Dance Studio Director

Holly Derville-Teer

Studio Director

Jazz, Lyrical

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."

Hillsboro Dance Center

Faculty & Staff

Kina Amarasinghe

Ballet, Pointe

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!"

Bridget Derville-Teer

Online Advanced Technique, Online Private Lessons, Competition Choreography

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! 

Kristi Hill

Ballet, 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 a 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 includes; 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 Labyrinth.

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 basics is what makes a strong dancer. Kristi strives to assist her students in finding a love for ballet. 

Sarah Hunsaker

Tap

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!" 

Mary Jurica

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."

Sarah Jurica

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."

Kelly Martorana

Tap

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 Meeks

Contemporary

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.

Megan Ouellette

Acro, Hip-Hop

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."