All of the staff at DDD are open to communicating with you about your child’s dance education. All of our faculty are specifically trained using the same lessons, well-developed exercises, and year-end outcomes that are expected from our dancers.
If you have not yet had the chance to meet your teacher personally, please introduce yourself. Questions or concerns may be brought to the front desk staff or to Rob or Jillian by phone, email or check in with Rob in the studio office.
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Miss Jillian DuHadway has been the owner of DuHadway Dance Dimensions since 1992. Miss Jillian’s dance training began at the age of three when her mother decided to enroll her in dance to help with shyness. After moving from Cleveland to the U.P. of Michigan, she traveled to Canada several days a week to continue lessons at the Trixie Hardy Studio in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. There she became associated with the British Assoc. of Teachers of Dance. While training with Miss Hardy she earned high marks on her teacher exams in both tap and jazz and was awarded teaching certificates. She also attained honors marks in ballet exams with the B.A.T.D. Jillian was a competitive dancer, earning first place finishes with solos and groups.
Miss Jillian earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University. While at CMU she was introduced to the Cecchetti Method of Ballet by Linda Lee Abbott. She taught dance for Linda Lee for three years while completing her teaching degree. After graduation, she returned and purchased the studio, working closely with Linda Lee to maintain consistency for the 120 students in attendance at that time. While determined to rebuild a studio that had once thrived with over 350 students, she trained to earn her Grade 5 professional teacher certification and maintained membership with the West Michigan Chapter of the Cecchetti Council. She served as Committee Chairperson for a two year term. Each year she trains her students in the tradition of Enrico Cecchetti and sends them for examinations in the method. In addition, Miss Jillian directs the DDD Elite competitive dance team which she founded in 2000. The team consists of members age 7-18. Past teams have earned high awards at both regional and nationals levels. Miss Jillian keeps up her training and stays on the cutting edge of the ever changing dance world by attending workshops regularly.
DuHadway Dance Dimensions was featured in an article in Dance Teacher magazine. Jillian and her husband, Rob, work together closely to maintain their mission of “fun with a purpose”. Jillian enjoys teaching children of all ages and is very proud to instruct her own children, Charlie and Madeline
Mr. Rob, as he is referred to in the studio, has been teaching/coaching children of all ages since high school. An All American High School Swimmer, he served as a lifeguard, swim coach, and swim instructor while swimming pool manager at a Grand Rapids Country Club.
After marrying, Rob and Jillian decided it was best to interrupt Rob’s CMU education to build the studio. He was able to return to CMU completing his degree in 2000. While working to build the studio, Rob also served as the assistant swim coach at Alma College for five seasons, taught swim lessons for the Lucky Duck swim program, and assisted with the Lucky Duck intensive summer camp for swimmers ages ten and up. In addition to the many hats he wears at the studio (He has even taught his own dance classes), he is also a substitute teacher in Alma Public Schools. Mr. Rob serves in our community representing DDD as a board member of Child Advocacy and Pine River Arts Council.
Miss Barb has been dancing since age seven. She studied ballet, modern dance and jazz at Alma College. Miss Barb performed four years as a member of the Alma College Dance Company in student works and set pieces by master choreographers. She has been teaching dance since 1993. She began teaching at DuHadway Dance Dimensions in 1994. Barb graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics and Humanities minors. She is currently teaching fourth grade at Alma Public Schools and has held this position for over 20 years. Miss Barb’s life is enriched as she shares her love and joy of dance with her students.
Instructor/Elite Artistic Team Choreographer
Aubrey Gulick began dancing when she was four years old right here at DDD. She has been teaching her own classes since 2003 and was a dance teacher assistant during middle school and high school. She has always excelled in ballet but also enjoys tap, jazz, and lyrical. Aubrey was a part of the first ever DDD Elite team and has taken classes with Lou Conte and Joel Hall. She has studied with master teachers at Applause Talent, L.A. Dance Magic, Shock, West Coast Dance Explosion, and L.A. Dance Force. Aubrey’s dance training has taken her to Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, and New York. She is constantly striving to expand her dancing horizons. Currently she is studying to obtain her professional Grade V certificate in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. Aubrey was awarded a scholarship to study at Broadway Dance Center in New York while attending Applause Talent Nationals Competition in 2004. Aubrey is excited to be teaching at DDD and continues to share her love and joy of dance with her students.
Instructor/Elite Artistic Team Choreographer
Miss Kalie has been dancing at DDD since she was 4 years old and was a member of the Elite Competitive team starting at age 10. While competing she received many awards and scholarship offers to continue her dance education around the nation. She was a teacher assistant throughout middle/high school and has been teaching her own classes since 2009. She has taken master classes all over the state of Michigan as well as in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her Grade V professional ballet certification in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. Kalie is currently attending Central Michigan University pursuing a Physical Therapy degree and is continuing her own dance as a member of the University Theatre Dance Company. Kalie is excited to continue her education in the dance world and enjoys sharing her passion with all the students at DDD.
