Jaime Gagner

Director/Instructor

Jaime holds both dance training and teacher training certificates from Broadway Dance Center in New York City. While serving her last of 4 years in the United States Air Force, stationed in Bedford Massachusetts, Jaime auditioned and was accepted into the BFA program for dance at Emerson College in Boston, MA. During her time in the Boston Area, Jaime taught dance at the Dance Inn and Sally Gould Dance Center, both in Massachusetts.

Jaime established Fusion in May of 2003.  Since then, Jaime has attended classes at The Edge Performance Center in Hollywood, CA and The Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, CA studying Contemporary, Jazz, Jazz Funk, and Hip Hop with well-known teachers, such as Sonya Tayeh, Bobby Newberry, Matt Cady, Erica Sobel, Blake McGrath and Mandy Moore. In July 2009, Jaime had the opportunity to attend the "Breathe the Intensive" in New Orleans studying with master teachers such as Emily Shock and Destiny Rogers. While attending "Breathe" Jaime also had the opportunity to perform at the Le Petit Theatre in Downtown New Orleans.  Specializing in teaching and choreographing Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop, Jaime has attended many conventions, such as Monsters of Hip Hop in Orlando, The Pulse in Las Vegas, Dance Teachers Summit, and Broadway Dance Centers Teacher workshops to stay current on new ideas and techniques to bring to her students. At these conventions, Jaime has had the opportunity to learn from master teachers and choreographers such as America's Best Dance Crew contestants Beat Freaks and Quest Crew, Laurie-Anne Gibson, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Denise Wall, Tony Testa and Napoleon & Tabitha.  Jaime’s love for dance is found in her passion for teaching and choreography. She continues to commute to New York City, Las Vegas and California every summer to attend conventions, classes and teacher workshops.

Lissa Curtis
At age six Lissa began her ballet training with The Seacoast Ballet Company under Larry and Colleen Robertson where she performed in Carmina Burana, Paquita, and in The Nutcracker. Her training continued with Mihailo Djuric, Susan Duffy, John Prinz, Elisa Gerasin, Christine Simes, Angela Carter, and David Drummond with key roles in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Stars and Stripes. She spent her summers with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and three summers at Boston Ballet with pre-acceptance status. Lissa was hired for four years with the Boston Dance Company touring for The Nutcracker. She performed with Northeastern Ballet Theatre under former Boston Ballet prima, Edra Toth, where she made her debut at 16 years old as Lucy in Dracula. She partnered with ABT and Boston Ballet dancer, Eric Lindemer, in the original production of The Pirate and the Gypsy, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and as the Sugar Plum fairy for 'The All New Hampshire' Nutcracker. Lissa went on to receive her B.S. in Exercise Science and her B.A. in Theater and Dance from the University of New Hampshire where she was featured in principle roles in Scenes dan un Salon, Paquita, and Echoes of the Highlands. She received the Richard A. Morse scholarship award for excellence in theater and dance. She has been a permanent guest artist with Great Bay Academy of Dance taking leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In college Lissa became the youngest person in the world to receive a comprehensive classical pilates certification through Peak Pilates. She also competed for four years in the Miss NH Scholarship Program earning over $23,000. She became a spokesperson, volunteer, fundraiser, and advocate for many non- profit organizations across NH which won her community service awards, recognition and support from the Governor on multiple occasions, and a copy of her work in the Congressional Record. She competed at the World Ballet Open Competition in Sibiu, Romania and was offered a position to return as a company member/guest artist with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu. 
Lexie  Stewart
Lexie is a Fusion Alumni and graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in both dance and special education. Lexie was a member of the Extensions Dance Academy as well as captain of the SRU Dance Club. When Lexie isn't teaching at Fusion, she is excited to be teaching 5th grade at the Chamberlain School in Rochester, NH. We are fortunate to have her on staff and back with her Fusion family!

Jake Doolittle

Jake started dancing when he was 2 and competing in jazz, tap, and hip hop when he was 8. When he was 12, he started choreographing his own competition hip hop solos and trading music editing for dance classes.

Jake travels to Los Angeles to take hip hop classes as often as possible. Some of his most influential teachers have been Matt Steffanina, Ian Eastwood, Willdabeast, and tWitch. Jake's style and choreography have won numerous awards at competitions including a free week of dance classes at Millennium Dance Complex in L.A. from Monsters of Hip Hop, 2016.  Jake's goal is to bring L.A. hip hop to the East Coast, so he can give younger kids the same support and encouragement he was lucky enough to experience.

