Encore Extreme Columbia 2024

Convention and Competition

Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20, 2024

Columbia Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC

View Host HOTELS, past 2023 Event Schedule below (Final schedule will be posted in October)

Encore Extreme

2024 Rules and Fees

Encore Extreme Rules and Fees

 Registration opens August 1, 2024!

4 levels of classes: 

MINI/PETITE– ages 8 & under     JUNIOR – ages 9-11       TEEN – ages 12 -14     SENIOR – ages 15 & up

Full 3-day Convention Fee:

MINI/PETITE  $175                JUNIOR/TEEN/SENIOR         $270

TEACHERS    $270               OBSERVER PASSES              $40

                                              (Observer passes available for purchase at event)

One Day Convention Fee:             

MINI/PETITE                          $70

JUNIOR/TEEN/SENIOR        $150              

(Dancers that are participating in the Solo Competition must be registered for the full 3 day event.)

Dream Team Audition Fee:           $20 cash audition fee – register at the event and pay at the door

(Optional – please read below for more information!)

*Competition fees for solos and groups available to teachers and studio directors only. Email susan@encoredcs.com  from your studio account for fee information.

*Pay in full 6 weeks in advance to receive a 5 percent discount!

*Receive one free teacher convention pass for every 10 students registered!

*Register 50 or more paying students and receive a free hotel room for two nights!

General Event and Venue information:

A current Encore DCS Waiver must be signed and submitted prior to participation.  Students will not be allowed to participate unless a waiver has been submitted.

Lancaster, PA             Wyndham Lancaster Host Resort                            October 4-6

Columbia, SC              Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center            October 18-20

In Columbia, SC NO outside food or beverages are allowed in the venue (other than personal water bottles for dancers.)  The convention center is very strict about this policy and will ask you to throw away outside food if they see it.  Concessions will be available in the venue for your convenience!

Convention Guidelines:

Teacher wristbands and nametags will be mailed to studios that have more than 10 participants.  These should be distributed to students before arriving at the venue.  For students that are coming on their own or studios that have less than 10 participants, materials can be picked up in the lobby.  Registration times will be noted on the final schedule.

When arriving at the venue students should report to the ballroom assigned for warm up. Individual students do not need to check in at the registration desk.  Any registration issues should be handled by teachers.

Parents or guardians must purchase an Observer Pass in order to watch class. Observer passes are available for purchase for $40 at the event. Observer passes allow access to all ballrooms.  However, parent observers will not be allowed to observe the Dream Team Audition. 

Door Monitors – volunteers needed!  Volunteer as a Parent Door Monitor and you will be given a free observer pass for the entire weekend and an Encore DCS t-shirt. Parent Door Monitors kindly check for observer passes as parents enter the ballroom. You will be seated inside the door of the ballroom and positions will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Links to volunteer will be available here closer to the event.

All students are eligible for scholarships!  Faculty will select students to receive full and partial scholarships to Encore Extreme and Encore DCS competitions.  These awards will be announced at the Closing Show and Awards on Sunday. 

Audition Classes: 

The main focus of “The Audition Process” is to educate these young dancers on how to behave, look, act and perform during an audition.   Students will learn audition etiquette, tips, combinations, and will participate in a “mock” audition process.  This is not the official Dream Team audition.

Dream Team Selection: 

Encore DCS is proud to offer an amazing opportunity for advanced dancers to be cast in a one-of-a-kind promotional video and become a member of the Encore DCS Dream Team!  All Encore Extreme participants age 9 and over are eligible to audition for the Dream Team.  

Students interested in being a part of the dream team will participate in a separate Dream Team Audition at Encore Extreme.  (Date and Time TBA with final schedule.)

-Students must bring a printed 8x10 headshot and $20 cash audition fee.  This should be submitted to the registration desk by Saturday at 1:00 PM. 

-Headshots will not be returned.

-Headshots must have one of the student’s Extreme nametag labels on the back along with age, parent email address, parent phone number, sweatshirt/hoodie size (CM, CL, AS, AM, AL, etc.) and measurements.  Females should include measurements in inches for bust, waist, hips and girth.  Males should include chest, waist, inseam, and dress jacket size.

