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

Thanks for a great first year of dance!!! I look forward to many more years at Encore! Im excited to get the DVD I ordered and watch it again and again. :-)
--A.B. Encore Dance Mom


Thank you so much for being a wonderful leader and role model! You are one very GIFTED women and I love that. I can not thank you enough for the guidance, talent and creativity you show the dancers.  You allow them to express themselves and be who they truly are.
--H.V.H Encore Dance Mom

Once again Miss Evie... I dont have enough vocabulary to accurately descride how awesome and amazing you are!  I am soooooooo thankful that you are in my daughter's life!
-- H.N Encore Dance Mom


I feel honored to have my daughter be a part of an amazing dance studio! The young women and men at Encore are so lucky to have you!
--J.S Encore Dance Mom

It means alot to me as a dad to have people that give your kids a chance to succeed and be challenged with things. I love my daughter very much and I am grateful to you and your mom and your staff for everything you do.
--M.P Encore Dance Dad




Miss Evie McPherson
Director/Owner
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! Certified through Dance Educators of America (D.E.A) to teach the performing arts, Miss Evie has over 30 years of dance training, performing and teaching experience.  As the Owner/Creative Director of Encore, Miss Evie continues developing her own personal skills and maintaining current education in the most up-to-date dance moves and trends by attending multiple dance conferences/workshops/seminars each year throughout the United States to better serve the dancers at Encore and to maintain qualified and updated training for herself, her teaching staff and assistants!!  Her expertise in teaching dance is recognized both regionally and nationally.  Miss Evie has lead her Competition Team to many Regional and National Titles in the highest Elite Level of Competition.  She, personally, has received numerous choreography awards for her artist music and movement interpretations.  And although awards are nice, the greatest accomplishment her dancers achieve under her guidance is understanding how to set personal goals in ability/character, and learning how to achieve those goals, how not to become discouraged and quit, how to treat other people, what team work and loyalty is all about, and how to be kind and loving.  When arriving at Encore, she comes in with her bubbles, sunshine and sparkles from head to toe!  The small kiddos LOVE getting special stickers and glitter spray from her during class for those high knee marches and great diva walks!  Miss Evie leads her studio each year to find groups or individuals in Ankeny and Des Moines lacking food and/or special services, and guides her dance families to fill those needs in their community by sponsoring local charitable events and service organizations.  The Food Bank of Iowa, Blank Children's Hospital, The Dancers Care Foundation (Cancer Research), Local Blood Drives, Make A Wish Foundation, and Iowa's Domestic Abuse Center for Women and Children are yearly recipients of this Encore generosity.  Miss Evie and Encore Dance Academy donates thousands of dollars in cash, food, clothing, personal items and Christmas gifts and many hours each year helping others.  She believes in being a 'positive' in today's world and making a significant difference in the youth and leaders of tomorrow by helping them set personal goals and working towards those goals.  She offers a loving, safe environment where dancers of all levels can succeed and have a blast.  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.

Miss Jamie

Believing that ‘Children Are The Light Of The World’, Miss Jamie truly enjoys watching each dancer express themselves in this art form of dance.  She cares about each dancer as a ‘whole person’…bringing love, stability, attention, and encouragement into their lives.  This is evidenced also in her work as Youth Ministry Director and religious educator since 2005 at All Saints Catholic Church.  Growing up in Muscatine, Iowa, Miss Jamie has been a lifelong dancer.  She is able to apply many valuable lessons learned in her own dance classes working now with youth and teens, helping them overcome obstacles and challenges, and to relieve the stresses in our world today.  Beginning as a dancer at age 3, she valued the movement and discipline she learned thru dance that helped her as a cheerleader, a tennis player, a volleyball competitor, and a track sprinter.   Her heart for dance followed her into college and as a ‘Charter Adult Class Dancer’ at Encore in 2005.  Encore is blessed to have Jamie return to teaching at Encore after taking some time to enjoy and expand her family, along with husband, Michael, to include 4 kiddos (Maddison, Emily, Nicholas, Joseph…and don’t forget their furry family member, Hannah).   During that time, Jamie completed her Bachelor of Business Degree and began her studies toward her Masters of Catechetics and Evangelization.  Her passion for teaching proper ballet technique and form to young dancers shows in each genre dancers study.  As a young mother, when she finds a quiet moment, she enjoys a good book and a great cup of coffee!

Miss Leah 

Miss Leah, also known as Miss Nook-Nook, has lived in Ankeny for 18 years and studied dance at Encore Dance Academy, performing in ‘If It Ain’t Baroque’ and ‘STEAMPUNK’, as a member of this 2-time National Champion Production Competition Team.  During that time Miss Leah was a classroom assistant and student teacher, developing her classroom and child involvement skills.   Miss Leah loved performing as a cheerleader in High School and at Iowa State University.   She is currently an Event Management student at Iowa State University with a personal goal of working in Corporate America upon graduation.  Knowing and valuing the lessons she learned in dance class (in addition to dance steps and moves) of discipline, strength, patience, creativity, observation, and taking critiques are such a big part of growing into a responsible adult member of society.  She looks at her time as a past dance student as becoming part of an extended family called Encore Dance Academy.  Coming back to ‘my favorite place to inspire young dancers and to help them grow their personal dance passion’ fills her heart with anticipation.  Her favorite dance genres are Jazz and Hip/Hop…she will be bringing a fresh, modern outlook along with some of the most current funky moves to class each week!!   Miss Leah has a contagious, bright smile, a positive attitude, and a joy that is shared with everyone she meets.  


