All About Our Faculty

Lindsay Tilley

Lindsay Tilley

Lindsay Tilley  began dancing locally at the age of nine. She performed and competed on local and national levels, being crowned Jr. Miss Dance of the United States at thirteen. At fourteen, Lindsay left Durham to attend the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a high school ballet major. While there, she performed in many roles from classical ballet to jazz. During her high school years, Lindsay attended dance programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as professionally guest performing with the New Jersey Coastal Ballet. Upon graduation, Lindsay returned to the triangle to pursue professional dancing and teaching. She danced with the Duke University Dance Program, Chapel Hill Dance Theatre and the 15-501 Ballet while teaching in the Durham Chapel Hill area. Later Lindsay went on to join the Carolina Ballet as their first paid professional dancer. After enjoying three years with Carolina Ballet, Lindsay decided to start a family and return to teaching, becoming a certified member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America , Acrobatic Arts  and Alixa Flexibilty While owning and teaching at Encore Academy of Dance Lindsay also teaches at many workshops and community events around the state, as well as teaching master classes for other studios in North Carolina. She spent 15 years teaching preschool, first at St. Luke’s Preschool and Kindergarten then at Grey Stone Preschool and Kindergarten before becoming a teaching assistant for Kindergartan. Currently, Lindsay is is also the dance teacher at Excelsior Classical Academy, a local charter school. She is the mother of four very wonderful boys; Omar, Ayman, Ethan and Isaac.

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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, performer and educator. Dancing since the age of three, Allison has attended the American Dance Festival, the Limon Institute and the Ailey School in New York City on talent based scholarships. During her training she worked with such luminaries as Max Luna, Ana Marie Forsythe, Fred Benjamin, Joan Peters, Bella Lewitzky, and Denise Jefferson. Allison was honored as she was chosen by Talley Beatty for his repertory, by Kelvin Rotardier, for a solo and honored again by becoming a member of Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers. In addition to being the artistic director of nosi DANCE theater, she currently teaches in the triangle, appears in commercials/tv and perfoms onstage regularly, as she creates a comtemporary dance syllabus. Allison’s goal is get dance the exposure it deserves, from people of any background, to show how it can impact their lives. Allison is the very proud mother Marlo and Rush.

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. Ava attended Northwest School of the Arts for most of her middles and high school years. While in high school Ava was a part of her school’s dance team while continuing to compete at regional, national and international levels. Ava continued dancing throughout her college years at Winston-Salem State while earning her Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Minor in Elementary Education. After college Ava attended Shaw University to receive her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education. Ava is currently a Fourth Grade teacher at Excelsior Classical Academy. She is extremely excited to be a pat of our Encore family.

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Anne Martens

Anne began her dance training at 2.5 years old with Kathleen Green at Mercyhurst Center for the Arts. She later studied under Robert Steele and Sharon Filone at Lake Erie Ballet, as well as Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason and Jay Kirk at the Mercyhurst Dance Department. Anne has studied at Ballet Met and the American Ballet Theater. Anne graduated cum laude from the Boston Conservatory, under the guidance of Emiko Tokunaga and Yasi Tokunaga. Anne performed professionally in both Erie, PA, Boston, MA & New York City. Anne has worked with an array of companies and artists -particularly with the Taylor Ballet Company (NYC 2004) where she performed a variety of solo and principle roles.  Anne began teaching dance in 2001. In 2003 Anne began working and teaching as a certified pilates and personal trainer. Anne later went on to study Gyrokinesis® as well as, yoga for adults and children.
Anne also is the owner of Bella Bellies®,, which focuses on exercise programming for pregnancy, postpartum and parent-baby movement. She has been featured in Kiwi Magazine, Max Fitness Magazine, Fit Pregnancy Magazine and more. Anne has spoken on ‘National Public Radio’, at the ‘Pilates Method Alliance’ Conference, on ‘Telemundo NBC’, ‘Fox Broadcasting’ and more. Anne is not only devoted to her teaching practice, but also to her family which includes her husband Ben and their three children (Raina, Liam and Lucas).

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Wayne Mooring

Wayne Mooring is an eastern North Carolina Native and has been involved in theatre since the age of 8. Wayne is an actor, writer, and director. Wayne was the 2007 recipient of the Wooten Choral Scholar Award, Corbett Thespian Award and the Directors Choice Award for Excellence in Theatre and Choral Music. Wayne studied theatre vigorously while attending Carteret Community College. His focus areas are on Musical Theatre, Improvisation, Shakespeare and Technical Design and Movement. Wayne has previously taught Acting for the Camera, Fundamentals of Acting, and Voice and Movement for major theatre companies in Carteret, Wayne and Wake Counties. He previously taught Middle and High School Theatre Arts in Raleigh N.C. Wayne is currently building an intensive theatre program, at Excelsior Classical Academy, a charter school in Durham N.C., where he currently teaches Creative Dramatics to Elementary School Students. Wayne has over 90 production credits to his name.

