We are truly a dance family. My staff were once my students
and some of our dance moms were once my students too! It’s a very humbling
feeling seeing former students now bring their children for dance lessons. It’s
awesome to see the next generation carrying on our dance family!
has been dancing for over 40 years and teaching for 29. In addition to being
well versed in all styles of dance, she also has extensive training in
acrobatics, gymnastics, and baton twirling. As a student, she won numerous
awards at dance competitions and was also on a competitive gymnastic team.
to her academics at Portland High School, Miss Amber was the first Portland
student to be accepted into and attend the Greater Hartford Academy of
Performing Arts High School where she not only studied dance, but also was
educated in kinesiology, acting, music and dance history. While at the
Performing Arts High School Miss Amber was chosen to perform for Disney in a
promotion for MGM Studios.
completing high school early, she studied ballet at Trinity College and the
Hartford Ballet until June of 1989 to return for formal graduation with her
classmates. She then attended Dean College in Franklin, MA where she was placed
in the top level as a dance major, was accepted into the Performing Dance
Company and was an English tutor.
opened Encore Dance Studio the fall of 1990 at the age of 19. After 20
successful years, she sold the studio and took two years off to recharge then opened
THE STUDIO the fall of 2012.
also studies in New York City at the internationally renowned Broadway Dance
Center and Steps On Broadway with many greats both past and present such as:
Charles Goddertz, Frank Hatchett, Savion Glover, Charles Kelly, Sue Samuels,
Chio, Jason Samuels Smith, Ms V and many more. . In 1993, she had the
opportunity of meeting Gregory Hines. In 2008 she had the honor of taking a Hip
Hop class at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angels where J Lo, Britney Spears
and many other famous artists hold auditions for dancers in their videos.
is very proud that her entire staff were once her students.
is to treat each and every student equally and fairly so
a place to feel special and build confidence. "We are teaching much more than
dance. We are teaching life skills that will carry over into many successes in
has been a part of The Studio for 25 years since the early 90’s in the original
days when it was Encore Dance Studio. She has extensive training in Ballet, Lyrical,
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Baton and Acrobatics. As a young girl Miss Amber lived in
Maine which is where she began her Baton twirling and competed in several twirling
& majorette events.
At the age
of 10, she moved to Portland, CT and began her dance education under the
direction of Miss Amber McAuliffe. As a student she was selected to be on the
Competitive Dance Team, attended countless dance competitions over the years
and won many prestigious awards for both her group routines and solos. She has
and continues to train in NYC along side of Miss Amber M. gaining experience,
knowledge and creative arts influence. As a young teen Miss Amber was selected
for our teacher training program and was an assistant for several years. She
was then offered a teaching position and joined our staff in her later teen
is a full time Registered Nurse and is currently leading a team of nurses as a
Medical Unit Manager for Traveler’s Insurance. She is married to her high
school sweetheart Caleb who helps us out behind the scenes with building props
and audio/lighting manager at the shows. Mis Amber is proud to be passing on her
love of dance to their daughter to be the next generation of this dance family!
Miss Megan began her dance career as one of Miss Amber’s
student’s in the early 1990’s. She left in the late nineties to pursue her
education as an early childhood education teacher. She has 10 years
experience coaching both competitive and recreational Gymnastics. Miss
Megan has also spent the last 25+ years training and teaching nationwide in
Circus Arts and is an active member of the American Youth Circus Organization
(AYCO). She currently performs with Artfarm’s traveling circus company, Circus
for a Fragile Planet, a non-profit organization based out of Middletown. Miss
Megan recently created and directed a performance based circus program through
Oddfellows Playhouse and the City of Middletown for 5-7 year olds now known as
The Teeny Tiny Troupe which is the sister program to the Children’s Circus of
Middletown. Miss Megan attends dance, theater and circus trainings on a regular
basis throughout the northeast and is also a preschool teacher in a multi-age
classroom. She enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her baby
niece, Alma. Miss Megan is thrilled to be back at The Studio for another fun
filled dance season.
Miss Stacey has
been a part of The Studio family since she was 10 years old in the early 90’s.
She took her own classes then became a student assistant at the age of 16 under
the direction and training of Miss Amber M. At the age of 20, Miss Stacey began
teaching her own classes which include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hippity
Hoppity. When not teaching dance, Miss Stacey has been working as a Legal
Assistant at Subway Headquarters in Milford CT for the past 4 years. She enjoys
sharing the love of teaching and the passion of dance with students of all ages
and has the patience and care that helps the youngest of students thrive in
their dance classes!
Miss Sarah graduated in
2017 from East Hampton High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
in the dance department. At the Academy, she trained with highly skilled
teachers in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Pilates. She also took many skill based
classes such as improvisation and dance composition. In her earlier years of
dance, Sarah was awarded Teen Miss Dance of 2013 for the Spirit of Dance Awards
competition. She was also awarded the “Technical Award” for her acrobatics solo
at Nationals in 2014. After high school, Sarah was a dance apprentice for the
Sonia Plumb Dance Company and performed at the Bushnell in Hartford with a
production choreographed by herself and the other members.
Along with dance, Miss Sarah
is trained in tumbling, aerial silks, aerial hoop, olympic style trampoline and
flying trapeze. She has choreographed many solo aerial apparatus routines, one
of which she performed in a circus production of Sherlock Holmes in
Massachusetts and brought the crowd to tears.
When Miss Sarah is not
dancing or hanging on a circus apparatus, you can find her hiking with her dog,
painting on a canvas, or helping her mom take care of the kids in her in-home
As with all of the
staff, Miss Sarah was once a student at one of our original studios training
under Miss Megan and under the direction of Miss Amber M. Sarah is a new member
to The Studio staff and is excited to share her style, her kindness and her
passion for dance with you!