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.
Aerial Silk Dancer & Choreographer, Aerial Fitness Instructor, 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.