Missy Mayes, Owner/Director was born and raised in New Orleans. She began performing and competing at a very young age. She worked and performed as a dancer as much as she could and later went on to pursue her career in Los Angeles. She had received a month long scholarship to study at Tremaine Dance Center in North Hollywood, CA where she then was awarded a year long scholarship. During her nine years in L.A., she consistently worked, performed and took classes from the top dancers/choreographers in the world. Her credits are vast and she has worked with several well known choreographers and dancers such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Mark Meismer, Wade Robson, Brian Freidman, Chris Dupre’, Keri LaGrand, Bradley Rapier, and so many more. While in L.A. she never stopped teaching. Now, as the owner of Fusion, she is driven to teach her students all that she has learned through her journey and she strives to make her love of dance evident to all.
Kati Lanner, Instructor has been involved in dance for the last 23 years. She has studied classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and hip hop, as well as many dance/drill team styles, such as pom pon and character. She received her teaching certificate in May 2004 from Fusion Performing Arts Center. She was an assistant teacher at Fusion for several years until she relocated for college to Baton Rouge, LA. While at LSU, she was a member of the LSU Golden Girls dance team and studied Classical Ballet in the LSU Ballet program. She continued to study all styles of dance at A Chorus Line dance academy, where she acted as an assistant teacher for owner and choreographer, Gigi Hidad. Her most active work within the past 6 years has been with American All Star, where she was employed as a summer dance camp instructor and choreographer. She worked with both junior high and high school dance teams around the U.S., while directing and performing in places such as Paris, France, Honolulu, HI, Orlando, FL, and several colleges across the nation. Since this partnership, she has been the primary choreographer for a number of dance teams in Louisiana and has judged several dance competitions and tryouts in the Southeast region of the United States. She is very happy to return to her Fusion family!
Erin Cox, Instructor has been dancing her whole life. She was a member of the award winning Elite Competition Team as a child then became a faculty member at Ground Zero Dance Studio in Metairie upon receiving her dance teacher certification. She was a huge part of Ground Zero and became a staple faculty member at Fusion Performing Arts Center. After having her little girl, she decided to take a break from dance to share in her life. We are so happy that she has decided to come back to our team. Erin is an excellent choreographer and loves sharing all that she has learned. She is now, along with other classes, Fusion’s Official Ballerina! She has taken on the roll and is doing a fabulous job. We are very lucky to have her.
Janette Goertz, Instructor dance career began at Hopkins School of Dance in Kenner, LA with training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical and modern dance. As a former Senior Lieutenant for the Dominican High School Debs Dance Team and a member of the UNO Starlettes Dance Team, she has performed in Disney World, at halftime shows for the New Orleans Saints and at various events around the city. She has also choreographed and judged many auditions for local dance teams and marching groups. After 23 years of dance at her childhood studio, Janette and her sisters became the owners of Hopkins School of Dance. For 6 years she supervised her teachers, choreographed countless dance routines, and produced annual dance recitals. Janette is the proud mother of 3 beautiful daughters, 2 of whom currently attend Fusion. Now, going into her third year teaching at Fusion Performing Arts Center, Janette is proud to be able to call Fusion her dance home. With over 25 years of dance training and 15 years of teaching experience, Janette continues to have a deep love for dance and strives to instill that same passion in all of her students.
Joshua Eddington, Instructor is the newest addition to the Fusion Faculty! He is a teacher/professional dancer born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana who started dancing at the age of 4. He grew up as a street dancer being inspired by the late Michael Jackson and James Brown. Josh never once stepped foot into a dance studio until attending college at University of Southern Mississippi. Once there, he began training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. Josh received 3 years of training in those genres.
Josh has taught at various studios throughout Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, New York, and California. Although Josh received his formal training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, he also very proficient in Hip Hop and Break dance. He is known for his unique incorporation of all styles of dance as well as the details within his choreography. Josh has won many awards for his choreography. Many of Josh’s students have won national titles with his choreography as well. Through his travels, he was able to work with people such as Nick Jonas, PSY, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Master P, and many more. He has also been cast in movies such as The Campaign, Pitch Perfect 2, and the hit TV series The Magician.
He also choreographs dances for many dance schools around the country as well as hosting master classes open to the public. Josh’s main goal is to give back to under-privileged kids, because he believes that every dancer should have a chance at success. Josh is also the co-owner and creative director of ENRGZ MOVEMENT CO. which is a company that provides professional level training for dancers who want to pursue it as a career.
Kortney Miller, Tumbling Instructor is 22 years old and is currently studying Nursing at the University of Holy Cross. She has danced for 7 years and practiced competitive gymnastics for 10 years. She was a Louisiana All Around State Champion at the age of 10. She has taught gymnastics for three years at All Star Gymnastics and has experience teaching ages 2 and over.