Alyson Shanklin

Instructor

Alyson Shanklin has been dancing at Encore since she was 5 years old and teaching for 21 years. Her focus is teaching tap but she has taught many other forms as well. She truly enjoys working with her students, instilling the love of dance, having fun and building their self-confidence.

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Alyson Teaches

Tap
One of the most traditional forms of dance using special shoes to create different rhythms, sounds and patterns. Emphasis is placed on precision, speed and clarity of sounds. Tap is great for developing musicality and coordination skills.
Jazz
This fun class combines upbeat, stylized movement with proper technique. Jazz dance is based on ballet principals with each class consisting of a warm-up using isolated movements, across the floor progressions and current choreography all set to age appropriate music.
Ballet
In Ballet class, emphasis is placed on age appropriate training, terminology, classical form and training each individual dancer to reach their personal goals. Our ballet program begins with a movement vocabulary that caters to the young mind and body which is shown in our creative movement classes. Ballet at Encore is taught with a passion and love for classical ballet movement.
Hip Hop
This popular, high energy class uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s top choreographers. Hip Hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Age appropriate hip hop music and movement is used for each class.

What People are Saying

My daughter started dancing here when she was 3, she has loved it from the first day. The teachers are so encouraging, patient, kind, and just the absolute best. Dance has become a part of life. The teachers, kids and other parents have become family. We couldn’t imagine not dancing at Encore. In fact we have contemplated moving out of state and Encore has been the reason we have stayed. I couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere for my daughter to continue her dance education.

I began bringing my daughter to Encore at age 3, looking for a class to help with balance and body awareness. We are now entering our 6th year and absolutely love this studio! They not only work to build a love for dance, but also to instill a sense of confidence, strength, and friendship in their students. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Encore family!

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