Ahjalia Hall is originally from San Jose, California and has been training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Contemporary and Hip Hop since age 2. As the daughter of a professional dancer, choreographer and studio owner, her passion for dance began at birth. When dancers grow up in a dance studio environment they are exposed to ALL of the different aspects of dance and dance education and choreography and teaching has always been in the forefront for Ahjalia.
Cousin to Alex Haley, author of the award winning book Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, history, family and dedication to the arts has always been a priority. At age 16, she moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and pursue dance, choreography and dance instruction. At UCLA she was a member of the nationally ranked UCLA All-Star dance team (directed by Andrew Vaca) and a regular in the World Arts and Cultures (Dance) Program, where she studied all different styles of dance, from around the world. Ahjalia graduated from UCLA at the age of 20 with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Education, which she uses daily in her work teaching developing and professional dancers.
Ahjalia’s versatility is endless as she has taught Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Yoga, Cheerleading, and Movement classes to dancers of all ages at over 100 different Pre- schools, Elementary, Jr. High, High Schools, Universities and Dance Studios throughout California and the United States. She is currently on staff with the United Spirit Association (USA) as a Head Instructor, Master Teacher, a member of the Program Development Team. With USA she has been awarded Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Leadership and Unity awards annually for the past 13 years. Ahjalia travels the country teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary & Lyrical Master classes as well as University Dance Camps to thousands of Junior High, High School, College and Dance Studio students throughout the year. She also works actively judging team tryouts, regional and national USA and Golden State competitions and is a 2 time judge for USASF WORLD DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS in Orlando Florida, and USA Japan Nationals in Japan. She has worked with and choreographed for nationally ranked dance teams throughout the United States, including UCLA’s dance & spirit team and Boise State Universities Mane Line Dancers. Ahjalia has participated as a dancer and instructor for the Los Angeles Avengers, Los Angeles Clippers Spirit and the San Francisco 49ers halftime shows and was also an instructor for the NFL Pro Bowl Half-Time Show with live performers “Lifehouse”.
While performing will always be a hobby, it is definitely not in the forefront because Ahjalia’s true passion is teaching and with her contagious energetic personality and non stop attack on choreography her classes are always unforgettable. Working with developing dancers and watching them learn and grow each year is what makes this talented instructor tic!