Rachel has dedicated her life to dance and performing and is so excited to share her experience with the Sherwood Community!
With over twenty years of training and ten years of professional experience, Rachel has had the opportunity to perform around the world in cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is a highly versatile performer who has danced professionally in the styles of jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, ballroom and aerialist work.
An Oregon native, Rachel grew up training in multiple styles with her studios competitive performance company. She spent the majority of her weekends attending competitions and conventions where she had the opportunity to train under the countries top choreographers. Rachel's senior year of high school, she auditioned and was accepted into an apprentice program with Tremaine Dance Conventions where she traveled nationally to fulfill the role of assistant to the nations top instructors.
Rachel began her professional dance career in Los Angeles where she danced in national commercials and TV shows. Her first international contract was in Tokyo, Japan where she performed as an aerialist portraying the Disney princess Ariel, in Under the Sea. She later returned to Tokyo Disney to perform in another feature role as an aerialist in Mystic Rhythms. With a heart's desire to see more of the world, Rachel performed Broadway-style shows with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises. She then went on to perform with an international cast in Hong Kong and Macau at a major casino and resort. Most recently, Rachel had the opportunity to be a part of the NBA Golden State Warriors dance team for their championship season.
Rachel is an experienced dance instructor who has taught and choreographed at many studios and schools around the Portland Metro and Bay Area. She is currently undergoing a certification program to become a STOTT certified Pilates instructor and is so excited to apply Pilates methods to her dance teaching. She is also the current Head Coach for the Sherwood Arrows High School Dance Team.
Rachel places a strong emphasis on technique while encouraging showmanship and confidence in her students. “My dream is to create a dance studio that provides individual, high quality, dance instruction to all levels and ages. My goal is to to not only train dancers to be expert technicians on the dance floor, but also to encourage them to have the confidence to go on and pursue their dreams-whatever they may be. My life was changed because of dance, the teachers I had made a difference in my life, not just my dance skills. I want to share my skills and help create that same environment in my studio”.
Amanda Hoban - Dance Instructor
Amanda comes to us with over 20 years of experience training in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, aerial, hip-hop and tap. She grew up on her studios competitive dance team where she performed and competed at competitions and conventions throughout the Northwest. She was also a captain and choreographer of her high school dance team. Through dance team she was recognized individually as “Miss Thunderbird” and named a member of the “All Star Team” at the annual award ceremony for the State of Oregon Dance and Drill Association.
Amanda continued her training at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California where she received her dance teaching certificate. While there, she had the opportunity to both perform and choreograph various pieces through out the community. She was also recognized as “Dancer of the Year” by her instructors and peers. While living in the Los Angeles area Amanda had the opportunity to perform with local artists in stage performances and music videos, continue her training at the Edge Performing Arts Center and was awarded a summer scholarship from Backhaus Dance Company.
Amanda began her teaching career when she was just 16 years old with creative movement and pre-ballet classes at her local studio. She has since gone on to teach and help manage studios in both Southern California and Oregon and will be joining the Sherwood Arrows Dance Team for the 2017-2018 season as an assistant coach.
Her goal as an instructor is to give her students the proper dance training they need to go out into the world of dance and feel confident. She also strives to make all of her students feel strong and confident with themselves as performers and individuals.
Amanda's dedication, work ethic and love for not only dance but teaching is clear to anyone that knows her and we are so excited to have her join the Doty Performance family!
Katie Elden- Dance Instructor
Katie has spent the last 18 years dedicated to her love of dance and performing.
She was first inspired to dance after performing in a parade with a local high school dance team. Shortly after, Katie began to formally train in ballet / pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop and was on her studio's competitive team for 10 years where she competed at conventions and competitions all over the pacific northwest.
Katie was on the Tigard High School dance team for four years where she trained specifically in pom, jazz, and contemporary. While on the team, the Tigerettes placed 2nd place at state all four years. During her senior year, Katie served as the captain and led her team to win first place in the pom division at the High School National Championship in Aneheim, CA. Katie had her first glimps into the teaching world as a captain when she taught her team halftime routines and led dance clinics for elementary and middle schoolers.
After graduating from Tigard High School in 2014, Katie moved to Eugene to study communication at the University of Oregon but continued to take ballet and modern classes on campus through the School of Dance.
For the last two years, Katie has been apart of the coaching staff for the Sheldon High School Dance Team in Eugene, OR. As the assistant coach, Katie has helped to choreograph and stage routines that the team has competed at both DDCA and OSAA competitions. In 2017, Sheldon placed first in the 6A State Championship and most recently placed 4th in the 2018 6A State Championship. Katie is extremely proud of what she has accomplished in her time at Shledon with both the high school and middle school teams and is ready to bring that excitement back to the metro area!
