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Director

Holly Derville-Teer

Jazz, Lyrical

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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! She loves working with 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. She is certified in mUvmethod (a specialized flexibility program for dancers.) She also has a B.A. in English and Education.

 

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 and 2019 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 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."

Instructors

Kylie Brehmer

Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary

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Kylie teaches Tap/Jazz, Preballet, and Acro. She trained to teach acro through Acrobatic Arts. She loves working with dancers of all ages. She is especially passionate about working with young children. She believes each dancer is unique and brings their own stories and experiences to share through movement. In her time away from the studio, she loves to spend time with her family, go on hikes, watch movies, and bake. 

 

"My favorite thing about HDC is the positive environment in which dancers can learn and grow.”

Emily Bussard

Ballet Director
Ballet & Pointe

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Emily began her ballet career at the age of six at a small local studio. She then spent her formative years under the direction of John Gardner with Portland Festival Ballet. She spent her summers with The Boston Ballet and The Kirov Ballet and was immediately accepted into The Nebraska Ballet out of high school. Emily spent four years living in Hawaii, continuing her ballet education whenever she wasn't on the beach.

 

Today, Emily not only trains studio dancers ranging from beginners to pre-professionals, but she also educates homeschooled groups and preschoolers with ballet as physical education and works with high school dance teams and ice skating programs. Emily believes in respecting the rich tradition of ballet, but also strives to push the boundaries and carve her own path within the dance world. Without ballet Emily wouldn't be here today, knowing that she believes in not only making strong dancers, but strong young men and women.

Maile Crowder

Ballet, Acro, Ballroom

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Maile Crowder graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a B.S in Biochemistry and a minor in dance. During her time at Cal Poly, she danced with Orchesis Dance Co. as a company member, intern, director and choreographer. 

 

Maile also began teaching contemporary classes to college students, became a certified barre instructor and diversified her training at ACDA conferences and commercial dance intensives. Maile was given several scholarships and awards during her junior and senior years, most notable of which was the Service to the Arts award given to her by the College of Liberal Arts. After graduating, Maile joined Interweave Dance Theater in Boulder, CO. 

 

Maile has extensive training in many different styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern and hip hop. She has trained with Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, LINES Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco, Ballet West in Salt Lake City, and with Oregon Ballet Theater. 

Maile currently competes as ballroom dancer. She is also excited to start teaching acro. She is certified to teach acro by Acrobatic Arts. 

 

Her favorite thing about HDC is the students!

Carrie Darnell

Ballet, Pointe

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Carrie Darnell began her teaching career in 2004 after completing a three year ballet instructor apprenticeship program under Wendy Wickman, of San Francisco Ballet Co. and Carla Smallwood, owner of Studio 84 in Santa Clarita, Ca. Carrie's approach to teaching all ages and levels is that strong technique is key. Carrie has dedicated herself to teaching and guiding her students with their whole physical and mental health as the priority. 

During her time as an instructor, Carrie has developed a resistance training pre-pointe program focusing on all the tiny intricacies needed for strengthening the feet, ankles, hips and core. She also loves costume, prop and set making. 

The Nutcracker was Carrie's favorite ballet to perform and she had the opportunity to dance as Clara, Snow Queen, Chocolate soloist, Mirliton soloist and Mother Ginger. She trained in all types of dance, but was always most drawn to the precision, focus and grace that ballet required. 

When Carrie is not at the dance studio, you can usually find her gardening in her yard or community garden plot, playing with her dog and cats, or hiking and camping with her husband.

Sonya Gandee

Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip Hop 

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Sonya is a lifelong dancer who has studied a variety of styles including tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, as well as Spanish, Mexican, and Chinese traditional folk styles. She has had years of experience assisting and teaching classes of all styles and ages. She enjoys teaching and passing on her dance knowledge to younger dancers. Her favorite thing about HDC is the positive atmosphere and the welcoming community within it.

Courtney Guillmette

Preballet, Tap/Jazz, Jazz, Company

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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. 

Amanda Hoban

 Company, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

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Amanda is a dynamic performer, educator and community leader with a diverse background in dance and education.  She started her teaching career with Holly back in 2005 while she was still in high school and never looked back!

 

She has taught at multiple studios in Los Angeles and the Portland area teaching styles such as ballet/pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, jazz funk, hip hop, aerial and tap. She has assisted putting on benefit galas, showcases, parades and community events. Amanda believes that there is a place in the studio for everyone. She places a lot of value on making sure all dancers feel safe and comfortable to express themselves.

 

Amanda had the opportunity to perform with her classmates, setting pieces on fellow classmates and working with stage crew to put on shows in college. In the past few years, Amanda has been in multiple companies in the Portland metro area including: Lyfe Dance company, 11 Dance Company,  Grandma's Medicine Cabinet , Nonsense Dance Company (dancer and assistant director), and, most recently, a member of  Fresh Vibe dance company. 

Amanda's joy for dance is unmatched. She has been perfecting her craft for the last 26 years and still loves it just as much as the first day she stepped foot in the classroom.

 

She is very excited to join the Hillsboro Dance Center family. Amanda has been watching the talent from afar and can't wait to pour into all the dancers! Her favorite thing about HDC is the talent she sees! 

Taylor Kiess

Acro, Tap, Jazz, Ballet

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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. She has a special calling for working with young children and working with dancers with learning differences. She recently obtained her certification to teach Acro but Acrobatic Arts so that she can sub acro classes.

 

"My favorite thing about HDC is the teachers and their dedication to helping each dancer reach their goals."

