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 dance 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 dance 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 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
Shaun is a senior at Case Western Reserve studying Marketing and Theater. He has been studying and teaching dance for years in both Cleveland and back in Houston for 12 years now. His dance journey began in theater, performing in shows like Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, and Les Mis. He then began his training at the Houston Performing Arts Company with Jade Whitemire and Terrill Mitchell along with competing at regional and national competitions such as Radix and Starquest, where he placed first. At university he has choregraphed two musicals for the CWRU Footlighters Theater Organization, She Loves Me and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
He has been sharing his passion for dance with students at Dance to Evolve for the past 2 years now. He is incredibly excited to help grow and start new locations to share the beauty of dance and instill them with a love for the art.
Nicole is a Cleveland native and is excited to be teaching in Northeast Ohio. She started dancing when she was 3 at a local dance studio and continued dancing until she graduated high school. She is trained in Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. After graduating, she went to Miami University to pursue her degree in Mathematics and Statistics. While at Miami for four years she danced with the Dance Theatre Company for two of them. After graduating college, she made her way back to Northeast Ohio for her job, and was introduced to Cleveland Dance Project. She has done 4 seasons with CDP and had the opportunity to co-choreograph a piece for the showcase. When she isn’t on the dance floor, Nicole has a full-time job as an Implementation Lead for a Business Intelligence firm here in Cleveland. She loves to cook and shop at local businesses. Nicole is excited to join the Dance to EvOLvE team and sharing her passions with the students.
Erica is a young dance professional reigning from Cleveland, Ohio. Dance began for her at the young age of four, and soon after she knew dance would be in her life for time to come. Her early studies included tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and praise dance. Dance proved to be a true outlet and a way for Jackson to express herself.
Her collegiate years took her to study at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she’d have a plethora of experiences that highly influenced her life. Despite an injury in her first semester of college, she began to grow and expand in dance. Learning from influential professors, traveling abroad, and performing often enhanced her knowledge of what dance truly is in its entirety as a form of art.
Erica returned to Cleveland to give back to her dance community. Teaching is one way she is experiencing dance. She is now especially interested in sharing her art as an expression of her faith. As she continues her development as a life long dancer and teacher, she looks forward to being able to give back to the dance community that gave so much to her.
Mariana started dancing at the age of three in Tapachula, Mexico and in 2013 she moved to New York City to attend the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group nationally and internationally; and has performed soloist and principal roles in Swan Lake, Spring Waters, Suite Saint-Saens, and The Nutcracker. She has worked with many important dance choreographers including Francesca Corkle and Dwight Roden amongst others. Mariana danced with Verb Ballets in the 2017-2018 season. She was the Director of Dance at Fairmount Center for the Arts from 2018 to 2021. She is currently dancing with North Pointe Ballet. She is excited to be sharing her love of dance with the students of EvOLvE!