Fusion Dance Camp will be held at Juliana's Academy of Dance and taught exclusively by outside choreographers. All Elite JAOD Dancers are required to attend both weeks of camp. Petite JAOD dancers and Select JAOD dancers are required to attend 1 week of camp. Non-JAOD dancers are welcome and encouraged to attend!
August 6-9, 2018
Tina Caspary grew up in the Southern California dance scene and has worked in every facet of the entertainment industry. Her career as a dancer, actor, and instructor has been varied and fulfilling. Her work includes appearances with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Reba McEntire and she was a principal dancer on the Academy Awards for 5 years under Debbie Allen’s tutelage. Tina was a featured actress in four motion pictures: My Mom’s a Werewolf, Mac & Me, Teen Witch, and Can’t Buy Me Love, as well as many made for television movies like News at Eleven, Combat High, and TV sitcoms Silver Spoons, Married with Children, and Growing Pains. She has also appeared in countless TV commercials and industrials. As a technical coach, Tina owned her own dance studio, Studio C, in Downey, CA for 10 years where she trained many of today’s premier dancers and choreographers before spending the last 18 years as a traveling choreographer. During this time she started her own line of quality, dance-inspired activewear, Ktrna, for which she is President and Chief Designer. Tina’s is also a proud mother of 2 awesome kiddos.
Shauna Cook graduated from Wayne State University Summa Cum Laude, receiving a BFA in dance. In her two last years of college, Shauna was a member of WSU’s Dance Workshop. Before her studies at WSU, she trained at Ballet Theatre of Toledo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Shauna has been a company member for Lexington Ballet, ArtLabJ, and MoveWorks. She has been blessed to work with many world-renowned artists such as Dwight Rhoden, Nicholas Leichter, Meg Paul, Jeffrey Rebudal, Duncan Cooper, Ron De Jesus, Alan Obuzor, Keith Lee, Terrence Orr, Gregory Hancock, Nycole Ray, Kate Hutter, Samantha Shelton, Brain McSween, Nathan Trice, and Joori Jung. Shauna is currently a company member with Ballet Edge Detroit, enjoys sharing her love for ballet with her students, and has fun creating works of her own.
Jessica Hendricks, graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance. Her training consisted of summers at Perry Mansfield School of the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, Harvard Dance Festival, EDGE Scholarship, Gus Giordano and Hubbard Dance Street. Her credits include commercials and industrials. Jess has worked on the tours of HAIR, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar as Dance Captain, performed for the opening premiers of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby and can be seen in movies. She has danced in or been the assistant choreographer to the Elan Awards, Bob Fosse Awards, Ms. America Pageant, Carnival, Dance Break and Broadway Bares. Jess has choreographed New York musicals and movies. She currently teaches at Pace University in NYC as an adjunct professor.
Jason Janas, is originally from New Jersey. He began his tap dance instruction under Ms. Deborah Mitchell and was the first charter member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He then found a love for the dance and continued to learn and study the art form. He also trained and was a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. Jason’s first professional company after high school was Tapestry Dance Company in Austin TX, under the direction of Acia Gray. He was a principal dancer there for 5 years. His hard work ethic began to take notice and Derick Grant invited Jason to be in his show Imagine Tap! which ran for 6 weeks in Chicago and changed his life. His other show credits include Souls of our Feet with Tapestry Dance Company, Wonderland with Sara Savelli and Ayodele Casel, and most recently co-choreographed and was featured in Tap Stars with Rasta Thomas. He currently teaches for Wild Dance Convention and West Coast Dance Explosion, and has taught at tap festivals in New Jersey, Chicago, New York, L.A., Charlotte, Austin, San Antonio, Vancouver, Zürich, Curitiba (Brazil), Moscow, and Barcelona! Jason loves to tap dance. He loves to learn from other dancers and about those tappers who came before him. Tap dance does a body good.
Caroline Lewis-Jones, from South Carolina, has been dancing for over 28 years. At the age of 18 she moved to New York City where she performed for six years. Her credits include the VMA’s with NSYNC, the Latin Grammy Awards, WNBA National Commercial, a French Energy Commercial, Disney Industrials, Britany Spears and Madonna Me Against the Music video, MTV’s Body Rock Fitness Video, and more.
Although successful as a commercial dancer, Caroline’s true passion lies within contemporary company work, where she has had the opportunity to work for Mia Michaels’ Company R.A.W, Dee Caspary’s IV Dance Company, Notario Dance Company, Rhapsody and Company, A.S.H Contemporary, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape.
In 2001 she traveled to Seoul, Korea where she performed for Jason Parson’s and POZ Dance Theatre. In July 2010, Caroline performed with Sonya Tayeh from So You Think You Can Dance with her company in Chicago. She also choreographs for studios around the country, and teaches for Adrenaline Dance Convention and The Sessions.
In December 2007, Caroline choreographed and performed a one-woman show called Finding My Way, about the loss of her mother and her life currently without her. It is her greatest accomplishment yet. Caroline also founded Unbound Dance Company in Columbia, South Carolina. Her goal as Artistic Director of UNBOUND is to inspire and give dancers, young and old, a new outlet to perform. She wants to show Columbia a new way of moving with no boundaries.
Caroline also has a deep passion for inspiring kids around the country to eat healthier, and fuel their bodies correctly for optimum performance. She is a Certified Health Coach and works with the dancers and families she meets through her travels. Her mission in life is to encourage and educate dancers on Whole Food Nutrition to prevent disease. Her nutrition business is called Dance Strong.
