Andrea Alden has lived in the East Valley for most of her life. She started dancing as a child, taking lessons in jazz, tap, lyrical, gymnastics, and ballet, and studied ballet seriously from the ages of 11-17 with instructors at top local studios as well as instructors from Ballet Arizona, and had the opportunity to study with the Oakland Ballet Company when she lived in the Bay Area. She was a member of her high school dance company, but gave up dance after high school to attend college. She also pursued certification in yoga instruction. Currently, Andrea is an Instructor for Writing Programs at Arizona State University, where she is also working toward her PhD. Andrea is very excited to be part of the BFF team!
Michaela has been dancing since she was a toddler and has studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, theater dance, tap, world modern dance all over the country. She has danced in Seattle, Portland, New York and California and has been inspired by some of the country’s finest dancers in every style. Currently a student at Arizona State University, Michaela is hoping to go into education using dance to help students apply the discipline and gratification of dance to every aspect of learning. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary to students from age 3 to 65+ since she was 15. With her passion and enthusiasm for dance, she hopes to keep all of her students loving to move. She has an 8 pound Shih Tzu named Sami that she treats like her child and is often seen dressed up in little outfits.
When Shali is not too busy being a wife to her dearest hubby and a mommy to her adorable twin baby girls, you’ll most likely find her on the dance floor or at Ballet Fusion Fitness. Her love for dance started in 2004 when she began dancing Salsa at ASU and became a part of the ASU show team which competed in Latin and Ballroom divisions. Shali went on to further her Salsa dancing skills as a member of Salvaje Dance Company which performed at various Salsa congresses and events across the nation. Shali’s love for fitness began in high school when she competed and medaled in both track and field and cross-country. Currently Shali still teaches Salsa with her husband and remains a member of Salvaje Dance Company. Couple Shali’s love for dance with the fact that she was born and raised in France until the age of 10, and it seems appropriate that she would end up at the only Ballet-based fitness program in the nation. Now Studio BFF has become a second home. Ballet Fusion Fitness is the perfect marriage between fitness and dance. Shali is honored to be part of the BFF family.
Hallie began her ballet training at the age of 5 in Tucson, AZ at Academy of Ballet under the instruction of teachers including Linda Walker, Gary McKenzie and Deborah Kennar. She also studied jazz beginning at the age of 8. She took part in, and performed in several summer workshops and danced in their company, Tucson Regional Ballet, for 6 seasons. During this time, Hallie also attended and performed in several Regional Dance America (RDA) festivals. Later, Hallie attended the University of Arizona where she continued to study ballet, modern and jazz and earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology and Art History. Now, Hallie has just earned her MA in physical anthropology at Arizona State University and is now working on her PhD. In addition, she has also completed her pilates certification and now is excited to join BFF!
Haley entered the health and fitness industry in 2001 working as an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor for Arizona State University’s Student Recreation Center. Her classes included kickboxing, bootcamp, pilates and weight training. In 2004 she became the program coordinator for the personal training department and has helped hundreds become empowered through education on proper health and fitness habits. Haley continued in this position until her graduation in 2006, receiving her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and continues to work in this field full time today. Haley found her passion for teaching again at Ballet Fusion Fitness and now teaches Ballet Boxing. Haley is an attentive, results-oriented instructor with a flair for making high intensity workouts a fun and exciting experience. You’ll definitely be coming back for the beating!