Kelli Smith
Kelli Wyatt Smith

Kelli has been dancing since she was 2 and twirling since she was 10. She has taught for 29 years and started competing at age 11, was a State Champion at 13, a National-International Champion at 15, and a World Champion at 17. She has been a World Champion 5 times and has almost 700 trophies for dance, twirling, and beauty. Kelli and her husband Gene took 1st runner-up in The World’s Dance-Off.
Before moving to south Alabama she taught for Corky Bell School of Dance and has had many students go on to become State and World Champions. Kelli was feature twirler for The University of North Alabama where she was on full Presidential Scholarship. She later transferred to the University of Montevallo where she was a dance minor. While there she started the U.M. Falconettes Dance Team.
Kelli moved to south Alabama and opened up Gene-Kelli’s School of Dance in 1986.
She sold her studio in 2001 and went on to become the dance instructor for Northside Methodist Academy in Dothan, AL.
Kelli has judged competitions on the local, state, and currently judges on the World and
International Level. She is owner/director of Encore Fine Arts Studio.

Kendra Culverhouse
Kendra Mitchell Culverhouse

Kendra started dancing and twirling at the age of 10. During high school she played
the trumpet, a majorette for two years, and feature twirler in the Geneva High
School Marching Band.
She has won and placed in several regional and state competitions.
Kendra trained under Kelli for 14 years and taught dance and baton
at Gene-Kelli’s School of Dance for 12 years.
Kendra teaches all forms of dance, baton, and cheernastics.
She is Kelli’s assistant in every phase of the studio from teaching, recording music,
producing the program book and more.

Shaun Lawson
Shaun Lawson

Shaun started clogging at the age of 14 under the direction of Amber Morgan.
He danced with the Classic Country Cloggers performing at various venues in the local area.
At the age of 19 he joined the Kountry Folk Kloggers of Chipley, Florida under the
direction of Kevin McVay and has performed at various events for over 13 years
with the Kloggers. Shaun continues to train and attend workshops and
classes through out the Southern Region.

Amy Warr

Music Instructor “Bio Coming”


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Grandmaster Connelly “Karate”

Grandmaster Conley has spent over 40 years studying Keichu-Do Cajun Karate
with its founder, Soke Karl W. Marx, Sr. From the very beginning in 1970, when he
hitchhiked 12 miles each way just to have the opportunity to learn Keichu-Do, to
his induction into the Karl W. Marx Hall of Fame in 1994, to his promotion in 2009
to 8th degree black belt, he is the highest black belt in Keichu-Do next to the
founder. GrandMaster Conley has also  been driven to achieve excellence as a student
of Keichu-Do.
His achievements speak for themselves. He is also a 30 year retiree and spent his
last 5 years at Fort Rucker, AL Retired Command Sergeant Major.


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Jake Beauere  “Music Teacher”

Jake is a 23 year old full time student at The Baptist College of Florida pursuing
a Bachelors of Music Degree with a principal in voice. He is a self taught guitarist
as well as proficient in piano and drums.
His goal is the continue his education to a Master in Music after he
graduates this fall. He is a worship leader as well as a youth minister at a
local church in Madrid.

Melanie Hobdy

Melanie Hobdy  “Cheerleading and Gymnastics”

Melanie comes to us from Samson, Alabama and is a graduate of the 1996 class
of Samson High School. She has an Associates Degree from Southern Union
State College and a Bachelors of Radiologic Sciences from UAB. She has been
involved in cheer-leading since the age of 7 at all levels: Varsity Cheerleader
Captain, co- captain at Southern Union, judging many cheerleading tryouts
and teaching. Melanie was also a member of the 1995-1996 UCA All-Star
Cheerleading Assoc. traveling to London England to perform for Queen Elizabeth.

Morgan Holsonback
Morgan Holsonback “Reception/Secretary”

Morgan has been with Encore since 2014 and is no stranger to hard work.
Growing up she danced, played softball as well as played the piano.
Morgan has 8 years of experience in tap, ballet, and jazz.
She also works with the Elementary children at her church.

Macie Holsonback
Macie Holsonback ” Apprentice”

Macie is a 17 year old senior and attends Ponce deLeon High School where she is a
member of the Drama Club. She started dancing at the age of 2 years old and enjoys
all styles of dance. She has been on the “Encore”Competition team for 3 years.
She hopes to continue her performing arts and stage management in college
and go on to be on Broadway.

Demetreon Kyles
Demetreon Kyles   “Apprentice”

Demtreon is a senior at Samson High School where he was on the cheerleading squad.
He is currently an all-star at Xtreme Athletics in Troy as well as a UCA Southern
Champion and a National Champion.

Cassie Shirah

Cassie Shirah “Jr. Apprentice”

Sydney Smith
Sydney Smith  “Student Helper”