-Email will only be used for communication if your dancer is selected to be on the Dream Team.  Measurements are not a determining factor for selection and will only be used for costuming purposes if your dancer is selected to be on the Dream Team.

-Extreme nametags must be worn in auditions and placed front and center on the dancer’s chest.  Please keep this in mind when choosing dancewear for the audition.

- Finalists will be announced at each Encore Extreme event and the final Dream Team cast will be announced on Instagram (date and time TBA.)

Factors for Dream Team consideration:

-Performance in the Dream Team Audition

-Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and/or Tap Technique

-Ability to stand out in the crowd

-Commercial look/feel and potential to work with a camera

-Positive attitude and hard work ethic

- Dream Team members are also ambassadors of our company and the faculty will look for students who are welcoming to others and courteous/encouraging in class.

Dream Team auditions are optional and are closed to teachers and observers.  Students must be 9 by October 20, 2024 in order to audition.  Students that have already graduated high school are not eligible for Dream Team.  The only exception to this rule is for students that are competing the full regional year for 2024-25. 

Students chosen for this experience will be choreographed, staged and featured in a video to create a new advertising campaign for Encore DCS in Columbia, SC January 18-19, 2025 (tentative date.)  Please do not audition if you are not able to participate in the filming.  The fee to participate in Dream Team is $150 and includes a Dream Team Hoodie, costume, professional headshot, and professional makeup for the shoot.  If chosen, the deadline for submitting payment is November 15, 2024. 

General Competition Guidelines:

As always, we offer free livestream of all performances!   The competition is open for all spectators and observer passes are not needed to watch the competition.

 All competition music should be uploaded to your Dance Comp Genie account prior to the event.  We will no longer accept USB or CD’s at the event.

Photos and videos of all routines are included with entry fees and can be accessed from home within five days following the competition via digital download.  Parents will not need to view or purchase photos or videos at the event.

Rules concerning tricks, categories, etc from Encore DCS competitions apply to Encore Extreme and can be found at www.encoredcs.com.

Solo Competition Guidelines:

Encore Extreme Solo Showdown Competition will be held on Friday and Saturday. Winners will be announced in our Closing Shows on Sunday where our new Mr. and Miss Encore Extreme will be announced!

  • One solo per student. All soloists compete on the same level.  There is no differentiation between recreational, competitive and elite.
  • Soloists must participate in the convention in order to compete a solo. Awards are determined by 80% solo score and 20% class participation/standing out in class.  All soloists will compete in the age division in which they fall on the first day of the event and all students will compete in the same level.  Students must take class and compete in the same age group.
  • Soloists will be awarded medals and adjudicated placements on Sunday at the Closing Show and Awards ceremony for their age group.
  • Title winners in each age division (Mini, Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior) will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon and will receive a Trophy, Crown, Banner and an Overall Convention Excellence scholarship. Title winners are invited to be our VIP assistants and help crown the new winners at the convention the following year!
  • Overall Mr. and Miss Encore Extreme will receive a crown, banner, trophy and a $100 gift certificate to any Encore DCS Regional Competition.
  • Title winners from the previous year are not eligible to compete in the solo competition the following year. We invite title holders from the previous year to be our special guest assistants at the convention.

Group Competition Guidelines:

Encore Ovation Challenge will feature the top groups from each participating studio battling for the ultimate title and $1000 cash prize.  Each studio is invited to bring up to TWO duet/trios or group routines in each age division and compete for the title of “Encore Extreme Champion” on Saturday night.  Awards will immediately follow group competition.  An Overall Winner in each age division will be announced as well as the Overall Encore Extreme Champion!

  • Two entries per studio for each age division (Mini 5 and under, Petite 8 and under, Junior 9-11, Teen 12-14, and Senior 15-18). Ages for group competition are determined as of January 1, 2023.
  • Each group will receive LIVE judges feedback from one judge immediately following their performance. After the routine has been completed please instruct students to immediately line up across the front of the stage to receive their feedback!
  • Duet/trios, small groups, large groups and super groups are welcome. (Productions are excluded.)

