Owner, Instructor, Choreograher
Alison Peterson-Loll is a native of Allegan, MI and the owner of Bravo Arts Academy. Alison has been teaching dance for over 35 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 began teaching 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 danced in an MTV music video and even performed with Aerosmith. At 23, Alison moved back to Allegan and opened Bravo Dance Studio. She also directed The Company of Dancing Soles, which performed locally and 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, YMCA syncronized swim team 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. She was also hired for local commercials and modeled for print ads. After moving back to her hometown Alison won the local Dancing with the Docs competition both times she participated. Along with performing and choreographing for the Allegan Cabaret Show hospice fundraiser. A previous student of Alison's exposed her to the world of aerial silks. Alison opened Bravo Arts Academy in April of 2016 to persue her new found passion for aerial sling dancing and became the first and only dance studio in Michigan to offer aerial silk classes. Bravo is one of the only studios in the world to have group aerial dancing.
Meet our staff
Kate Haynor is a marine veteran with an associates in criminal justice. She works at the Bravo front desk so you can trust her to take your payment or answer any questions you may have. When not working at Bravo she works-out at Bravo.
Abigail Staffen has been assisting Ms. Alison for over three years. This exceptional kid takes the initiative to help in any way she can. She has become a very aware and thorough assistant instructor for the Intro to Dance and Intro to Aerial classes. Always ready to run dances with the students or tie a shoe. Abbie has big dreams to pursue a career in the performance arts. She studies ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre and aerial silk dance. Abbie gets extra vocal training through her choir class at school. She is currently a straight A student at Allegan Middle School. When she is not dancing you may find her babysitting or making Tiktoks with her bestie.
Aerial Silk Instructor & Choreographer
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. Even traveling as far as Tennessee for training. After helping build Bravo's aerial dance reputation through performances she became the co-instructor for Aerial Silk Dance class. Tara brings her discipline and drive to each class to motivate individuals to push themselves harder.