So I admit it, I was a reluctant dance studio owner. My mother owned her own studio and most of us don’t want to be our mother no matter how great they are. However! She was a phenomenal example of creativity, care, love and passion for the art of dance and instruction. By osmosis (and the fact that we almost always had a studio in our home!) I was very fortunate to witness & soak up information and learn techniques for teaching that come with years of experience. In 2004, after 35+ years training, performing, instructing and choreographing in Vancouver, Portland, Los Angeles, NY, Hong Kong and subsequently Vancouver again, Dance Fusion NW was born.
Thank you for your interest in DFNW. We look forward to the opportunity to work with and get to know you!
Carla Kendall-Bray, Owner
We are so fortunate to live in an area rich with wonderful dance studios and performance opportunities and are proud to be a part of this community. Each organization brings their own, unique energy and style to the dance world. At Dance Fusion NW, here’s a little bit about what moves and makes us.
A professional, positive, family oriented dance & performing arts education studio with a focus on the joy and passion of performance. Where style and technique blend with showmanship and a sense of humor!
Our mission is to INSPIRE each individual and instill an appreciation and love for the beautiful art of DANCE as well as the joy of PERFORMANCE. Fostering camaraderie and social skills alongside discipline, passion and self expression. From the recreational to the serious, ENCOURAGE each dancer exactly where they are and CELEBRATE their own personal achievements and innate gifts.
Love performing! In addition to our annual original holiday production “Christmas Stories” and our Annual Spring Showcase, DFNW also participates in numerous community events. Local performances include: The Clark County Fair, The Portland Trailblazers, Pioneer Courthouse Square Atmospherics, The Oregon Zoo, The Festival of Trees, Discovery Walk, OSU’s Dance Against Hunger, the VA Hospital, Oktoberfest and many local schools and retirement facilities.
Love Traveling! Dance Fusion also performs in Disneyland and travels to New York, Los Angeles and surrounding areas for advanced training including dance conventions and workshops.
DFNW nurtures a student philosophy of dancing for joy and sharing that whenever possible. In a foundation of respect & gratitude for each other as well as our neighbors and community, DFNW has donated time and/or funding to local organizations including:
The Dougy Center, The Challenge Games of Clark County, The American Cancer Society Pediatric Research, The Children’s Cancer Association, 65 Roses Cystic Fibrosis, OSU’s Dance Against Hunger, International Rett Syndrome Association and bi-annually donates to Share House a portion of the proceeds from their Holiday and Spring performances.
Dance Fusion NW is also home to the new non-profit performance company and scholarship program “The Fuse Dance Force”. For more information and details, see the website at www.fusedanceforce.org