Erica Vining began her dance training over 20 years ago, studying at numerous schools throughout New England. She went on to study dance and dance theory at Roger Williams University under the direction of Kelli Wicke-Davis. 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. 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.
After graduating with honors from the Adelphi University Dance Program, Ruth Benson Levin moved to Boston in 1976 and has been delighting audiences with her choreography ever since. She has received commissions for her work from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Boston’s First Night Celebration and the Cambridge River Festival, and she is an Artist’s Foundation Grant Winner in Choreography. Her dances have been produced in collaboration with Massachusetts Dance Ensemble, Dance Umbrella, Choreographer’s Group, and Dance Collective. Ms. Levin’s full-evening work, Dance With Me, was praised by audiences and critics for its sensitive and moving portrayal of older dancers and the transitions they experience. Ms. Levin’s Three Ways to be Modern project was hailed by Boston Globe dance critic, Christine Temin, as the “most cleverly crafted commission” in the Dance Umbrella’s Boston Moves production. Her work has been described by Theodore Bale of the Boston Herald, as “rigorous, sophisticated, powerful, and poignant.” Ms. Levin is a highly regarded teacher of both ballet and modern dance. She was a member of the Performing Arts Faculty of Brookline High School for fourteen years as well as several area colleges. In 1997 Ms. Levin earned a Masters of Arts Degree from Lesley University in Choreography and Dance Education. Since 1999, Ms. Levin has been teaching ballet and period dance at Boston University and mentoring dance pedagogy students at Lesley University.
Reanna Crispin has been dancing for almost twenty years. After dancing throughout her elementary years, she attended the Dean College School of Dance. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Dance. At Dean College Reanna studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She also took classes including pedagogy, anatomy, kinesiology, and many others that enabled her to further understand the study of dance. She has studied under some of best dance educators throughout New England including Joan Palladino, Jill Silverman, and Nailah Randall-Bellinger. Reanna has danced professionally for the WNBA Connecticut Sun Solar Power Dance Team for two years hoping to make this summer her third. She is also a part of a contemporary company based out of Boston called the Boston Community Dance Project where she performs at various dance festivals. She hopes that her knowledge of the current dance world will help her students further their education.
Kendra has been teaching gymnastics and cheerleading to students for close to twelve years. She began her training at Walker’s Dance and Gymnastics where she was a dancer and gymnast for twelve years. She has made appearances on ESPN as a cheerleader. She has won numerous state, regional and national titles for both gymnastics and cheerleading. Since then, Kendra has been coaching cheerleading for Pop-Warner thru All- Star students and gymnastics for students at Wilkey’s Gym, 5-6-7-8 Dance Studio and Encore Dance Academy. Kendra’s one-on-one approach to teaching allows each individual to grow according to their ability.
Rachel White began her training at the New Haven Ballet in Connecticut. She graduated high school from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a ballet major. Rachel also trained with the School of American Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Hartford Ballet before joining Boston Ballet’s BBII. After retiring from the stage, Rachel served on the faculty of both the School of Dance Connecticut (formerly the School of the Hartford Ballet) and the city of Hartford’s Dance Program for City Youth.
Rachel is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She was certified in 2010 by the New York City Ballet as a trainer in the NYCB Workout. She is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and served on the Chapter’s New England’s Board of Directors from 2009-2011. Rachel is also an active member in the worldwide organization IADMS (International Association for Dance Medical Science). Rachel is a highly respected and in demand ballet teacher throughout the Northeast and across the U.S.
Megan began her dance training at age 3. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. Over her career Megan has studied with some of the most sought after instructors and choreographers in the world.
In the summer of 2003, Megan worked as a singer/dancer in the show "This is Octoberfest" at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. The next summer she was chosen to train with the River North Chicago Dance Company under the direction of Frank Chaves. In 2009 Megan resided in New York City where she was an intern at the Broadway Dance Center, training intensely to perfect her craft. Her film/print work includes being a two time contestant for Fox's hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance, season 5 being in the final 37 girls of vegas week and a featured performer and final 65 total contestant for season 7. You can also catch Megan modeling for Dance Spirit Magazine in their May/June 2009 issue.
Megan's choreography highlights include American Dance Awards 4 time regional young choreographer of the year along with ADA's diamond choreography winner. In the 2010 season alone, Megan was awarded with the choreography award at the past 8 competitions her dancers attended.
As a dancer, instructor and choreographer, Megan wishes to inspire her students and in turn be continually inspired by them. As a choreographer she hopes to continue to push new movement, strong technique and emotional commitment.