2024 ENCORE Extreme
Competition Rules and Regulations


  1. All entries should be completed via online registration at www.encoredcs.com at least 28 days prior to the event.  Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis and is limited to the amount of competition time available. Many events reach capacity well before the deadline and any entries exceeding the limit will be turned away. 
  2. Payment by check can be mailed to 203 West Butler Street Lexington, SC 29072.  Credit card payments are accepted online with a 3% service charge. Money orders are not accepted via postal mail.
  3. A 50% deposit of total entry fees must be received 28 days prior to the event.  Full payment must be received at least 14 days prior to the competition date or a $10.00 late fee per entry will be added.  A $25 fee will apply to all returned checks.  Returned checks will automatically be turned over to an outside Collections Agency and/or the Solicitor’s office.  Absolutely no personal checks for entry fees will be taken at the event and any unpaid entries will not be allowed to perform. 
  4. No refunds of fees will be given after the deadline date.  A credit for another regional competition, Grand Finals, or Encore Extreme will be issued to the studio in the event that a dancer is unable to perform. 
  5. We do not accept independent entries. Independent dancers can register for Encore Extreme convention classes, but must be registered under a studio name if competing in the solo competition.
  6. Gift certificates and scholarships for Encore DCS and Encore Extreme are NOT interchangeable and can only be used at the event listed on your certificate.
  7. All Parents must sign a Waiver in order for their child to participate. Waivers will now be submitted electronically. The Waiver Link can be found in your DanceComp Genie registration. The link for the waiver can be shared with your parents via email by clicking on "Copy Waiver Link.". Click on the "Copy Waiver" link button and paste it into an email or text to your parents. 
  8. Encore DCS reserves the right to change the number of competition days based on registration received and is not liable for refunds based on schedule changes.
  9. Dancers should be ready to compete at least ONE HOUR ahead of their scheduled performance time. 
  10. Unless arranged ahead of time, a 5-point deduction will be made for any routines not performed within three numbers of the scheduled order. 
  11. Music should be uploaded to the studio’s Dance Comp Genie account at least two days prior to the first day of the event.  If unable to upload, music can also be submitted at the event on one Master CD or Flash Drive per studio.  If using CD, a playlist listing the order of routines must be provided.  If using a flash drive, please label each file with the entry number and song title.  A backup form of music is always required.  We recommend iPads, iPods, computers, or USB drives for backup and prefer not to use cell phones. 
  12. Professionals or teachers are not allowed to participate in the competition portion of Encore Extreme. A professional is defined as any person 20 years of age or older who is or has ever been a teacher, assistant teacher, or professional dancer.
  13. All other dancers in duet/trios, groups, and productions may enter as many categories as they wish as long as they do not compete against themselves in the exact same groups.  (Soloists are limited to one solo at Encore Extreme conventions.)
  14. A 10-point deduction will be made for routines that are not completed.  This applies to dancers that re-perform their routines after a false start unless the re-performance is caused by a technical error or other uncontrollable event not attributable to the dancer’s performance.
  15. Small, freestanding props are allowed but must be easily moved into the theater and on & off stage without disrupting the competition in progress.  Fire, water, or excessive littering is not allowed on stage and any debris should be removed by the studio within 30 seconds following the routine.  Human props are allowed, but any person on stage must be registered in the event and their age should be included in the average. 
  16. No lighting changes are allowed at Encore Extreme.
  17. We at Encore DCS pride ourselves on running a family friendly competition.  If every judge on the panel feels that a routine is inappropriate for the age a 10 point deduction will be made.
  18. Teachers and studio directors should bring any question or challenge of routines or rules to the attention of the Encore DCS director in charge prior to the respective awards ceremony.
  19. Encore DCS provides free livestream when possible.  Please note that competition location and wireless signals affect our ability to provide this service.  It’s important to let friends and family watching the competition know that the competition may run ahead of schedule.
  20. Photography and video recording is always prohibited! Videotaping and photography of any kind is not allowed in order to protect choreography and due to our contracts with professional videographers and photographers.  Personal cameras, video cameras, and any other recording devices are prohibited in the auditorium.
  21. All dancers, teachers, and guests are expected to display good sportsmanlike conduct to all participants at all times.  Encore DCS does not discriminate, but does reserve the right to refuse entrance to any competitor, spectator, studio, or individual that has been deemed to exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior.
  22. Only performers, teachers, and staff are allowed on stage before, during and after a competition.
  23. All awards and music should be picked up at the conclusion of the event and will not be mailed. Judges audio critiques and score sheets will be downloaded to Dance Comp Genie after the event and will be emailed to teachers within three days of the event.  Score sheets and video critiques will be available in the studios Dance Comp Genie account. 
  24. All teachers, parents and participants give Encore DCS the right to use their photo or video with any advertising or media campaign. By performing at Encore DCS events, all competitors consent to the use of photographs and/or video footage for promotional purposes, which may include social media and streaming of routines online.
  25. Gift certificates that are awarded to groups can only be redeemed for group entry fees at future Encore DCS events.
  26. Encore DCS and the hosting venue are not responsible for personal injury or property loss to either contestants or spectators.  Performers in a dance competition are subject to risks which can include, but are not limited to sprains, pulled muscles and broken bones.  Participation in Encore DCS events indicates the acceptance of these types of risks and participants and spectators agree that they will not hold Encore DCS, its officers, employees or staff responsible for injuries or illnesses contracted by them while in attendance of any Encore event.
  27. Rules and regulations are subject to change and are always available at www.encoredcs.com.



