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Kayla Burton

Andrea Cornprobst
Combo Classes/Company
HipHop/Acro - Dance Director

Bio coming soon!

Kayla Burton has been dancing since 10 years old. As a child, she trained under the direction of Broadway performers Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson by way of the “Fine Line Theatre Arts” in New Milford, Connecticut. Later in life, she traveled with a pre-professional company named “Artist in Motion”. Her areas of practice include Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acro. Her favorite memories in dance are teaching the next generation of dancers and when she had the opportunity to perform “The Nutcracker” and many other dance performances in New Milford, Connecticut. She is so happy to be here teaching and dancing with you all!

Rachelle Hartigan
Ballet/Tap/Lyrical/Combo Classes

A native of the Southern Pines area and having returned after a decade in the Pacific North West, dance has always been a vital element of Rachelle’s life. Classically trained in ballet since the age of 2, her repertoire varies - extending into other elements of the performing arts as well. She has studied within the programs of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Tacoma Ballet, and The Portland Ballet - transversing the country by way of a military lifestyle. Now settled with her blended family, Rachelle takes pride in bringing her love of movement to the next generation. Additionally, as a certified yoga instructor, Rachelle values safe and intentional expression in dance with a mindful approach that emphasizes connection with body confidence

Sarah McWilliams
Dance Coordinator and Trainer

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!


Chloe Mabey


Chloe was born and raised in Utah where she began dancing at the age of 2. She started with ballet, and over time started training and competing in more styles including jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. In high school, she was on the Drill Team, where she continued competing, as well as added some more unique styles under her belt including military and kick line. While on the team, she had the opportunity to choreograph their competition hip hop routines and assist with choreography for some of the other styles as well. Chloe continued taking dance classes through college at both the University of Washington and the University of Utah. The military brought her out to North Carolina where she is excited to continue dancing with her friends as well as teach and share with others her style of and love for dance!


Josie Lankford

Combo Classes

Born and raised in North Carolina, Josie Lankford has been studying all styles of dance for over 14 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, Josie is thrilled to be teaching. She has performed in many dance productions such as Lion King as Zazu, Alice in Wonderland as the Mad Hatter, and most recently, Willy Wonka as The Candy Man. Josie is currently attending Montreat College to study is Christian Ministries while being on their professional dance team full time. Josie is excited to bring her passion of dance here at Encore Performing Arts Studio!

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Casey Yoklic


Casey Yoklic was born in Virginia and has lived in 11 of our 50 states. One thing that remained the same no matter where she went was her love of and attendance in dance classes. She has studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, clogging, ballroom, and cheer/pom over 35 years of dance education as a student. In High School, she focused on ballet with American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School. In college, she focused on Cheerleading with The Catholic University of America and competed in Nationals with her team at Disney World. After graduating CUA with a degree in Elementary Education, she studied ballroom dance and competed in local competitions specializing in east coast swing. She studied ballet and contemporary again through her pregnancy at Princeton Ballet under Susan Tenney. After becoming a Mom and earning a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, she taught dance in Washington state at High Impact Dance. When she’s not wearing dancing shoes, Mrs. Casey teaches Math and Science full-time at Anderson Creek Academy. She believes in self-expression through art and encourages students to share their journey through the platform of dance.

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Arianna Marschall

Combo Classes/Jazz

Arianna is a Minneapolis, MN native and grew up dancing competitively at a suburban studio where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and contemporary for 15 years. In college Arianna was a Fall Dance Team member at the College of Saint Benedict - where she also earned a double B.A. in Economics and Business and minored in Entrepreneurship. While in college Arianna began teaching at a local dance studio which sparked her passion for teaching and sharing the passion of dance with others. During her tenure at Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio in central MN, she had experience teaching a wide range of classes and ages: from tiny tots combo classes, recreational classes, to competitive jazz solos and duets for seniors that placed in the top 10 at regional dance competitions.


Following college graduation, Arianna led a high school competitive dance team program at Richfield High School for 7 years consisting of both a Varsity and JV team in the styles of Jazz and High Kick under the Minnesota State High School League. During her time as the head coach she helped the Varsity Jazz team advance to the Minnesota State competition to compete with the top 12 teams in the state of Minnesota two years in a row. Arianna also worked as a head instructor at a local Just for Kix dance program in the suburbs of Minneapolis by attending summer training camps and working with recreational dancers in jazz technique. 


Katy Leute

Combo Classes/Ballet/Acro

Katy has loved dance for as long as she can remember. She started taking classes at 5, and at 9 she was selected to perform The Nutcracker with the Eglevsky Ballet Company. Her love for all forms of dance eventually carried her to Meredith College where she formally studied collegiate level dance and was introduced to the style of North Carolina Shag.  Upon graduation she began teaching lyrical and ballet as well as shag and line dance. Over the years she has continued to share her love and knowledge of dance and movement in studios, churches, gyms, and with homeschool groups. She loves sharing her passion for dance with young learners and fostering an environment for creative exploration and technical growth. 

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Analiese Anderson

Combo Classes/Ballet/

Analiese (Umana) Anderson graduated with her BFA from the Purchase College Dance
Conservatory in 2012. She has studied with American Ballet Theater’s Intensive
Training Program, New York State Summer School of the Arts, and Ballet Hispanico. She has extensively trained with American Ballet Theater, New York
City Ballet and Martha Graham former dancers and faculty members throughout her
career. From 2012-2014 she danced for Baltimore Ballet rising to a soloist. While dancing in Baltimore, Analiese was also on the faculty of Towson University’s Children’s Division. Analiese has served as faculty, adjudicator and Executive Coordinator for the
American Academy of Ballet’s National and International program; teaching in Israel,
Mexico, Portugal and more. From 2017-2020 she taught as an Adjunct for Purchase College Dance Conservatory and Marist College. Analiese is currently a visiting instructor at New York Academy of Ballet. She is thrilled to be joining Encore Performing Arts Studio this season!

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