Dance To EvOLvE

Our Friendly Teachers

We take our mission seriously ‘to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles!’ This means great, highly trained teachers.

Hello Parents and Dancers!

Our Friendly Dance Teachers

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!

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 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.

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.” – Tiny Mover’s Mom at La Jolla Rec Center

MEGAN LEWIS

EvOLvE Chicago Manager/ 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!

CHARLI HARRIS

EvOLvE Teacher

Charli, originally from Buffalo Grove, IL, is a performer, choreographer, and teacher with over ten years of highly-trained dance experience. While pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Dance and major in English-Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Charli choreographed solo, group, and full ensemble works. As the Executive Dance Producer of Humorology, Charli found the connection between community and the arts through her position leading the artistic, administrative and philanthropic developments of the organization. She currently performs as a Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company member. Her passion for teaching lies in empowering students to find confidence and agency over their bodies, and she creates space for her students to express themselves in their own authentic way. Charli is so excited to be teaching at Dance to EvOLvE!

ISABEL ALAMIN

EvOLvE Teacher

Isabel is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied theatre, dance, and sociology. She grew up dancing and later teaching at Happy Feet Dance School in Mill Valley, California. Isabel is so excited to now be living and teaching in Chicago!

Kaite Kotila

EvOLvE Teacher

Katie is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher originally from Alexandria, Virginia. She is currently completing her BFA in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in dance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She has trained in a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, and theatre dance. Throughout her training she has attained many ballet scholarships and awards, including scholarships at the Richmond Ballet School. She also trained at the Washington Ballet School, and spent many years attending the Rockette Summer intensive. Katie has over 15 years of training in dance and has been a teacher and assistant for many years. She has had the opportunity to perform at Porchlight Music Theatre, as well as the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Katie is excited to continue performing and teaching in Chicago, and spreading her love for dance!

IZE HEINZEN

EvOLvE Teacher

Isabelle “Ize” Heinzen sees herself first as a dancer, and secondly as a dog mom to her two babies Mercy and Titus. She began dancing at the age of two and it has been a part of her life ever since. Her life through dance has brought her many experiences, such as being a choreographer for three theatre companies working on a total of eight shows (including Guys and Dolls, Godspell, and Singin’ in the Rain), performing on five different stages, and seeing my own works brought to life. Ize simply hopes to inspire and bring joy to people with her future work in the dance community.

VANESSA MAXWELL

EvOLvE Teacher

Vanessa Maxwell started dancing at the age 4 and has experienced many styles over the years. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago where she trained in her favorite styles: ballet, modern and hip hop. She has been teaching dance for over nine years to students aged 18 months old through the age 14 years old in a variety of styles such as creative movement, jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop across the Chicagoland area. She currently directs the hip hop performing group Riff Raff at Studio Impulse in Mount Prospect. Vanessa hopes to bring her students a safe place to explore their technical dance skill and imagination in class.