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!

Guest Instructors

Week 1

August 12-15, 2019

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.

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.

Mia DeWeese grew up training in Columbus, Ohio at Infusion Dance, and continued her education at Marymount Manhattan College where she received her BFA in Dance.  She is currently a performer in the dance symphony You’ll Still Call Me By Name, choreographed by Sonya Tayeh. She is a company member of the collective FreeMove dance, and ensemble in The Lucky Ones (spring 2018). She was the associate choreographer for The Public Theater/Public Works rendition of As You Like It, and she is currently the associate choreographer for Moulin Rouge (Broadway lab).

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.

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.

Casey Quinn grew up in Dearborn, Michigan where she trained at her grandmother and mother’s studio, The Noretta Dunworth School of Dance. After high school, Casey moved straight to New York. For two years she worked as the WCDE assistant to John Crutchman and Alan Sherfield. At the age of 22, her dream came true when she landed a role in “Wicked”. She is now on the faculty for Revive Dance Convention and the National Dance Honors.

Caitlin Kinney launched her television and film career as a featured ballerina in the movie Step Up. Later that year, she became a top 12 Finalist on Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. She has also performed on America’s Got Talent, The Academy Awards, TV Land Awards, and has starred in commercials for Diet Coke, Progressive, and Heineken. Caitlin has also been performing and choreographing all over the world with artists such as Paula Abdul, Kanye West, and David Archuleta. Caitlin is currently a staff member of Hollywood Vibe dance convention as their full time ballet teacher.

Week 2

August 19-22, 2019

Jason Ambrose started dance at the late age of 17 and began his formal ballet training a year later 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.

Whitney Bezzant began dancing at the age of 3, training at Jazz’n Place Dance Studio in Utah. She danced in the Disney hits High School Musical 1 & 3, and in Bonnie Story’s company Expansion. She moved out to L.A. in 2011, where she began working under her mentor, Liz Imperio, on JLO’s world tour Dance Again, L’oreal commercial,  Q’viva: The Chosen, DWTS Macy’s Passport, Mexican Billboard Awards, Princess Cruise Lines, and Playboy Jazz Festival with Sheila E. She is currently performing in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show “All I Have”. Whitney also loves to choreograph and has won awards for her choreography throughout Utah and the US. Whitney currently teaches with Velcotiy DanceConvention and loves being a part of the Velocity family!

Dee Caspary choreographer and Director of Staging for Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/Love Show. He choreographs for So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. He has directed and choreographed LIVE events for Billboard Live, Hard Rock Café, Oakley, Key Club, and The Stone Movement. Dance Magazine said, “Dee Caspary is the modern day Fosse of our generation.” Dee has choreographed for professional companies worldwide.

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.

Chris Jacobsen 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.

The fine print

Students are placed according to their age.
NO REFUNDS.
All fees are non-refundable, no exceptions.
Fusion is required for all JAOD competition dancers.
Elite dancers must attend BOTH weeks of camp.
Elite members must pay for both weeks of camp, no exceptions.
Select dancers must attend the first week of camp.
Petite dancers must attend the second week of camp.

Mini/Petite

(2) Weeks

$ 500
(1) Week $300
4pm-8pm Classes
$150 Deposit due June 19th
Balance due July 17th
Junior/Teen/Senior

(2) Weeks

$ 865
(1) Week $450
4pm-9pm Classes
$350 Deposit due June 19th
Balance due July 17th

Juniors/Teens/Seniors attending 2 weeks of fusion?
Pay your entire camp fee of $865 by June 10th and receive a $50 discount. This discount is only good for those dancers attending both weeks and paying $865 (less$50 with discount).