meet the company

Name: Alexandra (Walla Walla) Wilson

School/Year: Medill 2015

About: Alexandra has been dancing for 16 years and traveled to Las Vegas, New York, and Austria with her competitive dance company. She started dancing hip-hop when she joined Fusion her freshman year. dance styles: contemporary

Favorite artist: Bon Iver

Favorite quote: Great minds are very near to madness – James Joyce

Name: Andrew Lee

School/Year: WCAS 2016

About: From Seattle, WA, Andrew has always loved dancing but was introduced to formal hip hop dance and choreography during his freshman year at Northwestern and immediately fell in love. After spending countless hours watching hip hop choreography on YouTube, Andrew spent the following summer training at a local hip hop studio and building his relationship with dance. While still very new to the world of choreography, he hopes to always learn and grow as a dancer.

Favorite artists: Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Gowe

Favorite choreographer: Brian Puspos

favorite quote: “As silly as it sounds, dance is a best friend of mine. It goes through everything with me.”

Name: Anja Spruston

School/Year: WCAS 2015

About: I started dancing hip-hop at the beginning of sixth grade and fell in love. I was a member of the Urban Beat Elite Dance Company during high school and also co-ran a dance team at my high school called Variations. My senior year of high school, I co-taught a hip-hop class at Dance Center Evanston as part of a Senior Studies project focused around dance and photography. I am thrilled to be a part of Fusion Dance Company at Northwestern!

Favorite song: Retrograde by James Blake

Favorite quote: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

Name: Camaria Lehman

School/Year: McCormick 2015

About: Camaria comes to Fusion from Harmony, PA. (Yes, it is as cute as it sounds.) She has been dancing for almost 18 years training mainly in ballet, tap, and jazz at different studios around Pittsburgh. She spent many years on the competitive circuit and performing in theater productions. After finding dance in the non-profit sector, she started focusing more on teaching and choreographing, relying heavily on her belief that dance is a moving story.  She couldn’t be more thankful to find herself in the Fusion family.

Favorite song: Anything by Beyonce.

Favorite quote(s): I couldn’t pick one!

“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” -Oprah

“Great dancers are great because of their passion.” -Martha Graham

Name: Claire Kissinger

School/Year: WCAS 2016

Major: Art History

About: I’m so happy to have found the Fusion Fam! I have been dancing, choreographing, and performing since age nine. My mom opened her own dance studio, Intuit Dance, in 2004 and I have been taking and teaching classes there ever since. In high school I participated in Intuit’s company as well as Orchesis, my high school’s dance company.  I’ve also participated in several student-produced shows including the Fusion performances.

Favorite song: Blackberry Stone- Laura Marling

Fun fact: I have three beautiful nieces who I’ll be hanging with all summer.

Name: Iris Hsu

School/Year: School of Communications 2017

About: Iris comes from the exotic country of Taiwan though she did go to an international school all her life, so yes she is fluent in english She has mainly a ballet background with a little splash of modern and jazz. Now she has decided to venture into the mystifying realm of hip-hop and is super excited to have the opportunity to dance with such an amazing group of people. She has what some would call an unhealthy addiction to marshmallows and enjoys eating a little too much.

Favorite song: anything by avicii

Name: Jared Sprowls

School/Year: Comm/2016

About: Jared is from Chevy Chase, Maryland, which is right outside of Washington DC (or right next to Bethesda since apparently everyone at Northwestern knows about Bethesda). He started dancing and choreographing hip-hop routines his freshman year of high school for his school’s dance company. He enjoys all types of dance, but hip-hop will always hold a special place in his heart.

Favorite song: Upgrade U by Beyonce

Name: Jenna Stoehr

School/Year: WCAS 2015

About: Jenna is from the north ‘burbs of Chicago and still doesn’t know what she wants to do when she grows up. She loves cheese, vampires, gummy candy and electronic dance music. She danced sporadically in high school, but was involved in other random things like swimming and theatre. Fusion is the first dance company she’s ever been a part of, and she love love loves her fusion family.

Favorite song: There are so many…but right now, Spectrum – Zedd

Favorite quote: “I think everyone should love life above everything in this world” – Alexey Fyodorovich (in Brothers Karamazov. take russian lit!)

Name: Kristi Michels

School/Year: WCAS ’16

About: I started dancing at my studio when I was 3 and have continued dance ever since.  I was also captain of my high school dance team.  Although dance was my main hobby, I loved every single other sport and did gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, skiing, sailing, swimming, softball, track, and figure skating at different points in my life.  I also play the piano and guitar.  I can’t cook, but i want to.  I can crack pretty much any part of my body. I’m obsessed with musicals and secretly dream of playing Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera or Sandy in Grease….but I can’t really sing, although I did show choir in 8th grade and was in 2 of my high school’s musicals.