Miss Kelli

Miss Kelli and her husband, Dave, both grew up in Ankeny and are enjoying raising their family of three daughters, Harli, Haddi, and Maggi in their hometown.  At the age of four years old she began dance classes and continued dancing thru high school and Iowa State University where Kelli majored in Elementary Education/Minor Dance.  She studied tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and was on the competition team for many years.  Her greatest dance memories include the many friendships made and the confidence gained after working on a trick or routine and finally getting it perfected.  Kelli tried her hand at sports in elementary school, but after continuously tap dancing in the outfield during softball games, her parents realized dance was her passion.   Kelli taught dance to children ages four through high school for 7 years.  To help a dancer achieve a new move or goal they are working towards, she continues to encourage and uses positive reinforcement when they may become frustrated.  She walks through the move and breaks it down as much as possible.  "The best way to encourage someone to strive to reach a goal is to continue to support and stay positive. Helping the student see that the goal is attainable can sometimes be the hardest part.  Once they see that the goal is something they can accomplish, it comes down to being there and supporting them." When not working or dancing, Kelli enjoys spending time with her family, reading, drinking lots of coffee, crafting, sewing clothing and accessories for her business, 'GM Hair Goodies and Boutique.'  Kelli is excited to teach dance alongside Miss Evie and the rest of the Encore staff.  Kelli and her daughters call Encore their dance home

Miss Lindsay

As a little 8 year old starting her dance life in the Des Moines area, Miss Lindsay knew from the very beginning that dance would become a driving force in her personal and professional life, as she enjoyed the stage and performing from the moment she first danced in class. Miss Lindsay is currently a Dance Teacher/Coach for East High School while attending Grand View University as a full-time student, working to complete her degree in Elementary Education which is no surprise as she LOVES working with children. "Dance is my LIFE", says Miss Lindsay and she feels the stress of today's busy world simply disappear when she puts on her dancing shoes.  She considers it a personal success whenever she can see the 'light-bulb turn on' in a student's eyes, and she loves celebrating with her students when they achieve that 'hard, worked for' task.  Miss Lindsay knows there is a place for every level of dance student who enjoys dancing and wants to learn.  She loves her job, and cant wait to help Encore kids grow as dancers and as people!  This excellent teacher is a perfect fit for Encore Dance!!

Miss Holly

Education is instrumental in the development of teamwork, responsibility, dedication, personal discipline, physical health and wellness, and self-confidence.   These concepts are all included in plans Miss Holly has as a teacher here at Encore, as well as in her daytime career.   Working alongside individuals with developmental disabilities to help them reach their greatest potential and personal goals which enables them to live more independently is a rewarding career.  She hopes to be a part of helping dancers achieving success beyond their goals and dreams…and to see that huge smile on their face once a new skill is learned.   Miss Holly has her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services/Psychology Minor which has prepared her to work with both children and adults.  We love her energetic, fun, hard-working, positive, and supportive personality.  Growing up as a dancer taught her the value of time management skills, paying attention in class to quickly learn choreography and to improve her talent, and how to ‘get along’ well with others.   Having the support of both parents and an older brother growing up allowed her to commit to cheerleading and dancing for 12+ years in genres of Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe in both recreational and competitive dance.  Miss Holly brings a valuable, keen eye to cleaning competitive dance pieces and is teaching many one-on-one private lessons to help those dancers improve ‘specifics in dance’.  

Miss Kathryn

Kathryn Thompson is a 1994 graduate of Iowa State University with a BS in Dietetics.  As a self-employed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Fitness Instructor, Kathryn leads Iowa's 'Meet the Challenge' project and provides diet and exercise counsel through individual and small group meetings and instruction.  In addition to individualized lifestyle assistance Kathryn is an experienced public speaker promoting healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand when leading a healthy lifestyle, which lead Kathryn to pursue fitness instruction as another means to help people achieve their wellness goals.  Kathryn is a YMCA of the USA certified fitness instructor and certified Zumba Fitness, Zumba Gold Fitness, Piloxing, Barre, Pound, and Tabata Bootcamp Instructor and currently teaches at the Ankeny YMCA, Trial Point Wellness and Aquatics Center, Meredith Corporation and B&G Foods. 

Kathryn is the proud mom of two children and when not raising her family she devotes her knowledge and experience helping others with diet, fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. Her experience with dance and fitness began at the young age of three learning the core principles of dance which later evolved into her extensive knowledge of body kinesiology.

Quote:  Every accomplishment begins with the decision to start







Ms. Marcia
Ms. Marcia is our front office guru!  She's also Miss Evie's mom!!! We especially love and appreciate her! Her chosen career of Registered Nurse has helped her to develop a 'keen eye' and attention to detail along with business management skills and the abiltiy to juggle many studio events in a timely fashion.  Having a nurse on duty during most of our studio hours is a plus for our dancers and their families.  Ms. Marcia loves working in the administrative part of Encore.... leaving the creative dance aspect to the expert teachers in the classrooms. She also wears many 'non-office' hats: plumber/plunger, band-aid supplier, retail inventory, carpet shampoo attendant, smoothie maker, cheerleader, event planner and 'guest audience' when a teacher wants to show someone a fun dance!  Ms. Marcia's love for children is evident in the gentle way she greets the little ones who come to her office just to say "HI, MS MARCIA!!!!!' or give her a big hug! 
Please feel free to ask Ms. Marcia about your account statements and costume questions (she is a pro!).  She is a Dance Mom Genius!  


COME SEE OUR STATE OF THE ART STUDIO!!

 

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!
 

 

   WHY SELECT ENCORE DANCE ACADEMY?

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