with the Stars in 2024


Three days of master classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and more! Also featuring workshops, classes and networking events for teachers AND Jazz Funk classes for parents!

Experience our exciting group competition with live judges’ feedback for all routines and a $1000 cash prize!

Compete for the title of Miss and Mister Encore Extreme! 

View our previous Choreographers
Columbia, SC

Nick DiNicolangelo

Beginning his teaching career at the age of 15, Nick DiNicolangelo has become one of the most in-demand tap choreographers in the country. With his unique and energetic approach to teaching, Nick hopes to inspire students across the country to embrace tap dancing and explore its rich history and community.  Nick was a charter member and captain for the New Jersey Tap Ensemble and was an original member of Mike Minery’s Tapaholics. For the past two decades Nick has traveled the country on faculty at numerous dance conventions. 

He also is grateful to the many studios he teaches and choreographs for nationwide.  Nick founded the popular, Syn.co.pate Tap Intensive in 2008, bringing together many of the most talented tap dancers in the nation. In 2012 Nick created the  “Hands Down Tap Project”, an inspiring collaboration of young tap artists dedicated to creating performance opportunities for tap dancers. Nick is excited to once again travel the country educating dancers with Revel Dance Convention.

For the past two decades Nick has traveled the country on faculty at numerous dance conventions. He also is grateful to the many studios he teaches and choreographs for nationwide.  Nick founded the popular, Syn.co.pate Tap Intensive in 2008, bringing together many of the most talented tap dancers in the nation. In 2012 Nick created the  “Hands Down Tap Project”, an inspiring collaboration of young tap artists dedicated to creating performance opportunities for tap dancers. Nick is excited to once again travel the country educating dancers with Revel Dance Convention.

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Ashley Payne

Ashley Payne hails from Buffalo, NY holding a B.A. in Dance Performance from the prestigious Point Park University. As an international adjudicator, professional dancer and choreographer, Ashley has studied and taught throughout New York City, Miami, and now Chicago. As a performer, Ashley has appeared in film, television, concert dance and theatre productions.  Ashley’s first standout roll was in the University production of Contact where she was a featured dancer and served as dance captain.   

Professional credits include: Regional Performances of: Contact; GreaseMameFame and Sing, Sing, Sing; Episodes of: The Rachel Ray Show, Blue Bloods, The Dark House, and Company Work: 11:11 (The Company by Slam); DSMRCrazy Love.  Ashley has served as a choreographer for Jordan Sparks, Flash Mob America, Chicago Freelance Dance Festivals and created an original work for ConvergeDance Dance Company.  You may recognize Ashley from promotions for Verizon, Oreo Cookies, M&Ms, Estee Lauder, Suave and Avon.

