Holly has been dancing since the age of four and has many years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, modern, and hip-hop. She started out her dance path at The Somerset School of Dance and later joined Keya’s Fun Approach Dance School. There she had the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia for various workshops and was trained by professional Broadway teachers in ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap. This broadened her imagination, and since then she knew she wanted to be involved with dance for the rest of her life. In 2000, she attended In Motion School of Dance and she continued with ballet, jazz, and modern in intermediate and advanced levels until her departure for university. She was also involved in a work study program at In Motion in which she was a teacher assistant for a pre-ballet class.
She is a graduate of Acadia University with a BBA and a minor in Spanish. She not only danced, but also taught in Canada with the Acadia Dance Collective and provided private dance lessons to young children. Holly performed with the Acadia Dance Collective for four years, and taught for three. She played an active role, having been elected as the Vice President of Finance for the collective. Holly has experienced all aspects of what it takes to teach, perform and conduct a performance; she has been involved with absolutely every aspect of the process. Dance and teaching is her passion and she absolutely adores working with young children.
Sierra-Renae began her dance training at the age of 3 at The Jackson School of Dance. At age 13 she moved on to United Dance Productions. While dancing at UDP she was a member of their Jr. Company, and as member she had several opportunities to explore the world of dance by traveling all over the USA and Canada, taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Koresh and many more. Whilst traveling with UDP’s Jr. Company she performed in the Philadelphia Dance Festival and a few Summer Dance Intensive Programs. Locally Sierra has performed with the Bermuda Dance Company, and additionally she performed in The Premiers Concert, The Bermuda Jazz Festival and numerous charity and private events. Sierra attended The University of The Arts in Philadelphia; she has received several scholarships from the National Dance Foundation and The Bermuda Arts Council. She has also performed with dance companies including “Junk Dance Co”, “Smoke Lilly’s and Jade”, and the Graham Company. Sierra is also a Certified Beyond Barre Instructor and she teaches barre classes at DanceSations School of Dance.
Alexandra is originally from Toronto, Canada and has been living and teaching Dance Education in Bermuda since 2011. She completed her training from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London England in 2008 where she obtained a Diploma in Dance Studies. Alexandra attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she completed her Undergraduate Degree in 2006 and founded a performing arts organization. While in London, she choreographed for local events such as The Treehouse Gallery, the Lewisham Festival as well as a private event held at West Minster Abby. Back in Canada, she danced with the Ismailova Theatre of Dance Company and Whimsical Productions; both Toronto based physical theatre companies. She also choreographed for the Toronto National’s Lacrosse ‘Lady Nat’s’ Dance Team. She is a certified Artistic Educator from the Ontario Arts Council and has taught dance enrichment programs, both curricular and extra-curricular, for many years in Toronto. She is very excited to be part of the Dancesations team and share her experiences with the beautiful island of Bermuda.
Eryn began her dance training at the age of 5 and has experience in ballet, pointe, modern technique, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. She previously took classes at Somerset School of Dance where she completed her Advanced One Royal Academy of Dance examination at a Merit level, and United Dance Productions where she was a member of their Junior Company.
Locally, Eryn has performed in the Bermuda Arts Festival, Premiers Concerts, with Troika Bermuda and the Bermuda Civic Ballet as well as at various charity and private events.
Eryn has also been involved in numerous oversees programs including dance intensives with The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Bird College in the UK, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Centre both in New York City. She participated in the Pulse Teacher Training Workshop and has experience teaching pre ballet, jazz, ballet, tap, modern and combo classes.
Eryn is currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on the 3 year BA(Hons) Contemporary dance program. She was also selected to be a teaching assistant for the Trinity Laban Learning and Participation Children’s Creative Dance Classes and Youth Program where she works with 4-7 year olds in classes based on creative practice. Eryn really enjoys working with children of all ages, especially in the dance and performing arts field, and is very excited to be a part of the DanceSations team!
Eryn is very grateful to the Bermuda National Dance Foundation and the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society for their continuous financial support going towards her dance education. She would also like to thank the Peter Leitner Scholarship committee for the support they provided this past year.
Eryn is excited to return home and share her experiences with Bermuda!
Sacha first started her journey dancing in her church at the age of 9. She didn’t have a feel for dancing at first but her instructor told her that she would be a dancer and ever since then she has had the passion and drive for dance. At age 11 she joined Rafeki African Dance Company which was owned by Mrs. Tianjah Bean. Moving forward she began to study ballet, jazz, and hip hop at The Berkeley Institute with instructors Mrs. Robin Westervelt and Ms. Zalika “Zazi” Millett. She has also trained at The Russian School Of Ballet. To enhance her skills she joined an organization by the name of Troika, which helped her with confidence, technique and much more. She has traveled with Troika and performed internationally dancing, singing, and acting. She has had the pleasure of instructing beginner though advanced hip-hop classes at DanceSations this past year. She has also performed at various DanceSations’ productions and most recently has traveled with them to New York City to participate in dance classes in Hip-hop, Jazz, and DanceHall. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids and loves to share her passion and energy with her students. Sacha has most recently won the "So You Think You Can Dance" Bermuda Competition in June 2014. She is also the 2015 National Bermuda Dance Foundation Bursary Awardee. Sacha currently studies abroad in Illinois at The College Of Lake County. She plans to graduate in May 2017 where she will uphold a diploma in dance education of all forms of dance and fine arts. Sacha is also a company member of L-theory Dance Company conducted by Lamiyah Lancaster of Illinois.
