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 & Owner
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.
Settled in San Diego since 2006, Brittany started Dance To EvOLvE in 2008, including 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
DEFINIQUE H., Lead Teacher & Site Supervisor
Definique has been teaching and instructing students since 1995, and is very passionate about each and every one of her dancers. She began dancing and tumbling at the age of three and is well versed in dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical, modern, as well as a vocal and acting coach. As a professional performer, she has worked at numerous theatres in San Diego, Orange County, Arizona and New York and performed in numerous musicals, with some favorite roles including Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors, Lorraine in 42nd St., and Vibrata in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She has had the good fortune of working with Don and Bonnie Ward (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Jack Tygett (USIU – where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre in 1992). Some noted teachers and choreographers she has worked with include Debbie Allen, Gregory Hines, Eddie Brown, Sandman Sims, Javier Velasco, Kenny Ortega, Kenneth Green, Jean Isaacs, Frank Hatchett and Pam Thompson. Her teaching experience includes several dance studios in San Diego as well as Orange County and Arizona. She was the Curriculum Expert in Theatre and Dance at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Eastlake for 680 students as well as Lakeside Farms Elementary. Choreographic credits include Footloose and Babe the Sheep Pig for San Diego Junior Theatre as well as many other projects and musicals in San Diego. Definique had the privilege of running her own programs in 2005-2008 & 2011-2014 and is now excited to work with Dance To EvOLvE. She has worked with students ranging from 3-80!
ANDREA F., Teacher
Andrea is from Greenville, South Carolina. She has a BA in Dance Performance and a BA in Music from
Winthrop University. She also attended one year at California State University East Bay. Starting at age 6, Andrea began studying tap, ballet,and jazz. In high school, she added lyrical, and in college added modern to her repertoire. Andrea has taught dance in privately owned studios in South Carolina for 6 years. She also taught in an outreach program hosted by the South Carolina Ballet Association for 3 years. In addition to dancing, Andrea can also sing, play the piano, and act. She is so excited to be in San Diego and working with Dance To EvOLvE!
Parent's Corner: "We just finished class & Ms. Andrea was amazing! We loved it! My daughter asked to do it again as soon as she came out of class. Seriously, Ms. Andrea was the best Dance teacher we've ever seen for this age group. The kids were engaged, having fun, learning, participating the whole time. She's a gem. She was like a character out of a nickelodeon show...the kids saw her as someone they could relate to, yet she commanded respect and she had a very well structured class. We can't wait until next week!" - Mom at 4S Ranch Kid Ventures
SHIRLEY T., Teacher
Shirley Tejidor was born in Caloocan City, Philippines and raised in San Diego, CA. She has previously trained in hip hop and tap, and has been involved in several programs for musical theater. She attended college at the University of California, Irvine where she has been involved in programs for Child Development. She strongly believes in the benefits of dance and how it empowers and strengthens character in today’s youth. Shirley has been training with Dance to EvOLvE since 2015 as a teacher’s assistant where she has been able to develop her teaching skills and seamlessly combine her passion for dance and working with children. She brings a genuine sweetness and energy to her classes that enables her students to connect with her.
Parent's Corner: "Ms. Shirley - Thank you for teaching our daughter so well! She falls in love with dance and always tries to create her own movements! We noticed her improvements in many aspects. We are so proud of her for her first recital. We know without your patience and love, she will not achieve this so soon. We want to give you millions of thanks for teaching her. She is so lucky to have a dance teacher like you!" - Pre-Star Shiner Mom At Nobel Rec Center
Caree S., Teacher
Caree Smail was born and raised in a small town in Southeast Texas where she started dancing at the age of 1. Growing up, she traveled with a hand selected competitive dance team and was able to train with some of the countries most respected choreographers. While competing, Caree won several overall awards and had the opportunity to perform at a variety of different venues including the Dallas Cowboy’s football field during several halftime shows. At just 17, Caree successfully produced her own competitive team of 5 year old dancers. While traveling through Texas and Louisiana, Caree’s team won numerous awards including “Best Choreography” & “Best Overall Performance”. After graduating high school Caree left Texas & stared her career as a professional dance instructor on the East Coast. For the next 7 years she continued producing award winning dance teams, eventually moving to San Diego, where she presently resides. Now, Caree continues her passion of teaching by instructing children of all ages in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern/contemporary and tumbling. In addition, she teaches wedding couples their 1st dance, ballroom dance and holds a membership with Yoga Alliance allowing her to lead yoga practices. Caree’s biggest ambition is to have a positive and memorable impact on the world by using the art of movement.
