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.

Kaela Norwood

Company Instructor / Dance Instructor

Kaela Norwood is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor based out of Chicago, IL. Currently working as a Show Director for Spotlight Dance Cup, and a judge for Precision Arts Challenge. She is also performing with Project Bound Dance and an MFA in Dance and Choreography candidate at University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee. She began dancing at a very young age and by adolescence was performing with youth companies all throughout the Chicagoland area at Leo’s Fashion Shows, Taste of Chicago and many other venues.  In high school she continued her training in dance as well as was member of her high school poms team and Orchesis. Most recently she was a  dancer/singer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Prior to she spent three seasons with Winifred Haun & Dancers, a season with Simantikos Dance Chicago, and Meraki Dance Company where she also set two works on the company. Before then she was apart of the scholarship program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Kaela is graduate from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Dance Performance.  Attending many intensives, and trainee programs Kaela studied styles like ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz intensely from amazing dance professionals like Claire Bataille, Kristina Fluty, Autumn Eckman, Robert Mckee and many more. Kaela has set works for Oak Park and River Forest High School, Kennedy King College, Meraki Dance Company, Jello: Performance Series, several beauty pageants, galas, and an abundance of local dance studios and competitive students. Besides performing and choreographing,  Kaela also possesses a love for teaching and choreographing, she feels grateful to share her passion with others. she continues to teach at many studios throughout the city and suburbs, and working with local high school/collegiate dance teams. She appreciates the discipline, maturity, and fun dance has given her over the years and wants to pass that down to the next generation of young artists at Studio 18!

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. 

Terry Turner

Dance Instructor
Terry pursued dance and started training in 2011, starting with Collegiate hip hop teams FiaModern and Primo Dance Troupe. He decided it was time for a bigger challenge and auditioned for the professional companies in the Chicago community starting with The Puzzle League and CODA where he continued to train more in many different styles. He is currently one of the directors for The Piece Makers and also dances for the Chicago Bulls 312 crew. Terri continues to explore more styles of dance while inspiring young dancers everywhere. His mission as a hip hop teacher is for his students to become educated, confident and well trained dancers.

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.

New Faculty

Dance Instructors

Check back soon for an updated list of our amazing faculty for Fall 2019! We can’t wait to share them with you!

New Faculty

Dance Instructors
Check back soon for an updated list of our amazing faculty for Fall 2019! We can’t wait to share them with you!