Jazz, Lyrical, Jumps & Turns
Holly Derville-Teer has taught dance in the greater Portland area since 1997 where she owned a successful dance studio for eleven years, earning the Best Studio Award from Thunderstruck Dance Competition. She sold her studio to focus on being a mom but continued teaching at several studios for the next seven years.
In 2016, she was hit with an overwhelming feeling that it was time to put her director's shoes back on. With zero students and a lot of prayers, she signed a lease, bought supplies, gave out fliers at the Hillsboro Fourth of July Parade and opened Hillsboro Dance Center! From the end of the first year to the end of the second year the studio almost tripled in size and she has loved being a part of it. She loves the staff and the amazing families at HDC.
Miss Holly has written 30 articles as a freelance writer for "Dance Studio Life Magazine" and was a speaker at the Dance Life Teacher Conference in 2015 where she gave presentations on Teacher Training and Teaching Methods for Dance Classes.
Before beginning her teaching career, she lived in New York City and later danced professionally with several production companies. She was also awarded a Lifetime Scholarship to Steps on Broadway in NYC. In addition, she has a B.A. in Education and English and her daughter was on the 2018 television show, "So You Think You Can Dance."
Miss Holly focuses on building confidence by encouraging her dancers to truly express themselves through movement. She designs enjoyable classes by coming up with methods of teaching technique that are designed to be fun but effective. Many of her methods have been featured in “Dance Life Magazine.” In addition, she purposefully creates opportunities for dancers to support each other in class, creating a loving and positive environment for her students. She is committed to age appropriate, family friendly, up to the minute music. She designs her classes to act as a conduit for personal growth and strives to help every student reach their potential. Above all, she hopes each student will feel cared for and supported in her class. "My favorite thing about HDC is working with such an amazing team of teachers and getting to know such wonderful families."
Kina Amarasinghe has been studying ballet seriously for ten years. Miss Kina is also studying at PCC to be a naturopath. She loves to share her passion for ballet with others and hopes to help them discover their passion for dance as well. Kina started the Pointe Program at HDC. Her favorite thing about Hillsboro Dance Center is "the warm and welcoming atmosphere at HDC from students and teachers alike. I especially love My favorite part about working at HDC is witnessing dancers discover their passion for dance!"
Hip Hop, Contemporary
Tay Baker, is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and arts advocate. Originally from Seattle, she graduated in 2017 with her BA in Dance from Pacific University. After graduating she went on to freelance perform as well as teach and choreograph at various dance studios in the Portland-area, working with kids ranging from ages 3-18 in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, improv, and student choreography. She has presented her work at Pacific University, the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Northwest conference, Polaris Dance Theatre, and at various dance competitions in the state of Oregon and Washington. Taylor is especially passionate about mentoring and sharing her love of movement with others, and finds joy in helping guide young artists who want to pursue dance as a career and help them find discover their own creative voices.
She also discovered a love and passion for the creative process, contemporary dance, and improvisation during her time as a student and uses this knowledge to instill a deep love and appreciation for dance in young dancers. "I am so excited to be welcomed into the HDC family/community because it gives me the opportunity to share my love of movement and dance with young artists and humans. By providing a safe space for students to explore their own creative voices, my hope as a dance teacher is to inspire confidence, creativity, passion, and gratitude in the next generation of dancers starting their own journey with this beautiful art."
Tumbling/Acro age 4-7
Joelynn has spent her life working with young children. In addition to teaching children’s tumbling in the Hillsboro area, she taught at Young Learners from 2005 until 2017 where she worked her way up from assistant to lead teacher in the 5 day pre- K program. She also has training in working with children with Autism and other learning differences. She received her training and certification through USA Gymnastics University.
Joelynn loves working with children and believes in positive reinforcement and plenty of praise. "Watching a child master a skill, whether it be writing their name for the first time or finally landing on their feet in a backward roll and knowing you helped them achieve that is the best feeling in the world. With love and a lot of patience, kids can accomplish amazing things!"
Advanced Hip Hop
Uly Gonzalez received his dance training in Southern California and in Salt Lake City, Utah. He danced for both his high school and college dance companies and then became a 5-year member of UnderGround Dance Company in Salt Lake under the direction of Andrea and Robert Kuhn. This is where he trained in whacking, house, and locking.
In the fall of 2014, he had the opportunity to dance under the direction of Pharise and Phoenix Jenkins with "Academy Of Villains the LA Chapter," an 80 member hip hop company.
Since then, Uly has taught collegiate dance teams, studio competition teams, and more. He currently dances with The Rip City Crew, the Portland Trail Blazers all-male dance team. He is really looking forward to a great season. He is excited to work with the HDC dancers.
Adv Teen Ballet, Ballet Level 2/3, Pointe
Kristi Hill grew up in Helena, Montana where she began dancing ballet and jazz at the age of seven. She received several scholarships for summer study with SallyAnn Mulcahy, Gelsy Kirkland, Ariana Lallone, Otto Neubert, and the Ballet West staff. After graduating from high school she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. At BYU she was on a dance scholarship for 4 and half years. Kristi also received a half tuition academic scholarship for a year. While at BYU she danced with Theatre Ballet Company under the direction of Jennie Creer-King and Jan Dijkwel. She performed many lead roles in productions, such as the “Fairy Princess” in Goldilocks Adventure, the “Snow Queen” in the ballet The Snow Queen and other solos with numerous choreographers. While on Theatre Ballet she toured to Colorado, New Mexico, Northern and Southern California, Washington and Oregon. Kristi graduated from BYU with a BA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet. Her professional dancing experience include; Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the Queen and a Swan in Swan Lake, Arabian, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and The Queen in The Life in the Labrynth.
