Ari started her dance training at age 3. Since then, Ari has studied dance across the country. In 2003 she was awarded an internship at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she worked as a production assistant for multiple Emmy Award winning choreographer and dancer, Wade Robson. She worked behind and in front of the camera in 2013 and 2014, producing a short dance film that won an award at the Eugene International Film Festival (2013), and later shooting a spot for a television public service announcement campaign sponsored by Lane County Public Health. In 2015 she finished in the top 3 in voting for the "Best Dancer" category, part of Eugene Weekly's annual "Best of Eugene" awards.
Local achievement aside, Ari continues to push herself and further her development as a dancer by training and competing outside of the area. She was a dancer and co-choreographer for "Z-Train" and "Echo 33", which are the only teams/crews in the entire State of Oregon that have ever competed in the Adult division of Hip Hop International's "USA Hip Hop Dance Championship", currently held annually in Arizona.
Despite the busy schedule that comes along with being both a small business owner and a mother, Ari continues to dance with and choreograph for ZAPP, making her the last original member of the company started by her mother in 1989. Ari transitioned from the ZAPP Academy of Dance Assistant Director, after more than a decade in that position, to Owner/Director in 2016.