About

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/Co-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- Co-Manager

Jill has been with Encore Dance Academy for 4 years, as a dance Mom, and has recently taken on the role of Co-Manager. She loves the sense of community within the studio and the atmosphere of nurturing the personal growth of each student.

Alyssa Owens- Fundraising and Event Coordinator

Alyssa’s daughter has been dancing for the past 7 years, since she was 4 years old and they have been with Encore Dance Academy since 2018. Alyssa loves being associated with a studio whose owner and director is so involved with each dancer and encourages them to strive and do their best.

Rayanne McGuire- Instructor

Rayanne loves to dance. She has been a dancer since the age of 1 and has been dancing with Encore Dance Academy since they opened in 2015. Rayanne enjoys being an instructor because she loves to choreograph the dances, teach the kids and sometimes just likes to be the boss.

Jean Endo- Instructor

Jean became a student at Encore Dance Academy in 2017 and an instructor shortly after. She loves to spend time choreographing and working with the kids from the first day of class until the end of the year show!

Taylor Richards- Instructor

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 is excited to begin choreographing routines and teaching the kids.

Danielle Briggs- Instructor

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.

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