Dance Studio in Kansas City
Encore! Dance, Acro + Tumbling Classes
Encore! at The J is a premier dance studio in Kansas City. Our classes range from ages 2 through adult, and from beginners to competitive level. Each member of the Encore! staff are experienced professionals in their field, which is something you don't find at every studio. With certifications in yoga, Progressive Ballet Technique, Acrobatic Arts, American Barre Technique, as well as Dance degrees, our staff brings their experience of art in the real world to the Encore! dance studio in Kansas City. Their passion reaches each class and they truly care about each student.
About Encore! Levels
Our dance levels are determined by a balance of age and ability to ensure each student is provided a successful and fun experience. Each level builds on fundamental skills to provide education and challenges for students as they grow. Not sure which level is best for your child? Give Maggie a call at (913) 327-4612 for more information.
Ages 2 - Kindergarten
Tiny Tots, Creative Movement, Pre-K Combo (ballet + tap), and Kinder Tap + Ballet + Jazz
Level 1: 1st-3rd Grade | Level 2: 4th-7th Grade | Level 3: 8th Grade+
Tap + Ballet, Jazz + Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and (Level 3 only) PrePointe and Strength + Flexibility; plus opportunities for Competition Team and Disney Dancers
Encore! also hosts a high-caliber competition team for students who want to compete in dance locally and regionally in solos, duos, trios, and small & large groups. Our team is made up of dancers ages 1st grade and up who want to increase their abilities and dedicate themselves to dance as a sport, and they are selected through an audition process. Entry fees, rehearsal fees, costume fees, etc. are associated with being a part of the team. Competition Team has class and rehearsal requirements, for more information, please contact Maggie.
Encore!at the J focuses on the Acrobatic Arts curriculum for their tumbling and Acrobatic classes. This technique focuses on strength, flexibility, limbering, tumbling, and balance to develop strong and courageous dancers.
Our dancers are given the opportunity to show off their skills twice a season, once at Winter Showcase and then again at our Annual Dance, Tumbling + Acro Recital in May. Both performances are optional, and include additional costs.
"I was just proud she put herself out there and really that confidence in part comes from your love, time and work you have given her the last several years. I think back to when she started at Encore after you had us come to that recital and how much she has grown in dance and as a person and I am just so grateful for you and the rest of the teachers." - Shelly
Can you think of a better place for young, aspiring performers to go than Walt Disney World®? For the last 3 years Encore! dancers have had the privileged of performing both on stage in Walt Disney World and in the Dance the World parade. This dedicated group of students has an additional weekly practice, plus rehearsals prior to travel.
Travel to Florida is required to participate and is not covered by Encore. Please contact Maggie for more information.
"We cherish the program so much it is extremely important in our lives and Maggie is absolutely the best!" - Shelly
Meet Ms. Maggie
Maggie Osgood Nicholls, Director
Originally from Nebraska, Maggie Osgood Nicholls started her love of dance at age 3 and has never stopped studying dance. She attended the of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received the Chancellor’s Non-Resident Scholarship in Dance for all 4 years completing her BFA program in Dance Performance with an emphasis in Modern and a Ballet minor. Among other honors, she was one of 18 to receive UMKC’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Honor Award.
In her professional career, Maggie danced with and eventually served 7 years as a Co-Artistic Director of the professional contemporary company, Kansas City Contemporary- KACICO DANCE. She has been honored to have her professional pieces selected for City in Motion’s Modern Night at the Folly, 940/Lawrence Arts Center’s Professional Choreography Showcase & the Bell House EXCHANGE Dance Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her works have been presented at the opening of the Kaufmann Center and the Kansas City Ballet’s Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. She was also honored to be selected as a fellow in the Jewish Midwest Artists Lab. Upon her retirement from her professional dancing, Maggie created and is the producing director of Open Stage at the J- an annual choreography showcase celebrating the talented dancers throughout Kansas City.
She has been the director of the dance, tumbling and music department at the Jewish Community Center for the past 13 years, and takes great pride in the program, the teachers and students who are involved. She continues to develop her own growth as a teacher by attending workshops and training throughout the US. She is also certified in Acrobatic Arts, through the Acrobatic Arts Teacher’s Program, Level 1-5, and is a competition judge/choreographer. Maggie’s choreography has received many honors over the seasons, and she finds so much pride in the success and passion of her students and their development as artists.
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Questions? Please contact Maggie or at (913) 327-4612 for more information.