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Miss Afton

Miss Afton

Owner, Dance and Fitness Instructor, Company Director

Miss Afton is the proud owner of Fusion Dance & Performing Arts, established in 1999 (formally Attitudes Dance by Aimee), as well as the director of the Innovative Soul Dance Company. While attending college at the University of Iowa, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and was a four-year member (and Senior captain) of the nationally ranked Iowa Dance Team. Throughout her 20+ year career as a dance instructor, she has worked for the Universal Dance Association, coached various area high school teams, and has spent 16+ years choreographing and cleaning dances for teams and soloists across the state of Iowa. In 2011, prior to returning to the Cedar Valley, Afton was working as a professional dancer for the Denver Nuggets NBA team, and a fitness instructor in the Denver Metro area. When the opportunity was presented to own a dance studio, she did not want to pass up the chance to share her love, creativity, and knowledge of dance with her hometown. Fusion Dance & Performing Arts serves more than 400 families in the Cedar Valley, and Miss Afton is thrilled to provide the best experience for all.

Miss Brianne

Miss Brianne

Office Manager, Dance and Fitness Instructor, Company Co-Director

Brianne Anderson has been a dancer in the Cedar Valley since she was 4. Her career began at Kim Ebetino’s in downtown Waterloo, then Attitudes Dance by Aimee from its’ grand opening in 1999. Brianne’s dance opportunities took her to several places, including New Orleans, LA with Skip Costa, New York City, NY to Broadway Dance Center & private lessons with ballet master Finis Jung, as well as to Duluth, MN with the Minnesota Ballet.  She also participated in many variations of the Nutcracker Ballet with companies including Ballet International, Minnesota Ballet, and Attitudes Dance by Aimee.  After attaining board education & board certification in Radiology, CT, and a bachelor’s in Leadership from the University of St. Francis, the opportunity to teach dance & help encourage others to find their dancing passion as Office Manager with Miss Afton was a dream come true.  You can also find Miss Brianne teaching a variety of fitness classes throughout the season, as well as assisting with the Innovative Soul Competition Team.

Miss Debra

Miss Debra

Dance and Fitness Instructor, Company Co-Director

Miss Debra grew up in Kansas and began dancing at the age of three. She has trained in all styles of dance. Debra continued with dance in college and attained a BFA in Dance from Wichita State University. While at WSU she was a member of the Wichita State University Dance Ensemble.  She served as vice president of the Mid-American Dance Theatre that helped students produce independent dance concerts. In addition, she was part of Wichita’s traveling company the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre.  Debra has danced with several professional and semi-professional dance companies, and has also performed in several productions of the Nutcracker, including a principle role.  In 2004 Debra danced with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, which is an outlet for diverse professional dancers proficient in multiple disciplines. From 2005-2007 she was a member of an independent dance collective that performed throughout the Cedar Valley. During her more than 30 years of dance experience, she has completed dance intensives with David Parsons, Denise Veil, Robert Battle, Gus Giordano, Dianne Walker, and many others. Debra has been teaching and choreographing for more than 20 years working with more than seven studios across the Mid-west and Texas.  She has also choreographed musicals and pieces for universities, high schools, community theatres, and dance competitions. She choreographed “Kiss Me Kate”, “The Music Man” and “White Christmas” for CFCT and “Pal Joey” for Wartburg College. She also served as the coach for the Waterloo West Dance Team from 2013-2016. Debra is also a Co-director for Fusion’s competitive dance team Innovative Soul. She is thrilled to continue sharing her passion for dance with the students of Fusion Dance and Performing Arts.

Miss Maria

Miss Maria

Dance Instructor

Miss Maria has been dancing since childhood.  She studied dance at Kim Ebitino’s Dance Studio and then Attitudes Dance by Aimee, where she performed in annual performances.  In addition, she was a member of the Andante Performing Company, under the direction of Aimee Jennings.  Miss Maria was able to perform 2 roles with the Moscow Ballet in The Great Russian Nutcracker, in 2002.  During high school, she traveled every summer to train with many prestigious dance companies across the country.  She received multiple scholarships and attended multiple Intensives at The Joffrey Ballet School, the American Academy of Ballet, the Southeast Dance Festival, and the Broadway Dance Center, where she accepted into the Intern Affiliate Program.  Miss Maria was a dance instructor at Attitudes Dance by Aimee for 10 years before it became Fusion Dance & Fitness.  She has produced a variety of choreography including solo and group pieces for her Church’s Celebrations, Andante Company Choreography, and State Solo competition pieces.

