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Andrea Alden:

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!

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Michaela Bloom:
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.
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Shali Corbin:
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.
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Hallie Edmonds:
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!
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Haley Tew:
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!

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Danielle Hensley:
Danielle Hensley began her dance background at the age of 8 developing her skills in her dance studio’s company through high school. She attended Arizona State University double majoring in Interior Design and Design Management and maintains a full-time career as an Interior Designer. Throughout college she was a member of the ASU Dancing Devils and the ASU Show Team competing in Latin and ballroom styles. She is certified in the Lotte Burke Method and Mat Pilates though the Pilates Core Integration Program. Danielle believes in ballet based methods to develop a strong, long and lean physique.
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Lisa Hunter:

Lisa first received the opportunity to study dance and music by joining her middle school’s color guard at the age of 11.  It was while she competed with the Dublin High School winter guard that she began focusing more on ballet, lyrical and jazz technique. She is a three-time California Color Guard Circuit champion and a two-time Winter Guard International finalist. While participating in her high school and college level teams, she has also served four years as a color guard instructor for middle school, high school, and college-level students. Outside of marching band, she practiced social swing dancing and hip hop while in high school as well as social ballroom while attending California Polytechnic State University for her Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Though she has retired from color guard and maintains a full-time career as a software engineer, she still continues to study various dance styles as well as learning new ones such as competitive ballroom and bellydancing. Growing up shy, it was through music and dance that Lisa learned to express herself confidently, and as a Studio BFF instructor she wants nothing more than to pass on such confidence to her students.
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Tamara Huth:
Tamara is an Arizona native. She began taking ballet classes at the age of five with Mary Moe Adams in Tempe. Later, she continued her training as an apprentice with Ballet Arizona under the direction of Jean Paul Comelin. In 1989, she moved to New York City to continue her ballet studies at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. She joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1991. During her ten year career with ABT, Tamara performed various roles in all the full-length classical repertory, as well as in a variety of works by choreographers that include Paul Taylor, Agnes de Mille, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Harold Landers, Natalie Weir, Anthony Tudor, David Parsons and Glen Tetley. In addition to performing with ABT, Tamara was a guest artist with Ballet Met, Ballet Hawaii, and the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley. She is also in the movie Center Stage. Tamara retired from the stage in 2001. She taught ballet in Baton Rouge and New Orleans while completing her undergraduate degree. Currently, she works as a registered nurse and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics. She is very excited to join the team at Ballet Fusion Fitness!
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Melina Morales:
Melina started dancing when she was 2 years old. She began with tap and then moved on to ballet, jazz and hip hop. Melina danced through high school, and 2 years ago decided to take it up again at BFF. She had always wanted to take dance again but could never find an adult only studio until Ballet Fusion Fitness opened it’s doors. Luckily her sister and a friend started attending classes BFF and would not stop raving about it. After one class Melina was hooked! Melina is a Certified Level 2 Ballerobica Instructor and has absolutely I fell in love with the BFF family and with teaching!!!
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Emily Porter:
Emily began her love of dance at age 16, when she began the study of ballet at Ballet Rincon in Tucson, AZ. She began studying ballet, jazz and tap and quickly discovered her desire to progress in ballet, particularly. She performed in various roles with Ballet Rincon throughout high school, and began studying at the Academy of Ballet under the direction of Linda Walker and danced in the company, Tucson Regional Ballet for one season. Emily graduated from the University of Arizona with a BM in Music Education, piano being her emphasis, and began teaching elementary general music classes in 2010. She continues to teach private piano lessons. She recently graduated and works as a Certified Medical Transcriptionist. Emily is excited to be a part of the Ballet Fusion Fitness Team!
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Juliana Fisher:
Juliana received her formal training in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as at The Rock School for Dance Education, the Joffrey San Antonio Workshop, and with scholarship offers from State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara and the Milwaukee Ballet School before her acceptance to the highly selective ballet performance degree program through the University of Oklahoma. As a scholarship student, she graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a Spanish minor. Juliana performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet for four seasons, as well as with the OU Opera Theatre, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, and was twice a guest artist for the Arizona School of Classical Ballet. Upon graduation from OU, Juliana was invited to be a founding member of Convergence Ballet Company in Phoenix under Jennifer Cafarella, performing in CBC’s inaugural season. In 2010, she was selected to join the Georgia Ballet in Atlanta, where she danced as a company member for four seasons. She performed many classical and contemporary works under Gina Hyatt-Mazon and later under Alexandre Proia. Juliana also participated in the 2012 performance season of Atlanta’s Dance Canvas, a program bringing together all area performing artists. She returns this season to Arizona to join Terpsicore Dance Company. Juliana has been teaching for years to students of all ages and levels, and was named 2012’s “Classical Ballet Teacher of the Year” through the Destined 2 Dance Awards. She looks forward to joining in the camaraderie of BFF!
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Candace Johnson:
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Gina D’Amico:
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Haylie Lee:
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Holly Faeth:
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Mar Mancha:
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Meg Marcanti:
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Nicolette Kaye:
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Tammy Foucrier:
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Front Desk Staff: Callie Alden
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Front Desk Staff: Rebecca McCarthy
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Front Desk Staff: Catelyn Sweeney
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