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Meet our exceptionally trained, professional, caring instructors!

  • Carla Kendall-Bray

    Owner/Jazz/Tap/Creative Movement
    Carla grew up in a home with a Radio City Music Hall Rockette turned Ballet studio owner mom and an opera singing, symphony playing, airline pilot dad so her love of performing started as far back as she can remember. Carla brings 30+ years teaching experience and... Read more
  • A sought after instructor and choreographer, Tony’s extensive professional dance/theatre background is long and varied. With numerous local and regional theatrical productions under his belt, Tony found success in NYC in both the Broadway cast and national touring company of ‘42nd Street’. Read more
  • Haley Blaise

    Ballet
    We are very excited to announce the amazing Haley Blaise has joined our Ballet staff! Haley began her training in Portland at Oregon Ballet Theater and continued her studies on full scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Academy and at The Portland Ballet, under the direction of Nancy Davis, also on full scholarship. Read more
  • Katherine Kyte

    Jazz/Tap/Lyrical/Sing Dance Act
    Dancing since age 4, Katherine studied Ballet at Schell Dance Studio, the Academy of Ballet Arts and Washington State Ballet. She performed in numerous productions with Vancouver Dance Theatre including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Giselle where she danced in the Corps de Ballet. Read more
  • Dar Vejon Jones

    Modern/Tap/Jazz
    Dar Vejon holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with a Minor Degree in Japanese Language from San Francisco State University. He received numerous dance related scholarships. Read more
  • Andre Baker

    Hip Hop
    “Dancing is my passion and my life. I prefer to teach my students the art of dance by expressing Hip-Hop movement through the rhythm, feeling and words of the music within a choreographed format.” Andre has created incredible pieces for the Dance Fusion students & performance teams. Read more
  • Dance Fusion Dance Instructor ArVejon Jones

    ArVejon Jones

    Ballet/Modern/Contemporary
    ArVejon Jones was raised in Compton, California. His mother encouraged him to dance, hoping it would help with his weight and health issues as a child. He began taking Tap, Hip Hop, and West African at Kennedy Universal Dance Designs in Los Angeles, CA and ended up training for 13 years. Read more
  • Randy Davis

    Tap/Musical Theater/Jazz
    Randy has been seen in numerous Broadway shows and National tours throughout his career. One of his favorites was the colorful Broadway revival of “Guys & Dolls” with Peter Gallagher, Faith Prince, and Nathan Lane where he featured in the Crapshooter Ballet. Read more
  • Dance Fusion Dance Instructor Kailee McMurran
    Choreographer and dancer, Kailee McMurran, grew up in Alaska thriving in competitive gymnastics for 11 years. Now in Portland, Kailee has cofounded SubRosa Dance, danced on Broadway with Do Jump! Extreme Physical Theatre, created Design By Goats (a design duo company) and is the festival director/creator of Portland Dance Film Fest. Read more
  • Will Johnson

    Acting/Yoga
    After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, William received his BFA in Theater Education from Western Washington University. Previous favorite roles include Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Dream Curly in ‘Oklahoma’ and Jack Sprat in the... Read more
  • Andrea Thompson has been teaching ballet in the Portland and Vancouver area for 26 years. She has studied dance since the age of 6 and graduated from the renowned Jefferson High School performing arts program as a Jefferson Dancer. Read more
  • Robyn Dalke

    Contemporary/Ballet
    Robyn has a heart for dance, especially ballet and contemporary. Starting in ballet at the age of 3, Robyn branched out into other styles of dance such as: jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, and contemporary. She has both performed in, and choreographed for, numerous recitals, competitions, and productions. Read more
  • Willow Swanson

    Jazz/Tap/Contemporary
    Willow is a DFNW graduate, performance group assistant and principal dancer in the Fuse Dance Force Dance Company. Willow has attended the Cornish Summer College Prep Dance Intensive for two summers, receiving a full scholarship the second year. Read more
  • Nichole's love for dance started at a very young age studying, performing and competing in groups with The Schell dancers here in Vancouver, throughout the west coast, Australia and Fiji. Read more
  • Maria Tucker

    Jazz/Ballet
    Maria began her love affair with the arts at the age of twelve, studying with and being mentored by Zetta (Shook) Alderman. After graduating high school, she was awarded a dance merit scholarship to the Gus Giordano Dance Center in Evanston, IL. Read more
  • Emily Barnhart

    Voice/Piano
    Emily graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a Master in Music in vocal performance and received her undergraduate degree in 2006 from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Musical Arts in vocal performance and a minor in Psychology. Emily lives in Camas with her two young boys. Read more
  • Steve Jackson

    Music instruction
    Steve first started playing the guitar at age 8, but his love of music really came when, at 13, he was introduced to playing the music of his favorite bands - Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and Jimi Hendrix. That interest grew through over 15 years of private music instruction studying rock, pop, jazz, classical guitar and music theory. Read more
  • Dance Fusion Dance Instructor Lacey Ackerman

    Lacey Ackerman

    Petite Primas/Tiny Tappers
    Lacey Ackerman is originally from northern California and has been dancing since she was three years old. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern for over 20 years. Her career highlights so far include representing the University of Nevada, Reno at the American College Dance Association, performing Cari Cunningham's Aureate Debris. Read more