Our professional dance instructors bring a wide variety of performance and educational experience to dance students in the Greater Richmond area. Click on the names below to find out more.
Karen King Flores is a certified dance instructor through Dance Masters of America and the owner and Artistic Director of Encore Studio. Her early career allowed her performing opportunities with the Beaumont Civic Ballet, The Houston Ballet, The Concert Ballet of Virginia and The Richmond Ballet. She performed with the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival and served as an apprentice under Robert Joffrey.
She has studied with many great dancers over her years of training, but chose to share her passion to educate dancers by opening Encore Studio in 1991. Her enthusiasm for dance allowed her the pleasure to work with many students in her first years, but as the demand for classes grew, she focused on developing a curriculum for the staff members to implement.
Under Karen’s direction, Encore Studio services more than 1,000 students throughout Chesterfield County. She has led students to stages in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and on Grand Bahamas Island. Her students have been accepted at Virginia School of the Arts, Royal Academy of Ballet, local and regional Governor’s Schools, as well as Thomas Dale Specialty Center for the Arts. Encore students often continue to dance in college, and some have gone on to a professional career in dance.
Currently, Karen focuses on developing continued curriculum for the students of Encore Studio and bringing them the best instruction. She continues her work of sharing the love of arts to the community, and produces an annual recital production that has become an anticipated event in Chesterfield County.
After more than 25 years as the Encore Studio Artistic Director, Karen remains active in all three studios, and she shares her greatest accomplishment as parent with her husband of 18 years. Their 17-year-old daughter, Mallory, is an aspiring dancer and part of the Encore Curriculum and the Pink Ladies Competition Team.
Born and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Cheryl Brower started her extensive training with Denise Daniele Dance Studios, where she trained for 15 years. There she participated in the "City Lights Dance Company" and participated in competitions throughout the East Coast. On the competitive circuit, Cheryl was a standout and won scholarships in Jazz and Tap from conventions such as Jump, NYCDA and the Tremaine Dance Series.
Cheryl continued her training throughout high school, focusing on ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance styles. She attended East Carolina University's Dance program where her choreography was well received due to her intensity and high-energy style. She graduated in 2010 with a BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in Jazz Dance. Cheryl has trained with dance masters such as Michael Minery, Doug Caldwell, Desiree Robbins and Keri LaGrand.
Cheryl’s professional credits include participation in the annual "Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit" in Bryant Park, New York City, for an audience of more than 3,000. She has also performed in the Broadway production of "Broadway's Greatest Showstoppers" featuring the New York Philharmonic, Marvin Hamlisch, and Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Raul Esparza. Cheryl has also performed as part of Mike Minery's tap intensive in the off Broadway production of "SLIDE" accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
The Encore Studio family is honored to have Cheryl's expertise, extensive training and choreographic abilities since 2010. Cheryl is extremely excited to have made Richmond her home and is eager to tackle the continued growth of the students of Encore Studio.
Born and raised in Plymouth, Michigan, Angelina Rackley studied under the direction of Theresa Valchine and Cyndi Buczek at “Dance Extreme.” Angelina has participated in and won many regional and national titles, including the “Star Systems” top regional soloist three years in a row and the national top soloist winner in 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Angelina began her career teaching at “Dance Extreme,” and she was the recipient of the “California Contemporary Workshop Scholarship” in 2007 and “SHOCK The Intensive Scholarship” in 2005. She was a feature performer in the “Make a Wish Celebration of Dance Showcase” and has assisted Kevin “Tokyo” Inoue and Sonya Weast.
Following her desire to study dance in New York City, Angelina enrolled in the work/study program at Broadway Dancer Center. The program allowed her to train at the top dance facilities in New York City with numerous industry greats. After studying jazz, tap, contemporary and ballet for two years in New York, she returned to the classroom the share her style and techniques with students.
Angelina is widely recognized for her unique and edgy style of dance and her award-winning choreography, and she is credited with beginning the Contemporary trend in the Richmond market. Thanks to her ability to inspire, educate, create unique movements and make the experience positive and uplifting, Angel’s classes fill quickly.
She teaches her students to understand their bodies and how they have the ultimate control to create any movement asked or desired. Her forte is giving her students the opportunity to dig deep within themselves and try new movements. She has a way of touching her student’s lives with passion, emotional expression and a creative style of dance.
Bridget Lundberg is a native of Richmond, Virginia. An honors graduate of Christopher Newport University, Bridget received several awards from the faculty of CNU for her outstanding devotion and positivity pertaining to the growth of the arts department and her commitment to sharing her talent across professional and student-run productions.
