Meet the outstanding faculty of Encore Studios
Our Owner/Director has dedicated over 35 years to dance performance and 23 years to dance education. During this time she has been recognized internationally for outstanding talent, performed with a select group of dancers from across the US as an All American Hula Bowl Dancer, appeared as a Laker Girl Dancer in the movie Eddie with Whoopi Goldberg, and was a founding member of the King David Dance Co. Mandi has trained extensively with renowned instructors from New York and Los Angeles such as Ray Leeper, Keith Stewart, Gene Anthony Ray (Leroy from Fame), Doug Caldwell, Terry Lindholm, Alan Onickel, and was demonstrator for tap master and Tony Award winner Henry LeTang. She has studied ballet with Fanchon Cordell of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the late Salvatore Aiello of North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Claudia Folts, director of the school of the Charlotte City Ballet.
As Encore’s First Student, Kelly grew up dancing under Mandi and has over two decades of dance experience. While a member of Encore’s Competition Co. she has received many regional and national overall High Score awards/scholarships and was twice named NYCDA outstanding Dancer. She is an alumni of the NYCDA Summer Intensive program where she trained with the best in the business in NYC. She is a graduate of Clemson University where she also spent 4 years on the athletic dance team, The Rally Cats. Her senior year she served as the captain of the team. Most recently Kelly’s dancing has taken her around the world as a professional dancer for Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club cruises as a featured dancer in the production shows.
Isabelle joins our Encore family as the head of our new dance program for children with special needs. As an occupational therapist, Isabelle has over 20 years of experience working with children with special needs in both school and outpatient settings. Growing up in the southern shores of Montreal, Canada, Isabelle began taking ballet lessons at the age of 3. She later expanded her dance repertoire to learn other dance styles (Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical) and continued taking dance lessons for 15 years, becoming a member of her dance school’s performance team. She is excited to be given the opportunity to combine her expertise as an occupational therapist with her love of dance and to allow children with special needs to experience the physical and social-emotional benefits of dance.
Charise was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and competed with Dance By Deborah for 14 years were she won both national and regional titles. In 1990 she performed on Star Search, and the following year was crowned Mini Miss Louisiana after which she taught for Deborah for 10 yrs. Her family relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana were She taught for Stefani’s Front and Center for 11 years in Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Competitive Hip Hop and Contemporary. Charise’s Hip Hop and Contemporary teams have won many overall awards and special judges awards throughout the years. We are excited to have her on our faculty!
An Arizona native, Kylie began dancing at a young age, competing and performing all over the country. With 20 years of dance experience Kylie is well versed in all areas of dance. While in high school Kylie was dedicated to the theatre program. After graduating, she became the Assistant Theatre Director and Choreographer for the Paradise Valley Unified School District. In 2014 Kylie interned at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, before returning to Arizona the following year. Before re-locating to New York Kylie was a dance instructor and choreographer at Elite Dance Academy, where she taught ages 2.5–16, choreographed competitive level dance routines for ages 7–16, and won judges awards for her choreography. After earning her Associate in Arts with emphasis in theatre and dance Kylie took advantage of a wonderful opportunity to move to New York in 2017, and quickly joined as the Assistant Theatre Director and Choreographer for the Half Hollow Hills School district working with elementary, middle, and high school students. Kylie Ceraolo is so excited to be a part of the Encore Dance family and watch each student learn and grow. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance and theatre with all her students!
Kiswuana Green has been involved in the dance field for over 20 years and has instructed many Encore Students in past years. She is well-versed in all areas of the art form across a broad spectrum of ages and ability levels. She has studied extensively throughout the US with masters of the art such as Debbie Allen, John Crutchman, Dee Caspary, Doug Caldwell, and Frank Hatchett, among others. She has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards as a member of the Encore Elite Co. as well as national study scholarships which have afforded her the finest in commercial dance training. She was one of the top 5 females chosen from a field of over 250 as a finalist for National Tremaine Dancer of the Year. She was also able to showcase her dance training on the sidelines as professional cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers. She is happy to return to the Encore staff and share her love dance.
Meghan Hartnett is a multi-facetted performing artist and teacher, who is passionate about the business of show business. She is trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap technique, and has been performing for 15 years. She is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Arts Administration. During her time at UNCG, she has performed original works by Germaul Barnes, Ronald K. Brown, Michael Job, B.J. Sullivan, and K.J. Wade. Meghan has also had the opportunity to teach and create multiple pieces of choreography. Her work has been performed at the Harris YMCA School of Dance, Northwest School of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additionally, Meghan has worked professionally for the Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Project Inc. She is excited to be back in her hometown of Charlotte, NC and looks forward to joining the team at Encore Dance Studios.
Vivian Wade began dancing just before the age of 2, she started her dance career at Mineral Springs School Of Dance under the instruction of Rita Hava. She studied in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Pointe. As a child she performed for the Children’s Playhouse in Matthews, North Carolina. After 12 years of training when her instructor retired she began dancing and competing for Broadway Dreams Dance Productions being named a Showstoppers Super Soloist at 18 and graduating from Parkwood High School. She went on to teach for Broadway Dreams competition team while studying dance at the University Of North Carolina Charlotte. While attending college she created Vivian Wade Photography to further express her artistic skills. She served as director for the dance program for The Charlotte All Stars for 2 years. After a rich history of teaching Vivian started Creative Edge Academy Of Arts & Movement where she was the director and choreographer for 5 years. Vivian’s students have received countless awards throughout the years as well as her highly celebrated choreography, she continues to grow and learn through her adventures in dance. Vivian is so excited to become a part of the Encore Dance Studio and share her love and passion for dance with all her students.
What our customers have to say
While I watched the competition, there were some distinct differences in the groups of dancers. The Encore groups danced to music that was family appropriate and in a style that was very classy and talent-oriented. I am very glad to have my daughter in an organization that has good taste and understands the value of substance over flashy style.BW - Parent
All of you at Encore have done wonders making them proud of themselves, boosting their self-esteem and having fun at the same time. They really are so proud to be a part of Encore.K C - Parent
Thanks so much for all your hard work. I love to brag about Ella’s dance school and it’s because you seem to pour your heart and soul into it. It shows! You do an excellent job and you should be told so. Thanks!K C - Parent