Sara began dancing at the age of six in Lake Jackson, Texas. She has had the opportunity to train with professionals and dance in many productions such as The Nutcracker. Her teaching experience ranges from pre-school aged children to junior high and adults. Sara has been working with school age children for the past 15 years. The goal of River Oaks Dance is to create a knowledge and love of dance at young age and foster an interest in the art that will last a lifetime. Sara believes that dance can help children grow in so many areas such as coordination, confidence, presence and imagination.
Sara is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Sara is also a certified master teacher through the Leap n Learn early childhood development and dance program and continues learning from and about children every year during classes and through continued education training. Sara is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and lives in Montrose. She loves seeing her little ballerinas around town “in real life”!
Holda began her training in Mexico City under the direction of Paloma Zepeda Novelo. She began her classical training in the cuban technique and then moved into the Royal Academy of Dance program. She has coursed through the Royal Academy of Dance graded exams from Pre-Primary to Advance 2. Holda was a dancer with Allegro Ballet of Houston under the direction of Glenda Brown, Peggy Girouard and Vanessa Brown. Allegro gave Holda the opportunity to dance regionally and nationally at the Regional Dance America Convention and internationally with Young Tanzsommer tour in Austria. She has had the opportunity to perform professionally with regional companies in the Greater Houston area and the U.S., as well as work with world-known Master Teachers such as Laura Alonso, John Magnus, Thom Clower, Jennifer Medina, Paula Weber, Lynn Wallis, Ana Jurado, Albert Cataffi, Leslie Jane Pessemier. Holda completed her Certificate for Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) Programme in 2014 under the mentorship of Rocio Braggiato, and is now a Royal Academy Certified Teacher. R.A.D TC 797370. In April 2017 Holda completed the Progressing Ballet Technique teacher certification course taught by the PBT founder Marie Walton-Mahon. Holda is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Holda recently graduated from University of St. Thomas with a B.F.A. in Dance.
Holda enjoys teaching and seeing her students be successful not only in dance but in all aspects of their lives. In her free time, Holda enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs or working out at the gym.
Dalia Trejo, Dance Instructor
Dalia Trejo received her BFA in Dance at Sam Houston State University. She is a native from Pasadena, Texas where she started her dance training under the directorship of Jessica Noxon. She continued in the Dance Program at San Jacinto College where she honed her skills in choreography, technique, and performance. Dalia has premiered her choreography at San Jacinto College and Sam Houston State University, and tours as a freelance dance instructor and choreographer with Danceline USA Productions. Dalia is a proud recipient of the Chi Tau Epsilon Exemplary Choreographic Achievement, the San Jacinto College Dance Program Professional Standard Award, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Cultural Arts Scholarship, as well as multiple arts and performance scholarships. She has performed in works created by Dionne Noble, Laura Harrell, Emily Roy Sayre, Ty’Esha Lewis, Joel Rivera, Adele Nickel, and other Houston area independent artists as well as performing in multiple American College Dance Association Gala Concerts. Dalia is dedicated to sharing the joy of dance through teaching, creating, and exploring movement every day.
Gemini Quintos, Dance Instructor
Gemini Quintos is very excited to be joining the River Oaks Dace family! Gemini grew up in New York City doing professional theatre, appearing in the Broadway shows Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol. She is an experienced tap dancer, and has shared the stage with tap moguls Andrew Nemr, Michelle Dorrance, Jared Grimes, and others. Gemini has extensive experience teaching youth theatre workshops for children and teens, both in NYC and Asia. On most days, you can find her at her shop @samanddavy in River Oaks Shopping Center, which she owns and runs with her partner and their two little girls.