Our Friendly Dance Teachers
Hello Parents and Dancers!
We take our mission seriously 'to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles!' This means great, highly trained teachers. I hand pick them based on their teaching background, dance experience, charisma, and professionalism. New EvOLvE teachers must also complete teacher training before taking on their own classes and all are required to complete yearly Dance To EvOLvE professional development workshops. This continuous training ensures that our teachers are always growing and improving, which is what I believe sets our company apart. Our teachers also follow the copyrighted EvOLvE curriculum which gives enough flexibility for the teacher to adapt to specific class needs while also utilizing their own teaching strengths. The curriculum also ensures that all classes are learning progressive, age appropriate movement and technique. Although all our teachers follow the same class structure and format, they obviously have different personalities and teaching styles that will suit different dancers. Please read the bios below and feel free to call us to help you find the right class and teacher for your dancer!
We look forward to dancing with you.
Brittany White, EvOLvE Director
BRITTANY WHITE (aka Miss B) 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 in Business Administration.
She has recently relocated to the Cleveland area with her husband after spending 14 years in San Diego, where Brittany started Dance To EvOLvE in 2008. This included the unique Dance To EvOLvE 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." -A Mom Of A 4-Year Old In Our Children's Dance Classes
Laura H., Teacher/ Coordinator
Originally from Pennsylvania, Laura Hankey began her dance training with the New Castle Regional Ballet Company at age 4. There, she performed in their yearly production of The Nutcracker as well as various Spring performances including Snow White, The Secret Garden and Cinderella. She continued her training throughout college when she began working as an instructor for Center Stage Dance Academy. She then moved to Ohio where she began teaching and performing with Cleveland Modern Ballet. Since then she has performed with multiple dance companies such as Ohio Dance Theatre, Verb Ballets, Cleveland Dance Project, and most recently, North Pointe Ballet. Laura has over a decade of teaching experience including a teacher training with The Dancing Wheels Company & School in physically integrated dance. She is excited to bring her passion for dance and education to Dance To EvOLvE!
Parent's Corner: "Miss Laura is GREAT! :) She is so patient with the girls. Just watching them rehearse you realize how much they have learned. Thank you!" -A Mom Of A 5-Year Old Star Shiner
Julia H., Teacher
Julia, a current BFA Dance Performance major at Kent State University is from Rochester, New York and has been dancing since the age of three. She is trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, modern, and contemporary. She has also trained as a teaching assistant for six years at the Elite Studio of Dance in Fairport, New Yok. She is now a member of the Kent Dance Ensemble, the university’s pre-professional dance company. During her tenure at Kent, she has performed in faculty, student, guest artist pieces, and has had the opportunity to perform at Playhouse Square. She has also had the opportunity to participate in Garth Fagan’s Summer Movement Intensive in Rochester, NY and The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive. Julia is so excited to help little ones grow to be beautiful dancers and beautiful people through the classes and mission of Dance To EvOLvE!
Kate J., Teacher
Kate is a native of the Youngstown area, and has been dancing for 30 years and has 17 years of teaching experience. She is trained in many facets of dance including: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Production. Through the years she has attended classes at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway,Tremaine and New York City Dance Alliance workshops
She has competed in competitions around the country, and coached several Competition Teams throughout Northeast Ohio area. Her musical theater background has given her the opportunity to choreograph several musicals, plays, and productions. She was also a member of the Universal Dance Association where she would teach dance camps across the region. Her passion and love for the art is reflective in her teaching style.
Elizabeth B., Teacher
Elizabeth is continually finding the story she is given to express in her dancing. She has developed her skills as a dancing artist through training in Inlet Dance Theater’s ITAP program, dancing for North Pointe Ballet, and being in Benedictine College’s theater department performances where she graduated Magna cum Laude with her bachelors in Theater Arts and Theology. Through her love of theater, Elizabeth loves to build the world of the play (or Ballet) inside each character she portrays in performance or creates in her own choreography for her students. Some of her favorite dance experiences are taking classes at the Kansas City Ballet, being able to share the stage with her sister professionally, and directing an original ballet for her senior project: Olga Nikolevna Romanova.