Anne began dancing at a very young age. Her training was diverse in multiple genres. She quickly joined her studio’s dance team – performing and competing for many years. At the age of 20, she began teaching at a local studio in South Florida. Her show stopping choreography and flair, artistry and pure love of dance has rewarded her in all divisions at competitions with overall high scores. Her true dream was to one day own a studio of her very own. Anne’s dream became a reality when she was able to purchase her home studio. She beams with pride over the many accomplishments of her students and her studio. A few of her distinguished opportunities have included, but not limited to, being a guest speaker on the television show Dance and working very closely with one her mentors and tap legend, Debbi Dee. Anne is a proud member of Dance Educators of America, and is a judge for Hype Dance Competition.
Deana Brickley – Company Director
Deana Brickley, from Orlando, Florida, is one of the dance community’s most accomplished dancer and choreographer. She had the honor of being a New York City Radio City Music Hall Rockette for several seasons. Among her other accomplishments are: the TV show Glee, Smash, Bad Romance music video with Lady Gaga, PSA with Beyonce, performed with Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Video Awards, America’s Got Talent, and can be seen dancing with Lady Gaga in the MTV Video Awards. She has worked with many other prestigious artists and choreographers including assisting the Emmy award winning SYTYCD choreographer, Tessandra Chavez. Locally, she also enjoyed being on stage performing in the Equity production of Beauty and the Beast at Disney World as well as a high-kick dancer in Universal Studios. She considers herself an “all-around dancer” adapting to all genres of dance. Her skills as a dancer have taken her all around the world and her work has won her many awards and scholarships at numerous competitions and conventions. She is looking forward to a joyous and fruitful dance experience as she pursues her dance and choreography career. Deana is excited to join the EDT family as the new Company Director this season.
BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, TWINKLE STAR
Kayla started as a member of Encore when she was two-years-old and was a part of the competition team until she graduated high school, training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip-hop. In college she was a member of the Jubilee Dance Company which focused on ballet and modern and did various performances. In 2009 she joined the NHL’s Florida Panthers cheer leading team and in 2013 she was named co-captain. Currently Kayla works as a teacher assistant at Cambridge preschool and has been a nanny for the past seven years. She is also enrolled in Rasmussen College and will earn her Child Development Associate by the end of the year. This year she was thrilled to be back at Encore in a teaching capacity, introducing the love of dance to students as her teachers at Encore did for her.
Crystal Cosme was born in Brooklyn, NY and has been dancing since the tender age of 3 1/2. She is trained in various forms of dance including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. Although she began her training in New York, she received most of her adolescent training from Encore Dance Theatre and Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. After high school, Crystal started dancing with a local dance company, where she got the opportunity to perform with many different R&B and rap artists. Crystal attended Florida Atlantic University where she earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. She has been teaching for over 10 years. Her choreography has gone on to win various awards and cash prizes. She currently teaches all levels of hip-hop at Encore.
German Dager‘s studies in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance were completed at Les Grands Ballet Canadiense in Montreal, York University in Toronto, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was coached and trained under Magda Auñon at The Magda Auñon School of Classical Ballet. He also trained at the Pennsylvania School of Bal- let (now The Rock School) and the Boston Ballet. German danced professionally with Boston Ballet, Ballet de Montreal, Ballet Florida and was a guest dancer with Compañia Colombiana de Ballet. Mr. Dager has been teaching and coaching dancers since 1986. Mr. Dager has been a guest teacher and judge for Dance Masters of America, and Florida Dance Masters. He is a certified classical ballet teacher by examination. Mr German’s coaching has placed his students always in top placements at the prestigious international Youth America Grand Prix competition, The American Dance Com- petition and Universal Ballet Competition. His graduating students have been accepted in the best University’s dance programs in the nation, and his students have been accepted into mayor ballet companies in America and received scholarships to prestigious summer intensives programs. Mr. German is honored and feels privilege teaching master classes at Encore Dance Theatre.
