The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Fusion Too is a dance intensive hosted at Juliana's studio every December. This year the intensive will occur December 14-16, 2018. While JAOD dancers have requirements to attend, this weekend intensive in early/ mid-December is open to all dancers.
Fusion classes are taught by guest choreographers as instructors, here are a few of the guest teachers from the previous sessions. Chantel Aguirre, Nick Bass, Matt Cady, Dee Caspary, JoAnn Cusmano, Merissa Gassel, Lauren Gaul, Jess Hendricks, Jason Janas, Michael Keefe, Blake McGrath, Ricky Palamino, Samantha Shelton, Katie Wiley and many more!
Registration Fees are Due November 2, 2018.
Students are placed according to their age.
Starting dance at the late age of 17 and beginning his formal ballet training a year later, Jason Ambrose began his studies at the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy under the direction of Ana Maria Martinez. He furthered his training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School where he danced roles in company productions such as Terrance Orr’s “The Nutcracker” and Derek Deane’s “Alice in Wonderland”. He has been accepted into and attended many prestigious school’s year-round and summer programs such as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and The Kirov Academy of Ballet, all on scholarship. He is a graduate of the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where he was coached by master teacher Edward Ellison. Jason premiered a new work at the 2nd Annual Dance Against Cancer Benefit Gala where he was personally invited to perform in by gala director and New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht. He has been a guest teacher and choreographer for the Manhattan Youth Ballet and is recognized as “a rising choreographic talent.” Jason was honored by the Dance Conservatory Performance Project as a “budding choreographic artist” and was hand selected to display his work in the 2013 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Gala. Currently Jason serves as the Resident Choreographer for the Ellison Ballet, NYC and is the Ballet Director at Next Step Dance in Frisco, Texas.
When the word inspiring isn’t strong enough to describe a teacher, you know you’ve found that one in a million who is going to shape dancers in a way only few can do. Chris Jacobsen is one of those people. Chris took his first tap class at the tender age of 11, where he soon fell in love with the toe tapping sounds and expressive movements. It didn’t take long for him to realize that dance would be an integral part of his life for years to come. Chris went on to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Afro-Haitian, under the direct tutelage of Elvia Marta, where he discovered a deeper understanding of dance, allowing him to explore his vulnerability. He then experimented with the art of choreography finding new forms of communication that enabled him to express his thoughts and feelings through movement. Chris went on to establish The Dance Company of San Francisco. Taking on the role of Artistic Director he desired to create an alternative environment for passionate dancers to explore the art of dance. While valuing constant growth and self-discovery, Chris consistently challenges his dancers to exceed their perceived capabilities. Chris is a recipient of a Jazz Dance World Congress Bronze Medal and his work has been a finalist at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. Many of his students have attended prestigious universities as well as appeared on Broadway and in television shows such as Cirque Du Soleil, West Side Story, Wicked and So You Think You Can Dance. Chris can be seen touring the nation regularly with the National Dance Convention ADRENALINE and is regularly sought out to teach and choreograph both domestically and abroad. He is also the owner and director of THE DANCE SESSIONS, an organization dedicated to the personal and artistic growth of the next generation of dancers. Chris is thrilled to able to share with you what he loves so much.
Karen Prall is currently an instructor/lecturer at Wayne State University, instructing central African and modern dance. The Artistic Director of the African dance company at W.S.U. “To Sangana”. Instructing and exchanging with company “Ballet ZoeBanjay in Monrovia, Liberia. Prall’s training began in Finney high school of Detroit, moving on to N.Y. studying African and Modern dance from the Ailey school, Dance Theatre of Harlem, LaMama Theatre. Conducting extensive research traveling to Kongo, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Suriname, Paris, Maui, four years of independent study in Cuba. Performing with the first Congolese company in states “Tanawa”, and “Bichini Bia Congo of Michigan. Artistic director and founder of the Art of Motion Dance Theatre. A member of (IABD) International Association of Blacks in Dance. Prall is known for integrating explanations of the most important values of the culture into her courses on Congolese dance styles, helping students to better understand the relationship between dance and culture. She is dedicated to the idea that young people hold the key to the future of our society, and this idea is apparent in her works.
Ron is a Michigan based choreographer is the head coordinator of The UnderGods, and has worked under a handful of well-known, renowned choreographers/performers including: Ian Eastwood, Shane Sparks, Alan "Phlex" Kirk, Will Sunahara, Jed Florano (Kinjaz), Di "Moon" Zhang (I.aM.mE Crew), and Cedric Botelho. He is also credited for working under a few music artists such as Big Sean, Calvin Harris, Tritonal, and Travis Garland. Ronelle's style is comprised of inspirations stemming from multiple fields of dance: Ballroom, Contemporary, Urban, and Hip-Hop.