Jalesa started dancing at the age of three years old as a pom pom girl, then transitioned up to a majorette with the Somerset Trojanette Majorettes. She had the pleasure of traveling to Miami with the Somerset Trojanette Majorettes to participate in a Majorette Dance Competition. She has had a passion for dance ever since. She has attended dance schools across the island such as Somerset School of Dance, United Dance Productions, Jackson's School of the Performing Arts, and In Motion School of Dance studying jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and ballet. Tap and hip hop became her favorite genre, and she has been taking part in advanced classes across the island.
In 2009 Jalesa started her own dance group along with her cousin called "Graffiti Dance Crew" , where she has had the chance to experience many styles of dance and has performed them across the island including her very own benefit concert which she did in 2010 called "The Writing On The Wall." Jalesa has participated in several dance workshops that have been hosted both here in Bermuda and Abroad. This is her 5th year dancing with DanceSations’ and she enjoys every minute of it. She has been a part of the DanceSations' performance team, and has performed with them at the Rubber Duck Derby in St. George's, Christmas Parade, Late Night shopping, Earth Hour, and more.
She has traveled to New York with our company students in 2014 to take classes at the Broadway Dance Center where she studied tap, jazz funk, hip hop and jazz and attended the Alvin Ailey Dance School where she part took in a African style dance class. She has been accepted to travel with Up With People in July 2017 and is looking forward to going and having a great experience. She is happy to be part of our DanceSations family as she loves working with children, and loves to share her talents and knowledge with her young and bright students. Jalesa is happy to be a Tap and Hip Hop instructor for the next upcoming years.
Alexis Richens graduated from Jacksonville University in April 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, as well as a Business Management degree with a minor in Marketing. In her final year of university, Alexis achieved the award for Outstanding Senior in Dance and held the position of Student Representative of the dance department. Alexis began her dance training at Jacksons School of Performing Arts where she studied various styles of dance. Her other interests include Salsa and Bachata.
Alexis has previously choreographed for JU’s concert, One Spark, DanceSations, and Bermuda Civic Ballet. In the spring of 2014, she travelled with selected peers to Milledgeville, Georgia where they competed in the American College Dance Festival Association. In addition, Alexis has performed in numerous recitals, productions, and pantomimes, and has attended several dance intensives hosted by the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda in partnership with American Ballet Theatre. Her time at university provided her with the opportunity to work with Kristin Gallagher Flato (Ballet Mistress of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet), Stacey Tookey, Koresh Dance Company, and many others.
Alexis is thankful to the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda for providing funding to assist with her dance education. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of dance with the community.
Antione started his performing arts journey at a very young age. At the age of 6, Antione explored the instrumental side of the arts and began playing the Viola. Although he didn’t start dancing until a later age, he excelled in the instrumental side of the arts. By the age of 17, Antione had obtained many ABRSM certificates ranging from grades 1-5, passing with merit and distinction in all of them. Along with his individual studies, he took part in many orchestras and performances in group settings in his free time.
At the age of 19, Antione took the rhythm from his hands and passed it on to the rest of his body. He began dancing with a hip-hop group named Krazed Ego who participated in many parades around the island. Along with doing that, he also joined the performance arts group known as Troika. He joined Troika because he saw this as an opportunity to experience other genres of dance and better himself. As he continued his dance journey, he joined another hip-hop group named Rated E! where he developed more as a hip-hop dancer. Antione started dancing with Dancesations last summer doing hip-hop and continues to grow as a dancer. After the summer program, he later joined the Dancesations team teaching hip-hop and sharing his talents with the kids. Granted he hasn’t been dancing for long, joining Dancesations has been a wonderful and exciting experience in his eyes and has allowed him expand his horizons and further himself as a dancer. Like Dianna Nyad once said, “You are never too old to chase your dreams”.
Tina has been teaching gymnastics for 18 years. She was first introduced to dance at the age of 4 at The Jackson School of Dance. At the age of 6 she moved to suburban Philadelphia with her mother where she began doing gymnastics. She was a competitive gymnast for 7 years competing with the Gymcats under Donna Watters of Greater Brandywine, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Tina has been teaching with Bermuda Gymnastics for 18 years from ages 3 and up, currently located at Saltus Grammar School. She was the Recreational Director for Bermuda Gymnastics at Sandys 360 and coached recreational classes at the National Training Center in St. Davids.
She traveled to Barbados in 2011 for the FIG Academy training programme, the international governing body for gymnastics. The eight-day course included lectures in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, and psychology which culminated in a written examination at the end of the week and a ten-minute ‘clinic style’ presentation on how to coach a skill, integrating the information learned through the week.
She joined the Dancesations School of Dance in September 2014, teaching tumbling classes. Tina has a strong passion for teaching gymnastics and enjoys teaching all ages. As with any sport, gymnastics takes hours of practice and dedication, Tina loves being able to share her knowledge and passion for the sport with her students.