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Bonnie Copeland - Owner

Bonnie Copeland - Owner

Bonnie began dancing at the age of 3 in her mother's dance studio in Montreal, Canada. She began teaching at the age of 15 and went to work for Alan Currier Dance Center in Covina, Califorina. Her passion for teaching lead her to open her own business,and in 1984 "Encore" was born. In the past twenty eight years, she has developed the reputation of the studio to being "LA's Dance Studio" in the San Gabriel Valley offering the finest in the Performing Arts. She has accumulated a highly credentialed staff from all over the country and has become infamously known for her annual shows. Bonnie's mission has been to inspire the passion of movement, dance and performing in children of all ages in a nurturing positive environment.

Joelle Martinec

Joelle Martinec

Joelle's unique style, challenging classes, and ability to inspire have her in demand as a master teacher and choreographer throughout the world. She has been a favorite instructor of dancers and teachers on the dance convention circuit for many years.

Joelle is the Founder/Artistic Director of Solevita Dance Company.

She has worked with the likes of: The Cohen Brothers (Fargo) in "The Big Lebowski", Marguerite Derricks (Austin Powers) in "A Time For Dancing", Jerry Evans (The Mask) in "Romy and Michelle: In The Beginning", and Michael Rooney (Kylie Minogue) in the MTV music award winning video "It's Ohh So Quiet". Joelle has performed in countless stage shows for Buena Vista Special Events and The Platinum Guild. She has a guest artist for The Wes Veldink Movement and a soloist for Liz Imperio's Instincts Live Media Dance Company, where Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times called her performance "feisty".

Recently, Joelle played "The Prosecuting Attorney" in J.T. Horenstein's production "The Question". Joelle was the assistant choreographer to Denise Leitner on the LA production of "The Who's Tommy" featuring Tony Award Nominee Alice Ripley, Nona Hendryx and "Wicked's" Jenna Leigh Green. As well as a faculty member at the Edge Performing Arts Center, Joelle is a master teacher for the cast of Cirque du Soleil "Le Reve" in Las Vegas. Joelle has been a faculty member at Encore for the past 14 years.

Joelle also choreographs for numerous organizations, dance companies, and commercial projects. Her award winning choreography can be seen on many studios and companies throughout the country. She has recently returned from Sarajevo, Bosnia where she worked in part with the non-profit organization Genesis Sarajevo, helping to create outlets and opportunities for dancers there.

Joelle's passion and enthusiasm is contagious to not only the dancers, but to everyone around her.

Nichelle J Bane

Nichelle J. Bane

Nichelle Bane was born and raised on the central coast of California, where she studied at The Academy of Dance throughout her youth. She was a featured member of the San Luis Jazz Dancers for over 12 years, as well as a corps member and soloist with the Civic Ballet for 11 years.

Nichelle was a line captain and featured dancer on the Princess Cruise Line. Upon departure from cruise life, she decided to move to LA to further her career. Some of her credits include Friends, Clueless, Austin Powers 11, Totally Blonde, Divine Design and Her Last Chance. Commercially, she has worked with Mervyns, Mcdonalds, Bacardi, and NBC.

As a teacher and choreographer, she is on faculty for the EDGE Performing Arts Center, and the Los Angeles Ballet Academy. She has traveled with L.A. Danceforce, Hollywood Vibe, and to various studios across the country. Nichelle has had the opportunity to work extensively with Doug Caldwell on projects including a Trading Spaces commercial.

Most recently, Nichelle debuted Reflections Dance Company, which is a various collection of her choreographic works and vision.

Holly Copeland Sherlock

Holly Copeland Sherlock

After being involved with her Mother's studio from a distance for so many years while pursuing her career in NY, Holly is excited to be able to teach again and share her dance knowledge and passion with the students at EDC!

Holly started her career as a commercial dancer in Los Angeles. She has film and TV credits and was a member of Winifred R. Harris Between Lines Dance Company. Holly moved to New York where she danced in theatre and was a Radio City Rockette. After 16 yrs, Holly retired from her professional dance career in 2006, and moved on to her second career as a fashion stylist.

Her dance mentors along the way were Jackie Sleight, Joe Malone, Paula Morgan, Claude Thompson and David Marquez. Her class warm-up is that of Joe Malone's, combined with technique from Paula Morgan and Claude Thompson. She teaches the fundamentals of jazz thru musicality and "line".

