Meet Our Amazing Team!

Kristen Stoller

CEO, Owner/Artistic Director, Company Director, and Instructor

 

Kristen Stoller bio pic

Kristen has been teaching dance for twenty years and is currently in her 12th year as the Owner/CEO and Artistic Director of Chehalem Valley Dance Academy. Kristen also directs and choreographs for the company and teaches technique, jazz, and Kinstretch at both locations.

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. 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 the past President of the Young Professionals of Yamhill Valley, the President of the Newberg Education Foundation, a Newberg Early Bird Rotarian, executive leadership council for A Family Place, the Co-Founder of the Community Wellness Collective, and many other networking associations.

Kristen is happily married to Francisco Stoller, a local real estate agent. Their number one priority is raising their kids Vada, Riley, and Stella. Kristen was awarded the Chairman’s Award in 2014 by the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, Early Bird Rotary’s Norm Aldred Ethics in Business Award in 2015, Citizen of the Year for 2018, and received the Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2019 for her work of the Community Wellness Collective.

Kristen is proud of her 13 choreography awards, but enjoys watching her children, dancers, and staff receive recognition for their successes even more so than her own.

Lindsey Palmer Rutten

Director of Operations

Lindsey has been with CVDA since the Spring of 2014. She was born and raised in Yamhill County and is happy to be a part of the community she grew up to raise her family in.

Lindsey is here to help with your billing, registration, and any other business related questions assocaited with training at CVDA. She knows that there is a lot to navigate at times and is happy to help break it all down.

Lindsey’s background includes attending the University of Oregon, where developed a passion for systems, social knowledge, and development. Lindsey is happy to be in the Director of Operations role to support the growth of CVDA. Her most used phrase: “Can I email you that? :)”

Casey Davenport

Newberg Instructor
Mister Casey

Better known to his students as Mister Casey, Casey Davenport trained in ballet and jazz at High Desert Dance Arts Prineville and Madras, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Central Oregon Community College et al.  He performed professionally and freelance as a ballet and contemporary dancer as well as a choreographer for many workshops, showcases and a cabaret company.  He set numerous competition works and musical theatre work.

Mister Casey has been teaching for 20+years in the metro area as well as guest faculty at many studios and running different ballet departments; he has trained teachers, assistants, students and coached as well as set full length Nutcracker, Dracula and Cinderella.

Mister Casey’s teaching philosophy is: Everyday, do your hair, fix your uniform, step up to the barre, and offer yourself to the art and the dance. Whatever you put in you will receive back and maybe a spark, something extra, when you make a fuller commitment.  Ballet can reach everyone, you just have to find your space in it.

His most Used Phrase: “Yeaaa, um, no. So let’s try this…..!”

Mister Casey wants his students and families to know: “Life is a dance, you learn as you go, sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.” Dance is community, friends, family, art and life that offers a pathway for all.

Teaching philosophy: “I love encouraging students to find joy and self-reliance within their learning process, and challenging them to each become their own instructor.”

Besides competitively dancing for over 10 years, Ashley has preformed on the set of “Portlandia”. After moving to California to continue her dance training, she completed Gigi Torres’s “Establish Your Empire” program and joined Chapkis Dance Family’s professional hip hop company “Prophecy”, going on to perform with them at various events across the US, and competing with them at invitational competitions Body Rock and VIBE (2016) where they placed 3rd. For the past 4 years after moving back to Oregon, she has worked with a small team to put together an annual full length hip hop/urban movement dance show.

Ashley first got hooked on teaching after she starting assisting classes at the age of 15, and began her teaching career at 16. She has coached and taught at The Goddard School, Rose City Rhythmic Gymnastics and Performing Arts Collaborative, various national and international workshops and intensives, and in the Portland area where she is currently a competitive choreographer and instructor.

Ashley Corkett

Newberg & McMinnville Instructor, Company Choreographer
Charlie Chheath

Charlie Chheath

McMinnville & Newberg Instructor, Company Choregrapher

Charlie Chheath has been teaching Hiphop/Industry Combos for over 12 years, he has choreographed for multiple recording artist and received numerous awards for competitive routines, receiving national recognition from various events and competitions for his work.

He has experience in television, including dancing with performing artists on BET networks “106 and Park”. Dancers who have trained with Charlie have gone on to book industry level work such as appearing on NBC networks “World of Dance” and performing with KPop sensations BTS on America’s Got Talent.

Charlie believes that teaching technique, history and broader skill sets such as stage presence, confidence, performance quality and work ethic, help him develop passionate dancers with authentic ability, style and originality. His ethos is that it is perfectly acceptable to fail but don’t give up, keep moving towards your goals. He tries to make his classes fun and challenging and hopes to teach his students to love the process of working towards their goals, whatever they may be.