Kristi has been teaching ballet for over 16 years all over Utah County. She became the Ballet Director at Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy in Salem, Utah for 11 years where she choreographed and restaged ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Bayadere, and Paquita. She hired and trained ballet teachers, wrote a ballet syllabus for technique class and pointe class, and helped with level placement for over 200 students. Kristi has been a guest teacher and choreographer at BYU Ballet Camps, Hot Shot Dance Studio and Queen City Ballet in Montana.
Kristi loves to encourage dancers to meet their full potential. She believes that with hard work, anything can be achieved. Kristi believes that mastering the basic is what makes a strong dancer. Kristi strives to assist her students in finding a love for ballet by making it fun and giving each student opportunities to progress. Kristi moved to Hillsboro last summer with her husband and 3 children. Kristi has heard such wonderful things about Hillsboro Dance Center and she is excited to join the faculty this fall.
While performing is something that Sarah loves, teaching dance may take the cake. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and loves helping students learn and progress in dance and voice. Sarah has been trained in multiple genres including tap, ballroom, musical theatre, ballet, jazz, and clogging. Attending college on a dance scholarship, Sarah performed with the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company. This is where she met her husband and competed with him in national dance competitions (NDCA). While a member of Voce Company, a musical theatre performing group, she was also asked to do their choreography. Sarah is an accomplished tap dancer and has performed at many venues including Disneyland, state and county fairs and multiple community events. She can be found tapping in her kitchen with her two little princesses. "I am excited to be teaching at HDC because of the positive environment where every dancer is valued and encouraged to be the best they can be!"
Office Staff, Class Assistant
Mary has been dancing since she was five years old, and is trained in several styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. She is also a member of the pre-professional performing company Dance West. She loves working with little kids and helping them get comfortable with the new environment at HDC. Her favorite thing about Hillsboro Dance Center is that it is a great environment full of kind people. Mary has worked behind the scenes at most of HDC's events including every recital and the Fourth of July parade. She also assisted and performed with HDC's Saturday classes last year. "I am so excited to be able to work with our dancers and help them grow their passion for movement along with making their experience at Hillsboro Dance Center the best it can be."
Ballet, Pointe, Shining Stars
Sarah Jurica has had years of intense ballet training and has been a part of two pre-professional dance companies. She attended summer ballet intensives for several years at many locations including UNCSA and Walnut Hill where she received training to build knowledge about all aspects of the craft in addition to taking daily classes in dance and strength training. Outside of ballet, she is also accomplished in jazz, modern, lyrical, and tap. Sarah began teaching at HDC in December of 2016 . She is so happy to be a part of HDC, where she can work with kids and help them become confident in themselves. Sarah believes dance should be fun and accessible to all. "My favorite part about HDC is the inclusive and supportive environment it provides for its students."
Kelly Martorana has been teaching tap to all ages and levels for the past thirty years. She doesn’t believe one teaching style works for every child and strives to adjust her style to fit the needs of every dancer in her class. She first fell in love with tap growing up in her Mom’s dance studio in Des Moines, Washington. She is constantly taking classes to stay current and recently completed Karida Griffith’s 12-week Tap Teacher Training.Over the years, she has taught at several studios in the Pacific Northwest. She joined Hillsboro Dance Center’s teaching staff in 2019.
Acro age 8+
Megan has been dedicated to her love of performing, creating, and learning since the age of five. Since then, her love of dance has continued to grow. Megan was a part of the Sherwood Arrows competitive dance team and went on to dance in college where she co-led a hip-hop club and was a part of the Portland Dance Company.
Megan began teaching contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop at the young age of 16 and never looked back. Megan continues her dance training by taking classes in Portland. She is certified to teach Acro through Acrobatic Arts which is an organization that trains acro teachers all over the world. She attained her certification so that she can help acro dancers train safely and become proficient in the art form.
Megan’s favorite thing about teaching is witnessing the moment students find their own love of dance as she passes along the knowledge she has learned herself, she is so excited to join the Hillsboro Dance Center community!
Ballet, Boys Production, Shining Stars
Tenley started her dance training at Ballet Idaho as a child. By the time she was 14 yr old, she started teaching dance and baton twirling and dancing competitively in jazz and lyrical. Her love for teaching younger children grew as she studied Dance Education at BYU. Since college, Tenley has been teaching in Seattle and locally in Oregon. She has choreographed for several musicals in the area, but particularly loves working with children. At home, Tenley is dancing in the kitchen with her 4 little boys and 1 big husband. Tenley believes teaching dance is not just about quality technique, it includes teaching artistry, musicality, performance, connecting to others. She wants her dancers to feel inspired, challenged and joy while taking classes. HDC is excellent at providing a positive atmosphere for all of this to happen. HDC is professional and kind. Besides offering great dance technique, all the music, dance moves, costumes are age appropriate and well done. HDC goes above and beyond to take care of every detail so that every dancer will be successful.This will be Tenley's third year teaching ballet at HDC.
She is an incredibly popular teacher and her boys' productions are legendary for being creative, fun, and an amazing way for boys to try dance. This past year she began teaching Shining Stars 8-11. If you want to take a class from Tenley, register soon!
"Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a teacher who believed in them first."