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Irish Dance/Combo Classes

Brianna grew up outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey, gaining a love for dance at the young age of five. Starting with ballet, she eventually fell in love with Irish dancing after watching Riverdance. She then went on to pursue Irish dancing competitively under the CLRG Irish Dance Commission. She attended the Lynn Academy of Irish Dance under the instruction of Maureen Collins, and then the Broesler School of Irish Dance under the instruction of Kevin Broesler. Traveling worldwide and internationally, she competed in Bognor Regis, England at the Great British Championships, while also competing in several North American Irish Dance Championships and two World Irish Dance Championships. In addition to her dance experience, she holds a B.A. in Business Management/Marketing and is currently finishing up her M.S. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. With training in Irish, ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, Brianna's goal is to teach children confidence, discipline, and independence through the art of dance.


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Jazz/Ballet/Contemporary/Hip-Hop/Combo Classes

Sarah McWilliams is a Pennsylvania native, now North Carolina resident, who grew up dancing competitively and then continued her studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. While earning her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography, Sarah worked with faculty members Jillian Harris, Laura Katz Rizzo, and Kavin Grant. She also danced for Guest Artists Larry Keigwin and Kyle Abraham. Upon graduating Sarah traveled to Israel to study with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Her performance career continued in PA and NYC with Project Moshen Dance Company, ContempraDance Theater, Putty Dance Project, and kaycruddenco. Most recently, Sarah worked at KICKS Academy of Dance, taught for the Dance Me A Story program, and became a certified Bar Method instructor. She is so excited to bring her passion for dance and teaching to NC!





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Ms. Shaw grew up in a competition studio and was also a founding member of Allegro Regional Dance Theater, a pre-professional ballet company for ages 10-18. She taught for Judy Peterson Dance Studio in Wausau, WI, The Turning Point Dance Academy in Stevens Point, WI as well as the Community Ballet Program in Wausau, WI.


Shaw graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a BA in dance. After college she moved to Dayton, OH and worked with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company's (DCDC) 2nd company. She also began dancing with the Mam-Luft and Co Dance company (contemporary) in Cincinnati, OH. After a full season with both, Shaw then joined Rhythm in Shoes (tap and clogging) and stayed with them until the company disbanded and the directors retired.


By that time she was married and started her journey as an Army wife. They ended up stationed in Hohenfels, Germany where Shaw started and ran the dance program for the SKIES program for 2 years. Upon returning to the States, she began teaching for the Maxine Patterson School of Dance in Savannah, GA.  She called MPSOD home for over 4 years. 




As a Raleigh native, Kathryn received  training at The Raleigh School of Ballet in their Professional Division. She was a member of Raleigh Dance Theatre, and a continues to guest perform with the company. Upon invitation, Kathryn also performed with The Carolina Ballet multiple seasons in company roles. Her summers were spent at Carolina Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, New York. Through an Inter-institutional program, she intensively studied Ballet at Duke University. Kathryn was privately coached in New York by Emilietta Ettlin in both classical ballet and ballet pedagogy. She has contributed choreography throughout multiple venues in the Raleigh area and is so excited to bring her passion for dance to the Fort Bragg area!



Musical Theatre/Tap

Jacob is originally from Ohio and received his Bachelor of Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While residing in New York City, he worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, performing in Theme Parks, Production Revues, Industrials and Special Events, onboard Royal Caribbean ships for 5 years and Musical Theatre in numerous Theatres Worldwide with such shows as Barry Manilow’s COPACABANA and FOSSE, among others. Transitioning to director/choreographer he has been involved with award winning productions around the country at numerous regional theatres, such as the Mountain Playhouse, Mill Mountain, Broadway Rose, Croswell Opera House, Temple Theatre, Cape Fear Regional, Maine State, and Westchester Broadway just to name a few. Jacob was also the assistant choreographer of GREASE on Broadway with Kathleen Marshall and has had the opportunity to work with Jerry Mitchell, Ann Reinking, Rob Ashford and Frank Wildhorn, to name a few. He has been back working with Royal Caribbean as a Director/Choreographer for DreamWorks, Aqua Theatre, Parades, Production Shows and Mystery Theatre on ships throughout the fleet. Jacob has worked with all ages of performers from 6 to 96 and wants to help all students, no matter of age or skill level develop a passion for singing, dancing, acting, communication and creative thinking that are invaluable qualities in every career from Broadway or board room, concert hall or concept meeting.




Ballet/Jazz/Acro/Hip-Hop/Combo Classes

Gabriella Taylor was raised in North Carolina and trained in ballet throughout her time here. She found an interest in dance at the young age of five, when she first began ballet classes. As years passed, Gabriella's passion for dance developed and her interest in teaching grew. Eventually, pursuing her B.A. in Dance and Minor in business at Eastern University, located in PA, where she gained many different teaching experiences. Though her love for movement first started with ballet, Gabriella also has experience in cheerleading, as well as, years of training in jazz, contemporary, modern, and lyrical dance. Throughout her time at Eastern, Gabriella took part in many of the University's dance concerts, also performing with the Eastern University dance ministry and leading it for her last two years there. Gabriella loved having the chance to explore worship through dance and to also experience dance in a way that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. She also appreciates the ability that dance gives people to tell stories, express feelings, and send messages to others. Gabriella is not only passionate about teaching dance, but using it to benefit others. This art form can be a rewarding outlet for people and she looks forward to seeing this truth more through encouraging, relating, and communicating with others through dance by teaching.



Ballet/Combo Classes

Born and raised in North Carolina, Josie Lankford has been studying dance for over 13 years at various studios over NC. Starting with a simple combo class at the age of 3, Josie has now been doing advanced dance classes and pointe dance. Having studied ballet, tap, and contemporary in New York City over the summer, Josie is thrilled to be teaching. While studying and improving her dance education at the Encore Center, she has performed in many dance productions such as Lion King as Zazu, The Little Mermaid as Flounder, and most recently, Alice in Wonderland as the Mad Hatter. Josie is excited to bring her passion of dance here at the Encore Center!