Miss Alexis

Miss Alexis

Dance Instructor

Miss Alexis is a senior at Waterloo West High School and has been dancing for eleven years. She competes with the Pre-Professional Innovative Soul Company and has been teaching with Fusion Dance and Performing Arts for the past two and a half years. Alexis is the dance team captain of the West High Dance Team and has choreographed many routines for the team and multiple solo routines for herself and other dancers as well. Alexis plans to continue her career in dance through college and beyond stating that her “greatest joy in life is seeing her students succeed and fall in love with dance” just as she did.

Miss Harley

Miss Harley

Dance Instructor

Miss Harley is from Hudson, IA and is currently enrolled in Kirkwood’s Veterinary Technician program. She started her dancing career when she was just three years old at Attitudes Dance by Aimee/Fusion Dance & Fitness, and has been active in a variety of dance styles ever since.  She spent a lot of time in classes and working as an assistant Instructor for many years.  Harley is anxious to return to Fusion and share her love for dance with the kiddos at Fusion.

Miss Casey

Miss Casey

Dance Instructor

Casey grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and is currently attending the University of Northern Iowa. She has been dancing since the age of three, and is trained in many different styles. She was on the Cedar Falls High School dance team for all four of her high school years, and also competed on a team and as a soloist for a studio in Iowa. Following her high school graduation, she continued dancing, as well as taught various styles of dance to students in Coralville, Iowa. Casey is excited to be teaching at Fusion Dance & Performing Arts and sharing her love of dance with all of her students!

Miss Katy

Miss Katy

Dance, Tumble and Baton Instructor

Miss Katy comes to our studio with many years of dance and baton twirling expertise. She began dancing at age 4 and baton twirling at age 10. She has competed on the local, state and national level receiving many awards. The highest honor was being selected as the Feature Baton Twirler for the UNI Panther Marching Band. She is a graduate of UNI with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She grew up in Davenport, IA where she was a member of the Central Marching Band Color Guard, TNT Dynamite Baton and Pom Team, Varsity Cheerleading Team and many other extracurricular activities. She has been an instructor for 12+ years. Katy also offers pageantry prep for pageant contestants of all ages.

Miss Julianna

Miss Julianna

Dance Instructor

Miss Julianna is from Dunkerton, Iowa and is currently studying at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in English Teaching.  She began dancing at Attitudes Dance by Aimee when she was three and continued on at Fusion when it opened.  Miss Julianna worked as an assistant teacher for many years while she was taking classes with Fusion and is very excited to be teaching her own classes now.

Miss Miranda

Miss Miranda

Dance Instructor

Miss Miranda grew up in Cedar Rapids and began teaching at MOvMNT Dance Company, where she trained in dance and found her love for the art. She moved to Cedar Falls to attend the University of Northern Iowa and major in Public Relations. While attending college, she taught for Prestige Dance Studio. Miranda then joined the Fusion Family in 2018. This year will mark her 10th year as a dance teacher, her 4th year with Fusion! She teaches Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom, Yoga, and various Adult Classes. You’ll also catch her as one of our Innovate Soul Directors and as a Coach for Waterloo West High School Dance Team! Miranda is excited to watch our Fusion students continue to grow, both as dancers and as good humans! 

Miss Courtney

Miss Courtney

Office Staff

Miss Courtney has been part of the dance community for decades, starting with Kim Ebetino at age 3 and transitioning to Attitudes Dance by Aimee by age 8. During her dance career, she participated in many productions, including Fantasia and multiple adaptations of The Nutcracker. While maintaining her love for dance, you are now going to find her teaching fitness classes & assisting in the office answering any questions you may have about the Fusion Family! Courtney also works at UNI as the UNItix Ticket Office Coordinator. When she’s not working, she’s hanging out with Family (Aka Miss Brianne), her boyfriend Brandon, and their dog Cooper going on Hikes and other adventures.

