East Valley Ballet Academy was founded in 2017 by former American Ballet Theatre dancer Tamara Barden Huth, along with Andrea Alden and Lisa Juliet. They have hand selected the best instructors to deliver some of the finest ballet instruction in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
Tamara Barden Huth
Tamara is an Arizona native. She started studying classical ballet at age five with Mary Moe Adams in Tempe. Additionally, she was an apprentice with Ballet Arizona under the direction of Jean Paul Comelin. At sixteen, she moved to New York City to study at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet on full scholarship.
Tamara joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1991. While there, she performed roles in all the company’s full-length classic ballets. In addition, she performed a variety of classical, contemporary, and modern works by choreographers such as Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, and George Balanchine. During her ten-year career with ABT, she had the opportunity to personally work with Natalia Makarova, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitvh, Agnes de Mille, James Kudelka, Ben Stevenson, Christian Holder, Kevin McKenzie, and Frederic Franklin, among others.
In addition to traveling around the world and performing with ABT, Tamara was a guest artist with Ballet Met, Ballet Hawaii, The Staten Island Ballet, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, and Louisiana Dance Theatre. Her television and film credits include the Frederick Wiseman documentary Ballet (1995), Variety and Virtuosity: American Ballet Theatre Now (1998), Dance in America: Le Corsaire (1999), and the movie Center Stage (2000).
Tamara is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Five of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. For the past five years, she has been selected to teach ABT’s summer intensive audition classes. In addition, she is certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique.
Tamara has been utilizing the ABT® National Training Curriculum to instruct adults at Ballet Fusion Fitness for the past five years. Now, she has decided to expand her passion and bring quality ballet instruction to children. She founded the East Valley Ballet Academy in 2017 with Andrea Alden and Lisa Juliet. Tamara also holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Informatics. In addition to teaching at EVBA and Ballet Fusion Fitness, she works as a registered nurse and is the mother of an energetic girl.
Andrea has lived in the East Valley for most of her life. She started dancing at age 6, taking lessons in jazz, tap, lyrical, gymnastics, and ballet. She studied ballet seriously from the ages of 11-17 with Laurie Silvestri at Tempe Dance Academy and Kim Sonderegger at Ballet Arizona. Andrea also trained with the Oakland Ballet Company during her summers.
Andrea is an ABT® Certified Teacher, as well as certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Three of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Since then, she has been utilizing this curriculum to teach ballet to adults at Ballet Fusion Fitness, which she co-owns with Lisa Juliet. In addition, Andrea holds a PhD in English and is a professor at Grand Canyon University where she teaches in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Lisa has 34 years of classical ballet training in Ceccetti technique, and studied with Redwood Concert Ballet, San Fransisco Ballet, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, and Nevada Festival Ballet as a pre-profesional dancer. She has performed in numerous renditions of The Nutcracker, as well as Les Sylphides, Carmen, Giselle, Swan Lake, Bolero, and numerous contemporary and modern pieces.
Lisa has also worked with some amazing teachers throughout the years such as Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, Flavio Salazar, Valerie Huston, Barbara Land, Virginia Niekrasz, and many others from Ballet Arizona. Additionally, she was a performing member of Regional Dance America for many years.
Lisa has undergraduate degrees in Dance and Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology from U.C. Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Business and Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno. Additionally, Lisa is trained in Vagonova and has served as a Mentor for students of the Royal Academy of Dance in Canada.
Previously, Lisa worked as a biochemist doing cancer research for a decade before following her true passion, ballet and fitness. She has been a certified fitness instructor with The American Council on Exercise since 2009, and she founded the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association, where she serves as a Master Instructor and Teacher Trainer. She has been teaching ballet for 21 years and all types of fitness for the last 19 years. Lisa LOVES to teach and specializes in teaching proper technique as well as working with dance related injuries. Through Lisa’s dance conditioning and safe training practices, dancers gain strength, stamina, and flexibility without injury.
Lisa is the creator of Ballerobica, the online training and conditioning program for dancers and fitness professionals www.ballerobica.com, founder of Ballet Fusion Fitness in Mesa, AZ www.studiobff.com and contributor and board member to the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA) www.barrecertification.com.