Samantha Shelton, is currently on faculty for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives and Ballet Professor at Grand Valley State University. She received her professional training from the Joffrey Ballet and the David Howard Dance Center in New York and in Michigan with Rose Marie Floyd. She has also trained in London with Anita Young, former soloist with the Royal Ballet and at the Cecchetti Summer Program. For the past 15 years, she has been on the ballet faculty for American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, teaching, setting ABT repertoire and choreographing new ballets for the final performances. She has also taught and choreographed for the professional ballet program at the Walnut Hill School in Boston, directed by former ABT principal, Michael Owen, Grand Valley State University, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and was on the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy for three summers. She has performed extensively in both classical and contemporary ballets, including the Grand Pas from Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, also principal roles in Giselle and Raymonda. She has been on the ballet faculties of Wayne State University, Alma College, and the Detroit Opera House, where she was the Artistic Director for the Civic Dance Ensemble. Samantha holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Rackham Thesis grant and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She has also done graduate work at New York University in Performing Arts Administration with internships in development and marketing at Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. For six years, she served on the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Board of Governors. In May of 2012, she traveled to Taiwan to teach master classes and present a piece of her choreography “Emperor Concerto” at Tainan University in Tainan, Taiwan. She is certified through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum and has co-taught the ABT NTC with Harriet Clark.
August 13-16, 2018
Chantel Aguirre, trained with The San Francisco Ballet and The Dance Company of San Francisco until moving to New York City to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed in numerous works with San Francisco Ballet. Has worked with Beyonce, Adele, Florence and the Machine, Taylor Swift, The Goo Goo Dolls, Ceelo Green, Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Chris Brown and Carrie Underwood. She has been on “Dancing with the Stars”, SYTYCD, The Academy Awards with LXD, the MTV Video Music Awards, AMA’s, MACY’s Passport, The Billboard Awards, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the BET Awards, GLEE, XFactor, Good Christian Belles, Two and a Half Men and Mad Men. She was a part of Travis Wall’s skeleton crew for ‘Step Up 4” and was assistant choreographer to Sonya Tayeh for Kylie Minogue’s “Aphrodite” World Tour.
Nick Bass, is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He has spent most of his working career in Los Angeles, CA. Nick has worked with Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, NeYo, Beyonce, Ciara, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Omarion, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Prince, Neyo, Boa, Madonna and many others. Nick has performed multiple times on the Grammy’s, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, and The Dove awards. He has also performed on and at The Superbowl, The NBA Allstar game, Saturday Night Live, Will & Grace, TRL, The View, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, 106th and Park, Showtime at the Apollo, The Soultrain, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, X-Factor, American Idol, and So You Think You Dance..He has performed on Dancing with the Stars twice, one of the times was a choreographer as well. He has toured the world on tours like Justin Timberlake’s “Future, Sex, Love Show” and Janet Jackson’s “Rock Witch U”, both of which he was an additional choreographer. He was in rehearsals with Michael Jackson for his sold out 50 show production “This Is It”. Nick can be seen in the “This Is It” a documentary that hit theatres in 2009. Nick is currently dancing with Justin Timberlake as well as teaching all over the world when time allows.
Merissa Gassel grew up assisting, touring and training under world-renowned choreographer, Dee Caspary since the young age of 14. Since then, she has moved to Los Angeles and pursues a professional career as a dancer and choreographer. Some of her credits include Principle roles in Justin Giles’ Soulescape Dance Company and Dee’s IV Dance Company. Not only has Merissa performed across the country, she also was cast as a principle dancer in “Dice Girls” in Nassau, Bahamas. She too is now a new addition to Tessandra Chavez’s company, Unity LA. Merissa assisted on the creation of Justin Timberlake’s “Damn Girl” performance on F.S.L.S. tour, as well as the pilot for the upcoming remake of “Solid Gold”. She has also been lucky enough to work under choreographer Mandy Moore since the age of 18 and most recently assisted her on the 2011 Liberty Bowl’s halftime. Merissa’s appreciation for growing up in a dance studio has brought out her desire to teach and choreograph. She toured as a faculty member of Shock: The Intensive and now continues to travel and share her passion with kids across the US and Canada.
Michael Keefe, was a featured dancer with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. He also focused on tap, and performed with “Mike Minery and Friends,” “Tap Kids,” and “Break the Floor.” He expanded his training at NYU’s Tisch School. He has toured with JoJo and Hilary Duff, and was a principal dancer with “Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance.” Rasta Thomas and Michael went on to create a show called “Tap Stars” which brought together a number of top tap dancers in Germany. Michael has toured with “Tap the Map,” “Rhythmic Circus,” and “Shaping Sound.” He has performed with Kelly Clarkson, and has danced in the documentary, “Movement One,” and Shaping Sound’s film collaborating with Olafur Arnolds and many more. He recently taught at Break The Floor’s newest convention, 24/7.
Students are placed according to their age.
FUSION +Plus is a more intimate and intense dance experience than Fusion Dance Camp. FUSION +Plus is designed with the serious dancer in mind, such as those that want to work hard and excel, but for a much lower cost compared to expensive, out-of-state dance intensives. Why spend your budget on travel expenses when JAOD can provide you with the best teachers in the country right at our own studio?
FUSION +Plus will run both weeks with classes from 12-3. Each class will run 1.5 hours, including jazz, ballet, contemporary, improv, technique, musical theater, hip-hop, partner improve, and much more. No JAOD faculty members will be teaching, only guest faculty!
In order to attend FUSION +Plus, you must submit your application by Tuesday, June 20th to be considered. You will be notified of your acceptance by Tuesday, July 11th. You may apply for the 1st week, 2nd week or both. $100 deposit is due by July 18th.