Kennebec Dance Centre, formerly known as Encore Dance Centre, is a dance studio that offers all phases of dance to all ages. Our goal is to promote the art of dance through excellence in education, instruction and performance throughout the Greater Kennebec Valley. The study of dance builds creativity, confidence and discipline. For students interested in improving their skills throughout the school year as well as the summer, we have created a variety of different programs to fit everyone's needs.
Since 1973, founder/artistic director Keltie McCatherin Collins has been creating, teaching, and choreographing for her school. Her training began as a young child, she was the youngest of 5 children and followed in her big sisters' footsteps after she was a student of theirs. Jean McDonald and Carol Martin, Keltie's sisters had their own studios in the Kennebec Valley region, both have moved out of state and return to Maine's coast for the summers.
Keltie continues the tradition of keeping a highly reputable school molding many talented dancers who perform locally and nationally . A plethora of Keltie's students go on to continue their dance education in college as well as professional performing. Former KDC student and teacher, Peter Chamberlin of Augusta, who recieved his BFA in Dance at SUNY Purchase, is now a featured dancer in the world renowned modern dance company, Bill T. Jones. One student, Sarah Johnson of Waterville, who joined us her senior year in high school, recently was seen on Broadway in 42nd Street and was casted as one of 2003's Radio City Rockettes. Former student, Holly Labbe, earned her Bachelor's degree at Colby College, and went on to Ohio to earn her Master's degree and is now teaching, choreographing, and performing modern and contemporary dance in Washington state.
Encore Dance Centre was invited to attend and compete, representing the state of Maine in the National Invitational Dance Festival in Hollywood, CA in 1988. The troupe of dancers returned home with numerous awards and medals.
Now in 2011, still winnig Platinum and Golds, student scholarships and best choreography awards at such prestigious competitions asNew York City Dance Alliance.
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