Miss Jennifer started dancing and gymnastics at the age of 4 in Muskegon at Cassell Dance & Gymnastic where she danced and competed in gymnastics through high school. While at Cassell she taught dance and gymnastics from 1979 – 1984 and again coached gymnastics for Cassell from 1990 – 1993. Miss Jennifer was also a member of thee Muskegon CC Dance Tour Co. from 1981 – 1984. She coached gymnastics from 1982 – 1984 and again from 1986 – 1993 for Mona Shores Schools. Miss Jennifer worked at Michigan Lakeshore Gymnastics from 1982 – 1984 and again from 1986 – 1990 teaching dance and gymnastics. Miss Jennifer also ran the Youth Gymnastic recreational program at Michigan State University from 1993 – 1998. Miss Jennifer began teaching dance at DuHadway Dance Dimensions in 2008 and added tumbling in 2012.
Miss Brooklyn began her dance training at DuHadway Dance Dimensions when she was three years old. She was a member of the competitive Elite Team and studied Cecchetti ballet. She took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, modern, and musical theater. Brooklyn has been to many conventions including West Cost Dance Explosion and Shock. A highlight of her dance training is when she traveled to Chicago to study with master teacher Joel Hall with her DDD graduating class in the summer of 2010. Miss Brooklyn graduated from Ithaca High School in 2010 and Alma College in 2014. She began her time as an instructor here at DDD during her college years. Since then, she has been using her degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood teaching Kindergarten at Shepherd Elementary
The ballet barre started calling Miss Latisha’s name at a very young age here at DuHadway Dance Dimensions. As she turned through the years, her love of dance grew, broadening her styles to include ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. She also spent time expanding her ballet skills through Cecchetti classes and exams. Miss Latisha joined the teaching staff in 2007 sharing her fun loving personality and challenging her students to fill the music. When Miss Latisha is not teaching dance she is inspiring the minds of the kindergarten students at Shepherd Elementary. No matter where Miss Latisha is, she is passionate about molding the young minds of our littlest humans.
Courtney Nelson began dance in August 1999 here at DuHadway Dance Dimensions. Throughout the years she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip-hop, as well as the Cecchetti method of classical ballet. Miss Courtney was a student assistant throughout high school assisting tap, jazz, and ballet classes. She joined the staff here at DDD in August 2011 where she continues to share her love of dance in tap and jazz. Miss Courtney is currently attending Central Michigan University where she is studying Secondary English Education with a minor in Chemistry.
Instructor/Elite Artistic Team Choreographer
Miss Laura has been dancing at DuHadway Dance Dimensions since she was 2 years old. She progressed through her early training to become a member of the Elite Team for 12 years. She has trained in highland dance at Mid Michigan Highland Dance Academy since the age of 3. Laura completed her Grade V Elementary Cecchetti ballet exam at age 14 and passed the Grade I Teacher’s exam in the summer of 2015. She holds an Associates degree in Highland Dance instruction that she earned at age 15. Throughout her dance career, she has competed at several competitions placing in the overalls at every competition including placing first overall at Nationals during two separate seasons. Her accomplishments in highland dance include 5th overall at the United States Inter Regional Highland Dance Championship. Miss Laura was the first person to place in all 3 categories of Theory, Choreography, and Technique at the North American Sadie Simpson Highland Dance Scholarship competition. She has attended master dance classes at NYCDA, West Coast, Applause, Hall of Fame, and Starquest and studied across the country and abroad attending classes in California, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and London. She currently attends Alma College with a double major in Professional Accounting and Dance. During her freshman year of college (2014-15) she performed as a member of the Alma College Dance Company and Alma College Kiltie Dancers and was inducted into Phi Delta Chi, Alma College Dance Honorary. She loves teaching dance as much as performing and is beyond excited to be a part of the Elite Artistic Team.
Instructor/Elite Artistic Team Choreographer
Charlie DuHadway, son of studio owners Rob and Jillian DuHadway, started dancing at age 3 in his mom’s class. As he grew it became clear that he was going to be a natural dancer and truly loved all styles of dance, especially tap. He started taking multiple classes each week at the age of 7 and even danced with a homeschool boys class with guys that were 11-13 years old. He was a member of the first ever mini-elite team when he was in second grade. Miss Jillian put together a group of 5 dancers to perform Scooby Doo and his competitive career was off and running as they earned 1st place finishes and even found themselves in the Best of the Best at DDD’s first ever nationals appearance.
As his dance career blossomed, he was named Junior Mr. West Coast at the West Coast Dance Explosion regional convention in Detroit Michigan. This honor allowed him FREE convention classes for one season. He took advantage of attending the convention in several cities and throughout high school was awarded scholarships to New York and Chicago workshops as well as a personal invitation to the TAP KIDS workshop on the East Coast. Guest teacher, David Mann, of South Carolina met him at a workshop and asked if he could set a solo on Charlie while visiting Michigan. That solo earned Charlie a first overall finish at Hall of Fame Dance Challenge when he was 16. The owner of Hall of Fame had watched Charlie as he attended competitions over the years and invited Charlie to work for him upon his high school graduation. He recently finished his first season as a part time stage manager for Hall of Fame and is very excited that he has been asked to return to work for Hall of Fame full time next January-July. He teaches classes at DuHadway and will be co-choreographing a few competitive pieces with his mom during the 2015-16 dance season. Charlie has worked for a year at Biggby Coffee in Alma and completed his freshman year of course work at CMU during 2014-15.
