Encore Instructors


Miss Katie

Miss Katie has been dancing since the age of 5. She has trained in the areas of jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, and pom. She danced on the University of WI-Oshkosh dance team for 3 years where she was co-captain her junior year. Miss Katie began teaching dance in 2003 and has coached competitive teams since 2005. She continues her dance education by attending conventions and workshops throughout the Midwest. She feels extremely blessed to be the owner of Encore Dance Academy where she can share her passion with dancers of all ages across all genres of dance. Miss Katie wants to remind her students to always give their best because practice makes permanent. Dancing outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens!


Miss Carissa

Miss Carissa began dancing at the age of 4. In 2003, she began as an assistant teacher. By 2008, she started teaching classes and was coaching her first competitive teams by 2009. Miss Carissa's areas of expertise include tap, lyrical, and hip hop. She loves the art of dance and has always wanted to share it with everyone. She hopes they find dancing fun, entertaining, and beautiful. Miss Carissa wishes for everyone to enjoy it as much as she does!


Miss Shari

Miss Shari has been dancing since 9 years of age and is formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. She began teaching dance in 1986. After high school, Miss Shari participated in a goodwill dance tour to Denmark and the Soviet Union. She has also participated in many competitions and professional training conventions. Miss Shari loves not just choreographing but creating the magic on stage when the lights, costumes, music, and dancers come together. She feels blessed to be able to share the art of dance with her students. She hopes it will bring confidence and joy to their lives.


Miss Baily

Miss Baily began dancing at the age of 12. She started off with a variety of styles such as jazz, lyrical, and modern. She quickly discovered hip hop was the genre of dance she excelled at the most. Miss Baily competed many hip hop routines over the years and earned many achievements. She has been with the Encore dance family since the studio first opened and was an assistant teacher her last year. Miss Baily is eager to be able to teach dancers not only technique and routines but confidence, teamwork, and passion as well.


Miss Becca

Miss Becca has been dancing since the age of 5. She has the most experience in tap but has also trained in jazz, pom, and Irish. Miss Becca dedicated 9 years to competition dance doing a variety of solos, duets, groups and productions. She has been a part of the Encore Dance Academy family since the day it opened and began assisting classes in 2012. She was on her varsity dance team and danced in the musical theatre department through her high school career. Miss Becca feels blessed to have had the experience of traveling and studying around the states and hopes to share her love of performing.


Miss Eve

Miss Eve began dancing when she was 3 years old. She danced competitively at her studio in Minnesota then moved on to varsity kick and jazz when she was in 8th grade. During her high school years, Miss Eve danced and competed with the Sun Prairie dance team in pom, jazz, and hip hop. She is currently in her 3rd year on the UW-Oshkosh dance team where she also serves as the Vice President. Ms. Eve loves to help dancers grow through strengthening their bodies and minds allowing them to dance to their fullest potential.


Miss Jody

Miss Jody has 14 years of studio dance and competition experience in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, poms, and hip hop. She is an Encore Dance Academy alumnus. After she graduated, Miss Jody went on to UW-Eau Claire where she earned her dance minor with extensive training in modern, ballet technique, and dynamic alignment. She is excited to help her dancers grow in their technique and give them the opportunity to experience dance as a doorway to physical, mental, and emotional well-being.