Meet the outstanding faculty of Encore Studios

MANDI LITTLE

MANDI LITTLE

Owner/Director

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.

BRITTANEY DEASON

BRITTANEY DEASON

Brittaney is an alumni of Encore Studios where she trained under Mandi For over 10 years. She was a member of the National Champion Encore Competition Company where she honed her technique and gained valuable performance experience. Brittaney also had the honor of participating in Encore’s apprenticeship program which prepares aspiring dance educators to lead their own classes in the Encore tradition. Her training across all genres of dance make her a well rounded instructor who excels at bringing out the best in the next generation of dancers. Her love for both children and dance make her a favorite among her students.

KELLY WALKER

KELLY WALKER

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 Witzel

Isabelle Witzel

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 Meyer

Charise Meyer

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!

Morgan Styskal

Morgan Styskal

Born and raised in a small town in Nebraska, I started dancing at the age of 4. I trained in a variety of genres in my 14 years of study at my local studio, Desiree’s Dancers. As I grew older, I became an apprentice assistant with the younger dancers and loved getting to spending so much time at the studio. I was thrilled to be given my own classes to instruct and share my knowledge of dance with the next generation before moving to the Charlotte area about 3 months ago. I am currently finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I will be graduating at the end of this fall semester after completing my student teaching. I feel so very fortunate to be joining the Encore dance family as an instructor! Looking forward to sharing my love for dance with so many young dancers!

Kiswuana Green

Kiswuana Green

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 Harnett

Meghan Harnett

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.

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

Mission Statement

Our instructors believe that dance lessons can also be used to teach life lessons. In addition to technical training in all aspects and styles of dance, including ballet, tap, and jazz, Encore Studios builds self-esteem, respect, independence, and physical fitness through the fun-filled and exciting arts of dance and gymnastics. Not all dance schools are the same! Contact Encore Studios today to see why we’re different!

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