Courtney teaches a variety of dance classes at CVDA Newberg & McMinnville, and is an instructor/choreographer for our company teams.

She is also the Head Dance Coach for the Newberg High School JV & Varsity dance teams. Courtney has been dancing for over 18 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 in 2014 as Jazz Dancer of the Year. Additionally, Courtney’s competition team won Overall Teen Large group at Spotlight Nationals in 2015 for their production “My iPhone”.

While in high school, Courtney was co-choreographer for Mr. Mac High, an event benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She was also the Dance Director/Choreographer at McMinnville Christian Academy’s after school dance program for 4 years.

She has been a chorus member in several musicals at Gallery Theater with her most notable roles being as lead dancer in Oliver, Louisa in The Sound of Music, Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka, and Assistant Choreographer for the theater’s 2008 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

More recently, she has received a special judge’s award for her choreography for the 2016 Minis group dance, as well as the team being recognized as category winner for their age group. In her free time Courtney loves to travel with her husband and daughter.

A seasoned CVDA pro, Courtney’s teaching philosophy is to help students improve while feeling confident and supported. Her most used phrase while in the classroom is “OH MY GOSH!!! That was AMAZING!!!” She says that the 2022/2023 dance season is going to be a wonderful year, she just knows it!

Courtney Guilmette

Newberg & McMinnville Instructor, Company Choreographer

 

Dane Burch

Newberg, McMinnville, and West Salem Instructor; Company Choreographer

Dane grew up in Oregon were he started training in dance at the age of 10. He quickly fell in love with movement and exploring through improv.

Dane moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 with a scholarship to EDGE Performing Arts Center. After completing his training he continued to train, study and perform in the area. He worked as an assistant with Tremaine Dance Convention for 5 years in the office and on the road. He has worked for Move Dance Competitions where he judged and taught master classes around the US.

In 2008 Dane moved to Austin, TX. There he Co-director Rise Dance Company and Reverence Dance Project. He has worked with numerous studios and high school dance teams across central Texas. Dane is excited to bring his knowledge and dance moves back to the northwest. Ready to connect, communicate and DANCE!!

Bridget Derville-Teer

Choreographer
Bridget Derville-Teer

Bridget Derville-Teer is a born and raised CVDA alumni. She competed under CVDA for eleven years before graduating in 2018. After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance and choreography.

She was featured on season fifteen of So You Think You Can Dance, making it to the top forty dancers. She returned to the show for season sixteen and made it to the top fifty.

In 2017, she earned a spot in the top twenty for the title of Senior Female Best Dancer at The Dance Awards. Bridget is currently in the contemporary company, MarInspired; The Storytellers, under the direction of Emmy award winning Marinda Davis. Bridget performed in her full length show, “UNbreakable” in 2019 for the annual “Dancing Under The Stars” summer performance at the Scera Theater.

She also performed with MarInspired as the guest company at Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York City. Bridget has kept up her training by taking part in Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester program.

Bridget’s biggest dream is to choreograph for movies and television. She has been pursuing choreography since she was fifteen.

Thanks to her mentor, the owner of CVDA, Kristen Stoller, she has been graciously given the opportunity to choreograph competitive pieces for CVDA for the last three years. Bridget loves giving back to CVDA as much as she can because of all the wonderful things this studio has done for her.

Kelsey Connolly

Kelsey Connolly

Newberg Instructor

This is Kelsey’s first year teaching at CVDA and her 5th year teaching youth dance. She also has a background in elementary education. 

Kelsey started dancing as a toddler, and continued through adulthood. She also competed in high school dance team, and taught tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet at Flex Studios in Eugene. She performed with their senior company, Pointe, for five years.

Her teaching philosophy is to inspire critical thinking, problem solving, and social confidence through collaborative experiences and creative movement. Her most used phrase: “I love that journey for you!”. Kelsey would like the students and families at CVDA to know that she believes each dancing experience is an opportunity to grow our character, and that she looks forward to celebrating that unique journey with each dancer and family this year!

At ten years old, Rachel started taking dance classes at Westside Dance Academy in Tigard, Oregon. Within a few short years of taking classes, Rachel was offered a position teaching at Westside, eventually leading to a position teaching dance classes for Chehalem Parks and Recreation in Newberg. After graduating from Newberg High School, Rachel founded the Chehalem Valley Dance Company which was the catalyst for Chehalem Valley Dance Academy. In her years of teaching, Rachel has passed on her love of dance to hundreds of students, many of whom have become professional dancers or career dance teachers themselves.

