Aerial Fitness & Plank-It Instructor
Tara Botelho has always been disciplined and motivated to be the best she can be. At the age of 8, Tara began swimming competitively and did so throughout high school. After high school Tara spent 7 years as the assistant coach for the boys and girls high school swim teams and head coach for the Plainwell swim club. As a coach Tara mentored children from ages 6-18 sharing her drive and love for the sport. Tara’s new goal after swimming was to step out of her comfort zone and in doing so has accomplished goals such as running 10K’s. She began her aerial silk training in 2016 and quickly became the star pupil. She spent months training to become Bravo’s Aerial Fitness Instructor. And has recently become a Plank-It instructor for the studio. Tara brings her discipline and drive to each class to motivate individuals to push themselves harder.
With over 30 years of experience in the art of dance education, Bravo Arts Academy provides award-winning instruction to our students. We are motivated by our love of visual arts and the passion to transfer our knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.
Yoga Instructor & Modern Dance Instructor
Alana Bredahl was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI and growing up, she spent most of her time in her mother's dance studio. It was there where she was exposed to a wide variety of dance and fitness classes and eventually went onto teaching. After her freshmen year of college at Western Michigan University in 2012, she taught dance, yoga and fitness classes at Kamaji Summer Camp in Bemidji, Minnesota. When the camp season came to an end, Alana moved to St Thomas to work at a zip line canopy tour. For 2 years she lived on the island and got real world experience teaching water sports and fitness classes on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Life in paradise was great, but in 2014, Alana moved to Maryland so her and her fiancé could further their careers. After she moved, Alana found comfort in taking regular yoga classes and truly fell in love with it. She became fascinated with the health and wellness benefits yoga had to offer to all body types and the healing and resorting qualities for those with pre-existing conditions and injuries. Alana's dance and yoga education and experience makes her a perfect fit for Bravo. She brings a young vibrant energy to our studio.
Alison Peterson-Loll is a native of Allegan, MI and the owner of Bravo Arts Academy. Alison has been teaching dance for over 30 years and began her training at age 4. She studied privately with Lynn Nahikian while performing in local talent shows. Alison was accepted into Encore Dance Company in Decatur, MI at age 15. During her tenure Encore won National First Place Awards in Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. In order to afford competition fees and travel Alison opened her first studio at age 15 and performed in two Hello West Michigan commercials. Alison went on to receive a dance scholarship to Oklahoma City University, which is the number one rated dance department in the United States. As a dance performance major, Alison was a member of the OCU American Spirit Dance Company as well as a pep dancer for the NAIA National Champs. While at OCU Alison was fortunate to study with the legendary Honi Coles. Alison received a summer scholarship to study with Chi-Town Jazz Dance Company in Chicago. After falling in love with city life, she made the move to study at Lou Conte with greats like Lane Alexander and Birute Barodicaite. Alison performed with Aerosmith and danced in an MTV music video. At 23, Alison moved back to Allegan and opened Bravo Dance Studio. She also directed The Company of Dancing Soles, which won regional dance competitions. Alison received a choreography award from Joel Hall Dance Center. Her next career move was to Nashville, TN. Alison performed in multiple shows with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) . She became the choreographer for TPAC, A+ Theatre and VH1 Save the Music. Alison instructed and choreographed for DC Dance Factory, Bellevue Dance Center and was a regional judge for Showstoppers. Alison then decided to move to Orlando where she choreographed and taught for Raskin Dance Studio. With her Raskin dancers she received a National Choreography Award in Tap Production. Alison was a tap dancer for Warner Brothers and did an industrial for Disney World. She also modeled for a local surf magazine landing the cover. After moving back to Chicago Alison decided to retire from teaching children and focused her energy on creating the Cardio Ballet Barre’ workout, continued instructing tap and landed a movie roll as a dancer with Focus Features. After turning down a speaking roll in the movie Roll Bounce, Alison decided to retire from performing. She was hired by a start up IT business which was written up in Entrepreneur Magazine. Alison got her entrepreneurship from her mother Barb Peterson, former owner of Barbara Elaine’s Formal Wear and Aerobics by Barb. When Barb became ill Alison moved home to Allegan to help her father Joel take care of her mom. She spent her time running her mother’s business and performing for local hospice fundraisers like Cabaret and Dancing with the Docs. After some difficult years and her mother’s passing Alison opened Bravo Arts Academy in April of 2016. Her passion for educating children and adults in the arts drives her to be the best teacher she can be for her students.
Dance Studio Reviews for Bravo
~A healthy philosophy for youth dance classes, bravo! Becky Davidson Pasman
~Alison is so very patient with people who were not brought up with dance or gymnastics. She has always made me feel welcomed and helped me become better than the time before. She is an excellent teacher! Raina Lyons Skeels
~Amazing class but what really sets this apart from so many places is the outstanding instruction!! Worth the drive to make it here!! Katie Kean
~Alison is a fantastic motivator and keeps her classes interesting with a fun mix of music and enough variety while still retaining the moves you know and dread during them (but love how your butt looks after).
Cardio Barre is a great, low impacting toning and strengthening class while working my center/core.
I've taken classes from her for 2 1/2 years and without any significant changes in my diet, just her classes, I have dropped 4 dress sizes and maintained that loss. I'm toner and feel better than I ever have now that I am working out with her 4 days a week. Staying fit and healthy is a commitment but it's one of the most valuable investments you can make. It's an easy decision for me each month to spend my money at Bravo Arts Academy, to make my well being a priority in my life, and have a great time doing it! Dr. Rachel VandenBrink
~Alison is such a wonderful teacher and a great inspiration!! She is so knowledgable and her classes are so much fun. Abbi Clark
~Amazing!!! Alison has helped me so much. She motivates me to be the best I can. Always pushes me that extra step. So glad I found this place and her!!! Lisa Truax
~These classes are the root of strong bodies and toning. Unbelievable change in muscle definition using your own body weight! So excited to have all these options in our cute little town! Ashley Jackson