Bridget’s specialty is working with young students, helping them find their footing and learn to express their love of the arts, and life, through movement. She believes that dancing should be fun and strives to create a fun and safe environment where young dancers are able to grow confidently and creatively as they learn. As Encore’s Director of Children’s Programs, Bridget programs classes and curriculum for young dancers across all styles of dance, but her favorite is being on the dance floor with her students.
Dana DeLucie grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and trained at the National award winning studio, Denise Wall’s Dance Energy. As a member of the DWDE Company, Dana had the distinct honor of performing in numerous pieces choreographed by Emmy winner and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Travis Wall. During her time with DWDE, Dana was part of an ensemble that won four NYCDA National Critics’ Choice Awards, the 2009 Capezio A.C.E. Award, and countless regional titles.
Throughout her dance career Dana regularly attended workshops and conventions; including NYCDA, Jump, Nuvo, and West Coast Dance Explosion. She was selected as a NYCDA National Convention Scholarship winner for four consecutive years. Dana has taken master classes with some of the industry’s most innovative dance teachers and choreographers; including Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey, and Mike Minery.
Dana graduated from East Carolina University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Studies. She was a four year member of the East Carolina University Dance Team and served as a captain during her senior year. While on the ECU Dance Team, Dana choreographed for numerous team performances. She traveled annually with the ECU Dance Team to Daytona Beach, FL where they competed at NDA Collegiate Nationals. During her senior year the team was featured on CBS College Sports Network as a Dance Division IA finalist, for the first team in school’s history.
Since relocating to the Richmond area in August 2013, Dana has been thrilled to be a part of the Encore family. She is excited to continue to share her passion for dance, unique style, and technical expertise with all of her Encore students!
Veronica began her dance career at the age of seven receiving her first formal ballet training at The Jacksonville School of the Arts in North Carolina. She later went on to receive regular training from a multitude of schools in the Northern Virginia area including Linda's Ballet Workshop, Chris Collins Dance Company, Virginia Ballet Company, and finally graduating from Dance Etc. School of the Arts in 2012.
She studied various styles of dance including Classical and Neoclassical Ballet, Horton based Contemporary, Martha Graham Technique, and both Broadway and commercial style Jazz. Miss Veronica had the opportunity to be a featured soloist in numerous productions at the Dance Etc. School for the Arts for several years.
Veronica was awarded multiple scholarships from world renown schools throughout her professional training including the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Virginia's Governor School for the Arts.
She has been formally invited to train with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC and offered a trainee position with The Washington Ballet Company.
Veronica has completed residency programs at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and in New York City. She has also received mentorship from world class artist from the New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, Ballet West, The Alvin Ailey Dance company, and California Institute of the Arts to name a few.
Additionally, Veronica has received vocal and theatrical training and performed in productions in Virginia.
Miss Veronica is currently studying psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Julie started her dance training at the age of nine under the instruction of Sally Smith in Richmond, Virginia. At the age of fourteen, she started training at the Richmond Ballet with teachers such as Arnott Mader, Susan Massey, and Jasmine Grace. The summer before Julie’s senior year of high school, she was offered a scholarship to train in the Princeton Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program under the instruction of Maria Youskevitch, Douglas Martin, and Mary Barton. After high school Julie went to train with the Orlando Ballet and was offered a job as a professional dancer with a small company in Florida.
Julie is a graduate of James Madison University where she majored in Psychology. While in college Julie still trained and took classes at JMU under the instruction of Cynthia Thompson. Julie has performed a number of different roles in classical ballets such as The Nutcracker and Don Quixote, as well as some modern ballets. Julie is ecstatic to be part of the Encore Studio family and is excited to share her love for ballet and dance with her students.
Diontey Michael was born in Richmond, Virginia and began his studies at the Richmond City Dance Theatre for modern and jazz. He immediately joined The School of Richmond Ballet un- der ballet masters Malcolm Burn, Jerri Kumery and school director Judy Jacob for his classical ballet training. As a teenager he attended the prestigious Virginia School of the Arts where he trained closely with Adam Sage, Dominique Angel and Tyrone Brooks. He's also attended summer programs at The Royal Ballet School, The Jofferey Ballet and River North Dance Chicago. Upon graduating high school he attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a full scholarship from former Dean of Dance and American Ballet Theatre Principle, Ethan Stiefel. His professional career began as a trainee with the Richmond Ballet, later he went on to perform as a Guest Artist with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Nomad Contemporary Ballet in NYC and Missouri Ballet Theatre. Diontey has performed in The Nutcracker, Giselle, George Balan- chine’s Rubies, many original works and has been featured in Mark Morris’s Gloria, Stephanie Martinez’s Transport and Salvatore Aiello’s Sanza Fretta. He was featured as a dancer in ABC’s Holiday Movie “A Christmas Kiss” he's performed with Disney Cruise Line and was also a contestant on the hit Fox television show S.Y.T.Y.C.D. He’s worked with artist such as Virginia Johnson, Keelan Whitmore, Christopher Huggins, Alonzo King, Jennifer Medina, Lorraine Graves and Desmond Richardson. He has also choreographed works for Longwood University, Missouri Ballet Theatre, Virginia School of the Arts and has choreographed musical numbers for "The Wiz", "Seussical", and "Fiddler on the Roof" at Stagedoor Manor. Diontey's aesthetic is very Neo-Classical with a flare of Contemporary Ballet. He's influenced by Limon, Cunningham, Nikolai, GaGa, and the Balanchine style.