Cindy Dale Grossman
Cindy has a passionate love for dance and has been fortunate enough to live her whole life in the field.She has training at many schools including American Ballet and Alvin Ailey in New York. Other training was with Madame Swaboda from Ballet Russe during the time she performed with the Richmond Ballet as a soloist. Other performances undertakings were with the Ballet de Cuba in Giselle,The Stuggart Ballet in Romeo & Juliet and American Ballet Theater in Swan Lake.
All performances were at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City.
Cindy earned the opportunity to teach and choreograph – some of which obtained high awards for creativity , as well as wins in competitions.
Many of her students have gone on to receive scholarships to Alvin Ailey Dance Theater ,American Ballet Theater,Dance Theater of Harlem ,and many others with high reputation.
Cindy’s teaching goes outside of the studio where she previously taught the Miami Dolphins Ballet and aerobics and prepared bodybuilders for their competitions . She creavited her own BALLET BARRE workout program, which she has been teaching in Pilates studios for the last five years.
Aside from her teaching career, Cindy works at Becker &Poliakoff as the firm’s law librarian.
Sharing her talent with her students gives her the chance to watch their technique advance and their spirits soar.
BALLET, TAP, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE, TWINKLE STAR
Marlee has been a veteran of Encore Dance Theatre for over 19 years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. Marlee choreographs for our competition team. Her choreography has won her several high scores. She has a special talent to work with all levels. In her dance career she has performed in Ballet Met’s Beauty and the Beast’s traveling company, Magda Aunon’s School of Ballet’s Nutcracker, commercials for the Power Rangers, Broadway’s 42nd Street’s advertising tap assemble, and the Orange Bowl’s parade.
Heydi Piñero graduated with honors from the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba and became a “Character and Ballet Instructor” at The Havana’s National School of the Arts. Heydi danced for the National Spanish Ballet of Havana where they combined classical ballet with Flamenco Dance. She have danced in productions such as La Fille Mal Gardee, Bayadera, Coppelia, The Nutcraker , Divertimento(modern), AIDA (Full Production) with the Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Florida, and performed The Witches of Salem with the “Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. Performed for three years at the “Raue Center for the Arts” as a guest artist with “The Berkshire Ballet Theatre” in Chicago and have coached and choreograph modern pieces for students to compete at The Grand Prix Ballet competition and at The World Ballet Competition at Orlando Florida.
BALLET, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE, TAP, TWINKLE STAR
Molly Roller has been involved in dance and cheer for over 30 years. She had the privilege of training in Southern California under Louis McKay, Anatoly Sisman, Tonnie Sammartano, Judith Sharp, and Xavier Hicks to name a few. She has been invited to perform in multiple bowl games, featured in American Cheerleader magazine, and recognized for her work with top awards at the national level. As an instructor and choreographer for over 15 years, Molly has worked with numerous studios as well as high school, collegiate, and professional dance and cheer teams from coast to coast. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and currently moonlights as a prep class instructor and audition judge for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
BALLET, MUSICAL THEATRE
Hannah is a native of Louisville, Kentucky where she began her fundamental dance education. She attended the Youth Performing Arts High School as a dance major, and received her BFA in dance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She performed regionally in the Dayton and Indianapolis areas with the Human Race Theatre Company, Gem City Ballet, and Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Most recently, she can be seen performing at Walt Disney World in Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage, and Rivers of Light. At a young age Hannah discovered her passion for teaching. She has taught at dance studios across Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida, and has been recognized on a regional and national level for her performances and choreography. Hannah’s love of dance as an art form and a source of entertainment is what motivates her as a dance educator. She believes that a solid education in multiple forms of dance can lead to unparalleled opportunities in a dancer’s career, and is hopeful that she can instill her love and passion for the art form in her students for years to come!
Kaylee started dancing at 2 years old! As the daughter of a studio owner, she grew up being in the studio 7 days a week. She has been competing since the age of 6 and received countless special judges’ awards, first place over-alls, title awards and scholarships! Kaylee was even featured on ESPN with a personal interview after winning first place overall at UDA nationals with the Millard West Dance Team. She has always loved performing and dancing and now loves to teach and train the next generation. Kaylee has been teaching for 12 years! As a young choreographer she received 3 student choreography awards! Now in her adult career she holds 6 regional and 1 national choreography award! She has a passion for creating unique and meaningful pieces. Kaylee is also a nationally recognized dance photographer! When she’s not teaching you will find her shooting with dancers of all ages across the country! Kaylee loves the arts and is so excited to be teaching at Encore!