Miss Tru

Miss Tru

Dance Instructor

Miss Tru was born & raised on the west side of Chicago where she attended Local Motions Performing Arts Company starting at age 3. She had the privilege of training in various styles of dance, acting, singing, & spoken word. Recreating productions like Guys & Dolls, West side story, The Wiz, Grease, & Disney films. In high school, she joined a Hip Hop Street Crew, ABC (Anothaa Badd Creation)  dance crew where she competed in competitions like World of Dance- Chicago and performed all around the city.  Wartburg College brought Miss Tru to Iowa where she co-founded DVK (DuhVersity Knights) Hip Hop dance team. She started teaching kids kindergarten – high school level at Dance Wave Dance Studio in Waverly, IA before finding her way to Fusion DPA. Miss Tru is currently an assistant director and one of the lead choreographers of Rebel City Dance Organization in Des Moines, IA. She also had the opportunity to choreograph, Dream with Me, a UNI hip hop theatre production, and is currently the choreographer of the play, Blood at the Root, for UNI’s theatre program. Miss Tru is elated to create with our HIp Hop competition teams, and will offer an empowering Adult Heels Dance class, as well.

Miss Shelby

Miss Shelby

Dance Instructor

Miss Shelby grew up in Dysart, Iowa, where she started dancing when she was 8 years old with Jeune Attente Dance Company (JADCO). Her dance experience has included training in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, clog, hip-hop, and pom. She was on the Union High School Dance Team for all four years of high school, and now coaches both the Union High School and Middle School dance teams. For over a decade, she was an instructor for JADCO, and over the years she has choreographed several show choir pieces, group and individual competition routines, wedding dances, pageant routines and a Quinceanera. Shelby is currently on the corporate sales team at The VGM Group in Waterloo, and this is her second year with Fusion.

Miss AJ

Miss AJ

Dance Instructor

Bio coming soon

Miss Rachel

Miss Rachel

Dance Instructor

Miss Rachel grew up in Cedar Falls and began dancing at age 4. She started dancing at Fusion in high school, and has studied ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, pom, and musical theatre. Rachel danced on the Cedar Falls Dance Team all 4 years of high school, serving as a captain her senior year. She had roles in The Nutcracker with the Minnesota Ballet for many years, from childhood and into her teenage years. She has done summer ballet intensives with the Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis, and has had experience in a number of local musicals and theater productions, often serving as a dance captain and assisting with choreography. Now, Miss Rachel is a student at UNI studying Movement and Exercise Science, as well as Spanish, and hopes to continue to work in the dance and fitness field after graduation. She continues her dance education with the Orchesis Dance Company at UNI, and has choreographed for wedding parties and musicals, including “Frozen Jr.” Rachel is in her 2nd year of teaching at Fusion, and loves to build relationships with her students and watch them grow! 

Mr. David

Mr. David

Dance Instructor

Bio coming soon

Miss Calaney

Miss Calaney

Dance Instructor

Bio coming soon

Miss Jess

Miss Jess

Dance Instructor

Miss Jess is from Cedar Falls, Iowa and has been dancing for 18 years. She began her dance career at age three at Attitudes Dance by Aimee later becoming Fusion Dance & Fitness. While at Fusion, she was a member of the Innovative Soul Dance Company and performed in the annual Spring Productions. She was also able to take several dance summer intensives including Joffrey and River North Dance. Upon high school graduation and after four years on the CF dance team, she attended the University of Iowa to receive a BA in Communication Studies and a Minor in Dance. She has recently traveled back to the Cedar Valley to teach ballet at Fusion Dance & Performing Arts and is excited to share her love for dance to her students!

Miss Rose

Miss Rose

Dance Instructor

Miss Rose grew up in the area. She is currently going to UNI and is studying Biology as well as Movement and Exercise Science! After her undergrad, she is planning to go to PT school to become a physical therapist.

Miss Haley

Miss Haley

Dance Instructor

Miss Haley grew up in Denver, Iowa, and started dancing at the age of 6. She began dancing at Attitudes by Aimee and continued her training with Fusion until graduating high school. During her time there she took a wide variety of dance classes, worked as an assistant instructor, and danced with the Innovative Soul Dance Company. Currently, she is a student at the University of Northern Iowa studying Accounting. She loves being involved with different clubs and organizations on campus, as well as having the opportunity to teach at Fusion!

Miss Jensen

Miss Jensen

Dance Instructor

 Miss Jensen grew up here in Waterloo and began dancing at the age of 8. She began her studies in downtown Waterloo at Attitudes Dance by Aimee which then turned into Fusion! She was on the Waterloo West High’s dance team and was captain her senior year. Recently in May 2021, she graduated with her Bachelors in Arts in Dance! She also obtained her Hatha Yoga certification during her time in college!