Holly moved back to LA two years ago where she continues her work as a stylist and lives with her husband and daughter.

Courtney Miller

Courtney Miller

What do Michael Jackson, Usher, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears all have in common?

They've all worked under the watchful eye of one of L.A. hottest choreographers, COURTNEY MILLER. Courtney's talent for developing choreography has been seen on the MTV Music Awards, The Soul Train Awards, The Grammy's, The American Music Awards, and the Billboard Awards.

Courtney started his career in show business at the age of 18 when he landed a role as one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson's video: "Remember The Time". During the taping of that music video, Courtney met Travis Payne (Coyote Ugly, Pop Stars), and the two, along with Lavelle Smith (Rhythm Nation) created LTC, a choreographic powerhouse with clients such as: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Paula Abdul. It was during this time that Courtney choreographed several commercials for such clients as Guess Jeans, L'Oreal, and Levi's. But Courtney's first love was music videos, and from 1992-1996, he choreographed over 50 of them. Some of his best known works include; My Way (Usher), Destiny's Child (No, No, No), and Genuwine's (So Anxious).

Courtney was asked by close friend and star of Showtime television's hit show "Soul food" Darrin Henson to hold an audition for him in Los Angeles, little did he know that that audition would lead him to hire dancers for superstar Britney Spears' video "Crazy". Ironically MTV was there taping a new t.v. show, as a result, Courtney was featured on MTV's first ever "Making the Video" series.

Courtney also choreographed the hot commercial for Disney's "That's so Raven" television show and the hot new movie "Cheetah Girls". He was also one of the Choreographers for the award winning "Ghosts" music video, starring Michael Jackson, and he was featured on MTV's "Becoming" series where he choreographed two people who "Became" Usher and P.Diddy.

Courtney's relationship with Disney has spurred additional projects such as: the 1st music video for Disney's prequel "The Lion King 1 1/2" and episode of "That's so Raven" featuring Paula Abdul and Directed by non other than Mega Star Debbie Allen.

Recently, he completed the Directing and Staging of talent for Disney's "Friends For Change" Music Video which features: Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato's SEND IT ON music video now featured on the Disney Channel and Radio Disney!

Eddie Garcia

Eddie Garcia

Highly acclaimed dancer, choreographer, teacher, Eddie Garcia's career began at the age of 14 when he was hired for "Captain EO" for Disney Pictures. Unable to complete the project because of the grueling schedule and strict child-acting performing laws he returned back to his studies. It wasn't long before he was spotted by Paula Abdul who encouraged him to audition for Janet Jackson. Eddie was featured in Janet's "Nasty" video in a segment that had him performing nine pirouettes on a raked highway. That is when Eddie was spotted by Micheal Jackson. The rest is history! Along with performing and working with Micheal for years, Eddie was also immortalized in a comic book alongside his idol, Micheal Jackson. Eddie is currently teaching in the top studios in LA as well as across the United States. He just completed choreography for his current projects, the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards and the upcoming 2011 "Smurfs" movie. We are honored to add Eddie to Encore's staff.

Adrian Young

Adrian Young

Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Adrian started dancing at the age of six with Ballet, Tap and Jazz and at age 11 Adrian was accepted into Paula Morgan Dance Academy. Adrian continued her education as a Dance Major at California State University of Long Beach were she studied Lewitzky, Graham and Horton and also had the honor of working with such greats as Michele Simmons, Gus Solomon, Judith Jamison.

Shortly after finishing her studies at CSULB, Adrian met her mentor Winifred Harris, artistic director of Winifred R. Harris' Between Lines Dance Company. Adrian fell in love with the movement and related to the vision and passion of the choreographer. Her drive, determination and attention to detail did not go unnoticed and she quickly became principal dancer and rehearsal director of Between Lines. You can say she was Winifred's clone of "stylized technique".

In addition to company/theatre work, Adrian has worked commercially with credits in television, film, music videos, and stage productions. Combining Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Freestyle, she's traveled nationally and abroad to such places as Japan, Korea, Europe and South America. She continued to develop her style, personality, business savvy, inner strength, and technique which kept her in constant demand as dancer, choreographer and teacher. Adrian has had the opportunity to work with such artists as Prince, Toni Braxton, Dr Dre, Drew Carey, Debbie Allen, Michael Jackson, Brian McKnight, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Spice Girls, Lou Bega, En Vogue, and Aero Smith just to name a few. Adrian was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical "The Lion King", Los Angeles.