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Allynn Simons

Allynn Simons is an NYC based freelance casting director who has the pleasure of casting for TV/Film, commercials, theater and print. She
holds a B.A. in Musical Theater with a minor in dance from Point Park University. While in school, Allynn was chosen to dance in original pieces choreographed by Kiesha LaLama and Kiki Lucas, just to name a few. Before settling in New York City, Allynn taught dance and musical theater all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey and still teaches numerous classes all over the country. 

She is also a regular faculty member of QUEST Intensive; a prestigious in-studio dance experience that brings the industry to the studio. She is currently a faculty member at THRIVE Dance Convention where she teaches contemporary and how to market yourself. She also adjudicates for numerous dance competitions in the U.S. Some of her favorite casting credits include: the North American premier of Dirty Dancing, The Mansion which premiered at Sundance and a multi-million dollar campaign for NIKE that had her casting on the streets of NYC. She enjoys traveling to choreograph all over the county for which she has won numerous awards for. She grew up in the dance competition community and loves seeing young artists flourish. The future of the arts is in the hands of the next generation, so let's cultivate it!

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Brandon Girouard

Brandon Girouard BA/MFA is a highly in-demand international choreographer, teacher, dancer,  and talent manager – having brought audiences to their feet in Paris, Canada, London, Argentina, NYC, Mexico and Spain in summer of 2017. Known for “compelling, explosive movement”, Brandon has performed with dance companies such as dancetheatreX, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Ailey 2, Koresh Dance, Plasma Dance Theatre, and for Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Presidency Gala. 

Brandon resides as Guest Faculty at Broadway Dance Center NYC, Millennium Dance in Philadelphia, Studio Harmonic in Paris and is faculty to many dance conservatories on Long Island, NY. Holding a BA in Theatre & Dance from Muhlenberg College and a MFA from NYU, Brandon also studied for 18 years at the Cheryl McCormack Academy of Dance in New Bedford, MA.

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Susan Hancock

Susan Hancock was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and began her ballet training at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance. In 1989 Susan entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet and studied there for three consecutive summers.  In 1992 she was invited to stay for the winter term, but instead decided upon North Carolina School of the Arts.  From there Ms. Hancock went on to join The Los Angeles Classical Ballet in 1994. 

Susan performed roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker (Mirlitons) Coppelia (Swanhilda’s friend), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Hermia) and Paquita. In 1998, Ms. Hancock joined Francisco Martinez Dance Theater while continuing to dance with Los Angeles Classical Ballet. During her time in L.A. Susan was a featured dancer on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the VH1 comedy hour featuring Wendy the Snapple Lady.  

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Lauren Hummel

New York based artist, Lauren Hummel is an award-winning choreographer and dancer in the industry. She began her artistic career in Syracuse, NY where she grew up training in all styles of dance and was a competitive/convention dancer for 15 years. Lauren holds a BS in Business Administration with a Minor in Dance from SUNY Geneseo where she completed an additional 4 years of performance dance and worked with numerous guest artists including John Lehrer and Guy Thorne. 

Lauren is a sought after choreographer who travels to share her passion and knowledge with young artists all over the country. She is currently on faculty with Quest Intensive and Encore Extreme Dance Convention and is a judge for Encore DCS. Lauren is known for her work in Contemporary dance, which has led her to receive multiple choreography awards and recognition for her innovative and distinctive choreography. Most recently, Lauren was awarded Top Choreography 2022 for her piece Cry Me a River by Young Creators Challenge X CREO. Follow Lauren @laurenhummelchoreo.

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Chandler Brown

Chandler Brown grew up as a competitive dancer at The Southern Strutt under the direction of Nancy Giles for 15 years.  He is now pursuing a degree in Dance with a minor in Business at the University of Alabama.  Chandler has choreographed and performed in nine shows at the University of Alabama and at various other theaters in Alabama. He is currently an instructor at Birmingham Dance Theater in Hoover, AL where he teaches Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Acro technique. schools.


