All About Our Dance Instructors

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 and Acrobatic Arts. 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. Lindsay is excited to take the next step in her journey as the dance teacher at Excelsior Classical Academy. She is the mother of four very wonderful boys; Omar, Ayman, Ethan and Isaac.

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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.  After graduating college, she is back in Durham and ready to rejoin the Encore family on a more permanent basis.

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Ebonie Conley

Ebonie Conley

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 attending Nursing school; however, dance is her true passion. Ebonie loves spending time with her husband and their daughter Melanie.

 

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Allison Daniels Gordon

Allison Daniels

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 Marlow and Rush.

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Meleah Faucette

Meleah Faucette

Meleah Faucette is a native of Asheboro, North Carolina. She began dancing at the age of four and has studied a variety of styles, including ballet, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, tap, and clogging. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship recipient and received a Spanish degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meleah went on to get her masters at UNC-CH and graduated from the Master of Arts in Teaching program with a concentration in English as a Second Language. She is currently employed as a high school ESL teacher within Durham Public Schools. While at UNC, Meleah was involved with various performing arts groups, including the Marching Tarheel Colorguard, Carolina Vibe Dance Team, Blank Canvas Dance Company, and UNC Pauper Players, Carolina’s student run musical theatre organization. Meleah was featured as the lead dancer (“Frug Girl”) in Pauper’s production of Sweet Charity and absolutely fell in love with musical theatre. Since then, she has served as the choreographer for a variety of Pauper productions, including Hair, Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, and Sweeney Todd.

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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!

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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 in college.

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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 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. Wayne is excited to embark on a new journey with the Encore Family!

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Kristin Taylor

Kristin Taylor

Kristin Taylor 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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Guest Faculty

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.

Meghan Vanasek

Meghan is a native of North Carolina where she began her dance training at Centre of Performing Arts in Graham. Along with her ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary training, she was also involved in theater and performed in many productions the Gallery Players of Burlington. Meghan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her BA in psychology. There she also trained in advanced ballet at the Chapel Hill Ballet School and performed with the Modern Extension Company at UNC. She went on to become a research associate with the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities conducting studies on autism. Meghan has recently had the pleasure of choreographing and instructing the advanced ballet students at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio in Burlington. She is currently a member of the Carrboro Modern Dance Company and leads the dance ministry at Newhope Church. Meghan lives in Durham with husband, Wes, their two little girls, Madelyn and Abigail, and twins, Sawyer and Emma.

Karen Clark Holmes

Growing up in Durham, Karen’s love for dance began at an early age. Beginning in middle school, Karen began cheering and dancing competitively and her passion continued through high school and college. As a student at Riverside High School, Karen was captain of both the Junior Varsity and Varsity cheerleading squads. Upon graduating, she went on to attend Elon University where she was a member of the Varsity Dance Team for 3 years and a captain her Junior and Senior years.

After graduating from college in 2008, Karen spent a year teaching Jazz and Lyrical at Encore Academy of Dance. After getting married in 2009, she and her husband picked up and moved to New York City to pursue their career goals. Karen spent her first year in the city exploring her new home and enjoying taking classes at Broadway Dance Center. In 2010 Karen landed a spot as an NFL cheerleader. After a few years she decided it was time to start a family. Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and very soon their little boy.

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Mallory McVey

Mallory McVey began dancing in Graham, NC studying ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and lyrical while competing on the school’s competition team and performing in their ballet company. Mallory then continued her dance education here at Encore Academy of Dance, and went on to continue her education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school ballet major. After graduation she went on to Western Carolina University while performing professionally with the Asheville Ballet. Mallory  attended the University of North Carolina and taught at many studios throughout the state of North Carolina. Mallory is currently a life coach.

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Sharon Bullock

Sharon Bullock is a Graduate in Dance from East Carolina University. She is a member of Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Her 30 years of teaching experience and studio ownership has rewarded her with State and National Choreographer awards. Many of her students have also won State and National championships, and many former students are now working professionally in the field of dance, running studios of their own and/or teaching dance.

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