Encore Dance Center
Jonathon Green attended Saint Joseph's College and studied in Economics. Jonathon enjoys teaching waltz, tango, foxtrot, salsa, merengue, chacha, rumba, swing, Chicago Style Stepping, and bachata. He loves to teach partner dancing the most because he loves to watch two people non-verbally communicate. Jonathon enjoys teaching at Encore because he thinks everyone there is awesome from the owners to the instructors to the students and it's a great atmosphere to teach and learn. His favorite thing about teaching dance is watching people who think they can't do something realize that they can.
Suave' is the past Choreographer of and dancer in Culture Shock Chicago, a professional hip-hop company based in Chicago, Illinois, and current Choreographer and Executive Director for Hip Hop ConnXion, a professional hip-hop company, based in Wheeling, Illinois. Suave' founded Hip Hop ConnXion in March of 1999. He also founded the sister troupe to Hip Hop ConnXion, Hip Hop Force in October of 2002, and an under 14 year old junior troupe, Future Force, in October 2003.
Instructor Amanda Lowe was born in Upstate New York where she started dancing at the age of 3. After moving to Virginia Beach, Virginia, she started dancing competitively in all forms of dance at Encore Dance Center and Governors School for the Arts. She became Miss Dance of Virginia in 2012 where she competed for Miss Dance of America. In 2013, she won the title of National Senior Miss Dance Educator’s of America and toured as their ambassador. She graduated from Pace University in New York City as a Commercial Dance major with an Arts and Entertainment Management minor, concentrating in performance, choreography, and pedagogy. She continues to assist at multiple intensives and choreograph for studios in Virginia. She loves the opportunities that dance has given her and wants to spread these experiences to others.
Cara Goodwin is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, where she trained with and later taught for a nationally known studio. She has a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University. From there, she had the honor to work for with Cirque du Soleil and Stiletto Entertainment. She has been seen in various commercials, performed in the presidential inaugural parade and was a featured Broadway Dance Center teacher. She has also performed all around the US and internationally for various events and shows. While she lived in NYC, Cara produced, directed and choreographed for her company, Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company. Cara has been on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC , Old Dominion University,Governors School for the Arts, and the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
Kaelyn has been a teacher for over 15 years, both at her home school near Cincinnati Oh, and traveling all across the United States and Canada as a a guest artist and instructor. She was a featured performer in the tap drum show "Krash, Boom, Bang!" and became the youngest choreographer for Kings Dominion. She was a top 24 finalist for Season 3 of SYTYVD and as since become a well-known competition adjudicator. Kaelyn was a part of a new company called Tap Factor, became the co-founder of Proto-Tap and is currently the owner of Tap Dance Tutorials #BRINGTAPTOTHEPEOPLE. She is also a faculty member of Tap the Map and Bella Moxie Tours. Focusing on all styles of dance, she is a sought-after teacher and adjudicator who loves to bring her unique teaching style to kids all over the country!
Jodeci Milhouse is an American song writer and recording artist. However, long before she stepped on stage with a microphone she entertained thousands through dance. Jodeci instructs and choreographs hip hop, jazz, and tap throughout the metro DC area. She has worked with renowned Directors and Choreographers such as Kenny Ortega, Debbie Allen, Geo Hubela, Dena Rizzo, and Bradley Taylor. Jodeci spreads her love for hip hop through her high energy workshops at Showstoppers and Destination Broadway. Her professional credits include Disney, Kennedy Center, Showtime at the Apollo as well as numerous instructional hip hop and dance videos.
There is no doubt that this powerhouse will take the world by storm!
Brandon Harris - Instructor
Brandon is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and works as an educator in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system. After having danced for over 10 years, Brandon continues to share his love of dance with the community, especially for youth! A graduate of George Mason University, he has studied hip hop, African and Afro-Cuban dance styles and during his tenure at the university, he served as Vice-President and choreographer for the hip hop team, Urbanknowlogy 101! While living in the Washington, D.C. area, Brandon had also trained with Culture Shock, Washington D.C.'s Scholarship Hip Hop Team! Now, Brandon works as the Executive Director for CREWcial, a local, young-adult, hip hop dance team! As an instructor, healthy expression and measurable fitness and wellness are primary goals that he places for each student, either young or young at heart!
Matt Aylward is a new up and comer in the LA dance world, hailing from Charlotte, NC. Matt started dancing at the age of 13 and has been trained in multiple styles such as Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz. In his short time in LA, Matt has danced for artists such as: Usher, Rihanna, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry, and Joe Jonas, and been on multiple television shows like Glee, Ellen, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Good Morning America. Matt also can be seen in Justin Timberlake’s monster VMA Performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as well as the “Suit & Tie” music video featuring Jay Z. Recently, he has become one of the Hip Hop teachers traveling with Adrenaline Dance Convention on their regional tour season. His unique, smooth style is great for all ages, and provides for a great learning experience!
Bill Hotaling began his dance training in New York City. Since then, he has performed on stages throughout the world. He has appeared in music videos and performed in many industrials appearances as well as theatrical productions. In New York City he has taught at three of the most successful dance studios: Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Central Park Dance Studio. He travels extensively, teaching workshops and master classes for the leading dance organizations (Manhattan Dance Project, Dance Masters of America, Dance Caravan…), colleges and universities (Disney American College, Columbia University…), and over 200 dance studios around the world. He is the founder of the Manhattan Dance Project which many of Encore’s students have attended annually.
Joshua Bergasse is a NYC based choreographer and teacher. He has been a member of the Broadway Dance Center Faculty since 1998. As a choreographer, Bergasse won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for NBC’s Smash. His theatre credits are endless. Also for television, Bergasse choreographed for FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Joshua has performed in the Broadway and/or National touring companies of Movin'Out, Hairspray,The Life, and West Side Story.
Marquise Hitchcock is an Honors Graduate of The Governor’s School for the Arts. He went on to study at the Boston Conservatory, and is now a proud alumnus of the Ailey/Fordham University BFA Program. Marquise has danced for local companies such as Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Virginia Musical Theater Company, and Virginia Ballet Theater before relocating to New York to dance with the Black Iris Project, ARIM Dance, and to further pursue his love of Musical Theater and Commercial Dance. He received the 2013 Student Choreography Award and was acknowledged as one of “Tidewater’s Top Talents to Watch” by the Virginian Pilot. He most recently received the Professional Advancement Award in Dance and the Choreographic Excellence Award When he is not dancing, he is also a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast