymnastics.

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Dawn Hair-Rudd

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Tiki Hair-Rudd

Tiki started dancing at the age of 5 in Greenville, NC at North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts. At age 9, she was selected for NCADA’s company classes where…

Kiana Rempfer

Kiana Rempfer started dancing when she was 5 years old and has been dancing ever since! She loves to teach Hip Hop and basic dance moves to people of all…

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Ginger Stathelson

Ginger Stathelson believes that dance is an enriching and fulfilling pursuit that benefits all ages, and that creative expression and education are a life-long process.


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Anna Shelhorse

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Amelia Bryant