Faculty Bios

Kristen Stoller (Coats), Owner/Artistic Director, Performing Company Director, and Instructor

Kristen has been teaching dance for fifteen years and is currently in her seventh year as owner of Chehalem Valley Dance Academy.  In addition to being Artistic Director, she also directs the performing company and teaches lyrical, contemporary, technique, and jazz at the Newberg location.

As a teacher, Kristen is known for creating a professional atmosphere in her classes where she works to develop confidence, leadership, and a strong work ethic in her dancers.

“She pushes me to reach my potential.” (Mackenzie Shine)

“She develops a connection with her students that really creates an environment that makes you feel comfortable enough to push the boundaries and really grow.” (Bridget Derville-Teer)

Kristen’s main goal as a studio owner and teacher is to help the dancers grow not just as a dancer, but also as a person. “Together with the staff at CVDA, I work to develop the skills and tools each child needs to be successful in whatever life path they ultimately choose.” As a result, CVDA has won numerous Sportsmanship Awards  and the Class Act Award three times under Kristen’s direction. “I work to turn out CVDA graduates who are successful, happy, healthy, motivated people with a strong connection to the community,” she says.

Kristen enjoys being an active member of the business community as Chair of the Young Professionals of Yamhill Valley, George Fox University Adjunct Dance Professor, Early Bird Rotarian, and on the leadership council for A Family Place. Kristen is happily married to Francisco Stoller, a local real estate agent, and their number one priority is raising Vada, 9, and Riley, 8, and Stella, almost 2 years old.  Kristen was awarded the Early Bird Rotary’s Norm Aldred Ethics in Business Award in 2015 at the Community Awards Banquet.

Holly Derville-Teer, Jazz Instructor loves dance and she loves watching her dancers grow up.  She 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 recently been featured in “Dance Life Magazine.”  In addition, she purposely creates opportunities for the dancers to support each other, creating a loving and positive environment for the students in her class.  She is committed to age appropriate, up to the minute music that her students will love and completely changes all of her class music three times a year.  She has designed her classes to act as a conduit for personal growth.  Above all, she hopes each student will feel cared for and supported in her class.

Miss Holly’s background includes dancing professionally at The Sands Hotel in Puerto Rico, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Hotel Shikanoyu in Sapporo, Japan.  In 1991, she was awarded a Lifetime Scholarship at Steps on Broadway, a prestigious studio for professional dancers in New York City.  During her time there, her style was influenced enormously by Suzi Taylor, Patti Wilcox, and Peff Modelski.   She also studied in Los Angeles with Doug Caldwell.

She has taught Jazz and Lyrical in the greater Portland area for the past fifteen years.  In addition, she was the Artistic Director and owner of Chehalem Valley Dance Academy for eleven years.  After eleven years, she gave the business side up to devote herself more completely to teaching.  She also taught Jazz at CS Lewis Middle School, was the Assistant Coach of the Newberg High School Dance Team for several years, and is certified to coach by the state of Oregon.   She choreographed musicals for Errol Hassell Elementary in 2011 and 2012.

Committed to continuing her dance education, she has attended seven national dance teacher conferences.  Her dances have received notable awards including The Choreography Award and Highest Scoring Solo in the 6-12 year old category at American Dance Awards this past March.  She also choreographed the dance that won Jr Title at Onstage New York in 2011.  Other notable achievements include:  The Choreography Award and Best Studio Award at Thunderstruck Dance,  and Most Outstanding Concept at both Onstage New York and New York City Dance Alliance.

Miss Holly holds a B.A. in Education and a B.A. in Language Arts and she was awarded the Education Department’s Award of Excellence upon graduation.  In addition to teaching, she is also a freelance writer and has had six articles published in “Dance Life Magazine.”

Beth Miranda – Tumbling Instructor for Mac/Newberg beginning June 2014 Beth started her dance career at the age of eight dancing at various dance studios in the Vancouver, WA area. For the past 12 years, she has been trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom, hip hop, and acro/tumbling. Beth was lucky enough to continue her dance training in college as a member of the University of Cincinnati Dance Team. On this nationally ranked team, Beth competed and place second at the National College Dance Team Championships in the hip hop and pom divisions. Most recently, Beth had the privilege of representing the United States of America as a member of Team USA Dance at the World Dance Championships. She helped to earn her country a gold and silver medal in the hip hop and pom divisions.

