Kristen Zimmerman

Instructor

Kristen Zimmerman began dancing at Encore at the age of 2.5. After graduating from Encore and Lancaster Catholic High School, she continued her education at Barry University in Miami, Florida where she graduated with honors receiving her degree in Elementary Education, with an ESOL Endorsement and a Minor in dance, with a focus on Latin and African dance. While in Miami, Kristen began her dance teaching career in a community outreach program for underprivileged youth. Kristen choreographed and performed in shows at the Jackie Gleason Theater as well as being the assistant producer/choreographer for her university’s musical of Pippin. Kristen has been teaching dance for 20 years, coached the Lancaster Catholic Dance Team for 10 years, has had many pieces of choreography in local shows.

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Kristen 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.
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.
Lyrical
Lyrical is an expressive form of dance that incorporates a fusion of ballet and jazz dance styles. Many times, this style tells a story through choreography and dance phrases inspired by the lyrics of the song being used. Dancers are encouraged to explore their emotions and movement through improvisation. A strong ballet and jazz foundation enhances the quality of 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.
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

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!

The Encore teachers helped me to become a dancer instead of just taking dance classes. Through dance, I have developed my performance skills and my confidence. The friendships I have made here will last a lifetime. Encore is not only a dance studio, it’s my 2nd home.

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