Favorite song: Tie between “Time of my Life” from Dirty Dancing, “Midnight City” by M83 (that ish never gets old), and of course “Latch” by disclosure

Random fact: I love sneakily blowing out other peoples candles and making my own wish

Name: Lucero Diaz

School/Year: WCAS 2014

About:  Lucy is originally from Chicago, IL. She started the beautiful world of ballet at the age of seven and since then learned other dances, such as Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and various Latin dances, like Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, etc. Lucy also enjoys the occasioanal singing in the shower, eating, and watching movies. I love my Fusion Fam and am sad I didn’t join sooner!!!

Random fact:  I hate chocolate, peanut butter, nutella, and much more.

**Note from the editor: ……what. ^

Name: Michaela Kastelman

School/Year: WCAS 2017

About: Michaela is from the San Francisco Bay Area (aka yay area) and has been dancing since she was in 2nd grade.  While she has mainly trained in Jazz and Modern, Michaela enjoys all types of dance (including tap, musical theatre, swing, and of course, hip hop) and is looking forward to learning how to increase her swag while in Fusion. When she’s not dancing or choreographing, you can usually find Michaela eating cereal/Mexican food, creating original corny jokes, or watching scary movies and Suits. Michaela is so excited to be a part of Fusion and to have the opportunity to dance alongside such talented and awesome people!

Favorite song: September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

 

Name: Mike Lee

School/Year: WCAS 2015

About: (insert cool things here)

Favorite song: (this week) Pyramid – Charice ft. Iyaz

 

Name:  Nick Leighton

School/Year:  WCAS 2016

About:  Nick is from Laguna Beach, CA and then moved to EVANSTON, IL – where apparently it’s not always 68 degrees… I grew up doing tap and then stopped after seven years.  Then freshman year of high school, I had to quit my cross-country team, but I needed something else to fulfill my fitness requirements so I was coerced into enrolling in dance.  And so the rest is history! Today, he loves being a part of Fusion and a part of Fusion exec.  He is majoring in Spanish, but for some reason he’s premed too?  As apparent from this bio, he aspires to be a dancing doctor, who speaks in Spanish.

Favorite song:  “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Random fact: I work as a cowboy in Durango, Colorado every summer.  So add a lasso and a horse to the image of a Spanish-speaking, dancing doctor.

Name: Sombreuil (Somi) Hubbard

School/Year: School of Communication 2016

About:  Somi is from the beautiful Palos Verdes, California — so naturally she reps her SoCal pride everywhere she goes.  At Northwestern she majors in Communication Studies with the Integrated Marketing Certificate.  She has been dancing all her life, starting with ballet and then going through all dance genres 10 year old girls do (aka. tap, jazz, hip-hop.)  In high school she was captain of her dance team, doing modern, lyrical, and hip-hop, while experimenting with alternative styles like Bollywood, Tahitian, and African.  Fusion is her new fam, and she is so happy she gets to roll with such a talented, good looking crew.

Favorite song: That one that is really fun to dance to.

Random fact:  Her pinky toes don’t touch the floor.  She walks, runs, dances on four toes.  It is quite the feat.

Name: Sunny Song

School/Year: WCAS 2016

About: Sunny’s from Syosset, NY, on Long Island. She starting dancing towards the end of middle school. She got into hip hop and learned hip hop choreos from Youtube. The first choreography she learned from a video (by herself… in her room… with a tiny vanity mirror… by looping the video… – sounds sketch, whatever) was Erik Saradpon’s ‘Girlicious.’ Other than dancing, she likes watching youtube videos of dancing, drawing, organizing things, napping or oversleeping, not sleeping at all, trolling people and looking at all things koala.

A word of caution: May look small, innocent and harmless but may surprise you at times.

Favorite song: Meh.

Favorite quote: Meh.

Name: Vivian Prieto

School/Year: School of Communications 2016

About: Vivian hails from south jersey, specifically, Mullica Hill, NJ. You probably havent heard of it. It’s near Philly. She loves dance and has been dancing since age 3. Mostly ballet but a lot of modern, lyrical, hip hop, and tap too, all at Tricia Sloan Dance Center. She’s a freshman theatre major. She’s a little too obsessed with fusion

Favorite song: Right now.. Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding…. long term, probably I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie