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!
Melissa Ordoyne, Instructor started dancing at 3 years old at The Dance School. She left the dance world to pursue her career in Business Management and currently is the Procurement Manager for Veolia Water. As a mother of two daughters, she returned to the dance life fifteen years ago, as a dance mom and student herself. She received her teaching certification in 2010 and has been an asset to Fusion’s beginning dance program ever since. Melissa serves as Fusion’s Toddler Tap and Ballet Instructor. Her greatest joy as teacher is seeing the little ones progress as they begin to grasp the foundations of dance while having fun.
Maile Picou, Instructor, a New Orleans native, began dancing at the early age of 2. She was trained extensively in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. She had the opportunity to dance along side of some of the most sought out choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Nick Watkins, Billy Larson, Paula Morgan and many more.