• Please enter using main front doors for all arrivals. A staff member will be outside to greet your student and help them to their class. At this time, we ask that parents wait in their cars or outside during classes to maintain social distancing.
  • Students will be released using the side door located in the front of the building.
  • Parents will be asked to wait outside for kids to be released. A staff member will be outside to ensure your dancer gets back to you safely
  • Please limit parent drop off to one person whenever possible. Sibling visitors cannot be accommodated during this time.
  • At the end of class, parents must be by the door to receive their child. Students cannot walk across the parking lot to go to their parents for safety reasons. Please do not be late to pick up your child.
  • Social distancing (6 feet apart) will be observed throughout the studios, hallways, walkways, parking lots, etc.
  • All lobby waiting areas, breakroom, student study areas, lockers, will be closed. Parents are welcome to wait in the parking lot in their cars. Students under the age of 5 will be the exception if necessary.
  • Dancers who have a break between classes must exit the building. They will need to wait outside and maintain social distancing or they can wait in their car. All students outside must be supervised by a parent.
  • No food will be allowed in the studio.
  • Dancers should not enter the building until 5 minutes before their class time. They may wait in their car outside upon arrival.
  • Dancers need to arrive to the studio in their dance clothes. There will be NO changing allowed in the bathrooms.
  • Upon arrive students will put their street shoes in a cubbie. All hip-hop sneakers must come in a zip-loc bag and cleaned at home before using in the studio. Street shoes will not be allowed in the classrooms unless brought separately and cleaned. All other dance shoes should be in their “small” bag. Do not bring any unnecessary items to the studio.
  • Upon entering the classroom, students will place their dance bags and water bottles (bags should only have essential items) on a designated spot in the room. Dancers will be directed to stand in the middle of a 6x6 grid box. Drink breaks will be directed by the teacher.
  • We have installed all new UV HVAC filters throughout the facility to improve the air quality and reduce contamination. Intakes and returns will be cleaned regularly.
  • A Company has been hired to “fog” (sanitize) the studio for viruses
  • Every room has an hospital grade air purifier in them.
  • All employees and dancers will have their temperature taken upon arrival.
  • Families with high-risk family members should consider participating in dance classes through our virtual platform.

  • We have increased our cleaning frequencies and will have an additional “Sparkle Squad” on hand to assist with increased sanitation procedures.
  • Employees will wash hands and/or sanitize before and after each class.
  • All visitors, guests, and staff all wear masks while in the building. EDT will provide appropriate face coverings for all staff members. Dancers will wear face coverings while: Waiting for classes, entering the studio, taking class, exiting the studio and while using common areas such as hallways, traveling to and from the class, or restroom breaks.
  • If necessary, while dancers are in their personal spaces exercising, removal of face coverings for their safety will be permitted but must be immediately put back on when feeling better.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available outside of all entrances, outside of every classroom, and inside the classrooms. Students will be encouraged to wash hands and/or sanitize before and after classes.
  • All new handwashing posters and “stop the spread” posters will be clearly posted within bathrooms.

  • In addition to our outstanding rigorous safety and wellness training, all teachers and staff members will receive regular and continuing safety training as it relates to preventing community spread of COVID-19.
  • Any staff member or student showing signs of sickness will be sent home.
  • Please do not attend classes if you have fever or respiratory symptoms or live in a household with someone exhibiting fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • Please do not attend classes if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Please do not attend classes for 14 days following a visit to an area where there is “widespread sustained community spread” of COVID-19.
  • Parents must conduct their own health assessment of their dancer prior to arriving at EDT. This included taking temperature and discussing all COVID-19 symptoms. Dancers may NOT enter the facility if they are exhibiting any symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Class sizes have been modified to reflect a 6-foot social distancing pattern and floors will have markers to help students maintain boundaries as much as possible.
  • Upon entering, teachers/assistants will wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Please bring clearly labeled water bottles. Drinking fountains will be not be available.
  • Dancers will bring all dance bags into the studio for changing shoes. Lockers will be closed. Bathrooms will be available for toileting only, but not for changing clothes.
  • The use of all handheld props will be discontinued.
  • Classrooms will refrain from hand-holding, high fives, “ballerina hugs”, fist bumps, stickers, and stamps.
  • Classrooms will have staggered dismissal (10-5 minutes) to allow for student transitions.

