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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.  


Lindsay Tilley

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 …

Brittany Brunner

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…

Amelia Bryant

Amelia Bryant

Amelia Bryant, a Durham native, has danced most of her life. She is a former Encore Academy of Dance student and company member. Throughout her training …

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, …

Madison Catalano

Madison Catalano was born and raised in Itasca, IL. In May of 2021 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology from the University of …

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.

Sydney Lin

Sydney Ekanayake-Lin

Sydney Ekanayake-Lin was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and now studies Early Childhood and Special Education, Spanish, and Dance at NYU. She is a former …

Anna Shelhorse

Anna Shelhorse

Anna Shelhorse, a Durham native, was an Encore Academy of Dance student and company member throughout her childhood. She graduated from Riverside …

Ginger Stathelson

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.

Giulia Marsella

Giulia is a student physical therapist at Duke University and is so excited to be spending some time back in the studio! She grew up in Los Angeles dancing…

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…

Dawn Hair-Rudd

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