Convention Classes in Our Studio
Fusion Too (or Fusion II, or Fusion Two) is a dance intensive hosted at Juliana's studio bringing outside choreographers to Southeast Michigan. While JAOD dancers have requirements to attend, this weekend intensive is open to all dancers. Fusion Too guest choreographers from previous sessions include: Chantel Aguirre, Jason Ambrose, Nick Bass, Matt Cady, Dee Caspary, JoAnn Cusmano, Merissa Gassel, Lauren Gaul, Jess Hendricks, Chris Jacobsen, Jason Janas, Michael Keefe, Blake McGrath, Ricky Palamino, Casey Quinn, Samantha Shelton, Katie Wiley and many more!
Registration Fees are Due March 16th, 2021
Laura Jakowenko is based in New York City and most notably performs as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to The Christmas Spectacular, Laura also performed as a Rockette in the New York Spectacular where she worked with director/choreographer Mia Michaels. Other performance credits include: MTV Video Music Awards, Tony Awards, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, NFL Half-Time Show ft. Mariah Carey. As a JAOD alumni, Laura grew up training in all styles of dance and attended summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre and The Rock School for Dance. She toured with Tremaine Dance Conventions assisting Joe Tremaine and went on to work administratively for the convention. Aside from dancing, Laura also plays guitar and piano and performs throughout New York City as a singer/songwriter. In the off-seasons from performing as a Rockette, Laura works as a CPA with an accounting degree from DePaul University.
Nick Lazzarini was the very first winner of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance. He has been dancing since age four and began teaching and choreographing at the age of 14.
Extensively trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Modern dance styles, as a young dancer he toured Europe with the RAW dance company, which was founded by choreographer Mia Michaels.
Nick has graced the cover of Dance Spirit magazine three times and has been featured in multiple films including Step Up Revolution. He has performed at the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, and has danced with music sensations such as Adele on Dancing With the Stars, Kelly Clarkson at the American Music Awards, and Florence and the Machine at the MTV Video Music Awards. He is a founding member of Shaping Sound, with Travis Wall; a journey that was documented on Oxygen's All the Right Moves.
James grew up in the Detroit area. After high school he moved to Los Angeles where he joined Entity Contemporary Dance Company. A little over a year later he left LA to travel the world dancing and doing aerial work for Royal Caribbean. Bringing his feet back to land he relocated to NYC and began dancing for Todrick Hall. After touring with Todrick his work was based a little more in and surrounding New York he did a bit more theatre work including NEWSIES! as well as High School Musical. James currently is dancing for Todrick and is so excited to be teaching at his first home JAOD!
Meg Paul brings a wealth of significant professional experience in classical and contemporary ballet and Broadway performance, choreography, and teaching artistry. Her career spans four decades and encompasses a wide range of national and international experience in performance, choreography, directing, teaching, program development, community engagement, and arts management.
Paul has worked closely with important dance pioneers in the field and has performed master works from the repertoire and artistic direction of Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Twyla Tharp and Dwight Rhoden, to works by Petipa, Ashton, Nijinsky, Massine, Balanchine, Forsythe, and Alonzo King. She was a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet/NYC and has extensive national and international touring credits. Paul performed both leading roles and served on the creative team and as dance captain for Twyla Tharp’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Movin’ Out. Her awards include The Princess Grace Award, winner of The International Dance Competition of the Americas, Detroit Renaissance Hero Award, Sue Nine Endowment for Faculty Achievement Award, Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Teaching Award, and the Copperfoot Award. Co-founder of World Arts Inc., Paul’s New York City-based performing arts agency celebrated a decade of representing and producing tours for national and international companies including Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadian, Dance Cuba, Les Ballets Africains, Washington Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and more.
As Director of Dance with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Paul curated and directed National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, which engaged hundreds of local performers and pre-professionals to train and perform with ballet and Broadway professionals. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Paul was honored as a recipient of the Detroit Renaissance Hero Award by the Detroit Free Press. During her tenure, she curated, directed, and produced Music Hall’s annual 313 Choreography Expo highlighting Detroit’s creative impact with other major cities. 313 Choreography Expo served as an incubator and career launchpad for many local Detroit artists and companies while fostering artistic collaborations, dance education, and community engagement.
Currently, Paul is Director of Dance for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as BFA advisor and coordinator of dance recruitment and ballet curriculum. Since her full-time appointment in 2010, Paul has curated and directed the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive at Wayne State University. Concurrently, Paul serves as rehearsal director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Academy Director at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Academy, ballet faculty at Spotlight Dance Works and Viva Dance Co, ballet faculty for Adrenaline and Revive Conventions, and teaches masterclasses worldwide. Paul choreographs at the collegiate level, pre-professional level, and for professional dance companies. Dwight Rhoden's Hissy Fits and Paul's work, seed, both staged and choreographed for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, were selected for the National American College Dance Association gala performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 2014 and 2016.
Paul is certified in Vinyasa Yoga, Progressing Ballet Technique, and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. She recently launched her new coaching and mentorship program Moving In: The Art of Presence for Peak Performance.
Dance lecturer at Wayne State University, of African and modern dance and Artistic Director of To Sangana at Wayne State. Relationship/sharing works with “Ballet Zoe Banjay “of Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa since 2017. Prall’s training began in Detroit at Finney High and Concept East Dance Theatre, while in N.Y. studying African and Modern dance from the Ailey school, ballet at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Conducting extensive research, study, and presenting traveling to Congo, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Suriname, Paris, Maui, Edinburgh, Scotland, four years independent study in Cuba. Performing with the first Congolese company in the states “Tanawa”out of N.Y., 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.
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. Dedicated to the idea that young people hold the key to the future of our society, with the knowledge that our elders are an important link to the future as we must know our past, and this idea being apparent in many of her works.