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Encore Dance Academy brings unique and professional quality dance classes for kids and adults to the Cape Girardeau area. Achieving exceptional standards of dance, we believe in nurturing creativity and artistic development, and offering a warm and positive environment that all dancers can thrive in. Reach out to join a class today!

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Elizabeth Miller, parent

Encore Dance Academy is a well organized dance studio with professionally trained teachers.  My child looks forward to her classes each week. You can't beat the central location and expertise they have to offer!

Meredith Sherrill, parent

Hilary and the staff at Encore Dance are friendly, professional, and extremely dedicated. The teachers are fun, patient, and very encouraging. We are thrilled to be a part of Encore!

Laura Jones, parent

Beautiful studio, great instructors, well organized, and fun! My daughters love to dance here.


Classes in session from 

September 5th to May 24th

Monday – Thursday

4:00pm – 9:00pm


By Appointment Only



9:45am – 12:00pm



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Encore Dance Academy is committed to providing the best dance education that Cape Girardeau has to offer. 

Our mission is to train and educate young students in multiple styles of dance by offering solid and vigorous technique, fun and vital educational experiences, and exciting performance opportunities. Committed to excellence, Encore Dance Academy advocates and supports the development of kind, thoughtful, and hard-working young dancers of all types.  


Dance is where artistry and athleticism meet, and this theme carries through all classes taught at Encore Dance Academy. Students receive the type of training that turns them not just into successful dancers, but accomplished human beings, prepared to achieve any goal.

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The Best Dance Training in Southeast Missouri

Ready to move? We offer recreational and competitive dance classes in multiple styles, suitable for kids and adults of all skill levels. Encore Dance Academy values diversity and versatility of dance training and places equal emphasis on the techniques of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance.  All classes are taught in a friendly, welcoming environment. What are you waiting for? Get in touch to secure your spot today!

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Class Descriptions 

Whether you’re looking to learn new moves or develop existing skills, our classes have it all. Our amazing instructors make sure everyone gets personal attention while keeping the class challenging and fun.

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Class Schedule 

Love a challenge and the chance to try something new? Check out our schedule, train with our experienced instructors, and leave feeling excited, joyful, and full of inspiration.

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Encore Dance Company & Competitive Team

Led by owner, Hilary Peterson, and our top-level instructors, Encore Dance Company builds technique, teamwork, and performance skills. Open to all academy students aged 7-19, company members are placed on the appropriate team each year. Grow as a dancer and gain essential skills that will help you outside of the studio!

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Our Staff

The Best in the Business

The team at Encore Dance Academy is highly respected for their talent, experience and knowledge. They have trained and performed nationwide with leaders in the art form, and are passionate about sharing their extensive knowledge with their students. Our instructors work with each and every student, from recreational dancers to seasoned performers, developing their skills while fostering their passion for movement.

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Hilary Peterson 


Hilary has years of experience building and leading a collegiate dance program which has taught her how to build a cohesive and effective program in dance for all types of students. She is a seasoned performer and choreographer, and has professional experience she can't wait to share with students!

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about Encore Dance Academy, or ready to sign up for class? Your first class is always FREE!

Get in touch today.

2530 William St. 
Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

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Helpful Info

Not sure which class is right for you or your dancer? Wondering what to wear for a specific class? These FAQs can help. If you’d like to receive additional information, please contact us.

How many students are in each class?

Each class has a minimum enrollment of 4 students and a maximum enrollment of 8-15 students based on level and studio size. Should enrollment not meet the minimum, classes will either be combined or cancelled. If maximum enrollment is reached, another class may be added to accommodate more students.

What are the fees and monthly tuition?

Classes are priced competitively and paid monthly using our online studio software. 
An annual registration fee is required and students receive discounts for multiple classes.  

What is the dress code for each class?

The basic attire for each dance class is a solid-colored leotard and pink tights. Specific attire requirements can be found in our Studio Handbook.

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