Holly is the founder and artist director of DanceSations school of Dance, which began as a summer program is 2004 and expanded to a full time dance school in 2013. 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 training 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 where she continued with ballet, jazz, and modern in intermediate and advanced levels until her departure for university. She was also involved in the work study program at In Motion in which she was a teacher assistant for a pre-ballet classes.
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 Performing Arts. At age 13 she moved on to United Dance Productions. While dancing at UDP she was a member of their Jr. Company, and as company 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 and while she was abroad performed with dance companies including “Junk Dance Co”, “Smoke Lilly’s and Jade”, and the Graham Company. She has received several scholarships from the National Dance Foundation and The Bermuda Arts Council. In addition to being a dance instructor, Sierra is also a Certified Beyond Barre Instructor.
Eryn attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and studied on the 3-year BA (Hons) Contemporary dance program, subsequently obtaining her degree in 2017. During her time in London, Eryn had the opportunity to work collaboratively with professional dancers and choreographers such as Jessica Wright of Company Wayne McGreggor, Maciej Kuźmiński of the Maciej Kuźmiński Company and Daniel Squire of the Merce Cunningham Trust. In addition to performance work, Eryn worked as a teacher and choreographer. She taught students ages 3+ in ballet, tap, jazz and street dance as part of N1 Dance, preparing them for B.A.T.D exams (The British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and performances. She also worked with adults in a fitness environment as part of The Gym Group and Jab Bhangra Fitness, which incorporated Bhangra style dance into fitness classes to create a versatile and eclectic cardio class.
Locally, Eryn has choreographed and performed as part of the Bermuda Civil Ballet, the Bermuda Arts Festival, Premiers Concerts, Troika Bermuda in addition to various charities, public and private events. Eryn began dancing at the age of 5 and, in addition to training and performing locally, had the opportunity to participate in numerous oversees programs. These include dance intensives with The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Bird College in the UK, Trinity Laban, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Centre, both in New York City. From a young age Eryn knew she wanted to be a teacher and choreographer. Eryn really enjoys working with children of all ages, especially in the dance and performing arts fields. Her love of dance makes teaching very enjoyable and she is thoroughly excited to be a part of the DanceSations team! Eryn has experience teaching pre-ballet, combo classes, jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop and modern/contemporary techniques. Eryn is also a qualified personal trainer and gym-fitness instructor and incorporates her knowledge of fitness and the body to provide a well-rounded dance education which aims to prevent injury and create healthy, strong, and athletic dancers. Eryn is very grateful to the Bermuda National Dance Foundation, the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society, The Peter Leitner Arts Scholarship, Bermuda Arts Council and Hamilton Parish Council for their unwavering support towards her dance education and development.
Sacha first started her dance journey at the age of 9. Moving forward she studied ballet, jazz, and hip hop at The Berkeley Institute as well as at The Russian School of Ballet. To enhance her skills, she joined 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 to advanced hip-hop levels at DanceSations since 2013 when the school opened fulltime. She has also performed in various DanceSations’ productions and has traveled with them to New York City to participate in dance classes. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids and loves to share her passion and energy with her students. Sacha won the "So You Think You Can Dance" Bermuda Competition in June 2014. She was also one of the recipients of the National Bermuda Dance Foundation Bursary in 2015 and 2016. Sacha concluded her studies in May 2018 at The College Of Lake County, Illinois where she was awarded subsequent dance scholarships for 2016 and 2017 and graduated with a diploma in dance education in all forms of dance and fine arts. During her time in Illinois, Sacha was a company member of L-theory Collective conducted by Lamiyah Lancaster, which allowed her the opportunity to choreographed and performed in numerous amounts of company pieces. She is excited to be back teaching fulltime and to be running the Hip-hop EliteTeam at DanceSations School of Dance. Sacha often travels to New York along with Dancesations company members and instructors to train and heighten her craft. Sacha took classes at both Broadway Dance Center and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. To challenge herself, instead of taking all Hip Hop classes, Sacha took Contemporary, Jazz Funk, Commercial Jazz, Street Jazz, Broadway Jazz and Dancehall. She is proud of the recognition that was given in every class she took part in. Sacha is very grateful to be a part of such an extraordinary team and to be lead under the direction of Holly Pacheco who shows nothing but support and only wants the best for her students and her instructors.
Jalesa started dancing at the age of three with the Somerset Trojanette Majorettes as a pom pom girl, and then later, as a majorette. She participated in various local performances with this group, and, on one occasion, had the unique opportunity of travelling to Miami to compete in a specialised competition. As a result of her growing interest in dance, she decided to attend formal classes at various local dance schools including Somerset School of Dance, United Dance Productions, Jackson's School of the Performing Arts, and In Motion School of Dance, to study jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and ballet. Jalesa also danced with a group she co-founded, Graffiti Dance Crew, with which she participated in local performances and events.
Jalesa first became involved with DanceSations in 2010, taking classes as part of their summer program and performing with them as part of their performance team. In 2013 Jalesa became a part time dance instructor with the now full time dance school, DanceSations School of Dance, teaching a variety of adult classes. She is currently one of the tap teachers, teaching and choreographing for a variety of different levels, preparing students for the annual recital. She is also proud to be a member of the hip-hop group Rated-E under the direction of Sacha Dill, which allows to continue to perform. She recently had the opportunity of travelling to New York City as part of a DanceSations group of staff and company members to enhance her dance and choreographic skills. The group took classes at Broadway Dance Centre and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Jalesa enjoys teaching dance and loves being part of the DanceSations family.
Antione started his performing arts journey at a very young age. At the age of 6, Antione explored the musical side of the arts playing the Viola. He excelled in the instrumental side of the arts, passing all of his ABRSM certificates grades 1-5 with merits and istinctions. At the age of 19, Antionetook the rhythm from his hands and passed it onto the rest of his body. He began dancing with the hip-hop group Krazed Ego and participated in many parades around the island. He also joined Troika Bermuda as a way to experience other genres of dance and better himself. Antione is currently a member of Rated E! and he performs with them a several occasions at public events. Antione started dancing with DanceSations during their summer programs and later joined the DanceSations team as a hip-hop instructor. Granted he hasn’t been dancing for long, joining DanceSations has been a wonderful and exciting experience in his eyes and has allowed him to 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.