Encore Dance Academy

Meet Encore's Faculty

Our Staff is truly what makes Encore your child's 'home away from home' - we have a LOVING staff that makes sure your child gets the needed attention in each and every class they attend.  They are highly trained and take dance education very seriously. 
All of our staff have remarkable personal training as former dancers, as well as continual education as instructors & educators now. 
Take the time to meet each member of our staff - you will see why Encore creates an environment where success and confidence grow!

Whether you are dancing for fun, for socialization, for exercise, or to become competitive within the dance industry,
Encore has a place and educational program for you!

Here's what parents & students have said about the Encore Staff....

"Ok, so I got a little misty-eyed while reading your policy about "We don't play favorites".  What a great attitude - thank you" 
-- D.E. Encore Dance Mom

"Again thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have put into my daugher and all of the other dancers."
-- M.B. Encore Dance Mom

Evie McPherson

Miss Evie began her initial dance training at the age of 3, and believes dance is a life-long learning experience that can be enjoyed by students of all ages from 1 to 100! As Miss Evie continues developing her own personal skills and maintaining current education in the most up-to-date dance moves and trends, she teaches that dance is an ever-changing art form that can relax and challenge each and every student.

Miss Evie chose to teach while studying to complete her formal dance education. She was selected from hundreds of contestants for a coveted position on the Samford University Dance Team, Birmingham, Alabama, and extended her studies graduating from Iowa State University. Her dance education continued by studying with renowned teachers and performers in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Houston,
and Las Vegas. Miss Evie is certified through Dance Educators of America and attends multiple dance conferences each year throughout the United States to better the dancers at Encore!

As the Director, Miss Evie is extremely excited to share her life, her ability, her enthusiasm, her creativity, and her love of dance
with everyone at Encore Dance Academy!

Jamie Clyde

Miss Jamie has dance and music in her soul. It seemed only natural for her to begin her dance training at the age of three!! After high school, she continued her dance training while attending Western Illinois University and today, she enjoys passing her love of dance on to her students.  We have been honored to have Miss Jamie at Encore for the previous 8 years.  Miss Jamie is looking forward to another wonderful year full of new possibilities! She belives that 'Dancing is like dreaming with your feet'!

Alissa Jones

Miss Alissa has been dancing since the age of 3 locally as well as in Ames Iowa.  She brings her love of children and learning together for her dancers at Encore.  During the day, she has the full time job of Teacher Coach at a local school in Ankeny Iowa- which allows her great insight into student/teacher relationships and dynamics - we also see this at Encore Dance!  She passes on her fun spirit, unique teaching skills and passion for dance with her daughter who is also enrolled in dance classes and competition team at Encore.  Miss Alissa has a 'keen eye' for cleaning competition routines and makin competition choreography perfect and stage ready!

Hannah Martin

Miss Hannah is 'super excited' to teach our willing and able young dancers!! We are so pleased that we were able to 'scoop' her up to become part of our Encore Staffing Team!  She comes from Missouri, where she taught dance and developed polished techniques to communicate with children and dancers of all ages - inspiring them, challenging them, loving them, and bringing them to new levels of dance.  She has also been a dancer and gymnast her entire life and is passionate about lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip/hop and musical theater.  Along with these dancing skills, she brings a background of vocal music and musical theater to Encore.   We are excited to see how Miss Hannah develops these two genres at Encore!!!

Ashley Stephenson

Miss Ashley brings her wonderful attitude and past dance experience to Encore!  She has been a dancer for life: first as a dancer, then a performer, and now as an instructor.  We have the honor of instructing her children at Encore, as well.  Miss Ashley brings a love of ballet, lyrical and contemporary movement to Encore.

Libbey Switzer-Lewis

Miss Libbey, or as the kids refer to her "Miss Obbey", is a wonderful member of our faculty.  Miss Libbey has been a tumbling instructor at Encore for the past 5 years, bringing new and powerful techniques to our tumbling program.  Libbey has also trained with the world famous Bela Karolyi!  Dance and tumbling have been a wonderful and happy addition to Libbey's life since the age of 4! 
Her love of children and wonderful energy can be felt as the students leave her classes full of life and happiness.

Ms. Marcia
Ms. Marcia is our front office guru!  She's also Miss Evie's mom so we especially love and appreciate her! 
Please feel free to ask Ms. Marcia about your account statements and costume questions (she is a pro!). She is also available for costume and clothing alterations.  She is a Dance Mom Genius!  






We have a superior studio to help keep our students safe, comfortable, and offers a place where everyone can succeed! 
Dancers have full access to a dancer-only lockeroom and WiFi internet access during dance breaks.  A spacious and comfortable lobby for parents & family members to wait for their dancer to finish class is also provided.
You can walk down our "Memory Hall" under the dance shoes of previous graduated senior dancers -
their memory and dance steps live with us forever! 
Over 7,500 square feet and four dance studio rooms provide dancers of every level a place to safely and comfortably learn.  
Encore has industry standard floated dance floors with a Marley covering for safe instruction. 
Come take a look at our studio - we are excited to have grown and hope you will become a part of our Encore family!



We have a 7,500 sq ft, state of the art dance studio, with floating Marley floors for the safety of our dancers.
All staff members participate in yearly on-going dance education, so that we can bring you the most current and trendy dance moves and curriculum!
We create a positive environment where each student is treated as an individual dancer and not "a name in the class".
Our dress rehearsal, recital showcase and dance classes are run quickly, smoothly and well organized so that each dancer feels safe and calm while showcasing their talent.
Limited class size and small student to teacher ratio!
Most of all, our studio is about having fun while we learn.  At the end of the day, this is what is most important!


Encore Dance Academy
641 S. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023
Near Benchwarmers
(515) 974-4074