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. Under the tutelage of Denise Wall and Vicky Cooke, Dana amassed extensive technical and artistic training in Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. As a member of the elite DWDE Company, Dana had the distinct honor of performing in numerous pieces choreographed by Emmy nominee and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Travis Wall. During her time with the pre-professional company, Dana was part of an ensemble that was selected five times to perform in the closing night Gala at the Waldorf Astoria for New York City Dance Alliance. She won four National Critics’ Choice Awards and countless regional titles. Other prestigious awards include the Capezio A.C.E. Award and D.R.A Dancing Downtown at the Joyce Theater’s Artistic and Technical Excellence Award. Dana can be seen dancing in three different nationally televised Liberty Tax commercials. She also appeared on the October 2008 cover of Dance Teacher Magazine with her mentor and teachers Denise Wall and Travis Wall.
Throughout her dance career Dana has regularly attended workshops and conventions; including NYCDA, Jump, Nuvo, West Coast Dance Explosion and The Pulse. One of the highlights of her convention experience was being 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 Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, 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, under the direction of Kristin Jeffries, and served as a captain during her senior year. She choreographed jazz and hip hop routines to perform at football, basketball, and baseball games. 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.
With extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, Dana plans on using her educational background to help her dancers understand their bodies and muscle movement. Dana also hopes to develop their musicality and build self confidence through improvisation in all dance styles. Since relocating to the Richmond area in August, Dana is thrilled to be a part of the Encore family. She is excited to share her passion for dance, unique style and technical expertise with all of her Encore students!
Marcia Celeste Burns was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Randallstown, Maryland. She began her studies in dance at a very young age. She always loved dance but it wasn’t until her audition for the Baltimore School for the Arts High School that she realized she wanted to become a professional dancer. Marcia graduated from dance at BSA and then began a wonderful education at State University of New York Purchase College. While studying at Suny Purchase she had the opportunity to Study Abroad at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After graduating from Suny Purchase Marcia worked with choreographer CJay Phillips and danced in her company as one of the original members of Dance and Bmore. She has also previously danced with the Latin Ballet of Virginia and continues to dance with independent choreographers from the Latin Ballet of Virginia. As Marcia matures as an artist she finds it fulfilling to inspire younger generations to express themselves through dance. Marcia is encouraged to have the opportunity to share her knowledge, passion and love for dance as one of Encore Studios Ballet instructors.
Deanna Bellando began her studies at a young age and has an extensive background in theatre and dance. She studied with industry professionals including Frank Hatchett, Shelia Barker, Michele Assaf and Chris Lee to name a few. Growing up performing in competitions, Deanna’s performance credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Busted Nuts, The Nutcracker, The Pro Bowl Halftime Show with N’Sync and a season with Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company. Deanna also had the honor of being in the first cast of Team Rave New York. As a graduate of Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance where she not only studied dance and performance but also psychology, pedagogy and kinesiology, Deanna fulfilled many opportunities to perform and choreograph for the college. As a staff member for Dancers Inc Dance Competition and Convention, Deanna traveled the country as a stage manager, adjudicator and master teacher. Deanna has taught and choreographed for many dancers on the east coast giving them the tools they need to receive numerous overall high scores at Regional and National Competitions. Deanna has won numerous choreography awards for her choreography at the competitive level. Miss Bellando also choreographed for the Miss Virginia Outstanding Teen and Preteen pageant and her choreography is showcased in the Miss Virginia televised pageant. Deanna loves sharing her passion of dance with her students and watching them grow as young dancers as they continue to achieve their goals. Deanna is thrilled to join the Encore Studio team and have the opportunity to share her enthusiasm, technique, education and love of dance.
Shanna Brenneman was born in Leesburg, Virginia and grew up in Oakland, Maryland. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design with a minor in Business. She is currently a graduate student studying Special Education. Shanna had a love for gymnastics and dance at a very young age. She was a competitive gymnast for the Tri-Star Pinnacles and she competed all over the surrounding states, winning the title of West Virginia State Champion in 2004. She attended West Virginia Gymnastics Camp for years where she trained with the West Virginia University Gymnastics Coaches. When she retired from her gymnast career, she fell in love with dancing. She practiced hip-hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. She then joined the competitive dance team at Brenda’s Body Shop where she competed in contemporary and jazz. She won many regional titles during her career as a dancer. Throughout her college career she judged Extreme Talent Showcase competitions in Morgantown, West Virginia. Shanna judged along and took workshops with Jamie Goodwin and Alex Wong who were on the hit television show “So you think you can Dance”. Shanna is thrilled to be a part of Encore Dance Studio and to extend her gymnast background and knowledge with her students. She cannot wait for her students to gain strength, confidence, and to learn new skills.