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.