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Kristin Taylor Duncan

Kristin Taylor

Kristin Taylor Duncan is a native of Durham, NC. She is a college graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1998 she attended Jacobs Pillow for the “Visions of Jazz” workshop, where she trained with guest artists Cholly Atkins, Vanoye Aikens, Danny Bericheski and Dianne Walker. For two years she worked at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities as a dance assistant under the instruction of Robert Lindgern and Sandra Neels. In 2002 she received a scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios where she trained with Hubbard Street II and guest artist Joanne Smith. During her three year residency in New York Ms. Taylor had the privilege of working with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown, Germaul Barnes, Ayo Jackson and Sidra Bell. Also, she had the honor of apprenticing with Urban Bush Women. In January 2007 Ms. Taylor was invited to Venezuela to work with Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza directed by Jorge Esteva and Jonathan Castro. She was also requested to choreograph a new piece for Yuxtadanza. Kristin is currently in her third year with Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza based in Mexico City, Mexico. Kristin is the happy mother of Phoenix.

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Ginger Stathelson

Bio coming soon…

Dianna Macedo

Dianna is the front desk administrator for Encore Academy of Dance. She has had much experience in management. Dianna is organized, enjoys dance, is bilingual and loves working with kids to expand their minds to the wonderful world we live in. If you have any questions just stop at the front desk and ask Ms Dianna. She keeps us all together.

Guest Faculty

Kesia Cedeno-Ballard

Kesia moved to Durham as a young child. She has studied dance for several years; many of them here at Encore Academy of Dance. She has studied Horton, Limon, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, and West African. Her favorite style of dance to perform is contemporary. Kesis is a member of the Durham School of the Arts Dance Company with whom she performed at the Scholastic Dance Competition receiving a second place overall award. Kesia is a very active volunteer in the Durham community being awarded the Mayor’s Award and the President’s Award for working diligently to complete over 300 hours of community service. Kesia is very excited as she journey’s into more dance training in college this year.

Natalie Clifton

Natalie Clifton was born in Durham, NC and started dancing at the age of three. She became a student at Encore Academy of Dance around the age of 8. During her time at Encore Natalie studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and tap, as well as being a part of the Encore Academy of Dance Company. Natalie has been as assistant teacher, substitute teacher and master class teacher throughout her years at Encore and even returning numerous times through her college years to teach. After graduating from high school.  Natalie attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she studied Electrical Engineering.

Ebonie Conley Warren

Ebonie Conley has been dancing with Encore Academy of dance since she was three years old. She attended UNCSA Summer Intensive for modern dance, and performed in the UNCSA winter performance. At Jordan High School she was a part of the National Honor Society for Dance and was awarded the most inspirational dancer award. She is currently a Nurse; however, dance is her true passion. Ebonie loves spending time with her husband and their daughter Melanie.

Dominique Garrett

Dominique was born and raised right here in Durham and as a child, dance was the last thing on his mind. In 6th grade he attended Kestrel Heights School where he and his classmates were introduced to performing! Dominique instantly fell in love with dance. Walltown Children’s Theatre took him in as family and began training Dominique in ballet, modern, and jazz. He has had intense ballet training at Bounds Dance Studio in Chapel Hill and was a member of Triangle Youth Ballet. Dominique was accepted into the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem for Ballet but continued his studies at Southern High School instead. As the years passed he slowly lost interest in the technical side of dance and began perfecting his hip-hop dance style. He has performed at the 2006 Gospel Choice Awards in Atlanta and is currently a guest teacher at several local studios. Dominique’s style of dance is influenced by Michael Jackson with a little bit of funk and a whole lot of swag!

Sydney Lin

Sydney Lin was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and has trained at Encore Academy of Dance since the age of five. She has been a member of the Encore Academy of Dance Company for 6 years winning many accolades including regional and national titles. Sydney attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ five-week Comprehensive Dance Intensive with a focus in Contemporary in 2014 and 2016 and the Commercial Dance Intensive at UNCSA in 2017. In 2015, Sydney performed with KT Collective for the Nasher Museum’s 10th Anniversary. Recently, Sydney earned her license in Zumba Basic and Gold. Sydney loves teaching at Encore and hopes to develop her teaching skills by studying Education and dance at NYU.

Nicolette Miller

Nicolette has studied dance since the age of three. She began training with the British Ballet Organization Syllabus in England, and The Cecchetti Council of America Syllabus in Michigan. She continued her studies at The Virginia School of the Arts, and The University of Missouri Kansas City, performing Lead, Solo and Pas de Duex roles in the Nutcracker, Cinderella and many other original pieces. Currently Nicolette is performing with KT Collective, Nosi Dance Theatre and Shaleigh Dance Works in North Carolina. She is also a Ballet and Contemporary instructor at several Triangle schools.

Jessie Parmelee

Jessie Parmelee, born and raised in Arizona, comes from a diverse performing background. A classically trained ballerina, she danced professionally all over the country with companies including Inland Pacific Ballet, American National Ballet, and the Louisville Ballet. She was honored to be a part of Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration as an entertainer aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Later on in her career, Jessie expanded her horizons to include musical theater, performing in Phantom, CATS, and TheProducers, to name a few. Jessie is also a certified Pilates instructor with a specialization in dance and is passionate about shaping the performers of tomorrow.