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 from age 3 to 18, and is experienced in all styles. She has been teaching for 15 years and is passionate about body alignment, strength and flexibility training, technique and acrobatics. She is a certified E-RYT yoga instructor as well as a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. She has her MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University with a focus on work with Adolescents.

    Before opening HDC, Brooke was able to bring her training and education full circle when she was accepted for 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 daughter and 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 competing, she was awarded many honors, both on regional and national levels. She also received various scholarships allowing her to travel the country taking classes 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 two children, and her 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.



    Michelle Pettine

    Recreational Program Manager & Director of Tap (ages 12 & under)

    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!


    James Schuller

    Directory of Tap (ages 13 & up) & Company Instructor

    James is a Business and Finance major at the University of South Carolina who has had a passion for dance his whole life. He started dancing and performing all disciplines of dance with Dance Productions in North Carolina where he studied tap under Sabrina Perrell at the age of 11. He has been the Assistant Director and Director of Tap for Columbia City Jazz under Dale Lam for the past 7 years, where he has worked with many world renowned choreographers such as Anthony Morigerato, Mike Minery, and Travis Wall.


    Sydney Buchanan

    Ballet Mistress & Recreational and Company Instructor

    Sydney has been dancing since the age of five. Ever since she was younger she knew that this was the career path she wanted to take. After graduating high school, she attended East Carolina University to continue her studies in dance. She has studied under various professional artists while being in university. She graduated in May of 2020 with a Bachelor's degree in Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography. She is so excited to be apart the HDC team!


    Asyia Cutts

    Company & Recreational Instructor

    Asyia Cutts is a Charlotte native. She has been dancing for 20 years and teaching dance for 6 years. She began her competition dance training at Dance Productions and finished her training at Havilah Dance Company. She continued her dance education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, obtaining her BFA Degree in choreography and performance. Along her journey she has trained with and performed works with Janet Lily, Duane Cyrus, Clarice Young, and many more. Currently Asyia is an instructor at Havilah Dance Company.


    Jenn Jones

    Director of Ballet

    A lifelong student and performer, Jenn Jones began her classical ballet training at age 2 in Marietta, Georgia taught by Melanie Forsburg (NYCB) later moving to Daytona Beach, FL where she was taught by Barbara Higgins (Watson), who founded Southern Ballet Theatre, now Orlando Ballet, and the Ormond School of Ballet under the direction of Jane Bradshaw.

    Ms. Jones attended the dance program at Columbia College Chicago before returning to FL and earning a BA in General Studies with a concentration in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Jenn is currently finishing her MA in Dance Education and a Post-Baccalaureate Masters Certificate Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

    20 years of professional experience has included: the TOC project, a contemporary ballet company in Miami directed by the former Twyla Tharp company member, Laura Tinari, Miami Contemporary, BellaDanza, an electric modern dance company in Tampa directed by Maria Capitano - Pardo, Karen Pederson, and Dancers, utilizing both abled and disabled bodies, Busch Gardens Tampa, and South Council Dance Project, among others.

    Ms. Jones works as a freelance choreographer setting original works on dancers of all ages and abilities. Over the years, she has taught in schools including Tampa Prep, a prestigious private school for grades 6-12, and the Academy of Holy Names, an all girls Catholic School in Tampa, FL. Dance studios have included Charlotte Ballet Academy and the Patel Academy at the Starz Performing Arts Center in Tampa. Jenn is currently the director of ballet at Havilah Dance Company.

    Euijin Song

    Company Ballet Instructor

    For over twenty years, Eujiin has taught students of all ages and levels, both in Korea and the United States. She has studied at Ewha Womans University, which proudly holds the richest history of dance in South Korea. During her studies, she was able to enrich her undergraduate education by teaching ballet class. She also actively maintained her dance education training at the Royal Academy of Dance. Over the years, Eujin was able to develop comprehensive techniques in order to apply hands-on instruction to her students.

    Ms. Song has a love for teaching, but is passionate about performance and artist collaboration as well. She has numerous performance experiences including, but not limited to; classical ballet (Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and so on) but also contemporary modern dance (Triple Bill, Work in Progress) at Ewha Womans University, Korean National Ballet Theater, and the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company. Ms. Song is currently a ballet instructor at Havilah Dance Company.


    Nicole McKnight

    Recreational Dance Instructor

    Nicole McKnight originally from Indianapolis, Indiana was a cheerleader and dancer throughout her life. She was a member of the Redstepper Dance Team while attending Indiana University, and graduated in 2012. During her time at IU, she performed at all home football games, danced at select Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears games, and also performed at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012! She completed a graduate program at Butler University in Indianapolis while she started her career as an elementary teacher. Nicole continued to take dance classes and taught recreational classes while also teaching elementary school in Indiana and Wisconsin until 2021, when she moved to Charlotte. Nicole is so excited to be back in the dance world doing what she loves most: dancing and teaching! She lives in Ballantyne with her husband, Garrett and young daughter Harper.