Studio Owner and Director
Erica Couto began her dance training over 25 years ago, studying at numerous schools throughout New England. She went on to study dance and dance theory at Roger Williams University. There she was a dance theater member, performing in numerous pieces commissioned by the college. She later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Merrimack College. After college Erica began choreographing and teaching at local dance studios and then eventually founded Encore in 2008. Her choreography has been recognized at numerous regional and national level competitions. Erica continues her own dance education by attending classes taught by some of the most notable names in the dance industry in cities like New York and Boston. Erica’s own methodology centers itself on sharing her own teaching techniques with other teachers and choreographers, in hopes of creating an exchange of knowledge and ideas. This way, Erica hopes to keep the dance program at Encore always progressive, innovative and enriching for all of her students.
Jacklyn Tabor has been teaching dance for almost a decade. She started her training at the age of three and went on to study Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. She has trained under some of the most prestigious dance educators including Sandi Duncan and Nailah Bellinger. She continues to expand her dance education through her involvement with such programs as; NYCDA teacher courses, the Dance Teacher Magazine Summer and Winter Conferences, and membership with IADMS (The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science).Her choreography has been recognized at numerous dance competitions throughout the area on both a regional and national level. As our studio’s Creative Director, Jacklyn combines her own dance knowledge and extensive training with imaginative and innovative techniques to bring out the best in all of her students.
Lisa began her dance training at Legein Dance Academy where she trained extensively for 13 years in all forms of dance. Lisa's training continued at the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston Dance Education Training where she graduated in 2004. Lisa is a recipient of the Mary Jane Brown Tap Scholarship and a Dance Masters of America Tap Scholarship. After graduating High School, Lisa continued her education and Dance training with a full Performing Arts Scholarship to Dean College. Lisa has a true passion for teaching and choreographing and has been teaching dance since 2004. She has been on the faculty of Legein Dance Academy and has taught Master Classes throughout New England. Lisa's love for the arts reaches beyond dance, she has trained extensively in voice and theatre and is currently a member of the Youth Actors Ensemble and serves on the Executive Board. Currently, Lisa is Co-founder of Kinetic Synergy Dance Company, a collaborative Dance Company in Boston, MA. Recently, Lisa's choreography was chosen for a Dance Works Boston project which was quite an honor.
Michelle received her dance training at Dance/Arts Studios Dance & Gymnastics Center in Somerville where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Tumbling. She was a member and captain of the Horizons Unlimited Dance Company. Michelle has been teaching all forms of dance and tumbling for over 20 years. She has coached competitive dance teams to several regional and national competitions throughout New England. Michelle has continued to share her love of dance by teaching Acrobatic Tumbling to children of all ages. She continues her dance education by attending Dance Teacher Intensive Programs.
Michelle is a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor; Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance in both Modules One and Two (Levels Primary through Pre-Professional 3). Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balance development, are stronger, flexible and fearless. Michelle’s objective is to provide a safe, confidence-building, and FUN experience for every student.
Matthew has trained in many genres of dance including ballet, modern, contemporary, tap and jazz. As a former competitive dancer he received many special judges' awards. As a teacher, Matthew's choreography has been recognized and awarded at both the regional and national levels. Matthew's goal in improvisation class is to build his students' confidence and allow dancers to be free to express their inner selves and become more open-minded. Matthew's method of teaching is positive, he believes that his conditioning and stretching will allow his students to develop into strong, flexible and healthy dancers. He hopes to share his own passion for dance with his students and hopes to encourage them to try different things and experience everything his classes have to offer.
A recent graduate from The American Music and Dramatic Academy of New York City, Jordan Celli has studied in dance theater, vocal technique, and acting. Her most notable credit includes the Fulton Theater's production of Peter Pan. Aside from performing professionally, Jordan began her teaching career as an assistant at Encore Dance Academy and has gone on to teach and choreograph in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to students ages 2-18. Jordan’s teaching philosophy focuses on growth through gratitude and self love while pushing students past their comfort zones to create the best version of themselves. As an Encore Alumni, Jordan feels extremely humbled to now be a teacher at the studio that shaped her into not only the dancer, but the woman she is today.
Liz Bishop is a graduate from Dean College in Franklin Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While at Dean, she studied various forms of dance including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, and Hip Hop and was a member of the Dance Company all four years . After graduating from college she became one of the main faculty members and co-competition director at Dance Productions where she grew up dancing for over 18 years. Liz has choreographed numerous recital and competition pieces that have gone on to regional and national dance competitions where they have received high score, overall and entertainment awards. Along with teaching all forms of dance, Liz became a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor with certifications in B1, B2, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao. In 2013, Liz decided to go back to school to combine her passion for dance with physical therapy. She has since graduated and has become a practicing Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Liz's enthusiasm and passion for working with children of all ages is shown throughout every class she teaches!
Tia has been dancing since age 5 and danced competitively for over 10 years. She is a former Encore Dance Academy student. She has studied many types of dance over the years including; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theater and Hip-Hop. She has trained with many instructors around the East Coast and never misses an opportunity to take a Master Class when her favorite choreographers come to town. Along with her dance training, Tia has been training in cheerleading, acrobatics and gymnastics for 7 years and still continues to take classes today. In 2015 she was awarded “Cheerleader of the Year” at the Universal Cheerleaders Association summer camp and was offered a job a with them for the following summer camp in 2016. During her time with UCA she found a passion in teaching. Tia is now a Program Director at The Little Gym of Woburn and Danvers. She is certified by The Little Gym International in teaching gymnastics/tumbling to children 4 months to 18 years. As much as she loves teaching, she still loves being a student. She is currently taking classes at Bunker-Hill Community College. As well as adult gymnastic classes and hip-hop classes in the afternoons. Tia is always trying to further her education, so she can share her knowledge when teaching classes!