Brandi Derby received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University. During her time at Ohio State, she studied ballet with professors from The Julliard School, and the Joffrey ballet. She also studied numerous modern dance styles, under professors from Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, and Mark Morris Dance Companies. She has worked with many professional choreographers including Bebe Miller, Tere O’Connor, John Giffin, Victoria Uris, Nicole Stanton, Susan Hadley and Erica Randell. While attending OSU, she taught student summer workshops at the Wexner Center for Performing Arts, in Columbus Ohio.
Before attending OSU, she performed with Children’s Ballet Theater of Greater Lansing and the Alma College Dance Company (totaling in 7 Nutcracker Ballets). She has taught a variety of dance and movement classes including ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, Pilates and creative movement. She has performed and choreographed for venues in Columbus OH, Austin TX, and Lansing and Ithaca, MI. She is excited to be instructing at Duhadway Dance Dimensions, and has most recently instructed at Jubal Arts Music and Dance, and Mt. Hope Arts Academy. Brandi currently resides in Ithaca, MI with her husband and 3 daughters.
Miss Brooke is a 2015 graduate of Alma High School. She knew at a very young age she had a passion for dance. Brooke began dancing at DuHadway Dance Dimensions at the Ithaca studio at the age of six and began competing on the DDD Elite Competitive Team at the age of seven. She was also a teacher assistant throughout middle school and high school; that is where she realized her love for teaching dance. She studied jazz, tap, musical theatre, ballet and pointe. Her classical ballet training includes achieving Grade V Professional in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet.
Throughout her dance career she attended various master classes under the direction of Stacy Paydo, Thommie Retter, Dedrick Anthony, Dee Caspary, Elizabeth Parkinson, and many more. She also attended countless competitions, workshops, and camps including Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, The Great Lakes Dance Festival, WCDE, Shock the Intensive, and performed at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the Pistons Pregame show. Miss Brooke received scholarships to further her dance education at Shock the Intensive, Inaside Chicago, and Break the Floor Productions. In her senior year of high school she was awarded 1st place overall for her solo and Miss Legacy Runner-Up at the Legacy Dance Competition.
Brooke had the honor of being accepted to the Department of Dance at Western Michigan University. Recently, her focus changed and she returned home to pursue a career in physical therapy. Her love for dance did not fade and she is very excited to return to DDD to share her love and passion for dance with the community.
Miss Jessie has been dancing for 11 years. She trained at Flex Point Performing Arts Center in Farmington Hills Michigan, joining their competitive team when she was in 5th grade. Being a part of their competitive team, Jessie had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Teddy Tedholm, Billy Larson, and Willdabeast. Jessie has trained in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theater, and contemporary. Jessie acted as Flex Point’s studio captain from 2012-2014. With this title she organized studio events, acted as an ambassador for the studio, assisted in the classroom as well as during competition weekends. Jessie still works with her home studio when she returns home and is needed.
Jessie is currently a student attending Central Michigan University and will begin her third year in the fall of 2016. She is majoring in Broadcasting with a double minor in Leadership and Communication. Jessie has continued her dancing career in college by joining Central’s Infusion Dance Team. She currently holds the position of Vice President on her team and will begin taking over as President in the fall. Jessie enjoys choreographing for her dance team and sharing her love for dance wherever she goes! Jessie is very excited to have the opportunity to work with such amazing dancers at DuHadway Dance Dimensions.
Instructor/Elite Artistic Team Choreographer
Rachel Pawson is a 2013 graduate of Alma High School and 2017 graduate of Oakland University, Miss Rachel pursued her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.
During her first semester at Oakland University, Miss Rachel was a member of the Oakland Dance Theatre. Due to her talent and dedication to dance, she was given the rare and prestigious opportunity to be part of the University’s Repertory Dance Company during her second semester, as this is reserved for upperclassmen only.
During her sophomore year, Miss Rachel became a substitute dancer for Eisenhower Dance Company. This experience gave her the opportunity to dance with professionals and immerse herself into the professional world, which led her to formally auditioning for the Eisenhower Dance Company. The summer after her sophomore year, Miss Rachel studied abroad in Berlin, Germany for three weeks dancing at a free lance school.
For her junior year, Miss Rachel was asked to become an apprentice with the company for the next season, which “was a dream come true!”. She toured all over the United States performing as a professional dancer, while receiving college credits towards her degree.
During her senior year, Miss Rachel continued dancing with the company and this summer (June and July 2017) she had the opportunity to tour overseas in Israel and Poland. Miss Rachel and the company performed at the Tel Aviv Opera House in Israel giving 5 performances in 7 days. While in Poland, they performed 3 evening outdoor performances.
As modest as Miss Rachel is, it must be known that in the Spring of 2017 she was recognized by Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance with the 2017 MaTilDa Award for Outstanding Dance Performance.