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 20 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 15-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, and absolutely loves the Old Dominion. One of five children, she began dancing when she was 12 and hasn’t been able to stop since.
She studied in Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts and credits the program with instilling her passion for dance and performance. Much of her technical and group dance experience comes from competitive dance teams at the high school and collegiate level, where she competed locally and nationally for more than six years.
Bridget is an honors graduate of Christopher Newport University, earning a degree in Theatre and Dance and a minor in Philosophy. At CNU, she participated in the first three annual spring dance showcases, “A Delicate Balance,” and was an intricate part of building the dance program at the university. She also was the co-founder of the first “Winter Informal Dance Concert,” a fully student-run performance opportunity that challenged students to share their chorography outside the academic setting to a new audience.
At Christopher Newport, Bridget expanded her dance experience from ballet, jazz and tap to modern, musical theatre, ballroom and even African and Haitian dance. She was voted “Best Female Dancer” in 2012 by her peers and recognized by the faculty for her outstanding devotion to the growth of the program and her talent.
Bridget is thrilled to be a part of the staff of Encore Studio and to surround herself with a dance family who also share her love of dance and performance!
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!
Caitlin Lewis was born and raised in Danville, VA and started dancing at the age of seven at the Meredith Gravely School of Dance. She attended numerous conventions and master classes, including the Dance Makers Inc. National Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC. In 2002, Caitlin was chosen to perform in the Moscow Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, when they traveled to Danville.
Caitlin graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and a minor in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, she moved back to Danville and was employed as a preschool teacher and cheerleading coach for four years. In June of 2014 Caitlin became an instructor at Meredith Gravely School of Dance and realized how much she had missed dance in her life. She taught three, four, and five year olds and assisted in many other classes at the studio. She enjoyed seeing a “behind-the-scenes” look at the studio she grew up in and learned that there is no better feeling than to see your students perform onstage at the end of the season.
Caitlin recently moved to Richmond, VA with her husband, James (Trey) Lewis III, and is excited to be joining the Encore Team! She has loved getting to know the other staff members as well as the dancers and their families.
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.
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.
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Elizabeth Bingham began dancing at the age of three in Stafford, Virginia, at Barton and Williams School of Dance. After moving to Richmond, she began taking classes at Martinique School of Dance under Shannon Howell and Karen Gravely. In 2010, Martinique School of Dance closed with the retirement of its owner Shannon Howell. That’s when Elizabeth found Encore Studio. She began in the Intensive dancers program and the next year became a part of the first Senior Pink Ladies team at the Westchester location.
Finding her main passion was ballet, Elizabeth began studying in Richmond Ballet’s Upper School program under Judy Jacob, Jasmine Grace, Anne Sidney Hetherington, Igor Antonov, and Cecile Tuzii. Upon graduating the program in 2014, she signed a contract as a Trainee with Richmond Ballet’s professional company for the 2014-2015 season. With Richmond Ballet, Elizabeth performed in company productions such as The Nutcracker and Don Quixote in Richmond; as well as, The Nutcracker on tour in Norfolk.
Elizabeth is currently taking classes at University of Richmond and working towards a career in baking and pastry arts. She is so excited to continue sharing her love for ballet through teaching the students at Encore Studio!
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.