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 4-5 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 and earned teaching certificates in both tap and jazz. She also attained honors marks in ballet exams with the B.A.T.D. Jillian was a competitive dancer, earning first place finishes with her competition team as a student.
Miss Jillian holds 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 Cecchetti Elementary 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 ballet 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 national levels. One of the concentrations of the DDD Elite team is community service. Miss Jillian, her students, staff and parents seek out community performances, service projects and more throughout each year.
Miss Jillian returned to the performance stage in 2017 when she became a member of Tap 24.7 professional tap company based out of Phoenix Arizona. Under the direction of Suzy Hall, Jillian has performed in Unlocking the Tapestry in 2017/Phoenix, Big Apple Tap Fest/New York City in August 2017, Tapspeak/Phoenix in May 2018, Motor City Tap Fest/Detroit in August of 2018 and Tapspeak in the D in November 2018. She loves performing and knows it has made her an even better teacher. The added bonus is that she is a member of the company with her son Charlie. Miss Jillian keeps up her training and stays on the cutting edge of the ever changing dance world by attending workshops in all dance styles regularly, studying online and reading educational materials daily.
In addition to her role as Artistic Director of DDD, Miss Jillian was invited to judge for several dance competitions in 2017. She is a member of the judging staff of Spotlight Dance Cup and AMP dance competitions. She utilizes her years of experience and knowledge to assist dancers across the country during April and May and is looking forward to her second season as a judge.
Miss Jillian considers one of her biggest accomplishments to be her staff at DDD. 10 of the staff members at DDD are “home grown” and grew up under her teaching. She also has a teacher assistant training program for her younger dancers to help groom them for jobs later in life.
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 have instructed her own children. Charlie is a DDD staff member and professional dancer/choreographer. Her daughter Maddy is a dance/psychology major at GVSU in Grand Rapids Michigan.
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.
Miss Barb has been teaching dance since 1993, and began teaching at DuHadway Dance Dimensions in 1994. Miss Barb’s life is enriched as she shares her love and joy of dance with her students.
Miss 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 30 years.
In her free time, Miss Barb enjoys traveling and visiting State Parks with her husband, spending time at their cottage up north, and visiting Miss Laura to watch her dance.
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 has taken master classes all over the state of Michigan as well as in Chicago, Illinois.
During her time as a dancer at DDD, Miss Kalie completed her Grade V professional ballet certification in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. After graduation, Miss Kalie attended CMU and continued her dance training as a member of the University Theatre Dance Company.
Miss Kalie was also a teacher assistant throughout middle/high school and has been teaching her own classes since 2009. As of recently, Miss Kalie has spent most of her studio time solely working with the DDD Elite artistic team and as a choreographer.
Miss Kalie graduated from Central Michigan University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2018. Currently, she is working as a physical therapist full time in Lansing at Arch Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.
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.
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. She holds an Associates degree in Highland Dance instruction that she earned at age 15.
Miss Laura completed her student Grade V Elementary Cecchetti ballet exam at age 14 and has also passed her teacher Grades I through IV exams from the summer of 2015-2018.
Throughout her dance career, Miss Laura 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.
Miss Laura attended Alma College with a double major in Professional Accounting and Dance and graduated Magna Cum Laude in April of 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts. During her years of college (2014-18) 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 also was chosen to perform and compete in the American College Dance Association East-Cental Conference from 2016-2018.
After college, Laura moved to Farmington Hills, MI working as an accountant and teaching dance. She got the opportunity to perform in Suzy Guarino-Hall’s Tap Speak and got a scholarship to attend the Detroit Tap Repertory Winter Residencies with Karen Callaway Williams and Robin Passmore. Following the residencies she joined the Detroit Tap Repertory and is excited to continue performing and taking classes.
Miss Laura loves teaching dance as much as performing and is beyond excited to continue to be a part of the DDD 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 Ohio State University. She studied a variety of modern dance and ballet styles, with professors from Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris and Joffrey Ballet, and worked with numerous professional choreographers including Bebe Miller, Tere O’Connor, Victoria Uris, John Giffen, Nicole Stanton, Erica Randall and Susan Hadley.
Her style is an eclectic combination of Modern Technique, with classical Ballet and Jazz foundation. While attending Ohio State she also studied choreography, African dance, pilates, yoga, hip hop, dance in the community and dance education as an integral part of her training.
Before attending OSU, she danced 4 years with Lansing Ballet Theater and 3 years, during high school, with Alma College Dance Company (including 7 Nutcracker Ballets). Since college, she has taught a variety of dance styles, on staff at a variety of venues, including Jubal Arts Music and Dance, and Mt. Hope Arts Academy. She has led multiple dance workshops at Ohio State University and in Ithaca, MI. She has also performed and choreographed in Columbus OH, Austin TX, Lansing and Ithaca, MI.
Brandi currently resides in Ithaca, MI and is teaching in her 4th season with DuHadway Dance. She is thankful to be teaching locally, with the talented dancers and staff at DuHadway. She and her husband have 5 children, including 3 young DuHadway dancers.
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.
Instructor/Elite Artistic Team Choreographer
Rachel Pawson, in her second year as an Elite team instructor and choreographer, 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.
Miss Alissa has been a gymnast and dancer for twenty-five years, and has been teaching for ten years. She attended Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch and trained at Bay Valley Academy in Bay City with instructor Theresa Baker. Currently, Miss Alissa lives in Saginaw, teaches gymnastics in Bay City and here at DDD. She also travels the country as a sales representative for Tumbl Trak.
Miss Alissa loves working with children and relishes the moment when they make connections and overcome personal obstacles. Her favorite holiday is recital and is looking forward to watching her students perform this spring.
Sara began dancing at Linda Lee Dance when she was 3 years old and continued with Jillian as it became DuHadway. She started competing on the Dimensions team in 6th grade and was a part of the first ever Elite team. Sara continued to dance into college. She graduated from CMU with a degree in Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education. She currently teaches special education at Luce Road in Alma. Sara is excited to be renewing her love for dance and continuous love for children at DDD.