Dana Shelley

Instructor & Ballet Director

Dana Shelley grew up dancing at Encore, then continued her dance education concentrating in performance/choreography and arts administration graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College. She performed works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Amy Marshall, Robert Moses, and Adrienne Clancy, along with performing in ballets including her favorite, Don Quixote. Dana completed John White’s Vaganova grades 1-6 teaching seminars at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. She has learned a great deal from several local mentors including Nadine Revene, Chet Zercher and Carolyn Trythall. Dana danced with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance for six years and has been teaching for twenty!

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Dana Teaches

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.
Pointe
With safe technique practices being a priority, our pointe program begins with the basics. Dancers will begin their pointe studies in our pre-pointe classes to allow for a focused study of very specific movement exercises. Focusing on core movement control and muscular strength throughout each dance season allows for each pointe dancer to build tools needed to succeed. Dancers are evaluated before moving to the next level to ensure the dancer is strong and technically ready to execute the movement.
Modern
Modern dance is an expressive style of dance created in the early 20th century that moved away from the structure of classical ballet technique. Modern dance is an integration of technique, floor work, dynamic athletic, and abstract movement. Modern dance is constantly evolving and growing with the contemporary movement of today while staying true to the technique created by the pioneers of modern dance.

What People are Saying

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!

My daughters Mia and Ellie are beginning their fourteenth and tenth years dancing at Encore Dance Center. Over the years, the excellent professional and caring teachers at Encore have provided them with skills and instruction to become beautiful dancers, but they have learned much more. The girls are patient, determined, helpful, respectful and confident, and those values are reinforced every day at Encore. They also have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Encore has been an important part of their lives and our family

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