In addition to teaching dance, Rachel loves spending time with her children, loves pampering her two adorable dogs Miss Harley and Mister Wilson, and loves a plethora of outdoor activities. You can often find her hiking with her pups, cooking new and adventurous meals for her adult children when they visit, or doing headstands in picturesque places.

Rachel is overjoyed to be given the opportunity to teach dance once again at CVDA. It is her honor to work with the outstanding team of dance instructors that Kristen has brought together. CVDA is a safe place for all to foster the love of dancing, a love that changes lives.

 

Rachel Stevens

McMinnville and West Salem Instructor
Miss Rachel
Kaite Burch

Kaite Burch

Newberg and McMinnville Instructor

Kaitlyn grew up dancing in the Portland area. She got a late start to dancing, beginning at the age of 12. She knew from the first dance class she took that she wanted dance to always be a part of her life. Her passion for dance led her to Los Angeles straight out of high school where she auditioned for the year­ long scholarship at Edge Performing Arts Center. It was at Edge that Kaitlyn truly began to understand the combined technique, strength, and artistry that is dance. She remained in Los Angeles for several years, continuing to train in dance as well as receiving her BA in English from the University of Southern California.

When Kaitlyn returned to the Portland area in 2006 she began teaching and renewed her passion for dance. She received awards for her choreography and her dancers were recognized for their technical ability. In 2011, she started the Independent Dance Project in an effort to recognize the uniqueness of each dancer. At IDP she strives to ignite a passion for dance in all dancers. Kaitlyn hopes that her instruction at CVDA will foster and nurture well-rounded individuals who better their communities.

Riley started working admin at CVDA in Newberg in the fall of 2021. The fall of 2022 is her first year teaching and she is so excited! She has been dancing at CVDA since she was around 2 years old. She began competing and performing in CVDA’s production of The Nutcracker when she was 5 years old. Being surrounded by such amazing instructors and getting to assist and apprentice with them is something that really made her want to teach. 

Her teaching philosophy is that every student will have their own dance journey and she is there to help them in any way that she can. 

Her most used phrase is “Ok! Yeah, of course!” when working admin and “That was so close!! Keep trying, you’ll get it!” when she is teaching. Something that she wants teachers and students to know about her is that she is so excited to start teaching and that it has been a dream of hers ever since she was little! 

Riley Coats Ogrenics

Admin and Newberg Instructor

Sophia Solorio

McMinnville Instructor

Sophia started dancing at the age of four, and joined CVDA in 2015 (eight years ago!). She is entering her fourth year in Performance Company and we are so excited she is joining us as an instructor this year

Sophia’s teaching philosophy is that you can become a great dancer and even more with an amazing support system! She hopes to provide that to all her students. Her most used phrase is definitely “WORKKKK”

She is hoping this year that she can teach dancers to love themselves and, as dancers, to find their confidence. She also hopes to create a great, fun class!

Abby Eitzen

McMinnville Instructor and Admin

Hello Everyone! I’m a sophomore at McMinnville High school. I teach Dance Party!, Tiny Hip Hoppers, and Preballet/Tap/Jazz. Along with teaching, I also dance here at the studio.

I’ve been dancing at CVDA for 11 years, 5 of which have been on Performing Company. I feel incredibly lucky to teach the same classes that started my dance journey, and watch young dancers fall in love with dance like I did. I will also be lucky enough to work in the office, where I’m so excited to meet new faces outside of the classes I teach! Im the youngest of my siblings, and I have two amazing parents that have supported me more than I ever could’ve asked for.

Outside of dance, I love hanging out with my family, going on walks, and baking. I’m over the moon excited to start this year!

Molly Ryan

McMinnville Instructor

Molly has been training with CVDA since she was 5 years old and is returning to continue to teach 2 – 9 year olds in McMinnville while also competing with CVDA.  She has volunteered her time at St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, elementary schools, YCAP, and also had the chance to volunteer with CVDA at A Family Place. She had the opportunity to not only teach and work in the office, but also work backstage at the CVDA nutcracker. As a teacher, she hopes to watch all her little dancers fall in love with dance like she did. She wants to make them feel as loved, heard, accepted, and valued as she feels in the studio. She knows life is messy and that we all need places like CVDA to be outselves and feel safe. Her most used phrase: “LOVEEEEE”

Abigail Canutt

Newberg Acro Instructor

I have been dancing since I was five years old, training at Allegro Dance Studio for thirteen years in Canby, Oregon. I now dance and compete with the George Fox University dance team and this is my second year with the team. 

My teaching philosophy is to find the dancing and learning style that fits your personal flow, and that dance is about expressing yourself and your story, not simply being the best. My most used phrase: most likely just “Bruh.”

