Dance Studio Director
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 for 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 techniques 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."
Faculty & Staff
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. My favorite part about working at HDC is witnessing dancers discover their passion for dance!"
Tech, Competition Choreography, Private Lessons
Bridget was featured on Season 15 of "So You Think You Can Dance" where she made it to the top forty. She currently lives in New York City where she has continued training through Broadway Dance Center's Pro-Sem Program.
She began teaching online classes during the pandemic and we are thrilled to welcome her back! She is a member of MarInspired; The Storytellers, under the direction of Marinda Davis.
Bridget recently performed in Marinda's full-length show as part of "Dancing Under the Stars" at the Scera Theater in Utah.
Bridget also performed at the Young Choreographer's Festival in New York City with MarInspired. She recently completed a dance residency in Washington DC to contribute to the creation of the upcoming show, "Imperfect" under the direction of Drew Dollaz. She made the top twenty Senior Female Best Dancer at the Las Vegas Dance Awards in 2017.
Bridget choreographs competition pieces annually for several Oregon studios including HDC. Bridget is also the founder of HDC's Hip-Hop and Contemporary programs. Bridget taught at HDC from 2016-2018 before moving to New York City. She began teaching online classes for HDC during the pandemic and we are thrilled to welcome her back!
Claire recently moved to Portland, Oregon to join Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second company. She is originally
from Louisville, Kentucky where she began training at the Louisville Ballet School and later studied with Kristen Wenrick. She moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina when she was 16 to attend the high school boarding program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Susan Jaffe. Claire graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in May of 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Psychology. Her favorite performances at IU include Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare and Antique Epigraphs, Mark Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet, and Anthony Tudor’s Dark Elegies. As a student at IU, Claire enrolled in three semesters of ballet pedagogy to work on teaching ballet to all levels and learning styles. She has attended summer programs at Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Lines Contemporary Ballet. . She is eager to share her love and knowledge of ballet with the HDC community!
Courtney has been a dance teacher in the greater Portland area for several years. She teaches all ages, but preschool-dance is one of her specialties. She recently attended the 2019 Dance Teacher Summit where she completed the preschool dance track.
Courtney is currently the Head Dance Coach for Newberg High School’s JV & Varsity dance teams. Her choreography credits include events such as Mr. Mac High, an event benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She created and taught the after-school dance program at McMinnville Christian Academy for four years. She has been a chorus member in several musicals at Gallery Theater with her most notable roles being: lead dancer in Oliver, Louisa in The Sound of Music, and Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka. Courtney also served as the Assistant Choreographer for the Gallery Theater’s 2008 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more recently, choreographed The Addams Family in 2019. She grew up competing at dance competitions, winning numerous awards and scholarships.
In her free time, Courtney loves to travel with her husband and daughter, and is a lover of all things Disney. As Courtney starts her journey teaching here at HDC, she looks forward to continuing to grow her students into confident youth and empowering them to reach their fullest potential as dancers and future good citizens. She will be joining the faculty in August, 2021.
Anna Hooper graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in dance performance and composition, a minor in psychology, and the Outstanding Senior Award. With the Purchase Dance Company, Anna performed works by Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Merce Cunningham, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, and Jonathan Reidel. Most memorably, she performed a solo excerpt from Kyle Abraham's Dearest Home.
Anna is proud to have assisted Kyle Abraham in rehearsals with New York City Ballet for the creation of The Runaway. In addition to performing for Sue Bernhard, Caitlin Javech, Emily Kessler, The Moving Architects, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, and participating in numerous workshops with the Merce Cunningham Trust, she appeared in the recent film, Cunningham, directed by Alla Kovgan. Anna’s choreography has been presented at the 2018 and 2019 American Dance Guild Festival, T2 Dance Project’s ChoreoFest in Boulder, Colorado, and during an artistic residency with Vancouver School of the Arts & Academics.
She received her early dance training from Vancouver School of the Arts & Academics, Northwest Dance Project, Bodyvox, and the Jefferson Dancers. She is excited to join the Hillsboro Dance Center faculty this January!
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, Ballet
Mary has performed with The Portland Ballet and Dance West. She has trained with The Portland Ballet, Bodyvox, and Northwest Dance Project. Her choreography was featured at a regional dance festival.
She loves ballet and she loves working with dancers to help them reach their potential. Her favorite thing about Hillsboro Dance Center is that it is a great environment full of kind people. Mary has been training to take over several of Tenley's ballet classes since Tenley will be moving to Utah.
"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, Shining Stars, Office Manager
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."
Preballet, Shining Stars
Taylor received her dance training at Hillsboro Dance Center. She has gone through HDC's teacher training program, has years of experience working with young children, and has been substitute teaching all styles and levels of dance for the past year. She has a special calling for working with young children and working with dancers with learning differences. "My favorite thing about HDC is the teachers and their dedication to helping each dancer reach their goals."
Nicholas Le-Jurica (he/him), received his BFA in Dance from Juilliard in New York City. During his time there, he performed many great works of dance both repertory and new creation. After college, Nicholas moved to Salt Lake City where he danced with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (RWDC). It is with RWDC that he received teacher certifications in dance as education as well as dance as therapy. Nicholas has taught in 100+ public schools and four universities, as well as many dance festivals and summer intensives.
Nicholas did most of his growing up in Beaverton, Oregon. Always a mover, it was his love of wiggles and his mother enrolling him in a free ballroom class that led Nicholas to start dancing at a local dance studio. In high school he spent nearly all of his time studying formalized dance techniques at Arts and Communications Magnet Academy (ACMA) as well as in Portland. Mostly, he is just a lover of dance who is very excited to be working with the students of Hillsboro Dance Center.
Nicholas will be joining the HDC faculty this August (2021.)
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.
Katy recently graduated from the University of California: Santa Cruz, where she minored in dance and was captain of the UCSC Dance Team for 3 years. In her final year of college, she was the artistic director of an academically produced modern dance show known as Random with a Purpose XXVIII: Prism.
She has been teaching dance and choreographing competitive routines since she was 15 and has a passion for introducing kids to the wide variety of movement styles that dance has to offer. She believes no two dancers are alike and focuses on tailoring technical training in various styles to fit the needs and abilities of each individual.
She is most excited to move to Oregon and begin working with the HDC dancers and families! Miss Katy will be taking over our contemporary program this fall.
Esperanza Mexicano is currently a senior at Portland State University and she couldn't be more excited to join the HDC family as part of the office team! She is fluent in English and Spanish and also speaks some French. In addition, she's worked with children extensively as a piano and Spanish teacher. She will be joining the HDC team in April, 2021.
Megan danced 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 loves the Hillsboro Dance Center community!
"Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a teacher who believed in them first."