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

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.

Juliana Dragisic

Company Instructor / Dance Instructor

Juliana Dragisic started dancing at the age of 4, taking ballet and jazz classes. From that age on, she studied in most styles of dance consisting of ballet, jazz, hiphop, contemporary, pointe, & modern. At the age of 16, Juliana auditioned for a professional, adult contemporary company; Meraki Dance Company. She was one of the founding members of Meraki and the youngest on the company. After her first year of working with Meraki Dance Company, she got the news that she was accepted into AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts! She traveled to New York City and enrolled into a 2-week summer program at AMDA, and was able to study all forms of dance. She learned and trained with LaQuet Pringle. Juliana then graduated in the class of 2020 at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, with her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (BFA). She has worked with a variety of dance instructors; Donyelle Jones, Fresh Redding, Mackenzie Martin, Stephanie Landwehr, Louis Jones, Jason Gorman, Nancy Owen, Tracy Silver, Misha Lee, Sergio Lopez, and many others. Juliana performed in Fresh Redding’s choreographer’s Carnival piece in Los Angeles. She is currently working as a choreographer and dance instructor in the Chicagoland area, and also creating kinetic films including choreography and editing.

Kelly Anderson

Company Instructor | Dance Instructor
Kelly Anderson, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Social Psychology. During her time at WMU, Kelly had the privilege of performing professional works by Aszure Barton, Kyle Abraham, Brian Enos, and Rennie Harris. Kelly was a member of the WMU dance touring ensemble Western Dance Project under the direction of Whitney Moncrief in which she toured the Midwest performing and engaging in outreach. She has performed works by faculty members Jeremy Blair and Carolyn Pavlik while also being involved in Monique Haley’s graduate thesis Encounter and 2017 National Choreography Competition winner Brendan Duggan’s work HAUNT. Kelly has attended ADF’s New York Winter Intensive, DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceForce and ChoreoLab, and Houston METdance’s Professional Summer Intensive. She served as the President of Orchesis Dance Society – a student organization within the Department of Dance at WMU – and was a part of Movement Exchange in which she shared dance with local children in preschools and after-school programs as well as internationally in Panamá at orphanages and underserved schools. Kelly believes in the powerful ability dance has to bring people together and loves sharing this with her students!

Heather Carpenter

Dance Instructor

Heather is a dancer and choreographer, based out of Chicago, IL. She has been dancing for over 25 years, with invitations to train at various classes, conventions and workshops in Michigan, Illinois, California, New York and London. She danced competitively for most of her youth as well as performed in numerous on stage productions, finding her passion for teaching and choreography at a young age. She has trained under Joel Hall, Mia Michaels, at Lou Conte, GRB, Pineapple Studios and more!

Her pieces have won numerous 1st place, overall and choreography awards both regionally and nationally. She is mostly known for her innovative, unique and theatrical concepts. She currently instructs and choreographs at numerous studios throughout the Chicago land area,  as well as teaches master classes and guest choreography across the United States. She was the Dance Director with Chicago Performing Arts Academy, and Director of Resilience Dance-Chicago. Her choreography and performances have been featured at AscenDance Chicago, Inaside-Choreography Showcase, Chicago Dance Extravaganza, Carnival:Choreographers Ball, Mixtape, Dance Chicago-Dance Slam, Dance Chicago-New Moves, Followspot, FreeSpace, New Moon, Charlotte New Music and more! Her additional credits include dancing on The Big Red Boat Disney cruise lines and in the movie Tug. She is currently the Artistic Director with AscenDance Chicago, a professional Contemporary company based in Chicago. 

Nook

Dance Instructor

Nook , The Entertainer Xtraordinaire, comes from a highly decorated performance background. Known as MC Nook EX, he’s one of the most highly requested MC’s in the industry. Dancing at age 9 with his crew at the Elgin High School talent show kicked off his performance career and thus started his path to become a world class enterainter! Nook has rocked more shows than he can count with an overpowering combination of his dancing, MC’ing, and DJ’ing. Nook’s vast knowledge of music across all genres allows him to adapt to any situation and enhance the experience of all his students.

Across the U.S., there’s a possibility of catching Nook opening for an artist, hosting a club event, or entetaining at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Nook has been seen on stage opening for and/or performing with Ciara, B.O.B., Mike Posner, Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Method Man & Redman, and LMFAO.

He’s currently a teacher for Old Town School of Folk in CPS Schools, Hip Hop Director/coach of Kinetic Dance Force and we are happy to have him at Studio 18!

Felecia Hubbard

Dance Instructor

Felecia Hubbard is a mover, creator, and educator based in the Chicagoland area. Felecia started training in high school in competitive studios. From there she started taking classes and intensives, training in all different styles of hip hop and urban movement. Felicia has also worked with companies such as The Puzzle League and Coda, gaining more competitive and performance experience. Through these endeavors, Felecia found her passion for working with kids. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past 5 years, working with all ages. Felecia loves to share her craft with the next generation. She currently teaches full time while maintaining her training making sure she brings nothing but the best to her students.

Kaitlyn Soloway

Dance Instructor

Kaitlyn Soloway is a dancer and choreographer from Bannockburn, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While at the University of Michigan, she performed in works by choreographers Shannon Gillen, Meredith Monk, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ron De Jesús and many others. She also performed in the University of Michigan’s production of Candide directed by Professor Matthew Ozawa. Kaitlyn was the choreographer for Rude Mechanicals’ production of Let the Right One In. She also has choreographed for University of Michigan’s a cappella group, The Sopranos. She has received many honors including First Place in the University of Illinois’ Choreography Competition and having her choreography selected for Dance Chicago’s Emerging Choreographers’ Performance and the National Dance Educators’ Organization Conference. Most recently, Kaitlyn’s senior capstone choreography was selected to represent the University of Michigan at the American College Dance Association’s 2020 Conference. During the summers, Kaitlyn has trained with Gibney Dance Company, Movement Invention Project and Axis Connect in New York City, DanceWorks and RiverNorth Dance in Chicago and Marcat Dance in Seville, Spain. She has taught dance and choreographed with TRA Choreography, LLC, Star Performance Company, MVMNT FIT and Chicago Loves Dance, Inc. Kaitlyn was a proud member of FUSION Dance Company for nine years and the Varsity Warrior Dance Team for four years. She served as the captain of the Varsity Warrior Dance Team her senior year, when the team placed in the IHSA State Competition.

Alyssa Sloan

Dance Instructor

Alyssa Sloan is a dancer and current physical therapy graduate student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. She has danced her whole life and has an appreciation for fitness, movement, and health. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she trained on FUSION too! and Soul2Sole’s dance company. In high school, she transitioned to FUSION Dance Company and was a member for all 4 years. She also danced all 4 years of high school on their dance team, Deerfield’s Warrior Dance Team, and was captain her senior year. She also was a member of the high school’s dance company. Alyssa went to college at University of Michigan and was on a hip hop team there, EnCore, for her 4 years of undergrad. Alyssa has performed at numerous events and venues, including Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball tournament at UIC. She is now a second year doctor of physical therapy student who continues to take dance classes. She enjoys taking hip hop classes at Visceral Dance in downtown Chicago in her free time. In addition, she is a certified instructor for WERQ, a cardio hip hop fitness class, and teaches at her graduate school twice a week as well as subs at Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn.  She cannot wait to share her love for dance and fitness at Studio 18!