Adrian received her Pilates certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning under the supervision of Marie Jose- Blum. Her infectious energy and attention to detail helps her clients attain their personal goals of health, fitness and well-being. Adrian has a wonderful motivating style of teaching.

Amber Dupuy

Amber Dupuy

Amber began her training at the age of three at Encore Dance Centre in San Dimas, CA. There she studied in various dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop and continued on to study at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Upon graduating high school, Amber was accepted into the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance in May of 2010. There she was given the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company, Brian Sanders of JUNK, Kim Bears-Bailey from PHILADANCO, Scott Jovovich of Brandywine Ballet Theater, and the world renowned Louis Johnson. She has received additional training by participating in the Parsons Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago intensives. Amber has also had the privilege to apprentice with Zane Booker and his Smoke, Lilies, and Jade Arts Initiative during college in Philadelphia. Amber recently danced as Peggy Branch in Eddie Garcia's Twisted Branches at Dee Caspary's The Nvitational. She was privileged to be a part of Beth Hirschhaut-Iguchi's Paradigm Dance Theatre and is currently a member Joelle Martinec's SoleVita Dance Company. With the SoleVita she has had the opportunity to be a part of various shows all over the Los Angeles area, as well as performing in Costa Rica. Amber is so fortunate to make a career out of her passion and loves having this opportunity to share her knowledge of this beautiful art form to young and aspiring dancers.

Kelly Rice

Kelly Rice

Kelly Rice orginally from Texas, now resides in Los Angeles. He is currently starring in the Off Broadway Smash Hit "Altar Boys" at the Celebration Theatre in LA. Some of his credits include TV Land Awards, Kaptain Kool, as well as working with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Conan O'Brien. He has performed in many theatre productions along with Disney, many industrials, Film and Vegas. Kelly is referred by many of the talent agencies in LA for voice training with their clients. He is excited for the opportunity to work with our talented students in voice training,coaching for auditions and audition material.

Natalie Faris

Natalie Faris

Natalie Faris began her dancing career at age two. When she was four she found Encore Dance Centre and trained there for the next 14 years. She attended Cal State University Fullerton and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her college training emphasized in ballet, modern, and composition. As a choreographer, Natalie presented a total of four pieces in various showcases during her college career. She consistently choreographs for several dance teams and troupes throughout the year. Dancing is Natalie's greatest passion and teaching dance is her greatest accomplishment. Natalie loves working with her students and considers Encore her home.

Brittany Freeth

Brittany Freeth

Brittany Freeth has trained professionally for over 19 years at Encore Dance Centre in all areas of dance including ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop and break dancing. She attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and was trained by members of Alvin Ailey Company and Harlem Ballet. Brittany holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts as well as a minor in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Some of her major productions have been with Diavolo Dance Theatre, Pasadena Dance Theatre as well as Performance Riverside in their production of "West Side Story" and "The King and I." Brittany has appeared in music videos as a featured dancer with Macy Gray, Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber as well as various times on Nickelodeon. Brittany's latest credits include "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas" with Neil Patrick Harris, released November of 2011 and a cameo on the television show "The Doctors"

Brittany has been teaching for the last five years in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley areas. She has taught dance for Monrovia School District as well as choreographed various musicals for Providence High School in Burbank, Baldwin Park High School, Discovery on Stage and Foothill Theatre Workshop in San Dimas. Brittany expanded her career through teaching and directing children throughout several arts camps and theatre workshops during the summer season. Brittany looks to continue teaching and choreographing throughout the valley as well pursue her dreams as a performer.

Laura Micklich

Laura Micklich

Laura Micklich has been dancing since she was four years old. She started with Folklorico and then went on to learn salsa. Laura began teaching dance in college and went on to become an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) instructor in 1996 and then began teaching group fitness. Laura is also one of the first ten to become a licensed Zumba instructor. She has been teaching Zumba for 7 years and has participated in various Zumba Master classes. She loves to dance and enjoys teaching!