He also travels with Encore where he works as a stage manager and sound technician. In addition, he is a member the professional dance company, “Unbound,” directed by Caroline Lewis-Jones and Susan Dabney Hancock. When not in school, Chandler travels the US teaching, choreographing, and cleaning competition dances at various studios and schools.

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Cassie Russo Sweeney

Entertainment industry entrepreneur, award-winning choreographer and infectious educator, Cassie Russo-Sweeney is a born innovator. Constantly inspired to create new movement as owner and artistic director of CaRu Entertainment, Cassie's choreography is nationally recognized for its blend of fem funk, hip hop, and street jazz with constant emphasis and focus on self-confidence and bold performance artistry, and can be seen on the performance stage, on TV and film, and in master classes all over the country.

Cassie has lent her talents as a faculty member to Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia, as head coach for the Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team, and to choreographing the opening scene in Little Red Wagon Film's Carver. In her former career as a professional dancer, Cassie was a back-up dancer on Rascal Flatt's "Bob the Head Tour", headlined ABC 7's "Columbus Day Parade Live!” and was a featured performer on networks such as MTV, VH1 and FuseTV. Alongside running the day to day at her entertainment studio, 

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Trevor Sones

Originally from Clearfield, Pa – Trevor received a BA degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University.  National Tour Credits: CATS, Beauty and the Beast.  TV/Film Credits: ZIPS Dry Cleaners, The Knot, CATS National Tour commercial, “Step Up 3D”, Good Morning America, “Do You Dance, Ms. Parker?”. Trevor has worked extensively with Royal Caribbean as a performer (Hairspray, MAMMA MIA), Associate Choreographer (GREASE, Name That Tune), and Director (Bada Bing Bada Boom).  

He has worked with RWS Entertainment Group as a dancer, Audition Choreographer/Casting Assistant, and now is a Director/Choreographer.  Trevor also is a Guest Teacher/Adjudicator/Director for Encore DCS and on Faculty with REVEL Dance Convention traveling North America teaching young artists! Most recently he toured Germany, Switzerland, and Dubai with SweetBird Productions "Rock The Ballet X" and "Romeo and Juliet". Follow his journey at @trevorsones 

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Jenny Oehlwein

Jennifer Oehlwein grew up in the competition circuit and has now made a career out of dancing, choreographing, and directing professionally. A graduate of Point Park University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater. I have been blessed to have been dancing professionally ever since graduation. In addition to dance I am also a singer and aerialist. Upon moving to NYC 3 years ago a new challenge fell into my lap as a rehearsal director/installer for an entertainment company that casts for a multitude of different arenas

Cruise-ships, national tours, theme parks, industrial gigs, etc. When I am not working on their shows and installing their casts of professionals. I also work with their casting team assisting there dance calls all over the world and teaching master classes. Most recently I have taken a step back into the performance side of the dance world performing in Legally Blonde, The Bodyguard, and the national tour of Elf the musical! I am very passionate about dance education and students who love what they do just as much as I do. I consider myself lucky to have made a career out of my life passion and look forward to continuing it with inspiring dancers this competition season!

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Caroline Lewis-Jones

Caroline Lewis-Jones from South Carolina, has been dancing for over 28 years. At the age of 18 she moved to New York City where she performed for six years. Her credits include the VMA’s with NSYNC, the Latin Grammy Awards, WNBA National Commercial, a French Energy Commercial, Disney Industrials, Britany Spears and Madonna “Me Against the Music” video, MTV’s Body Rock Fitness Video, and more. 

Although successful as a commercial dancer, her true passion lies within contemporary company work, where she has had the opportunity to work for Mia Michaels Company R.A.W, Dee Caspary’s IV Dance Company, Notario Dance Company, Rhapsody and Company, A.S.H Contemporary, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape.  

