Raised in a military family, Havilah has lived and danced in many places, but is now thrilled to call Pittsburgh her home.
She had the privilege of dancing professionally with the Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas, under the direction of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., for six seasons. Some of her favorite moments include performing in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Coppelia, his pas de deux End of Time, and in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Theme and Variations. She especially enjoyed dancing her dream role, “Clara”, in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, as well as assuming various character roles like “Paula Deen,” “Sonic Car Hop,” and “Biggest Loser” in performances of Texas Ballet Theater’s annual tradition, The Nutty Nutcracker.
She began her professional ballet training at the Heidelberg Youth Services in Germany. She later trained at the Washington School of Ballet (WSB) and BalletNova Center for Dance, and attended summer intensives at Boston Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in Detroit. As a student at WSB, she had opportunities to perform with the Washington Ballet Company in Septime Weber’s The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As a dance teacher, Havilah challenges her students with encouraging, motivating, and nurturing instruction. She emphasizes correct classical ballet technique as a means to prevent injury and enable students to achieve their full potential. Her goals are to produce students who enjoy dance and equip them to successfully navigate the challenges of ballet and their lives outside of the studio. She desires to give back as much as possible of her professional experience to the next generation of dancers, in order to help them succeed in their chosen vocation. Alongside teaching, Havilah also makes customized dancewear and is refining her piano skills to become a ballet class accompanist.