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The Team

The Best in the Business

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Hilary Peterson 

Owner & Director

Hilary Peterson is originally from Jacksonville, IL and received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Arizona and her B.A. in Dance from Hope College. She has choreographed original dance works for stage and competition as well as the musicals Seussical the Musical, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors and Sweet Charity. Her choreography has been presented at regional conferences, the Kansas City Fringe Festival and in numerous venues in St. Louis. She grew up in a studio like Encore and is excited to bring her passion for dance to her students!

Alyssa Alger

Ballet/Pointe Instructor & Choreographer

Alyssa Alger received her B.A. in dance from Mercyhurst College where she performed extensively including the title roles in many classical ballets and original works. While working to complete her undergraduate degree, she performed professionally with Sacramento Ballet in Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker and Carmina Buraña, and Balanchine’s Theme and Variations as well as numerous works with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2013, Alger received her MFA in Dance from The University of Arizona. While at the U of A, Alger enjoyed many performance opportunities including the principal role in Balanchine’s Rubies. Alyssa is excited to bring her expertise to the students at Encore!

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Philip Edgecombe

Jazz/Contemporary Instructor & Choreographer

Philip Edgecombe received his MFA in Choreography from the University of Arizona in May of 2006. His choreography combines a strong physicality with intense theatricality grounded in contemporary technique and has been performed nationally. From 2006-2007, he was a company member of Hedwig Dances, and from 2002-2003, Edgecombe was a company member with Desert Dance Theater in Phoenix, Ariz., He is a trained ballroom instructor and has taught at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. 

Madison Diehl

Hip-Hop Instructor & Choreographer

Madison is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University working towards her BFA in Dance. She is originally from Lake of the Ozarks, MO and studied ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary at her local studio. During her time at Southeast, Madison has performed works by both faculty and guest artists.

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Em Low

Instructor

 Em is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University working towards her BFA in Dance. She is originally from St. Louis, MO and has studied various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, pointe, musical theatre, tap and contemporary. While at Southeast, Em has performed numerous concert dance works by both faculty and guest artists. 

Corrinda Brooks

Tap Instructor & Choreographer

Corrinda has 21 years of teaching experience at studios across Missouri. She excels in teaching tap as well as jazz, poms, and hip hop. Corrinda is a seasoned choreographer and has won numerous choreography awards at competitions for group and solo tap and group jazz. She is excited to continue her teaching journey at Encore!  

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Hayleigh Kemnic

Instructor

Hayleigh is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University graduating with her BFA in Dance in May of 2024. Originally from Chicago, Hayleigh has choreographed both operas and concert dance during her time at Southeast.  She loves teaching and is excited to bring her knowledge and love of dance to the students of Encore!

Noelle Gratzer

Instructor

Noelle is a sophomore at Southeast Missouri State University working towards her BA in dance. She is from Saint Louis where she trained and competed in numerous styles of dance. While at Southeast, Noelle has performed in multiple dance concerts dancing in both student and faculty choreography.  She also has experience as a member of a dance team. Noelle is excited to work with the students at Encore! 

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Ravyn Schriewer

Instructor

 Ravyn is a graduate of  Southeast Missouri State University having earned a BFA in Dance. She is originally from Missouri and has studied various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary.While at Southeast, Ravyn performed numerous concert dance works by both faculty and guest artists. Ravyn is also an instructor with NDA and has a lot of experience coaching and choreographing for dance teams in the Midwest. 

Morgan Gadberry

Instructor

Morgan is a sophomore working towards her BA in Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. Her dance training has incorporated the styles of jazz, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, and ballroom. Morgan has experience choreographing solos, duets, and group pieces for all types of performances and competitions. Morgan has a passion for dance and loves to share that with others. Originally from the Southeast Missouri region, Morgan is excited to bring her talents to the students at Encore! 

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