As a protege of her illustrious father, Dale Serrano, Sr., Dalana began to develop her extraordinary teaching and leadership skills at an early age. While earning her BFA in dance from the University of Alabama, she helped propel the U of A Dance Team to national prominence as a coach/choreographer as well as for the Canadian Football League's cheerleader/ dance teams before forming Encore Competition Dance in 2003, now Encore Performance Company, LLC (ranked by National Dance Magazine as the #1 Competitive Dance Company in Alabama and one of North America’s “Top 50 studios on the Move” by Dance Spirit magazine).
Whether shaping young dancers or refining the most talented and experienced, Dalana provides students with the technical foundation needed to excel at the highest competitive levels. Dalana and her talented Encore educators give students a well-rounded performance education readying them for challenges from the intimate Encore recital, to professional dance careers.
Encore students have earned regional and national titles, been featured in national publications, assisted celebrity dance faculty members, and have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The Edge in LA, national workshops and university dance programs. Her Encore studio graduates have become featured performers on cruise lines, collegiate/ professional dance teams, national commercials, Broadway tours, theme parks, MTV, Disney, and So You Think You Can Dance.
Dalana continues to win prestigious recognition like the National Best Choreography award but her lifelong commitment to integrity and excellence has earned her the respect and love of her students and fellow teachers while student smiles and laughter fuel her desire to continue to educate and inspire future generations.
Class Resources & Policies
Technique classes are for those committed to refining their technique. Goal setting is necessary…aim high! Consider a correction a compliment. Receiving a correction means the instructor is noticing your efforts and desire to improve. It means we believe in you! Everyone should leave class with corrections each week. If you are not given things to practice on at home please ask the instructor at the end of class, “What do I need to work on”? Every student should keep a journal and pencil in their dance bag to write down any corrections, homework, and personal goals. If you get in a good habit of making checklists for yourself after each class, during water breaks, etc. AND revisit your notes at home, you will get even more out of your next dance class and will enjoy dance even more! For optimal results, practice first what doesn’t come easy for you so it can one day come naturally.
To give your best effort, always
Respect your teachers, peers and especially your parents:)
Apply corrections in class and when practicing at home….reinforce good habits
An open mind and a great attitude!
Stretch every night when possible
No tapping while teacher is talking..pretty please:)
Dress Code for Jazz Classes
Black leggings and uniform leotard or camisole top. Only matching sports bras should be worn underneath.
Hair pulled securely away from face. Try to stick with ponytails or buns either high or really low. Anything else restricts neck movement during floor work when laying flat on back.
Jazz shoes. We will wear a tan split-sole jazz shoe for recital. For your convenience and in class delivery, order online by visiting EncorePerformanceWear.com or by visiting our store during business hours. We carry a regular stock of most sizes. If we do not have your shoe size currently in stock, it may take up to 7-10 business days to receive. If you have apparel questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress Code for Tap Classes
Black leggings, designated class leotard or camisole with matching sports-bra (if needed).
Ponytail or bun
Tap shoes. We will wear the black Bloch split-sole lace-up shoe for recital. For your convenience and in class delivery, order online by visiting EncorePerformanceWear.com or by visiting our store during business hours. We carry a regular stock of most sizes. If we do not have your shoe size currently in stock, it may take up to 7-10 business days to receive. If you have apparel questions please email: email@example.com
No sitting down in class unless directed to do so
Only water allowed is allowed in dance rooms.
Bags should be stored underneath benches in wait room.
Visit restroom before class please.
Please email me if you know your child is going to be absent for class. Attending class regularly is necessary for your child’s growth as a dancer. In addition, they will be more confident in class and on stage by keeping regular attendance. We will perform a jazz number in this year’s Showcase at the BJCC. Our showcase recital is optional, but I must know as soon as possible if your child is NOT planning on participating. I consider it an honor to teach children and want every student to have the best leaning experience possible. Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns. Additional information can be found on our website: ECdance.com.
Instructor: “Mrs. Dalana”
Office Phone: 205.824.9466
Class Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
All other questions (billing, recitals, costumes, class apparel, etc.): email@example.com