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.”

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.

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.