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THE DANCER

Julie Wilson
Owner, Co-Founder, Dress Broker

I am the creative one! The choreographer, the Professional Dancer, the lover of fashion and fine arts.  I feel extremely fortunate to combine dance, fashion, and working with my Mother as a lifelong career.  “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” (J.M. Barrie) We have such a wonderful time working with ladies of all sizes, ages, and from all walks of life.  We truly have been given a gift that we can help women feel wonderful with just one dress.  We celebrate dance, we celebrate fashion, and we celebrate women.


Sitting down putting my shoes on, I anxiously await for dance class to begin.  I eagerly listen to every word the instructor says.  I practice at home in front of our fireplace that I pretend is a stage and put on special performances for my parents and dog; sometimes using a chair as my partner.  During one performance I misjudged my partner and broke my arm.  The cast itched, but looked much better after I jazzed it up!  The day we are fitted for our show costumes is always the best day ever.  One is so pretty with sequins and a bright yellow color, I wear it every chance I get, for Halloween, school events, shows, you name it.  I love putting on a show for people and telling a story through my dance.  I never get nervous, and never want to leave the stage.  This is my home, this is my life, I am a dancer.

Julie Wilson
Age 3
The Dancer

For Julie Wilson’s complete bio click here.


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THE MOTHER

Brenda Wilson
Co-Founder, Director of Merchandising & Finance

I started my fashion career as a photographic and runway model after graduating from John Robert Powers Modeling Academy and is a past President of their Alumni Association.  I then went on to compete in the Miss. America International beauty pageant.  This gave me the opportunity to be exposed to many different stylists and designers.  I am currently married to my high school sweetheart, Walter, and in a few short years will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  By profession, I am an obstetrical nurse.  I have enjoyed a career spanning over 35 years.  In my free time, I am an avid tennis player, currently co-captaining two USTA 3.5 tennis teams. I also keep busy with managing a tennis flight at the local athletic club where I have been a member for the last 30 years.

Julie is our only child, so we definitely bask in her many successes. When she became involved in ballroom dance, first as a student, then as a Professional, I did all the pricing, style, selection, i.e. merchandising for her.  I was instrumental in coordinating her wardrobe for her while she was teaching and competing in the ballroom world.  I enjoy the opportunity of working with my daughter Julie in our business.  It allows us to spend lots of quality time together and is an exciting whirlwind of feathers, sequins and beautiful dresses.  It gives the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and travel to places we haven’t been before.

I handle the merchandising for the company and welcome any questions or comments!

Julie was born in Washington, D.C and raised in the great state of Virginia! She graduated from Marymount University located in Arlington, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. While in college she was an exchange student at the University of Central Queensland, Australia through the University of Long Island, South Hampton College studying tropical marine ecology on the Great Barrier Reef. Her second exchange program was through Michigan University where she backpacked through six European countries studying art history. Julie was a straight “A” student and member of Beta-Psi/Alpha Phi Sigma and Psi-Chi National Honor Societies. She was an Ambassador for Marymount University and presented a Leadership Award for establishing their collegiate cheerleading program. Her scholastic achievements warranted her the Presidential Academic Fitness Award for outstanding academic achievement signed by President Bill Clinton. She was accepted and attended the Institute for the Arts, studying music, dance, drama, Broadway stage makeup/special effects, and sculpting. Fall 2012, Julie was awarded the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award by Marymount University in recognition of her professional accomplishments and humanitarian contributions. She thanks her friends and family for their support!

For close to two decades she has followed her passion, and love for dance as a Professional Ballroom Instructor in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. She is certified by the World Professional Dance Teachers Association in American Smooth & American Rhythm dance styles. Julie quickly acquired many Top Instructor awards including one at a world event; Overall Most Entries Danced as an Instructor at a major competition (male or female); numerous Top Student Awards; and 1st Place award in sales worldwide. She was a selected Professional to choreograph a swing routine with a selected “non” dancer from the public, to compete in the Washington Auto Shows’ Dancing for Toyota’s. Julie danced with the touring company for Dancing with the Stars.

Currently she is the Owner and Co-Founder of Encore Ballroom Couture, the leading consignment and consignment rental haute couture dress company in the ballroom industry. She considers herself a Dress Broker, turning her clients’ dresses into cash! Julie is also a celebrity stylist, focusing on special events, television appearances, premieres, and award shows. She feels fortunate to work side by side with her Mother who is the Co-Founder and Director of Merchandising & Finance.
Julie is an Invited Member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She looks forward to bringing recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the ONLY institution of its kind in the world. Additionally, Julie is an Invited Member of the National Association of Professional Women.

Fall 2012, Julie was nominated and selected for the 83rd Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. She had a tremendous experience meeting our military service men and women and learning what life is like for them on a daily basis. She heard their insights and concerns, and walked away with a new appreciation of their sacrifice and bravery. Something she took away was that our military is made up of volunteers, and that we are still engaged in military combat every minute of every day. To think there are men and women currently fighting for our freedom, away from their families, and risking their life, for us, is awe-inspiring. Julie has so much respect for her fellow participants, staff, and US Military. She encourages everyone to help out service men and women in your community any way you can. Julie personally advocates for Companions for Heros and Dogs on Deployment. Julie is a financial sponsor of The Wounded Warrior Project. She founded Toppers for Troopers, a hair donation program associated with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center helping service members and their families suffering from hair loose due to injury, illness or treatment.

As Ms. Virginia 2017, Julie looks forward to raise awareness for “Women and Girls in Science” & “STEAM”/STEM Arts.  She is passionate about introducing girls to science and connecting them with phenomenal women scientists who can mentor their scientific exploratory desires.  It has been a pleasure for her to attend STEM events and educating students on Biocouture, the concept of growing material from bacteria.  Julie believes the only way our country will move forward technologically, is by creative STEM minds. For more information on Ms. Virginia 2017, please see: MsVirginia2017.com

Yes it’s true, Julie was also America’s Ms Virginia 2011! She is the first woman in the state of Virginia to accomplish a double win!!! During her time as America’s Ms Virginia 2011, Julie eagerly drew attention towards her national platform of eye cancer awareness. It was after losing a dear friend who experienced no signs or symptoms; she made it her mission to spread the word about this aggressive form of cancer. For more information about prevention and early detection, please visit the Eye Cancer Foundation. Remember to incorporate a complete annual eye exam with dilation into your annual medical exams and always wear your sunglasses–stay cool and cancer free!

Julie is very proud to be on the Board of Directors of Humane Dominion, which is a driving force in the State of Virginia striving for more humane laws for animals. Julie has such a passion for animals that she hosts many fundraising events for local shelters, sponsors pull/adoption fees for shelter animals, and participates with lobbying. She has joined The Humane Society of the United States in lobbying to end fox penning, and importation of shark fins in the State of Virginia. She has signed close to 1,000 petitions in favor of better laws to protect wildlife and companion animals in the US and abroad. Julie has been recognized as a Humane Hero by The Humane Society of The United States and is a proud supporter and contributor to the documentary film “Guarding Dogs.”

Julie is a member/sponsor/advocate of/for the following organizations:
–The Wounded Warrior Project (s)
–Companions for Heros (a)
–Dogs on Deployment (a)
–The Nature Conservatory (m/s)
–The Smithsonian Associates (m/s)
–Women’s Civic League of Baltimore, MD (m)

Julie has always been very athletic! She was a competitive gymnast, tennis player, swimmer, horseback rider, and soccer player. In her free time she is an accomplished pianist of 20 plus years, and an acrobat. Her true passion is her company which she devotes nearly every minute of her day to. “I am completely devoted to all of my ladies and making them feel their best.”