BRITTANY WHITE, Director
Brittany has over twenty years of teaching experience, a diverse dance background, and lived and danced in five countries. Studying with acclaimed dance instructors, she attended Gus Giordano Jazz Chicago and was awarded a dance scholarship from the nationally recognized dance program at the University of Arizona. She directed Ceroc Dance in London, the largest UK partner dance company. Brittany was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, Africa and attended graduate school at Hawaii Pacific University to earn a Masters of Business Administration.
Now settled in San Diego, Brittany started Dance To EvOLvE in 2008, including the unique EvOLvE dance program, a student-directed leadership dance program that develops dancers’ character, life-skills, and creativity through dance. Brittany creates a positive and dynamic class, combined with heartfelt energy, excitement, and a love for teaching. She teaches with a passion, realizing the direct impact dance has made on her character and professional career. Brittany teaches a diverse range of classes including jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, and hip-hop from tiny tots to adults.
Parent's Corner: "Miss B, you are just the best teacher. I feel like I have found Juilliard for my 4-year old. :) I am telling all my friends as EvOLvE is the best program." - Tiny Mover’s Mom at La Jolla Rec Center
LAURA SPICUZZA, EvOLvE Chicago Manager/ Program Mentor/ Teacher
Laura has over 15 years of teaching experience and has studied dance since the age of 3. She danced recreationally until she was 8 years old and then transitioned into competitive dancing where she competed in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and poms. She won many awards for both dance and choreography through her 10 years in the competitive dance world. Afterwards, she went to college at Indiana University where she majored in a Bachelors in Science of Kineseology in Dance and performed in a variety of shows and events. She continued to choreograph for competitive dance groups as well as for performances within the Indiana University program.
After college she found her passion for teaching kids the joys of dance and movement. Laura has taught for multiple studios and children's creative centers in Chicago and the surrounding areas before she moved to San Diego and started working with Dance To EvOLvE. Having loved the philosophies and foundations of Dance To EvOLvE and working and training directly under the Director, Laura brought EvOLvE's work to Chicago. Laura hopes to bring the same passion she has for dance to kids in the Chicago area.
Parent's Corner: "I went for a trial class and Miss Laura was amazing. Excellent! She is the best teacher I have ever seen. She did great with the kids, my girls wanted to take the class again as soon as it ended...they were disappointed to learn they would have to wait a week." - A Mom Of A 3 and 5 Year Old In Chicago's Best Children's Dance Classes
SARAH TEUBER, EvOLvE Teacher
Sarah majored in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. She has trained with many companies and theatre groups throughout the U.S including JiggNation, Framework Dance Chicago, and Impact Dance Team. She has taught at multiple locations throughout Chicago including many children's dance facilities. She is skilled in multiple genres of dance including hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, and many more. Sarah has many years of experience working with young dancers of all ages. She is excited to bring her love of dance to EvOLvE.
Summer Griffin is a dancer, choreographer and teacher from
Chicago. She is a rising senior in the BFA dance program at
Columbia College Chicago. She has trained in a variety of dance
techniques such as ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop,
tap and West African for 7 years. Summer has performed all
across the Chicagoland with After School Matters programs and
the Happiness Club at venues like the Grand Ballroom at Navy
Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Athenaeum Theater and
the Harris Theater. At Columbia, she has trained with multiple
teachers in the amazing faculty at Columbia and has performed
thirteen times on the Dance Center stage. She has been assisting
and coaching for the past three years.
BRIDGET GRISSOM, EvOLvE Teacher
Bridget is a performer and teacher originally from Southern Illinois where she began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in many forms of dance including 8 years of training in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet and holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 9 years of experience teaching dance and gymnastics, as well as, experience as a preschool assistant. In addition to teaching with EvOLvE, Bridget continues her own training in ballet and modern dance and performs with various independent artists and companies in Chicago.
ANELISE TATUM, EvOLvE Teacher
Anelise, a recent graduate from Point Park University (BFA-Dance), is originally from San Antonio, TX. She received her early training from San Antonio Dance Academy, under the direction of Rosemary Tatum. While at San Antonio Dance Academy, she was able to teach a variety of classes including Ballet and Jazz to students ages 3-18 yrs old. Since then, Anelise has come back to teach, lead intensives, and choreograph for the studio. She was the Summer Program Director at the school for a summer, directing five weeks of summer dance camps and two weeks of summer intensives. After high school, Anelise moved to Milwaukee, WI, to train with the Milwaukee Ballet School and 2nd company for a year. She was then accepted to Point Park University and moved to Pittsburgh, PA, to continue her dance studies, concentrating in Modern. While there, she had the opportunity to study under great teachers and perform pieces by some outstanding choreographers. Along with her training and performing, Anelise was able to choreograph her own piece for the Student Choreograph Project and Senior Project shows. All of this experience has lead Anelise to Chicago to pursue her dream of being a dancer and dance teacher. She is thrilled to be in this wonderful city, with the opportunity to teach and continue her studies in dance!
