Melissa Turka grew up dancing at Encore Dance Center and decided to pursue her love of dance at DeSales University where she received her B.A in Dance in 2016, along with minors in both Business and Psychology. After graduating, Melissa performed professionally as a freelance artist in and around the Philly area before returning back to Encore to teach. On top of teaching regularly, Melissa is currently the co-founder, assistant artistic director and company dancer for emme dance collective, a non-profit professional dance company in Lancaster, PA.
What I love most about Encore is not only the exceptional dance foundation my daughter is receiving, but also the emphasis on building kind, confident, positive dancers and leaders. Alvina takes great care to ensure that her studio is a safe place for all dancers, and that the dancers care for and respect each other. Every teacher is professional and holds the dancer to high standards, while also encouraging fun and creativity. I also appreciate how studying dance has given my daughter strong core strength and flexibility, which is evident when she competes in other sports. We love being a part of the Encore family!
Encore has been our daughter’s dance studio for the past 5 years. With the help of the caring staff at Encore we have watched her dance skills and confidence grow. The staff meets each child where they are and helps the dancers to better themselves both on and off the stage. The welcoming environment of Encore encourages relationships between the younger and older dancers, providing our daughter and many other young dancers with exceptional role models. Miss Alvina has worked hard to build this amazing studio and we consider ourselves lucky to have found such a great dance home for our daughter.
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