Encore Dance Academy
Established in 2015, Encore Dance Academy is focused on providing students of all levels with the opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles in a positive and encouraging environment. We have a passion for the art of dance and for helping others to discover their inner dancer.
Jillian Gallant- Owner/Director
A student of Eileen McGrath, Jillian has grown up in the local dance community. She has been teaching dance for 20 years and has held many workshops at the Saint John YMCA, Amazetorium, Touchstone Academy and Rothesay Netherwood School. She prides herself on creating a studio with a unique family feel that encourages dancers of all skill levels.
Nichola Richards- Assistant Director
Nichola started with Encore Dance Academy as a Dance Mom in 2015. Over time she became more involved in administrative and creative roles within the studio. Encore is like her home away from home and there is no place she’d rather be.
Katie Mitchell- Instructor/Manager
Katie has been a Dance Mom supporting her daughter’s competitive journey for 8 years. She is excited to share her passion for dance as instructor of youth and adult hip hop classes this year. Katie also enjoys spending a lot of time at the studio in her role as Co-Manager.
Jill McDonald- Instructor
Jill has been with Encore Dance Academy for 5 years, as a Dance Mom, and has recently taken on the role of Co-Manager and instructor of Saturday mornings tiniest dancers, the Cupcakes. She loves the sense of community within the studio and the atmosphere of nurturing the personal growth of each student.
Taylor has been dancing since the age of 8 and competitively with Encore Dance Academy since they opened in 2015. After 3 years as a teacher in training she has worked her way up to an instructor and loves choreographing routines and teaching the kids.
Danielle started competitive dance at Encore Dance Academy in 2017, helping teach other troupes and has now worked her way up to being an instructor. She loves being at the studio whether it’s teaching the kids, choreographing dances or practicing with her troupe.
Makayla has been dancing with Encore Dance Academy since they opened in 2015. She enjoys teaching the kids and watching them grow into great dancers.