Parent's Corner: "We just want to say Ms. Caree is awesome and we love dance class with her, my daughter enjoys her very much.” - Mom With A Under 2-year old in YOU&me
"Thanks for a terrific dance class today with Ms. Caree. My daughter loved her first class. It is the perfect amount of structure, redirection, enthusiasm, and dancing." - New Family At Tierrsanta Location
Kirsti was introduced to dance at the age of 5 and fell in love with it almost immediately. She grew up training in jazz and ballet and eventually lyrical, tap, and hip hop. Kirsti trained and competed with Dance Unlimited in Oceanside, CA for 8 years, and started assisting with classes when she was 18. In college she continued training and received her A.A. Degrees in Dance and Kinesiology from Mira Costa College. While there she was able to attend the American College Dance Festival and attend class from dance professors from across the country. Kirsti has since found a love in hip hop and jazz funk and is a former member of Culture Shock San Diego and current member and Admin Director for < ThaMost. You can also catch her performing in CSSD'S Hip Hop production of The Nutcracker. She is excited to be a part of the Dance to EvOLvE family and be able to share her love and passion for dance with kids of all ages!
Stephanie began dancing at a recreation center in Manhattan, Kansas at the age of three. First passionate about tap, Stephanie soon added jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop to her repertory. Primarily focusing on ballet and modern, Stephanie has trained with the Joffrey School of Ballet, State Street Ballet, The PGK Dance Project, Malashock, and Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater. Stephanie recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Dance and a minor in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She currently trains with San Diego Dance Theater and works as a child-care provider with a loving family. Stephanie started as an assistant teacher and is now as a teacher, she is excited to share her passion of dance with children while fostering their developmental growth with Dance To EvOLvE!
Robert has lived in sunny San Diego for over a decade and in this time he has pursued multiple passions including dance, acting, and going to school for Psychology. He plans to continue his Master’s degree in the Science of Psychology and wants combine the world of dance and psychology to create and open a therapeutic dance company. Robert is a hardworking and dedicated person who has worked, danced, and/or choreographed at multiple venues throughout San Diego and has performed at multiple events including Monster Bash in Downtown San Diego, Gay Pride San Diego, The House of Blues in Downtown, The Del Mar Fair, and other popular venues. Robert has also taught choreography for all ages starting from pre-school to adults. During his free time, he likes to be in nature, travel, sight see, and enjoy good company with great friends and family. He is very excited to bring his clean and fun hip hop vibe to Dance To EvOLvE.
Emily started dancing when she was five years old in Doylestown, Pennsylvania! She loved all types of dance. Emily trained at Budzynskis Studios of Ballet until she was 17. She felt a strong desire to move and share with people her love for dance, so she went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for her senior year of high school and then continued there for three years of college. At UNCSA she studied ballet, modern and composition. She received her BFA in Dance and Pedagogy from UNCSA in May of 2016. Emily moved to San Diego in 2016 to start her professional dance career with San Diego Ballet. The main reason she loves to teach and share dance to children is to see their love and happiness shine through movement! She is elated to be a teacher with Dance to EvOLvE.
Allison C., Teacher
Allison began dancing at 3 years old at her local dance studio in Los Angeles. Growing up, she trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip-hop on a competitive dance team. Her performance credits include dancing on “What Not to Wear” on TLC, in the LA Clippers halftime shows, and in numerous musicals. In addition to training and performing, she taught dance classes at her childhood dance studio and at multiple Boys and Girls Clubs in the Los Angeles area. She is currently a student at UC San Diego where she is majoring in Environmental Engineering and conducting research in renewable energy. She continues her passion for dance by choreographing and dancing for Finesse Dance Company, a contemporary dance company on campus. She is excited to continue sharing her knowledge and love of dance with the dancers at Dance To EvOLvE!
Parent's Corner: "Good Morning, This is Ava's mom, She had been with Dance EvOLvE from the last two sessions. I love the way she is transitioning and I completely owe it to the teachers at Scripps Ranch, Miss Allison and Miss Citra. They are simply awesome. I love their patience, the poise and everything about them!! They Simply Rock!! Thanks,Sonia (ava's Mom) 😊 ❤"
Joanna S., Teacher
Joanna, a native New Yorker, has been dancing since the age of 4. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and modern, and competed throughout the northeast until attending college at St. John's University. She continued to dance with the Alpha Psi Omega Dance Concert, which is when she also began to choreograph and teach. She danced with St. John's until she completed law school. Upon graduating and earning her law license in New York, she began dancing with DanceWorks New York City, the city's largest performance based company. She is excited to now be living in sunny San Diego and to teach with Dance To EvOLvE so she can continue to share her love of dance with a new generation.
Sierra P., Teacher
Sierra has been dancing for 16 years, and is trained in tap, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, breakdancing, and cheerleading. She began teaching at age 11 and decided to make that her career path. She is currently a student at San Diego State University, and is pursuing a Kinesiology major with a minor in Dance and Spanish. Sierra is excited to teach with Dance To EvOLvE as she shares their mission statement of not only wanting to build great dancers, but more importantly, helping to create great people.