Yael Schwartz
Yael is an accomplished tapper and currently a company member and captain of  "Speaking in Taps"  under the direction of Aaron Tolson.   She has been dancing since the age of 5 at Nancy Chippendales Dance Studio and has always favored tap over the other styles of dance!   In 2013 She competed in the IDO World Tap Championships and won the gold medal with her team! 
Michelle Kennedy
Michelle is a 2015 National TNT Dance Title Winner with Dancers Inc. as well as an overall repeat title winner at the Dancers inc. 2014 and 2015 Regional Competitions which provided her with the opportunity to take 7-day trip to LA to take classes and compete.  Michelle specializes in teaching young dancers as well as Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary and stretch n Stretch.
RETURNING GUEST FACULTY

Megan Davis

Megan has been a returning summer faculty member and choreographer at Fusion since 2014!  She began her dance training at age 3. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. Over her career Megan has studied with some of the most sought after instructors and choreographers in the world. 

In the summer of 2003, Megan worked as a singer/dancer in the show "This is Octoberfest" at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. The next summer she was chosen to train with the River North Chicago Dance Company under the direction of Frank Chaves. In 2009 Megan resided in New York City where she was an intern at the Broadway Dance Center, training intensely to perfect her craft. Her film/print work includes being a two time contestant for Fox's hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance, season 5 being in the final 37 girls of vegas week and a featured performer and final 65 total contestant for season 7. You can also catch Megan modeling for Dance Spirit Magazine in their May/June 2009 issue. 

 As a dancer, instructor and choreographer, Megan wishes to inspire her students and in turn be continually inspired by them. As a choreographer she hopes to continue to push new movement, strong technique and emotional commitment and we look forward to her classes, choreography and expertise every year!

Kyle Tanguay

We are always thrilled to have our alumni Kyle Tanguay  at Fusion subbing, guest teaching and choreographing whenever has a chance.  Kyle is a Seacoast native who has been dancing all styles for the past 10 years. After graduating high school, he began his secondary education at Dean College where he was a featured dancer. Kyle is currently pursuing his BFA at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Kyle has many notable performance credits including The Dizzy Feet Gala in LA, 303030 in NYC, and is a featured dancer in the book Dance Across the USA.  This year Kyle is also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and happens to be making waves as the first male dancer on the team!

SKooJ CoreE-O

Skooj will be returning for her second season this summer at Fusion for classes and choreography!  Her organic approach toward movement created the Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a professional collective expressing their passion of story telling through contemporary and fusion movements. BCDP’s work can be seen at NYC Dance Week, NYC Carnival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and the annual BCDP show every August! 

Her choreography and direction has also been featured on the HGTV series "Spontaneous Construction", NESN, The Dr. Oz Show! and on the most recent WayFair.com Commercials as well as MTV’s new show PROMPOSAL! Her talents have also paired up with TedEX Boston/Philadelphia, New Balance, Broadway in Boston and Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Anniversary Show!  Most recently, SKooJ is on faculty of the new craze Artistic Dance Exchange and has started assisting Brian Friedman.

 
Kayla Luoma
Kayla grew up dancing under the direction of her grandfather, Jim Caisse, and mother, Melissa Caisse. Kayla has also studied with Juan Sanchez, Joe Melchiona, Paul Franklin, Joey Dowling, Sarah Jo Fazio, Raymond Lukens of ABT, Rhapsody, Geo, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, LaurieAnn Gibson, Wade Robson and has assisted for dancer/choreographer Cris Judd. Kayla has attended and premiered on the FOX Network television show "SYTYCD" Season 8 and season 10 auditions making it to the final 50 girls both times. Kayla also trained at the Ballet Seminar at UNLV for four years. She has done guest performances and choreography for MIMO Theater group in Florida as well as many dance conventions and performances abroad such as representing the U.S. in Bermuda at the Goombay Festival, Norwegian Cruise line, Mexico, Las Vegas, and N.Y.C.     
Although Kayla's roots are in tap, jazz, & ballet and she is a true believer in being a well-rounded performer.  She is a graduate of Dean College with an AA in Dance, has assisted and worked with the Boston University dance team and is a member of the Boston Community Dance Project contemporary company based in Boston M.A. in which she opened for Singer/ Songwriter Erene and performed at Carnival Choreographers Ball NYC. Along with teaching Kayla is currently an adjudicator & choreographer for Sheer Talent Ltd and DanZa dance conventions. Kayla has undying passion and desire for dance, which she endlessly enjoys passing on in her classes. 

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