This program is specifically designed to prepare our high school concert dancers for a collegiate or professional dance setting. The Encore company introduces pre-professional dancers to the expectations of a concert dance company. Encore dancers will have the opportunity to work with guest choreographers and perform alongside a professional, local dance company as part of their end-of-year showcase. They will also participate in local youth dance festivals throughout the year to strengthen their artistry and build connections within the dance community. These dancers will have the opportunity to dance alongside concert professionals in the Chicagoland area. These dancers will perform 3-4 dances in the season, in both full length and shorter lengths. A guest choreographer will choreograph at least one dance. Encore company dancers will also take on Leadership Roles for the Retirement Home Tour.