Michael is the founder and CEO of the ALIGN Ballet Method. He studied classical ballet at the National Academy of the Arts, renowned for its illustrious community of students and faculty from all over the world. Upon graduation, he embarked on a 10-year long career with BalletMet, where he danced leading roles (including pieces designed for him by elite contemporary choreographers).
After retiring from the stage, Michael relocated to Los Angeles. He quickly became a sought-after personal trainer, and created/produced one of the earliest fitness-themed podcasts available in the Apple Store. By 2010, ALIGN 1 officially launched, integrating Michael’s professional background and vision to reach a vast (and underserved) market of adult beginners. The workshops exploded out of the gate, and ALIGN has since been featured by Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Pop Sugar, Angeleno, Daily Candy, KABC Los Angeles, Broadway News, Backstage, and Vogue. He has also taught on-camera segments for celebrities such as Pauly D (MTV’s Jersey Shore), the women of WWE (E!’s Total Divas), and YouTube sensation, Liza Koshy.
Michael continues to cultivate the fusion of classical ballet with technological innovation, giving ALIGN students unparalleled access to premiere Virtual and in-person training.
born in Tucson AZ where she trained with Ballet Tucson. After attending summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater (New York), and The School of American Ballet, Jahna returned to Seattle to train full time in the PNB school’s Professional Division, and joined the company in 2012. In 2015 Jahna joined the San Francisco Ballet and was subsequently promoted to soloist in 2017. She has danced principal roles in “Rubies” by George Balanchine, “Hedda Gabler” in “Ibsen’s House” by Val Caniparoli, “New Suite” and “Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude” by William Forsythe, “Chamber Symphony” by Alexei Ratmansky, among others. Created principal roles by choreographers Alonzo King, and Myles Thatcher. Created featured roles by Twyla Tharp, Justin Peck, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, among others. Did works by Jiri Kylian, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, Crystal Pite, among others. She has not only trained in classical ballet, but also tap, jazz, Fosse, and modern, Alexander Technique, and acting.
A former member of the corps de ballet with ABT and Colorado Ballet, Alexandra’s journey as a dancer started young. A gold-medalist in the classical division of the Youth American Grand Prix, she was also the recipient of several scholarships to premiere companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet and ABT. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Alexandra has explored other disciplines in the wellness sphere. In addition to earning her Yoga certification, she maintains the active blog/website Healthy Ballerina, where she shares her insights for mindful eating, nutrition and holistic health. Alexandra is currently signed with Block Talent Agency, and continues dancing in regular commercial appearances. Alexandra’s classical training combined with a well-balanced approach to fitness make her a wonderful asset to the Align team!
Amanda De Oliveria
At only 10 years old, Amanda relocated from her home in Sao Paulo, Brazil to New York, where she enrolled in the School of American Ballet. She continued her formal training on full scholarship at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and was invited to join their Studio Company, ABT II. During her time with ABT, Amanda performed at the MET Opera House, the Kennedy Center, and at historic theaters throughout Europe, and earned her ABT National Training Certification. She has since choreographed and taught Master Classes for Columbia, Yale, Stanford, and numerous international universities.
Born in Nova Scotia, Zoe left home early to study at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Pre-Professional program. She went on to receive fellowships/contracts with prestigious institutions such as the Merce Cunningham Trust in NYC, Vancouver Opera, Connecticut Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre and ArtistsPlus Productions. Zoe is a passionate advocate for mental health, and she is currently working on her degree in Psychology. We are beyond proud to have such a talented, empathetic, and multifaceted instructor as part of our team…going 5+ years strong!
Stella SingYiun Ng
Stella is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at UCI under a full scholarship. She completed the Royal Academy of Dance of London’s Advanced II Curriculum with high distinction, and went on to train at illustrious ballet schools in New York and California. Stella holds multiple first-place awards from international ballet competitions, and has danced professionally with Anaheim Ballet Company and Festival Ballet Theater. Stella has shared the stage with ballet stars Yuan Yuan Tan, Maria Kotchekova and danced as a guest artist along with Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Concert Hall. A graduate of ABT’s National Training Curriculum, she has also worked as guest choreographer for Irvine High School. We are excited to have Stella as part of the Align program. Students of any skill level will benefit from her expertise and nurturing energy!
Began her early training as a ballet dancer in Miami, FL and was later introduced to jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary. She’s a proud graduate of Miami’s top performing arts high school and has spent many summers attending dance competitions with her local studio. Shadé, continued her arts education by attending Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program & received numerous dance achievement awards, such as being a recipient for the Alvin Ailey Annual & Summer Intensive Student Fellowship program, NAACP ACT-SO gold medalist, NYCDA College Scholarship Recipient, and joining the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Throughout her career she has been granted the opportunity to dance as a soloist for a dance company, on a cruise line, to teach at her local studios and dance conventions, participate in live performances with various artists and is currently dancing her 3rd season with a Los Angeles NBA team.
Susan’s lifelong passion for dance began at age four, where she was a devoted student of the Westside School of Ballet. She continued pre-professional training at eminent art institutions around the U.S., and danced professionally with Pennsylvania Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Chicago Festival Ballet, Napoles Ballet Theatre, California Contemporary Ballet, City of Angels Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, Key West Ballet, Coast City Ballet and San Gorgonio Ballet. A graduate of USC, Susan is also a certified yoga and Pilates instructor, as well as Artistic Director Director and Choreographer of Freaks With Lines, a Los Angeles-based contemporary ballet company. Her deep knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics set her teaching style apart. Align students love Susan’s detail-oriented and easy to follow instruction – perfect for ballet beginners and beyond!