 

Byraissia Jones

Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro

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Byraissia Jones graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Graphic Design. During college she danced with, and eventually captained, the Devilettes Dance Team. She loves teaching. One of her favorite dance teaching experiences was teaching an after school dance program called "Kid Zone" where she got to work with many different ages and levels.

She is proficient in various styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and tumbling. She was also a competitive dancer for many years. She is received her certification from Acrobatic Arts.

Byraissia loves teaching and choreographing and is excited to continue spreading her love of dance to others. Her favorite thing about teaching at HDC is the positive environment and the great passion and determination that comes from the students.

 

Katy Meeks

Competition Choreography, Tap, Contemporary

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Katy began her dance career at 3 years old in a small town in California. She grew up competing across the country and has trained in multiple styles including contemporary, tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, hip hop, and acro. At the University of California: Santa Cruz, Katy minored in dance and acted as the captain of the UCSC Dance Team for 3 years. In her final year of college she was the artistic director of an academically produced dance show known as Random with a Purpose XXVIII: Prism.

 

Since then, she has been a choreographer and dance teacher in both Oregon and California with a focus on competition dance- winning several choreography and critic’s choice awards over the past few years. In her free time, she is the head coach of the Mountainside High School Dance Team- a competition/ performance team in Beaverton, OR.

 

Katy has been teaching dance 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 loves the community at HDC and looks forward to watching the students grow and thrive through dance each year!

Sydney Neumann

Ballet, Pointe

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Sydney fell in love with ballet after taking her first class at six years old. She trained at the Lodi Ballet in Lodi, CA, under the instruction of Judith Pittman for 15 years where she performed leading roles in school productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Coppelia. Sydney attended summer intensive programs at Sacramento Ballet and Long Beach Ballet. After a dance-related injury sent her to physical therapy in high school, Sydney began pursuit of her second passion to become a physical therapist. 

 

Professionally, Sydney holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University and works as a mobile physical therapist in the greater Portland area. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from George Fox University. Her past teaching experiences include instructing a variety of classes from preschool to adult students at Lodi Ballet and George Fox University.

 

Sydney holds a deep appreciation for the technical foundation and artistic expression of ballet and is excited to incorporate her knowledge of movement and the human body to her teaching at HDC. Sydney continues her own training as a ballet student through classes at Oregon Ballet Theatre and BodyVox Dance Center. Outside of the studio, you’ll find Sydney exploring the PNW and visiting new local coffee shops with her husband and rescue pitbull. Her favorite thing about HDC is the people! "I'm excited to get to teach at a place with students and instructors who love dance just as much as I do"

Megan Ouellette

Hip Hop, Acro

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Megan has taught acro and hip hop at HDC for the past four years. She holds advanced certifications from Acrobatic Arts and has extensive teaching experience. She is known for her kindness, and for her way of helping every student to feel seen and supported.

Megan began dancing in high school and never stopped! She currently performs with the Portland-based dance company Rogue Society and as a backup dancer for BinKyee Bellflower and Roulette Delgato.

"My favorite thing about HDC is that confidence, love, and the dancers always comes first. There is so much love, support, and unity in the studio. Competition is never an issue between dancers or classes. Teamwork and a community feeling is difficult to find and I love that it's so strong at HDC!"

Tessa Stokes

Company, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet

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Tessa is an alumni of HDC and is so excited to be back! She graduated from Brigham Young University with her BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography. She has trained with NorthWest Dance Project in Portland, and SALT, Ririe-Woodbury and Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City. She also had the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers such as Omar Roman De Jesus, Jesse Obremski, LajaMartin, Tristan Grey, and others. 

 

Tessa hopes to share her passion for dance and strives to create a safe space for her students. She is excited about helping dancers find their niche and believing in themselves more every day. "My favorite thing about HDC is the supportive and encouraging environment!"

Office Staff

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Jennifer Kiess

Office Team

Jennifer is a mom of two HDC dancers who have danced at HDC since the doors opened eight years ago.

 

Jennifer has years of experience working with kids, especially preschool aged children. She has worked in daycare settings and is a former preschool teacher.

 

She loves spending time with her family and her dogs and watching football!

 

"HDC is family! It is a positive, safe place where everyone is welcome to come learn, make new friends and be creative in dance!"

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Rhiannon Marquez

Office Team

Rhiannon Marquez is passionate about dance and her family. She has two boys whom she homeschools. She loves ballet and, in addition to taking classes, attends ballet productions whenever possible. Rhiannon used to dance at Miss Holly’s previous studio in Newberg and has a long history of childcare and dance-related activities. She’s managed children’s areas at major music festivals as well as nannied for many years before becoming a mother. Her favorite thing to do when not dancing is to spend as much time with her family as possible. She also loves hiking and admiring nature.

 

"My favorite thing about HDC is the commitment to a positive environment for all, inclusion, and the positive impact seen in the community. It’s truly a place for dancers to grow as people and to be creative and kind."

Tina Stokes

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Projects & Accounting

Tina Stokes is passionate about family, learning and life. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Marketing and Statistics. All of her favorite memories involve children. She is a mom of 4 amazing kids. She entered the dance world when her oldest daughter was 7 and now has 3 dancers, one pursuing a dance major in college. Her 3 daughters have all danced at HDC. Tina has been active in the education community teaching classes ranging from science, history, art and literature. She has directed two full length Shakespeare plays and coached a soccer team.  Her favorite thing about dance is the confidence, strength, community and character it helps each dancer develop. Tina currently lives in Arizona and supports the dance studio remotely. 

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