At CVDA and that I try to create the most open, inviting, and safe environment where dancers of any kind can feel comfortable. 

Abigail Canutt

Ashley Dickens

Newberg Instructor

Ashley Dickens

Hi there, I’m Miss Ashley. I have been dancing at CVDA since I was 11 and I am coming up on my 6th year here. I have found such a passion for dance through my training and that is what I am aiming to offer the next generation of dancers. I have been assisting for the past two years and I absolutely love being able to connect with and mentor these children. I have also volunteered in a Red Cross blood drive, many opportunities my school has given me through student government and National Honor Society, and I have taught dance classes over Zoom on a volunteer basis. For the last two years I have been competing with CVDA and I have had numerous parts in Nutcracker over the last three years. I am thrilled to be teaching in the fall and I cannot wait to meet everyone!

Vada Coats

Newberg Instructor

This season, Vada is teaching 2+ year olds at CVDA Newberg. She has been teaching since September of 2021 but has been training at CVDA for as long as she can remember (around 2 years old) in various genres! At age 6 she started participating in CVDA’s annual production of the Nutcracker and even began competing. She started assisting at age 8 which inspired her to become a teacher! Not only has she been able to participate in shows and parades with CVDA, she has also gotten to volunteer through, and go to school, at CVDA. 

Her teaching philosophy is that every student has the right to feel confident and accepted in whatever they choose to do. Her most used phrase is “that was interesting!”

She would like students and families to know that her class is a safe space for everyone and that she will always put her best effort into making dance fun for everyone!

Vada Coats

Soren Scott

Newberg Instructor
Soren headshot

Soren is very excited to be back teaching Beginning Ballet as part of the amazing team at CVDA! She has been dancing for ten years: eight years with CVDA, and seven years on Performing Company. Her dance training includes: ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, hip hop, acro, and musical theatre. Competing both regionally and nationally, she has received numerous high placement awards, scholarships, and titles including: Teen Spotlight Title Winner at Spotlight Dance Cup for Portland 1 (2021), 10th overall Teen Solo at RADIX Dance Competition in Seattle (2021), Act 1 Teen Artist of the Weekend for Portland (2020), and VIP Runner-Up scholarships from JUMP Dance Convention.

One of the highlights of her dance experience with CVDA has been performing in The Nutcracker. Some of my favorite roles have been Clara and Spanish. She’s also been fortunate enough to assist a number of the incredible faculty members over the years in various genres, and from 2020-2021, she was Kristen’s apprentice for the Juniors in Performing Company.

Her teaching philosophy is to help students enjoy the learning process and to always work hard through it. Her most used phrase is “I know, right?”

 

She’d like the students and families to know that dance has made a big impact on her life and she hopes to instill a love of dance in every student she teaches. 

Hannah Steinbach

West Salem Instructor
Hannah Steinbach

I am teaching ages 7+ at the West Salem Studio and I joined CVDA as an instructor in the Fall of 2022.

I started when I was nine year old with ballet in Sherwood, trained at CVDA for four years including Performing Company for 3 years, and have continued training with ballet at Marchant Dance Corporation in Amity. Humans first. 

My most used phrase is probably something like “What? Chocolate?!” 

I’d like students and families to know that my passion for dance is high, but my passion for teaching a person to find confidence and expression within dance is even higher. 

Bella Trowbridge

West Salem Instructor

Bella is thrilled to have begun her teaching career with CVDA in 2021! Bella comes to CVDA with exceptional dance training and teacher training from Kelli Pinkerton of Ballet Arts NW.  Bella began dancing at Ballet Arts Northwest in 2017, when she was 13. She has danced with the West Salem High School Dance Team for 4 years and was able to perform at two Portland Trailblazers games. 

Her teaching philosophy is that she wants to give students the skills to not only do well in dance but life too.  Her most used phrase is “We will do an obstacle course at the end of class, not now”. She wants students and families to know that she is very excited to see what the new dance season brings.

Brooklynn Hammond-Brouwer

West Salem Instructor

Brooklynn joined CVDA in the summer of 2022. She started dancing when she was nine years old at the studio that used to be in the CVDA West location, Ballet Arts NW. She started assisting in classes when she was 11 and had the opportunity to be a sprite in Eugene Ballet Company’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with other dancers at her studio. She know teaches ballet for 2-3 year olds.

Her teaching philosophy is that she not only want the kids in her classes to learn dance skills, she also wants them to learn life skills.

She started dancing at a time when she was really struggling. Dance helped her gain more confidence and become the person she is now. She feels that she owes a lot to dance and the studio she was raised dancing in.