(Ms. G) has been teaching for over 3 decades. She has owned 2 studios in Florida and Georgia respectively. She taught 12 years in 2 prestigious Florida private schools with over 500 students per week. Ms. G is an FSU graduate and former gymnast. She coached competitive gymnastics to the elite level for over 10 years. She founded “Dance Explosion Performing Dance Company” in Florida. Her graduating students have danced and performed/competed all over the US, Europe and Africa. They have been hired on cruise ships, Disney, Broadway (Mama Mia), The Amazing Race, Theatre, won scholarships to LS, Tremaine, Gus Giordano, NCAA Cheerleader winners, Nat’l Pageant winners, Nat’l Merit Winners, etc. She is so proud of all their accomplishments. Ms. G is currently a master teacher and also conducts her own “Teacher Seminars” to dance studio owners in ballet, jazz, flexibility, and Acro tumbling curriculum’s. She continues to choreograph for competitions, as well as judging. We are excited Ms. G has joined the EDT Faculty this season and she is happy to be a part of the EDT family.
Tori began dancing at Encore when she was three years old. She was on the competition teamed trained in ballet, tap, jazz, Acro and lyrical. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management. We are delighted that Tori has come back home to EDT!
Maxine is originally from Bronx, NY. She has years of customer service experience and loves working with our EDT families. Maxine works at the front desk on Saturday’s and EDT students love her. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help. Maxine is a huge asset to Encore.
MUSICAL THEATRE, JAZZ, BALLET
Kevin Aubin started his training in South Florida at Encore Dance Theatre, attending Miami City Ballet. At age 15, he moved to NYC to attend the highly esteemed School of American Ballet. Throughout his training at SAB, he earned the prestige of performing with the New York City Ballet in several performances. Kevin has performed throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. He has danced on Broadway with the companies of Wicked, Hot Feet, the European tour of West Side Story; as well as originating the role of Paulo in the award winning New York Festival Production of Common Grounds Off-Broadway. You can see Kevin in the Golden Globe nominated film Across the Universe and in Old Dogs. Kevin as had the opportunity to perform on the Today Show, Dancing with the Stars, as a lead in a National Truth anti-smoking commercial, Comedy Central, and as a model for DKNY, Teen Magazine, and has graced the covers of New York Magazine and Time Out NY. Kevin is now starring in the Broadway show Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark featuring music by Bono and The Edge.
Debbi Dee is known world wide as a “Teachers Teacher” and master tap technician, who has been honored for her con- tribution in Tap Education. In, March 2011, Debbi was given the prestigious “ Living Treasure Award” from OCU. She continues to teach throughout the U.S. for major dance organizations as well as in Japan, France, So. America and Canada. She has held faculty positions in New York at Broadway Dance Center and has worked side by side with Legend Henry Letang. She has been seen on the Covers of many dance magazines including “Dance Teacher”, “Dancer”, “ Dance Magazine of Florida” as well as featured in many publications. Debbi now holds her own Tap Intensive seminars in Florida for teachers and advanced tappers. Her educational Tap DVD’s and CD’s are used by teachers world wide. As a professional dancer and or Choreographer she has worked on Broadway, Lincoln Center, Theater, Nightclub, Movies, T.V., Off Broadway and Walt Disney World with some of the biggest names in Show business. She has a unique understanding of her craft and has devoted her career in sharing that knowledge with teachers and students. She is often copied but never duplicated as she contin- ues to set standards. She is truly “Born To Tap”
Shawna Hall-Bowden experience spans over 25 years. Miss Shawna has successfully studied in New York at Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Martha Graham Dance School just to name a few. Miss Shawna studied various styles of modern dance such as Horton technique, Graham, Limon, and Dunham technique. Miss Shawna has chose to teach Horton technique in South Florida, and was taught by Marie Forsythe educator of Horton technique. Miss Shawna goal is to teach and expose Horton technique in Florida and allow dancers to develop their strengths.