Our Staff

The Havilah Dance Company staff have over 75 years in combined experience in teaching recreational and competitive dance.

Owners

Miss Brooke Hardiman - Studio & Creative Director

Brooke’s love of dance and performing began at a young age. She trained and competed with local studios in the Charlotte area, and is experienced in all styles. While in college, she had the opportunity to begin teaching dance classes with a local studio. Before starting HDC, Brooke was able to bring her training and education full circle when she was accepted to an internship position with the Choose to Invest organization, where she worked on a discipleship program that equips leaders in rural Africa to impact their communities utilizing the arts, sports, science, experiential learning, and relationships. Whenever she has the opportunity, Brooke loves to travel with her husband, Brian, finding inspiration in all corners of the world.

Miss Brittany Vachon - Dance Education & Choreography Director

Brittany began dancing at the age of 2 and worked her way up in the competition and convention world. During her years spent competing, she was awarded many honors; both on regional and national levels. She also received various scholarships allowing her to travel the country taking class from world-renowned teachers. Brittany is a born choreographer, and began creating solos for herself, as well as assisting and choreographing for others, at the young age of 14. Her love of dance and passion for the next generation is, of course, what prompted her and her family’s creation of Havilah Dance Company. When Brittany is not teaching, she cherishes the time she is able to spend with her 1-year old baby boy and husband, Joey!

Miss Gail Dawkins - Office & Account Director

Gail was a competition ‘dance mom’ for 19 years, during which she grew to love the art form and watching her daughters perform. When her 2 daughters, Brooke and Brittany, showed an interest in creating a new studio home for the next generation, she could not have been happier. Gail now owns one third of Havilah Dance Company where she manages the office, accounts, and loves meeting new dance babies! Her years of ‘dance mom’ experience bring a unique and knowledgeable perspective of ‘dance-mom-life’ to the table, and her years in business management and ownership bring priceless wisdom to the operations aspects of HDC.

Instructors

Cameron Corbett - Recreational & Company Instructor

Cameron is a native to the Wilmington NC area, and began dancing when she was 2 years old. Cameron started dancing competitively at the age of five and won numerous dance awards including overall high scores at nationals, and Best Dancer. At a young age she had a strong passion for dance, and when she began high school she started assisting with classes. Shortly following, she began teaching her own classes and from there she knew that teaching dance is what she wanted to do! Cameron now resides in Charlotte NC, where she is a dance education major and a communications minor at UNCC. After graduation she plans to continue performing and teaching! She hopes to teach at a local high school where she plans to start a dance program and dance team. Cameron would like to thank Brooke Hardiman and Brittany Vachon for sharing their students with her, and giving her the opportunity to teach at Havilah Dance Company!

Miranda Crane - Ballet Mistress

Miranda brings over 13 years of experience to HDC. She has trained with Bonita’s School of Ballet (BSOB), Union County Youth Ballet (UCYB), and was a trainee with Ballet Magnificat. Her experience includes performing leading roles with UCYB and BSOB and performing nationally and internationally with Ballet Magnificat. Miranda is from the Charlotte area and enjoys finding small local coffee shops! Her favorite coffee shop is Sospeso Coffee Roasters (in Waxhaw) and she has a dog named Chips!

Danny Jimenez - Hop Hop Instructor

Danny Jimenez is a Dancer and Choreographer residing in the Charlotte area. He has been competing and training in dance from the age of 14 to 18 at Havilah Dance Company and Fuzion Force Entertainment Academy. Since graduation, he now has shifted his focus to doing more professional work and teaching at studios across the Carolinas. You can catch him in the upcoming comedy film “Night School” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish directed by Malcolm Lee!

Rachel Palpant - Ballet Mistress

Rachel has been teaching for over 20 years and has devoted most of her life to the art of ballet. She is known for her compassion and dedication as a teacher along with her ability to bring out the extraordinarily graceful style of each of her students. Her performance repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Carmina Buranato name a few. Rachel has trained in the Vagonava method, Royal Academy of Dance and is also a certified Cecchetti Council of America teacher. In her free time, Rachel loves spending time with her husband and beautiful family of four!

Michelle Pettine - Recreational & Company Instructor

Michelle brings over 20+ years of dance training and experience to our HDC staff. She danced all through her childhood, majored in the dance academy in high school, took classes in college, and eventually started teaching at local studios. She is experienced in tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet but her favorite is TAP! She is married to her loving husband and has 2 children. Michelle likes to spend her spare time with family doing spontaneous activities and enjoying life!

Katelynn Pureza - Recreational & Company Instructor

Katelynn is based in Charlotte, NC. She is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer; Katelynn has been with Havilah since 2015 as a recreational and competitive instructor. She enjoys traveling with the HDC Company on weekends and truly has a passion to connect with her students on a personal level. Katelynn trained for 14 years at Steps N’ Motion Dance Studio under the instruction of Lorrie Cavanagh, Blake McCarn, Brittney Zorn, Vivian Ramsey, and Dr. Mel Tomlinson. There she received special instruction from many of the industries top choreographers and teachers such as Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, Travis Wall, and Katy Spreadbury. In addition to being a dancer and teacher Katelynn also models for many local photographers and boutiques in her free time.

Ariana Schott - Recreational & Company Instructor

Ariana started dance at the age of three. Her senior year of high school, she received a scholarship/internship to broadway dance center to study under various artists including Pam Chancey. She has extensive ballet training with instructors from the Washington ballet/ Abt and The Avery ballet. Her freshmen year of college she joined the nationally ranked Towson University Dance Team where she earned the title of Grand National Champions. From there she went on to join the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders where I was able to perform overseas and tour other countries including Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Italy as well as perform with Kennedy Chesney. Ariana started teaching dance in 2007 and fell in love. Her free time is spent chasing three little boys and enjoying time with family. She loves to travel to the beach and the mountains. Her favorite day of the week is Sunday where we spend our time serving and attending our awesome church and having family time.