Acro/tumbling classes were Beth’s first introduction to the dance world. She took her first tumbling and acro class at the age of 5. She loved it so much that she began to train in gymnastics. After training for three years at various gyms, she left to pursue her love of dance. Acro dance classes were a fundamental part of her dance training. Later in life, she spent three years as a varsity member on the Columbia River High School gymnastics team. During this time, she trained on all apparatuses, but her true passions were beam and floor. Beth furthered her acro/tumbling experience during her time in Cincinnati as she was introduced to the hip hop tricks and breakdancing world. Through these experiences, but has found a love for incorporating tumbling, acro, and tricks into dance choreography.

Beth loves sharing dance with others and her classes challenge students push themselves farther than they believe they can. She believes in commitment, perseverance, and thinks that a smile can change the course of an entire day.

Charissa Fuller, Ballet Instructor and Children’s Program Instructor Charissa started her dance training at CVDA when she was 7 years old and continued dancing there until she graduated from high school. During the 11 years that she danced at CVDA she was asked to join the performing company, assist and substitute in classes, and received the Dancer of the Year award in 2011. During high school she joined the Newberg High School Dance Team and performed with them for 2 years. After high school she continued her education and love for dance, where she attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Due to an injury, she had to withdraw from Cornish but during the year she studied there she was trained in various styles of dance, lighting and design of dance, and composition and choreography. Her dream has been to teach dance and work with little kids, where she can helps kids develop a passion for dance and still be able to have fun at the same time.

Karley Styles, McMinnville Location Instructor Karley was born and raised in Newberg, Oregon. Growing up she studied dance at Chehalem Valley Dance Academy. “It was technicaly my second home. Ever since I was a young girl, I have continued staying active in dance.”

Karley moved to California four years ago, where she was a dancer at Disneyland. “I learned so much down there. I am so grateful for what happened the three years of living there but also so happy to be home again.  I got to perform regularly, which has aways been a passion of mine.”
Last year when Karley moved back to Oregon, she knew she still wanted to be involved in dance.  Kristen approached Karley and asked if she would like to join CVDA staff and “Since Chehalem Valley Dance Academy was my second home growing up,  coming back is a huge reward for me.”
Karley teaches at the McMinnville Location and is loving it!  She lives in Newberg with her husband.

Amanda Hoban – Mac Instructor and Performing Company Choreographer Amanda has been dancing for 16 years and is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop and tap. Her training began in Newberg Oregon at Chehalem Valley Dance Academy where she performed in various competitions and shows in the northwest. In high school not only was Amanda on her studios performing company but she was dancer, captain and choreographer of Newberg High School’s dance team, where she also won various solo awards and was on the all-star dance team. She was pronounced the “Miss Thunderbird” at the annual award ceremony for the state of Oregon in 2007 in dance/drill.

Amanda continued to train at Glendale Community College where she received her dance teaching certificate. She performed and did various solo pieces with her school along with choreographing and setting multiple pieces on college students. At Glendale Community College Amanda was recognized for being the top dancer of the year from her instructor’s and other students. With her school she has done various fundraiser shows and taught at local schools.

She has performed in a music video for the Latin pop star Sergio and was most recently given a scholarship from the Backhaus dance company for a summer workshop. In California Amanda continued to train at the Edge Performing arts center and other local studios including yoga and barre classes.

Amanda began teaching when she was 16 years old in Newberg Oregon where her main focus was creative movement and pre- ballet. Since then she has taught and subbed at many studios in Oregon and California, teaching ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and creative movement. Amanda currently teaches and helps manage a dance studio in Redondo Beach California teaching pre-ballet, creative movement, tap, jazz, hip hop and the studio’s performing company.

Amanda’s goal as an instructor is to give her students the proper dance training they need to go out into the world of dance and feel confident. Not only is giving them the proper dance training important but she strives to make all of her students feel strong and confident with themselves as performers and as individuals.

Courtney Joel – Children’s Instructor Courtney will be graduated in June from McMinnville High School and loves to dance, sing, and perform.  She has trained in dance for over 13 years in various genres including jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, tap, and musical theater.  As a senior member of the CVDA Newberg Performing Company, she was recognized in 2007 & 2010 as Outstanding Dancer of the Year, 2008 Ballet Dancer of the Year, and most recently in 2014 as Jazz Dancer of the Year.  In addition to dance, Courtney is also a current member of the MHS Symphonic Choir.  Miss Courtney has also been seen on the Gallery Theater stage many times in the past several years.  She was a chorus member in several musicals with her most notable roles being as lead dancer in Oliver, Louisa in The Sound of Music, and Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka. In 2008, she was the Assistant Choreographer for the theater’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  One of her favorite experiences at Gallery has been to choreograph the dance numbers for the annual Gallery Kids Camp each summer, as it is a way she can share her love of dance with young performers.  Miss Courtney currently works as a Dance Camp Director for McMinnville Christian Academy’s after school dance program.  She also assists with choreography for Mr. Mac High, which benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.  Outside of dance and performing, Courtney is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers for the Senior Center Meals-on-Wheels program each summer, and is passionate about raising funds and awareness for breast cancer through Komen’s Race for the Cure Portland event each year.  Each July she has volunteered at the Special Olympic Summer Games, in addition to participating in a group performance at the opening ceremony. Her studies include the Health Services Pathway at MHS.  She is currently job shadowing at Andrew Physical Therapy, as she works to combine her love of dance with additional focus on healing and injury prevention. She plans to attend Mt. Hood Community College to receive her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Courtney is very excited to be teaching at CVDA!

