Teachers & Staff

Alissa Deutsch

Director & Founder | Dance Instructor
Alissa Deutsch is the founder and owner of FUSION Dance Company. She has been involved in the dance industry since 1997. Alissa has trained at many prestigious dance studios in the Chicagoland area including; Gus Giordano, Joel Hall, and Lou Conte Dance Studios. She has also trained in Los Angeles, California, at Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. Over the past 20 years, Alissa has taught dance in the north shore of Chicago at private dance studios and had guest residencies at area High Schools. She has also travels and set choreography at many studios and schools in and around the Midwest. In 2001, Alissa founded FUSION Dance Company, a competitive hip hop dance company for kids ages 7 through 18. Throughout her many years teaching dance, she also worked with kids each summer at a day camp for the past 20 years, ensuring each child’s day was filled with fun, smiles, and memories to last a lifetime. Her love and passion for dance coupled with her ability to bond with kids of various ages has lead her to her success in teaching.

Ali Fishman

Assistant Director | Dance Instructor
Ali Fishman is the Assistant Director and a founding member of FUSION Dance Company. With training from esteemed choreographers at Monsters of Hip Hop, Debbie Reynolds, and Millennium dance studios, Ali has many years of experience in the dance industry.  She’s also been a member of professional hip hop companies like The Misses and Dance 2XS. As an instructor, Ali has worked in various categories within the dance world. She’s been a choreographer for the Stevenson High School Poms team, directed three musicals at Bannockburn School, and taught at Sole 2 Sole dance studio for 14 years. As a professional dancer, Ali’s recounts her most exciting moment as dancing behind Janet Jackson on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Teaching is her number one passion and seeing the growth in her students is her biggest reward.

Laura Biernacki

Dance Instructor
Laura Biernacki, from Vernon Hills, Illinois, began dancing at the age of five. She started her training at Dance Academy of Libertyville in Libertyville, IL, and then at Adali E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. She graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Sociology minor in 2017. Laura is also a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique founded by Marie Walton-Mahon. She has had the pleasure to choreograph dances for Adali E. Stevenson High School’s Melangé and Concert Dance Companies while being a member of each of those ensembles. While performing with those companies, Laura had the privilege to have worked with Liz Lerman and her Critical Response Process to enhance her dance, “It’s Not Goodbye, I’ll See You Later.” She was then awarded Outstanding Senior in Dance and the Prominent Patriot Award for her efforts during that process. While at WMU, she has had the honor of performing works by Marlo Martin, Lindsay Thomas and Lew Christensen. Other performance credits include works by Randy Duncan, Autumn Eckman, Isabele Elefson, and Paula David