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!

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. 

SOFIA EFRAIM

EvOLvE Teacher

Sofia  was born & raised in Greece where she started dancing at the age of 10. She started taking classes at Hip Hop, Breakdance & Dancehall  in Greece & that’s where she also got her dance diploma. At the age of 21 Sofia moved to Chicago in order to boost her career! Chicago gave her some challenges but also good chances to continue with her dance trip. She gained another 4 years of improving her main styles but also learning new styles as Afro, Latin, Contemporary & Heels dance. By now Sofia has 2 degrees: 1 in Hospitality industry with a major “Events Management” & 1 as a Dance Instructor-Choreographer. In the meantime, she has travelled in New York, Texas & Las Vegas for professional dance performances & shows for collaboration with some celebrities.

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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!

SAVANNA STEFFENS

EvOLvE Teacher

Savanna Steffens is originally from St. Louis, MO. Before moving to Chicago for college in August of 2018, Savanna trained with Ashleyliane Dance Company’s Junior Training Program. Savanna currently attends Columbia College Chicago for Illustration and Graphic Design. Alongside school, she is an InsideOut Professional Company Member and is the artistic director of an adult contemporary dance company, InsideOut Dance Project.

VALERIE CORTIER

EvOLvE Teacher

Valerie Cortier began dancing in her hometown of South Bend, IN at Flint’s Dance Studio.  Miss Cortier earned a degree in Dance through the Webster University BFA program under Gary Hubler. While at Webster, she performed works by Gary Hubler, Beckah Voigt, Jennifer Medina, and Stacy West.  After graduation, she moved to the Big Apple to pursue her dance career.  She went on to dance with Keiko Fujii Dance Company, Eidolon Ballet, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, and for various independent projects and festivals.  Miss Cortier was a full time faculty member and Head of Summerdance at Ballet Academy East for 15 years and graduated from the PowerPilates Comprehensive Training Program in 2017.  She just relocated to Evanston, IL to be closer to family and is excited to explore new opportunities.

HASAAN ALLEN

EvOLvE Teacher

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Hasaan began learning movement at 8 years old. After growing great interest for dance and the arts, he began training in technique and commercial dance at 14. Hasaan has trained with many industry choreographers, whom he gives credit to for his commercial street jazz style. In 2016, Hasaan relocated to Chicago, IL to seek out more opportunities in the industry, and has been working with many dancers, music artists, and directors for multiple projects. Hasaan considers teaching dance to be his first love, and what makes him the most happy. He plans to continue growing his up and coming repetoir dance company, HADC, and plans to one day open his own talent agency to offer global opportunities to dancers everywhere.