roomatesAmanda McConaughey, Children’s Instructor and Ballet Instructor beginning summer 2016 Amanda began her dance training at CVDA when she was 8 years old and continued dancing until she graduated from high school in 2013. During her 10 years at the studio her passion for dance grew immensely along with reaching out to the community through it. When Amanda was 16 years old the Nutcracker performances gave her opportunities to reach out to the community and raise money for charity. She now looks for ballroom opportunities and performances for different community fundraisers. After Amanda graduated high school, she attended George Fox University to become an Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist to assist injured dancers. During this time she became a dance instructor to children ages 2-6 at CVDA and has loved the pure joy she gives and receives from teaching children at a young age.
Casey Hostetler, Hip Hop Instructor Casey first  began dancing as a freshman on the McMinnville High School Dance Team, and quickly moved to varsity. She assisted in choreography as a sophomore, and choreographed her first routine during her junior year. She was also introduced to hip hop as a junior and realized that she enjoyed it very much. She became Captain of the dance team her senior year, and led the girls through the instruction and rehearsal of a routine which they performed during Halftime of the Fed Ex Orange Bowl 2010 in Miami, FL. Casey has taken class from Mandy Moore, Chris Judd, Trey Barber, Robert Shultz, Longinus Fernandez, and more.
After graduation, Casey danced at George Fox, where she first met Kristen. During that year, she taught kids hip hop, teen jazz, and adult hip hop/jazz at Gallery Ballet and Tap in McMinnville. Casey because very enthusiastic about the success of the George Fox Dance Team, and encouraged the team to perform hip hop routines. She was Captain of the dance team her senior year, choreographed routines, and completed an internship at CVDA as an instructor and office assistant. The summer following graduation, Casey taught CVDA’s summer classes in McMinnville at the Community Center. This past year, Casey furthered her education and received her Master’s in Business Administration in June, and assisted Kristen with coaching the George Fox Dance Team.
Casey got married in September 2013, and in the past couple years, she has traveled to Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and China. Besides traveling, she loves her cat named Harley Davidson, Caravan Coffee, all kinds of music, and using her creativity. She loves to choreograph and dance because it allows the expression of all kinds of emotion, and mostly, because it’s FUN. Casey is looking forward to teaching the hip hop classes in Newberg this year and sharing incredible learning experiences with all her students!
 Kalie Ferry, Children’s Instructor, McMinnville Location Kalie Ferry is 17 years old and has been dancing for 11 years. Her favorite thing about dance is the beautiful allowance it gives to express all emotions. Kalie is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary, but also has a love of exploring new styles and ways to move her body. Her past experience with the McMinnville High School Dance Team and Gallery Theatre have both prepared her and gotten her excited for a future in dance.

   As a top ranking officer for the Dance Team, Kalie ran practices, choreographed dances for both football and basketball season and performed as a part of varsity and crew (the advanced hip hop team). This last summer she volunteered her time to teach 6 basic technique classes and various private lessons. While attending Thunderbird Dance Camp with the team in July, Kalie won “Miss Thunderbird” and was chosen to be a part of the All star team.

With Gallery Theatre, Kalie has volunteered as a dance assistant for the week-long Gallery Kid’s Camp every summer for 4 years. She has been a part of 9 musicals from 2012 to present. Of the 9, Kalie has been the choreographer for 2: The Wiz in 2012, for which she won best choreographer and the Director’s Choice Award and Oklahoma this last summer. Her skills in choreographing do not stop there. This coming January Kalie will be the choreographer and feature dancer for “The Melody of Flight”,  a musical written and directed by Lorena Smith, at the Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem.

Apart from dance, Kalie loves to sing and is a part of both top vocal choirs at McMinnville High School: Twilighters, the vocal jazz group, and Symphonic, the traditional choir. She also volunteers at the Saturday morning community breakfast at the COOP, where she assists with cooking, serving and/or cleaning. During spring break, Kalie participates in the Mexico Mission Trip. Above all, Kalie loves spending time with her large family.