In 2001 she traveled to Seoul, Korea where she performed for Jason Parson’s and POZ Dance Theatre. In July 2010, Caroline performed with Sonya Tayeh from “So You Think You Can Dance” with her company in Chicago. She also choreographs for studios around the country, and teaches for Adrenaline Dance Convention and The Dance Sessions. In December 2007, Caroline choreographed and performed a one-woman show, called Finding My Way. It was about the loss of her mother and her life currently without her. It is her greatest accomplishment yet. Caroline also founded Unbound Dance Company in Columbia, South Carolina. Her goal as Artistic Director of UNBOUND is to inspire and give dancers young and old, a new outlet to perform. 

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Regina Willoughby

Regina Willoughby began dancing at the age of 8 at Ballet Midland while growing up in West Texas. At the age of 15, she was awarded a scholarship to study at Virginia School of the Arts, where she went on to graduate. She also studied at Westside in Los Angeles and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Regina's professional career began at Ballet Austin, where she danced solo roles, including Stephen Mills' "Four Mortal Men." I


In 1997, she joined Columbia City Ballet, dancing such roles as the Arabian, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker; Maiden and Lucy in Dracula: Ballet with a Bite; title roles in Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet; and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Director William Starrett  created many roles on her for his original ballets, including Mina in Dracula's Revenge and the "Sand Dance" pas de trois and "Daughters of the South" from Off the Wall & Onto the Stage.  The title role of Cleopatra was created on Regina receiving rave reviews. Critics have lauded her commanding stage presence, stating "Willoughby, as one of City Ballet's up and coming stars, was exotically arrogant as Arabian," and "the showstopper was Regina Willoughby with her sultry stage presence."  Free Times said that "Willoughby is the company's most enchanting female performer, both technically and dramatically," and "Willoughby possesses that special it quality that makes a performance so riveting."  Regina was made a Soloist of the company in 2001, Principal dancer in 2006, Ballerina in 2010, and retired from the stage in 2018. She is married with two grown daughters. Regina has over 20 years teaching experience and is an ABT National Training Curriculum certified teacher in Primary through Level 7.

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Dream team

Dreamteam 2024 pic

Encore DCS is proud to offer an amazing opportunity for elite dancers to be cast in a one-of-a-kind promotional video and become a member of the Encore DCS Dream Team!

Students were selected at Encore Extreme and this January each dancer was choreographed, staged and featured in a video to create a new advertising campaign for Encore DCS. This opportunity gives up and coming stars the chance to taste what the world of entertainment has to offer with a “dream job” experience.

Professional lighting, staging, make-up, choreography and directing are just some of the many facets of this experience! The video features many styles of dance and is the perfect opportunity to showcase well rounded dancers.

Interested in becoming a member of the next Encore DCS Dream Team? “Shooting Star” tickets will be awarded at Grand Finals. This ticket will give select dancers a free convention fee at Encore Extreme and guarantees their spot on the Dream Team. The remaining Dream Team members will be chosen at Encore Extreme this fall. Don’t miss out on the “Dream Team” cutting edge experience only offered by Encore DCS!


Hotels For Encore EXtreme Columbia
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Springhill Suites (6 minutes to venue)

Springhill Suites by Marriott

Springhill Suites by Marriott
511 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Reservations: 803-978-2333
(Encore Dance Competitions Extreme Convention)

Book Early!!! Rooms will sell out quickly before Cut off Sep 1, 2024

* 6 Minutes to Venue
* Parking is $10 per day per vehicle

For help, contact 
Don. - 904.303-4424

Courtyard by Marriott (11 minutes to venue)
Hampton Inn Historic District (across street)
Embassy Suites Columbia (6 minutes to venue)
Graduate Hotel (5 minutes to venue)
Holiday Inn Downtown (4 minutes to venue)
BOOK EARLY!! For Additional Hotels or help - Call Don@904.303-4424)

2023 Past Results

Congratulations to the 2023 Encore Extreme Dancers

Overall Mister Encore Extreme 2023-2024

Haden Pangalos

Miller Street Dance Academy

Overall Miss Encore Extreme 2023-2024

Emery Franz

Lake Norman Dance Gallery

Senior Miss Encore Extreme 2023-2024

Abigail Harrington

Pat's School of Dance