Tammy began dancing at age 3, training in the RAD method in Johannesburg, South Africa. After moving to the United States at age 7, she joined the Imperial Academy of Dance (IAD) in Denver, Colorado, training under Cecchetti instructor Louanne Davies. She took part in several Cechetti summer workshop until age 20 and and IAD workshops in Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Spanish Flamenco. Tammy also danced in the Rocky Mountain Youth Dance Foundation’s advanced company for over 7 years. During this time, Tammy worked through each level of Cechetti training, ultimately completing her Advanced Cecchetti Exam. In addition, Tammy was an instructor for the Imperial Academy of Dance, training Cecchetti students from Grade I – Grade IV.
Tammy’s love of the outdoors brought her to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her PhD in Sustainability, which she is currently working to achieve. She has also taught Barre and Ballerobica at Ballet Fusion Fitness for over 2 years and holds a Master Instructor certification through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association.
A mother of two herself, Tammy is excited to share her love of classical ballet with children and young adults, including her two children!
Mikaela is so excited to be a part of the East Valley Ballet School family! She inherited her passion for dance from her mom, who was both her role model and first ballet instructor. At the age of eleven Mikaela joined Ballet Etudes’ pre-professional company. While there, she danced several roles including Spanish, Snow Queen, and Arabian in the Nutcracker and Fairy of the Golden Vine and Silver in the full length ballet of Sleeping Beauty. After many years of strictly ballet training, Mikaela joined the college dance scene where she branched into modern dance and other styles of dance. From the first class, she fell in love; training in everything from Improvisation to Choreography to Flamenco to African dance. She has auditioned and been cast as either a dancer or choreographer in several faculty performances, student performances, and guest artist works at both Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the University of New Mexico. Mikaela is also humbled to have the opportunity to train with the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company this summer. In addition to her personal training, she has also taught ballet, modern, and tap for many years at Ballet Etudes and the Town of Gilbert. Spreading the love of dance through a variety of communities has become Mikaela’s utmost passion and she intends to continue to do so as she works towards her Bachelors in Dance Education from Arizona State University.
Anna began her dance training at the age of 3 in Plainfield, Illinois where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap. At the age of 9 she began Irish dancing and and traveled competitively across the nation throughout her youth. Later, she became involved in the dance club in high school, she ran the school dance show for two consecutive years and after 3 years of involvement on the Varsity Poms, she became captain her senior year.
Throughout her involvement in High School dance programs, she maintained a schedule of regular competitions with Keigher Academy of Irish Dance and Revolution Dance Studio. From there, Anna moved to Chicago where she studied Dance Choreography at Columbia College Chicago. Ballet and Modern dance were her main focus under the instruction of teachers such as Carrie Hanson, Mary McGinley-Gallivan, and Peter Carpenter.
After a few years, Anna moved to Arizona to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Studies at Arizona State University. Her passion for dance continued when she found the ASU Dancing Devils where she performed with them for 3 years and was President her last year. Of all her training, ballet has always been her passion, and she is excited to work with a studio of motivated and supportive people once again.
Allison’s love for dance began after she took her first ballet class at 3 years old. She has trained with Nina Marlow, Rena Backer, Slawomir Wozniak, and many others throughout her life who have prepared her for various roles such as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Lise in La Fille Mal Gardee.
When Allison reached middle school, she decided to diversify her dance experience by pursuing show choir. She continued this style of performance through high school, competing with and choreographing for Horizon High School’s advanced show choirs “Step on Stage” and “Show Divas”. Show choir has blessed her with incredible opportunities such as earning a chair in Arizona All State Show Choir her freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year, performing at Disneyland, and competing in the 2015 Los Alamitos Xtravaganza.
Currently, she is working to receive her BA in Communications at Grand Canyon University and continues her passion for dance by studying various elements and styles of dance through the university as well as being a dancer on the GCU Dance Team. She has always been eager to share her experience and love for dance/healthy movement through teaching ballet, show choir, and gymnastics since she was 10 years old. Allison feels beyond blessed to be a part of the EVBA family.
Miquella is a performance artist in poetry and dance, concentrating on the therapeutic effects of movement and creative expression. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago learning every style of dance imaginable: from body percussion to flamenco, and rhythmic gymnastics. She competed in national competitions and regional festivals: traveling to New York for the finals of Youth American Grand Prix in 2016. With Illinois Dance Conservatory she starred in annual ballets like The Little Mermaid and The Nutcracker. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Integrative Health and a minor in dance. She aspires to be a naturopathic physician, exploring all the ways that nature and science together can heal the body and the collective human psyche.