402A West Rex
Willcox, AZ 85643
Katie Hill-Owner/Dance Instructor-I started dancing when I was three years
old. I have studied tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and classical ballet. I have
been dancing on pointe since I was eleven years old. I started as an assistant
instructor for the Worley-Ellis Dance Studio in 1994 and have been an
instructor/choreographer for over twenty years.
I am a member of the National Dance Association and the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. For two years I have been
the local instructor for seasonal productions by the Moscow Ballet. I also have
three years experience as an Elementary Physical Education Instructor and was
the Dance Dimensions Executive Director for Limelight Academy of Performing
Arts in Sierra Vista. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for the
Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. I am also employed by the
WUSD working in Title 1 at the elementary school.
I am a graduate of Willcox High School and Eastern Arizona College. In 2003 I
took over the dance studio creating Encore Dance Academy and the Encore
Amy Truschke-Dance Instructor- I started dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio
when I was three. I have studied tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and classical
ballet. I started dancing on pointe when I was twelve. I was a cheerleader
throughout high school and was on the Eastern Arizona College Cheerleading
Squad. I have been an instructor and choreographer for fourteen years. I am a
graduate of Willcox High School and I have a Bachelors Degree in Business from
Northern Arizona University.
Cynthia Mortenson-Dance Instructor- I started dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance
Studio at three. I danced tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and classical ballet for
fourteen years. I was also a cheerleader my Senior year of high school. I spent
one year teaching at Dynamic Dance in addition to my continued participation at
Encore Dance Academy. During this time I danced competitively for both
studios. My five years of competitive dancing improved my skills and physical
ability for a future in dance. I earned my AAS Degree in Cosmetology from
Eastern Arizona College.
Karyn (Goo) Carillo-Dance Instructor-I have over 14 years of dance training in
tap, ballet (contemporary & pointe), jazz and hip hop. I was a member of the
Encore Dance Company and my high school cheer squad. I started teaching at
Encore during the 2013 season and was also a lead instructor for Footnotes
Dance in Duncan. I have been training in ballroom and Latin styles and recently
performed along side “Dancing with the Star’s” Sasha Farber. I am a graduate of
Willcox High School and recently graduated Cosmetology School.
Ashley Miller-Gymnastics Instructor- I started gymnastics when I was 5 in
Alamogordo, NM. I was in competitive gymnastics until high school, winning the
level 5 all-around state title and many other awards. During high school I began
coaching gymnastics at all levels, from mommy and me to competitive team girls.
I was also a member of my high school cheerleading squad, and we won the NM
Small Co-Ed Cheerleading Championships my senior year. I went on to cheer for
the All-Girl squad at New Mexico State University for three years, where I was
able to further my tumbling skills and assist other cheerleaders with their
tumbling. I have lived in Willcox for about two years. My family moved to Willcox
to be closer to family. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil
Engineering from New Mexico State University.
This studio has been in operation since 1967 (formerly named Worley-Ellis
Dance Studio). We want to encourage and develop both the physical and
creative possibilities in each student. Our goal is to teach proper dance and
gymnastics technique in a safe and fun environment. We have classes for
people of all ages and abilities. Our studio is part of the Arizona Dance
Coalition and we collaborate with several community organizations. We are
members of the Better Business Bureau, the Willcox Chamber of Commerce
and are licensed through Broadcast Music, Inc. In 2007 we expanded the
building to accomodate our growing programs. We are proud to continue this
forty+++ year tradition of dance in Willcox!
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION!
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!!!!!!!