Denele Sweet - Studio owner and Instructor
Denele began her dancing career at the tiny age of 2½. She grew up training with Portland’s best, Lynn Johnson-Wiltshire, Sally Mack, Vicki Mills, and Debbie Pierce. Denele was professionally educated and trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hawaiian, Gymnastics, and Ballroom Dancing.
Competing and traveling is a big part of Denele’s dance background. Denele began competitive ballroom dancing from the age of 8 taking her to all over the Northwest and Canada. Her ballet training and desire to be on stage landed a role with Ballet West and their presentation of the Nutcracker performed at the Keller Auditorium.
Tap dancing has always been her love and led her to being a member of the Northwest Tap Consort. Constantly moving her feet and practically living at the dance studio rolled into a lifelong love of dance that will never go away. Judging Dance competitions is another aspect of dance Denele has enjoyed for several years traveling from Portland and Canada.
Denele is a proud supporter of the Miss America Organization. She is the Producer of the Miss Clatsop County Program and the Contestant Choreographer for the Miss Oregon program since 1996. You may have seen her tapping on the Miss Oregon stage over the years as well! In 1992 she was crowned Miss Umatilla County.
At Seaside High School, Denele’s choreography credits include “Kiss me Kate” and “The Wiz”, “Grease”, “Anything Goes” to name a few. Denele was a SHS Cheerleader 1988-90. Her dancing was such a major part of her life so she moved back to Portland in 1991.
Shortly after her son Zachary was born in 1995, Denele began teaching in Seaside. Her love of dance and children is her life and she can’t wait to share it with your children.
Enjoy your classes here at Encore, Denele was worked very hard to make a warm, encouraging environment for dancers of all ages!
Cecila “C.C.” Sibony
Cecilia, “C.C.” Sibony began dancing at the Old Dominion University in Virginia. There she performed the role of “Clara” in The Nutcracker. Soon after, at age ten, Cecilia was accepted into the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Here she lived in the dormitories; attended academic classes, and underwent a rigorous dance-training program. C.C. is certified in all levels of the Cecchetti method of ballet.
Cecilia has also studied with an impressive list of guest teachers from all over the world. From these teachers she learned dance styles including, ballet, Spanish flamenco, Chinese dance, character dance, and modern dance.
C.C. also performed with the National Ballet of Canada and the Toronto Dance Theatre (Martha Graham modern dance). She then went on to creating, founding and co-directing “Freelance Dance,” a casting agency specializing in dancers and choreographers. Later C.C. taught dance classes to aspiring figure skaters of the Canadian National Team.
The love of the Oregon Coast has C.C. and her husband settled here with their three children.
Miss Tia discovered her love for dancing at age 7 when her mom enrolled her in her first ballet class. Wanting to grow and learn more about different dance styles she eventually added Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe classes to her weekly dance schedule. She also attended multiple summer intensive dance camps and began creating and performing her own choreography as a teenager.
Tia’s teaching path was sparked when she began working with the children at Meridian Academy of Gymnastics near Boise, Idaho. There she was trained to coach tumbling to children of all ages. She also began teaching preschool curriculum in the Academy's daycare. Quickly, Tia’s responsibility’s at MAG grew into becoming the director of the school's dance program - teaching ballet, jazz, tap and creative movement.
Teaching children to dance and putting their dreams in the spotlight is a true passion of Tia’s. Since moving back to the area in 2005, she has enjoyed continuing and growing her career with the children at ENCORE. She has attended many continuing education conventions, classes and conferences including Tremaine, JUMP and Rhee Gold's DanceLife seminar. Tia has judged for the competition Dance Magic and also enjoys volunteering and choreographing for the Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Princess Program. Miss Tia is safety certified by USA Gymnastics and is also First Aid Certified.
Krysti began dancing after receiving tap shoes for her 11th Birthday. Growing up, she studied Tap, Jazz and Ballet, performed in The Nutcracker, as well as in a variety of musical theatre roles at The Coaster Theatre.
Krysti earned her Bachelor’s at Western Oregon University, where she majored in Dance with concentrations in dance production, technology, and pedagogy. She performed in WOUDT’s annual Spring Concert throughout her collegiate career, focusing on Tap, Hip-Hop, Modern, Partnering, and Ballet. She was cast in the Pilobolus-inspired piece “Cellular Yoga”, which was chosen to represent WOU at the American College Dance Festival in 2002. Her senior thesis, “For the Funk of It”, a fusion of Tap and Hip-Hop, was voted Best Choreography amongst her peers, and was selected by faculty as the Students in Excellence performance piece for 2003.
Before leaving the Willamette Valley, she began teaching at the North Santiam Academy of Ballet, running summer sessions while the artistic director was on sabbatical. She additionally taught an after-school Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre program. Krysti has returned to the beach with her hubby to raise their daughter, and is super excited she joined the Encore family!
Encore Dance Studio
3631 Hwy 101 North
Gearhart, Oregon 97138
Phone: (503) 717-1637
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429 SE Marlin Avenue,
Warrenton, Oregon 97146
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