She is determined that her students will feel confident in their skills that they learn and become confident in performing. Katie is excited to share her passion of dance with the community and dancers of all ages!
Aja Harris- Dance Instructor
Aja has been dancing for ten years, both on teams and as an instructor/choreographer. She has a wide dance background including jazz, contemporary, modern and lyrical, but specializes in hip-hop and fitness. Aja trained and competed with both her high school dance team and studios competitive team throughout high school. She was a captain her senior year and helped to assistant teach with her head hip-hop instructor. After graduation she attended PCC where she earned her certificate in fitness technology. Aja continued with her love of dance teaching and choreography recreational and competitive hip-hop classes around the Portland metro area.
Aja's classes are full of energy and style and we are so excited for the students to get to learn from her!
Ruby Guenther-Dance Instructor
Ruby took her first tap class when she was 3 and her move to Germany at age 6 introduced her to Ballet. She realized that in dancing, the language barrier was not an issue. When she moved to Hood River she started tapping again and eventually added Jazz and quickly Ballet, too, as her goal was to be in a professional company. She was accepted into Columbia Gorge Dance Academy’s company when she was 16 years old. Ruby cannot imagine life without dancing and is thankful for her teachers and their constant encouragement and support. Being in a Company expanded her experience on stage by performing at the Art of Movement, Portland Youth Ballet, NW Dance Project’s Summer Intensive, and The Nutcracker. She has danced with 11 Dance Co., NW Dance Project, Columbia Gorge Dance Academy, Portland Youth Ballet, Portland Metro Art, Oregon Ballet Theater, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Creative Art Center. She has taught many classes and workshops in Hood River and absolutely loves it! She currently teaches workshops and is a choreographer at Dance with Joy studios. She feels so lucky to have gotten this amazing opportunity with Doty Performance and can’t wait to connect and grow with her students.
Dominic Doty- Sports Director
Being the son of a college basketball coach, excelling as a youth athlete in various sports, and coaching at the highest college and club ranks, Dominic’s life has evolved around and been dedicated to athletics, athletes, and sports.
As a youth athlete growing up in Oregon, Dom experienced a high degree of success at both the club/AAU and high school levels. Active and immersed in athletics at a very early age, participating primarily in soccer, basketball, and baseball, Dom was a part of multiple state championship teams (recipient of state-wide awards), a four-year starter on his high soccer and basketball teams, and a participating member of the U17 US National Soccer Team. Additionally, Dom played on select state-wide and regional soccer and basketball teams which represented Oregon and the west region in National and International competition.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Dom attended Santa Clara University where he was a member of the SCU Bronco team that participated in a College Cup (Final Four). After graduating and receiving his bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Santa Clara University, Dom accepted a position with Linfield College as an assistant coach in both the men’s soccer and basketball programs. During his second year as a coach at Linfield College, being 23 years of age, Dom accepted a role as the Head Women’s soccer coach, becoming the youngest head coach in the country at all collegiate levels in all sports.
For five years, under Doty’s guidance from 2009 to 2013, the Wildcat soccer program experienced new never-before-reached heights, earning Regional and National recognition for their growth and success as a program. A long side running the the women’s soccer program, Dom served as the Head Men’s Basketball assistant for 7 years, while teaching college courses in sports technique, soccer and basketball coaching theory, and fitness and strength building.
In the pursuit of coaching at the highest collegiate level, Dom departed Linfield to head south where he accepted a position as the head women’s soccer assistant coach at San Jose State University. During his time in the program, the team saw incredible improvement and success, earning a place in the NCAA National tournament as the MWC Tournament Champions in 2015! While coaching in the Spartan program, in addition to work on the field and amongst other roles, Dom also served as the programs recruiting coordinator and team academic advisor.
While Dom has spent much of his professional career on the field and court as a collegiate coach, his reach has gone far beyond solely that of the college level. Dominic has coached elite youth and club teams in multiple sports for a variety of ages. In addition, he has served as a camp director and staff member for top tier and high level programs (Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, University of Oregon, Oregon State), including being an evaluator for numerous select teams (ODP).
Along the journey of maturing and a coach and developer of athletes, Dom has had the privilege of having spent time around some of the best coaches and minds in their profession, helping shape his special and innovative approach to the modern-day athlete.
Engineered to the core as a coach, Dominic is passionate about teaching and helping athletes of all ages and ability improve and grow to reach their full potential. The experience and foundation Dom has both as a former athlete and coach, coupled with the wealth of knowledge he encompasses in regards to development and connection to the world of athletics is extremely unique and undeniably valuable for any athlete of any sport.
You can contact Dominic Doty at 503.435.9070 or at DotyPerformance@gmail.com