  • We encourage all students to use the restroom at home before coming to class.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned hourly.
  • Bathroom facility use will be limited to the front two unisex bathrooms for this term.

  • We are excited to be back in the studio and we appreciate your help to keep our EDT family safe and healthy!

Our Faculty

Owner/Artistic Director

Anne has been sharing her passion for dance and mentorship with students for over 30 years. She is a proud member of More Than Just Great DancingTM and Dance Educators of America. She began teaching for Encore Dance Theatre in 1992 and has owned it since 2012. Anne beams with pride over the many accomplishments of her students and her studio.

Our Faculty

Deana is from Orlando, Florida. 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 prestigious artists and choreographers including assisting the Emmy award winning SYTYCD choreographer, Tessandra Chavez. She has also performed in the Equity production of Beauty and the Beast at Disney World as well as a high-kick dancer in Universal Studios.

Rebekah has been dancing at Encore Dance Theatre since the age of 2. She has been competing and performing for the past 12 years and has received multiple overall awards. In 2016-2017 she was an asssitant for the dance convention Intrigue and had the opportunity to choreograph, asssit and learn from some of the industries best instructors. Summer of 2018 she was accepted to the prestigious Alvin Ailey program in NYC. This year she was awarded for her choreography and is excited to share her love of dance with Encore’s students this season.

Bailee began her ballet studies at the age of 3 under the instruction of Dana Williams of Ballet Elite Dance Studio in South Florida. She moved away to further her training at the School of Pennsylvania in 2015, and the Miami City Ballet School in 2016 under the direction of renown principle ballerina Arantxa Ochoa. She now both teaches and dances professionally in South Florida, and is a certified fitness trainer under AFAA in “Tendu Toning.” Modern, contemporary, jazz, and musical theater have been integral parts of Bailee’s background and training as well.

German’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. 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. He is a certified classical ballet teacher by examination.
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Melissa Delatorre started her dance journey at 5 years old right here at Encore Dance Theatre! Growing up, she won awards with her competitive team and performed at local and state events at places like Disney World and Universal Studios. While at the University of Florida she fell in love with teaching and choreographing, and continues to develop her dance education through opportunities such as Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Ballet Austin in Texas. Being able to watch dancers grow and have fun is what she loves most. Melissa is proud to have been teaching in South Florida since 2011 and looks forward to sharing her passion with all of the students this season!

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Alicia studied classical ballet under respected former ballerina Magda Auñon. In 2015, she was invited to study at the Ellison Ballet professional training program in New York. Shortly after graduating from the program, Alicia stayed in New York and went on to dance professionally. She now teaches ballet and contemporary to a variety of ages and levels across south florida, and is finishing her degrees in criminal justice and psychology.

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Cindy Dale Grossman studied Classical Ballet and Modern Dance at the American Ballet Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in New York. Ms. Grossman performed with the American Ballet Theatre, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Stuttgart Ballet, at Lincoln Center and other venues in New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago. She was a soloist with the Richmond Ballet Company. Her passion is to train and inspire young dancers in Classical Ballet and Modern technique, and share her love of Dance.

Tori began dancing at Encore when she was three years old. She was on the competition team where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acro and lyrical. Tori recently graduated with her bachelors degree in business management. We are delighted that Tori has come back home to EDT!

Priya Nair has been a part of the Encore family for 16 years. She has been training here since she was three years old and has attended various dance conventions and competitions throughout her dance career. Priya has danced at the Miami heat pre-show as well as in a Dance the Magic Disney Parade. She participated in the Imagination choreography competition and was awarded 1st runner up. She loves being able to share her love for dance with all her students.

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Marlee has been a veteran of Encore Dance Theatre for 27 years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Exceptional Student Education with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Marlee has a special talent to work with all levels. In her dance career she has performed with Ballet Met, The Power Rangers, and the Orange Bowl parade to name a few.

Molly Roller has been dancing for over 30 years, training in Southern California under Louis McKay, Anatoly Sisman, Tonnie Sammartano, Judith Sharp, and Xavier Hicks to name a few. She was invited to perform in multiple bowl games, featured in American Cheerleader magazine, and recognized with numerous 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 teams from coast to coast. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and currently moonlights as an instructor and audition judge for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

Heydi 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 has 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.