LUCY PIERSON, EvOLvE Teacher
Lucy began her training at International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC, where she developed a strong background in classical ballet. Throughsummer intensives with LINES and Hubbard Street, Lucy found a passion for contemporary and modern-based movement. Looking to further her education in dance, Lucy attended Point Park University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors. While at Point Park, Lucy was fortunate to work with faculty and students in various works both inside and outside of the University setting. In addition to her University education, Lucy has studied at American Dance Festival and worked in professional workshop settings with companies such as Robert Moses’ Kin and Spectrum Dance Theater. Now, Lucy hopes to be a part of modern and contemporary dance projects in the US and abroad, where she would be able to continue exploring her artistry and creativity while giving back to the community.
KATIE STEVAN, EvOLvE Teacher
Katie has been dancing since the age of 3 and has almost 15 years of teaching experience. She started assisting classes at a studio called The Dance Academy in Portage Park, Chicago. She eventually moved up to teaching her own classes and managing the studio. Katie has taught children's classes at Soul2Sole in Highland Park. And she was a captain of Dance Club at the University of Iowa where she taught adult tap classes. She has studied Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Ballet at different studios and in high school and college. She also took an interest in Ballroom Dance in College. Katie loves to teach and she has worked with all age groups from 2 - adult. She is excited to share her passion for dance with the students of Dance to Evolve.
MEGAN LEWIS, EvOLvE Teacher
Megan is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from the Chicagoland area. While working as program manager and studio manager at Joel Hall Dancers & Center she has had the opportunity to teach a variety of ages and genres. Additionally, she has experience working with young students while teaching dance for after school programs at Bryant Recreational Center and Sabin Dual Language Magnet school. Megan majored in Dance with a focus on teaching at Columbia College Chicago with additionally studies in music education and dance at College of Lake County and Carthage College. She is skilled in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern with a strong knowledge of Graham based technique. Above all, the dance education she provides encompasses all types of learners and creates a community between all ages, levels, ability, and aesthetics of dancers. She is excited to fulfill her desire in sharing the the joy of dancing with the young dancers of Chicago!
MOLLIE CRAUN, EvOLvE Teacher
Mollie is a dancer and choreographer from Converse, IN. She grew up dancing at Dancers Edge in Marion, IN where she competed regionally and nationally on this award-winning competition team. After graduating high school in 2012, Mollie went on to study dance at Ball State University where she received a BFA in dance performance. While there, she was a member of Ball State Dance Theatre, a student dance company. She has studied a wide variety of dance styles such as tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and modern. Since graduating college, Mollie has taught and choreographed at her home studio of Dancers Edge, performed at the Chicago Harvest Dance Festival, and become a Pure Barre Instructor at both Pure Barre Chicago Lincoln Square and Evanston. Mollie can’t wait to begin working with the talented children here in Chicago!
DELIA CONSTANTINO, EvOLvE Teacher
Delia grew up in Zanesville, Ohio where she fell in love with dance at a very young age. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans. Highlights of her time in college include performing in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration at the Joyce Theatre in New York City as well as performing in the New Orleans Fringe Festival. After college, Delia returned to Ohio where she freelanced as a dancer and teacher with various modern and jazz companies including MamLuft & Co Dance, Columbus Modern Dance Company, and New Vision Dance Company among others. She relocated to Chicago, IL in September of 2018 and is now a freelance dancer and teacher around Chicago. She is believes that dance can unite us and loves to inspire children on their own personal movement journey.
CAMILA RIVERO, EvOLvE Teacher
Camila graduated as a magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. There, she trained in modern dance but also digged into ballet, West African and Hip Hop. As she discovered improvisation, it became a tool not only for self-actualization but for reinventing movement, expanding the possibilities of the body and understanding the art of composing. As she is always curious to learn about the different approaches to the body & how to verbalize our interaction with it, working with kids constantly reminds her of how simplicity can spark understanding and creativity. Camila is excited to continue this journey as she believes teaching is a mutual dialog between teacher-students.
ANNA ROEMER, EvOLvE Teacher
Anna Roemer is a performer, choreographer and teacher from St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a recent graduate of Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts where she studied musical theater and dance. She has 6 years of teaching experience, working with various age groups in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary. She has also been able to choreograph several musicals, including Grease! and The Sound of Music, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is her first year working with Dance to Evolve Chicago and she is so excited to join the team!