Every Dance Instructor and Staff Member at Encore Dance Studio
is Certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
is Certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
Ashley Palmer- Founder, Executive Director, Company Choreographer and Instructor.
Ashley Palmer is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Dance Professor at Siena Heights University.
Dance Professor at Adrian College
Teacher Training and Certification:
American Ballet Theatre®, National Training Curriculum. (2017) (2019)
Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia. Intensive Teacher Training.(2000)
Mat I & II Certification in Pilates through Balanced Body University.(2010)
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. (2019, 2021)
Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Siena Heights University, Graduated Cum Laude. (1999)
Company Member, Principal Dancer:
Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre (1990-93)
Additional Choreography includes:
The Croswell Opera House, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Siena Heights University, Anything Goes.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, The Nutcracker Ballet.
Additionally Instructs Ballet for:
Adrian College Bulldog Skating Camp
Adrian College Synchronized Skating Team
Adrian College Dance Team
Personal and Studio Awards:
2019 Woman & Youth Award presented by The Boys and Girls Club
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 Best of Lenawee (Best Dance Studio)
2018 Studio of Excellence Winner presented by the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions
2017 Choreography Award presented by On Point National Dance Competition
Mandy Harman - Artistic Director, Company Choreographer and Instructor.
Mandy began dancing at the age of three. Beginning with tap and jazz lessons, she received her first studio scholarship at the age of 8, and began entering competitions at the age of 9. Being an ambitious student, Mandy auditioned for and was accepted into a traveling competition and performing group at the age of 11. From here she studied tap, jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Also during this time she traveled to many different cities for competitions where she won several high awards and scholarships to attend Broadway Dance Center and an invitation to the Dance Caravan, Caravan Kid Program. Mandy was also a member of a dance trio making it to the final auditions for Star Search- a nationally televised program showcasing the top talent from around the world. At the age of 19, Mandy was involved with the dance department and was a member of the cheerleading squad at Bowling Green State University, but was given the opportunity to come back to her hometown of Toledo and become a full time dance instructor and choreographer. Six months later, Mandy took over as owner of the studio and feels very lucky to have been given the opportunity. During the years she owned her own studio, Mandy created a traveling competition team where she did all of the choreography and instruction, taught more than 20 classes a week from the beginner to the advanced levels in tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical, coached a Varsity gymnastics team for 5 years taking gymnasts to the State level of Competition and choreographed and coached for many high school and college dance teams. Many of Mandy's students have gone on to dance professionally in Disney World, Chicago, New York, and other areas as well. Currently, Mandy teaches many beginning, intermediate and advanced recreational classes at Encore. Mandy is the choreographer and coach of the Senior Elite Jazz Team, Elite Hip Hop Team, Senior Elite Lyrical Team, Junior Elite Lyrical Team and Elite Tap Team. Her teams have received many high awards, special judges choice awards, showmanship awards and have qualified and placed well at Tremaine National Competitions. In 2016 Mandy was awarded the “Top Choreographer” Award at On Point Dance Competition for her choreography of the lyrical routine, “99 Red Balloons”. Most recently, Mandy completed her Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Certification through the International Sports Science Association. She is a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at Go M.A.D. Fitness in Toledo where she teaches classes and does one on one training. She is American Red Cross Certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. She has been married to her husband Matt for 18 years and they have 2 children.
Cassidy Williams - Instructor, Company Choreographer
Isabella Luppo - Instructor, Company Choreographer
This is Miss Izzy's third year teaching at Encore. She is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. Izzy has studied dance for 17 years and was a member of Encore’s Elite Dance Company. She was also is a member of Tecumseh High School Dance Team. She has trained on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has also trained at Interlochen and American Ballet Theatre. Izzy was proud to be chosen as an Ambassador for Ballet in the City and Barres n Blades. Through her work with Ballet in the City she has had opportunities to study with Sascha Radetsky (ABT Studio Company Directer) Emily Kikta and Peter Walker (New York City Ballet Company Members). Izzy also travels to LA and NYC to train extensively in ballet as well as hip hop, contemporary, tap, lyrical and jazz. In 2017 & 2019, She danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker Ballet at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. In 2018, she was asked to give a speech on “Opportunities” at the Annual Ballet in the City Gala. For the past three years, Izzy has attended YAGP, a global pre professional ballet competition. In 2018-20, Izzy was awarded numerous Platinum Awards in Pointe, Contemporary and Lyrical at On Point Dance Competition. . In 2019, Izzy was selected by Zippora Karz (former New York City Ballet Soloist and Balanchine Trust Repetiteur) to perform choreography for Ballet in the City’s presentation of the Ashley Bouder Project. Ashley Bouder is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms. Bouder helms her own small company, The Ashley Bouder Project, that has mounted several innovative ballet productions in New York over the years, primarily centered on commissioning new works by women choreographers and composers, including her own. In 2020, Izzy was awarded a $20,000 college scholarship to UDMA at Revel Dance Convention. Izzy is currently attending Siena Heights University and is a member of their dance team. She is looking forward to being an Assistant Choreographer for the 2021 Nutcracker Ballet at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts.
Olivia Torres - Instructor
Olivia is honored to be an Instructor at Encore. Olivia has been dancing at Encore Dance Studio for the past 14 years. Olivia is a member of Encore’s Elite Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop Team. She also is a member of Tecumseh High School Dance Team. She has trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has also trained at American Ballet Theatre and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. This summer Olivia attended Toledo Ballet Summer Intensives. Olivia is proud to have been selected for the second year as a Ballet in the City Ambassador. In 2019, She danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker Ballet at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Olivia has attended YAGP, a global pre professional ballet competition for the past three years. Olivia is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. She is so excited to teach and share her love for dance.
Kylee Dennis - Instructor, Company Choreographer
Kylee Dennis-Miss Kylee was a dancer at Encore for 16 years and was a member of the Elite Dance Company Team where she got to compete in various competitions while receiving several awards acknowledging her love of dance. She also had the privilege of competing in Orlando, FL at Tremaine Nationals which is her favorite memory of her dance career. She is very passionate about dance and is so excited to get the opportunity to teach again this year so she can continue to share her love of dance with her students. After graduating as Salutatorian of her class of 2019 at Tecumseh High School, she moved down to Toledo, OH where she attends the University of Toledo College of Nursing. In addition to teaching dance class, Kylee also works at the Inverness Club in Toledo as a golf shop attendant and as an educator at Lululemon Toledo which she loves! Kylee has two sisters who also danced competitively and one who still currently dances at Encore. Her older sister, Megan, also attends the University of Toledo alongside her, and her younger sister, Emily, will be a senior in high school and is on the Elite Dance Company Team again this year. She has been very blessed to have been able to experience sharing the love of dance with both of her sisters and it is something she will always cherish. Kylee is one of the most positive people out there, and she always has a smile on her face! She cannot wait to begin teaching her students!
Ashlee Pelham- Instructor
Miss Ashlee started dancing at Encore at the age of two. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary. She was also a member of the Junior and Senior competition teams. While dancing for Encore Ashlee took master classes through Tremaine Dance Convention, and attended the regional and national dance competitions. She has won many awards at competitions for solo and group dances. She also performed various roles in Tecumseh Center for the Arts production of The Nutcracker . Ashlee is a current student at Adrian College working towards a degree in Secondary Education and English, and Dance. She is also a fifth-year member of the Adrian College Dance team. While on the team Ashlee has competed at Canam Nationals and won a national title. She has also competed at NDA Nationals in Daytona, Florida. Ashlee can also be seen dancing on the sideline and at halftimes at football and basketball games. Ashlee is so excited to be back at Encore and ready to share her love of dance with her students.