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Holly’s greatest passions and talents have always revolved around singing, playing musical instruments, marching band and dancing, there is no doubt that Holly’s greatest passion given to her by God has always been dance. Holly began her formal dance training at the age of 5 years old and has training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, clogging, and hip hop. However her greatest dance passion is tap dancing. Holly was a member of the multi-award winning In Motion Dancers Dance team at Stage Door Dance Studio under the direction of Jeanna Carswell as well as a member of the Dance Escape Dance team under the direction of Charae’ Stephens. She also competed in many dance competitions as a tap soloist. While in highschool she choreographed the annual musical “The Music Man” as well as choreographed multiple dance routines for her show choir/chorus class. Holly was also asked on multiple occasions to sing “The National Anthem” while she was a student at Smoky Mountain Highschool.
Holly has been teaching tap and jazz since she was a teenager. In 2002, she began teaching dance at Tap-N-Toes school of dance owned by Loyd and Maria Lyons. When Encore Dance Ministries opened its doors in 2010, Holly began teaching a dance/movement class at Encore geared toward children with disabilities. Beginning in 2011, Holly started transitioning into the position of Office Director for Encore Dance Ministries. In the fall of 2017, Encore! Performing Arts Studio opened its doors. Holly feels very blessed to have the blessing of building positive relationships with all of the parents and students at Encore.
On September 12th, 2012 Holly married her husband Nathan. A couple of years later on November 11th, 2014, God blessed Holly and Nathan with a sweet baby boy named Josiah. Nathan is a major source of support for both Holly as well as Encore and does quite a bit to support the studio behind the scenes. Josiah has become the Encore mascot and LOVES to be around all of the students, parents, and staff at Encore. Nathan and Josiah are God’s greatest blessings to Holly. When Holly has free time, she enjoys family time, reading, going to yard sales, going to Dollywood/Splash Country with family, and spending time with friends. Holly looks forward to seeing what God has in store for Encore for many years to come.
Crystal Akers is a homeschooling mother of 4, joyfully married to Chris Akers and planted in Jackson County since she came to Western Carolina University to pursue Nursing in 1993. Crystal was classically trained in ballet for over 15 years at Smalling School of Fine Arts, participating in Royal Academy of Dance examinations for many of those years.
She has experience dancing with the Senior Company of her arts school as well as competition experience. When she started walking with the Lord as a teenager, she had the opportunity to use dance in worship and has focused on this in recent years. While she has been involved in an array of activities through her life, Crystal enjoys encouraging others to pursue excellence in their giftings, use their talent to bless others, and most of all bring Glory to God in all things. She looks forward to working with you at Encore Dance.
Christopher Horstman has been dancing for abount 10 years now. He was in beginner hiphop, tap, and jazz classes for 2 years before being advanced to the Senior Dance Company at Encore Dance Ministries. There he found hiphop was his true calling and began taking part in only hiphop classes that continued to go to competitions.
They won 1st place and high gold ratings in all performances. He continued in hiphop classes, student teaching and helping with choreography. He pursued ,on his own ,dance theory and hiphop culture as well as breakdancing footwork, flow, power moves, and freeze basics and being steeped in dance theory and hiphop culture as well as continuing encores classes and summer dance camps.2 years ago he became faculty and began teaching and choreographing his own classes.In summer 2015 he attended a professional hiphop class in Charlotte.
Over all, he has been in dance for 7 years and been in over 20 performances including recitals, parades, competitions, events, and has participated in a music video where his break dancing skills were featured. His philosophy is that the stage is an empty canvas and every move is a drop of paint one uses to create a masterpiece of expression and emotions, and that choreography and technique alone isn't enough to be a great dancer but when you put what you feel and your heart into it the crowd can feel it too and will never forget what you have to show and say to them through dance.
Hi, my name is Madison Iurato and I'm the newest dance teacher at Encore! I started dancing when I was 3 years old and danced competitively at Pats School of Dance on their performing arts team. I've been trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Once I graduated, I decided to attend Western Carolina University where I was on the dance team for the year of 2016-2017. I've loved dance since I could walk and I'm very excited to teach it to your children!
Miss Bethany Brooks has been dancing since the age of two and started her competition career at the age of five. Bethany enrolled at Tonya's Acacdemy of Dance in 1999 and graduated with sixteen years of dance in 2015. While at Tonya's Academy, Bethany trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip hop, clogging, tap, and modern. Throughout the years Bethany competed in many productions, small groups, large groups, solos, and duets.
Bethany's studio traveled to many competitions in North Carolina and South Carolina where her teams won many awards in all categories of dance. Bethany knew after her first time on a competitive stage that she wanted to someday be a dance teacher and share her passion with everyone she knew.