We are certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
We are 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 & 2022 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
Member of the Dance Studio Owners Association's Inner Circle
Isabella Luppo - Instructor and Company Choreographer
Beth Strom - Instructor and Company Choreographer
She competed in jazz, pom, lyrical, and hip hop during her time at West Catholic High School and while attending Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. While at Aquinas, she also danced on the sideline and at halftime during basketball games as a member of the team. In addition to her Bachelor's degree from Aquinas College in Interdisciplinary Communication and Business, she holds a Master's degree in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University.
Beth has over nine years of experience coaching collegiate dance and is currently the Head Coach of the Concordia University Ann Arbor Dance Team. She holds numerous dance certifications and has served on the Executive Committee for dance at the NAIA level. She is currently the Dance Chair for the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Additionally, Beth was an instructor at Arts in Motion Dance Studio in Ann Arbor, MI, prior to its close in 2021 due to the pandemic. She has taught dance through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, as well as at various studios in the greater Ann Arbor area, and most recently choreographed for The Sound of Music at Concordia Ann Arbor. She is also certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
She is excited to be joining the Encore community and looks forward to sharing her love of dance and knowledge with her students!
Olivia Torres - Instructor and Company Choreographer
Olivia is honored to be an Instructor at Encore. She has been dancing at Encore Dance Studio for the past 16 years. Olivia is a member of Encore’s Elite Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop Team. She has trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has also trained with American Ballet Theatre in California and Tampa, as well as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 5 week intensive. Olivia has attended multiple Toledo Ballet Summer Intensives. In 2019, She danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker Ballet at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, and this past year danced the role of Spanish, and Dew Drop Fairy. Olivia has attended YAGP, a global pre professional ballet competition for the past 4 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 and Company Choreographer
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
Reagan Wood- Instructor and Company Choreographer
Riley Short- Instructor and Company Choreographer
Miss Riley is a 9 year member of the Elite Dance Company at Encore Dance Studio and a 6 year member of the pre-professional tap company Detroit Tap Repertory. Riley studies ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and tap. She has performed in the The Nutcracker at The Tecumseh Center for the Arts in various roles including Chinese Lead, Arabian Lead and Spanish Lead. Riley has performed in the Detroit America’s Thanksgiving Day parade and in multiple halftime shows for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. She has also performed in multiple original tap productions with Suzy Guarino-Hall’s tap company TAP 24.7 based out of Phoenix, AZ. Riley has extensively trained under Kelsey Rose Young who has appeared on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. This year (2022) at On Pointe Dance Competition, she received platinum and special judges awards on both her tap duet and tap solo she choreographed, both being the first pieces she has ever choreographed on her own at just 16 years old. She has also helped assist teaching on multiple occasions, once being at Candy Apples Dance Center, as seen on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms”. She has also had the privilege to perform pieces choreographed by Nico Rubio, Christopher Broughton, and the late Gregg Russell. Riley is very excited to start her full time teaching journey with the studio she’s grown up in and is ecstatic to be able to spread her tap dance knowledge to her community!
Logan Richardson - Instructor and Company Choreographer
Makayla Gillett - Instructor
Rylee Alway - Instructor
Kristina Dennis- Office Manager
Kristina is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Onsted Elementary School and the mother of three beautiful daughters who all danced 15+ years at Encore. She lives in Tecumseh with her husband Michael, and their daughters; Megan, a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo graduating in 2023, Kylee, a senior in the College of Nursing at the University of Toledo, and Emily, a freshman at the University of Toledo. Kristina graduated from Hillsdale College and then received her Master’s Degree from Siena Heights University in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career right out of college at Onsted Schools and then took a period of time off to be a stay at home mom to her girls, returning to teaching in 2010 back in Onsted. Prior to returning to the classroom, Kristina taught several college classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Siena and Lourdes University, as well as classes for adults and children which provided her with valuable people skills and managerial skills. She is currently a grade chair, a mentor, and a member of the Building Improvement Team at her school. She was recertified in 2022 in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.. She brings a smiling face and a positive attitude to the studio and looks forward to sharing her family’s love of Encore and dance with all of you. Please visit the office for help with any of your dance needs. The Encore Dance Studio faculty is here to make this an experience of a lifetime. Welcome to our family!!