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Allie Ramirez is a Hip Hop Choreographer and Instructor. Her goal is to offer true urban Hip Hop to aspiring dancers of Encore Studio. Miss Allie has spent the past six years perfecting her unique style by combining commercial hip-hop with isolation and grooves. Allie continues to professionally train at Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, and IDA Hollywood in California. Allie has trained under and worked with professional hip hop dancers: Jojo Gomez, Will Adams, Matt Steffanina, Dana Alexa, Hamilton Evans, King Guttah, Hollywood, Sorah Yang, Janelle Ginestra, and many more. Miss Allie has had the experience teaching hip hop workshops and classes ranging from beginner to master level. She has also joined the Encore Staff to bring Hip Hop to our competitive teams. She is thrilled to be a part of the Encore family and excited to share her true passion for dance with the Encore students!
Miss Burgos is of Dominican - Armenian heritage. Over her performing career she has danced with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago for 2 years, Sacramento Ballet for 7 years (principal dancer), Ballet Hispanico for 7 years ( principal dancer) & West Side Story on Broadway. Miss Burgos had the pleasure of being the principle in Ron Connigham’s CarminaBurana, Carmen and The Rite of Spring. She danced Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Concerto Borocco, Allegro Brillante, Scotch Symphony,Theme and Variation and Western Symphony. In 2010 Burgos joined the cast of West Side Story on Broadway. She has worked with artists such as Pedro Ruiz, Margo Sapinton, Ramon Oller, John Cliford, Annebelle Ochoa Lopes, Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre, Septime Weber, Dwight Rhoden, Graciela Daniel, Sergio Trujillo. She was an adjunct teaching Ballet, Point and Jazz at Western Kentucky University from 2012-2015. She has choreographed for WKU spring performance and May 2016 for VCU Freshman Repertory course show. In addition, she is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teachers Training Intensive in Primary through level three of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Miss Burgos is also fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Armenian languages.
Born and raised in mechanicsville, Virginia, on a little farm, off an old dirt road. Youngest of five children in her household and best friends with her parents. Passionate about nature, animals, art and music.
She has studied Photography and American Sign language Interpreting here in Richmond, where her whole family attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
Molly met, fell in love and married her collage sweet heart, and now live right outside of Richmond, where they can be free to explore their artistic and musical hobbies together.
Ever since she was a child playing with her fathers Vintage Minolta film camera, she knew she wanted to be in the photography business. For over 10 years, she has worked as a self driven photographer, taking anywhere from Newborn Baby Photos, Weddings, Pet Photography, Portraits and Real Estate Paneramas. With this wide range of photographic opportunities, many doors were opened and Molly soon became interested and skilled in running social media for small local companies, where she could use her photographic skills and artistic eye, for a companies profitability. In this creative field, Molly has studied and learned all major social networking sites, and shown a demonstrated ability to attract and interact with current and future clients, with an overall goal to gradually achieve superior customer engagement. With her unique creative skills and photography background, Molly is able to build quality, loyal relationships with clients through the use of artistic social media posts.
Molly is excited to be among the staff here at Encore Studio, where she is surrounded by wonderful, creative minds and talented people. She says "its a pleasure to be around such positive, hard working dancers and instructors, its here that I will be able to capture the emotional beauty and journey of a group of talented young artists and share our collaborative art with the world."
Kathleen Oliveri joins Encore in a behind the scenes capacity as our Office Manager. Kathleen has over 30 years business and accounting experience. She is excited to help in the continued growth of Encore. Kathleen has a full appreciation of all things related to the arts. She has an innate love of music, dance, theater and art. She has raised two creative and talented young men. Her eldest son is studying Jazz percussion and is her favorite percussionist! Her younger son is equally talented as an amazing artist and is mapping out his future plans. He is, by far, her favorite artist! Kathleen is from a large Italian family and enjoys all things Mediterranean. She enjoys listening to live music, going to musical / theater productions, watching old movies, spending time with friends and family, cooking and gardening. Kathleen is excited about witnessing the amazing talent that Encore produces.