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 song: “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver
favorite quote: Great minds are very near to madness – James Joyce
name: Alyssa Keller
school/year: Medill 2014
about: Alyssa has been dancing for 16 years, however only began performing hip hop for the last four. Dancing is her passion and her favorite food is cheese!
dance styles: Hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet
favorite song: “Man in the Mirror”- Michael Jackson
favorite quote: “There’s no place like Fusion” -Dorothy
school/year: WCAS 2016
background: 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 food: Anything healthy
favorite artists: Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Gowe
favorite choreographer: Brian Puspos
dance style: Hip hop
favorite quote: “As silly as it sounds, dance is a best friend of mine. It goes through everything with me. Especially with love; I love my friends, family, and art.”
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!
dance styles: Hip-hop
favorite song: Retrograde by James Blake
favorite quote: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
school/year: Medill 2014
major: Journalism & Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate
background: Started dancing in 6th grade. Trained in hip hop, ballroom, tap, ballet, acrobatics, and contemporary.
dance styles: Isn’t this the same as above? Or do you want me to put Puerto Rican for background? I don’t get it.
favorite song: For the time being, “Latch” by Disclosure
random fact: This bio is being written from the Malecón in La Habana, Cuba. Studying abroad! I also interned in Nicaragua last summer and will be interning in Argentina this upcoming winter.
school/year: McCormick 2015
major: Biomedical Engineering, Economics; Minor in Global Health Studies
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.
dance styles: Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Ballroom, Musical Theatre
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: Chenny (Cheng Yen) Ng
school/year: SESP ’14
about: Swag… spice…and everything nice. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little dancer. But Professor Utonium accidentally added an extra ingredient: Fusion! Thus, Chenny was born! Using her ultra-twerkpowers, Chenny has dedicated her life to terrifying everyone around her as she tries to practice dances in her head while walking down Sheridan Road.
fun fact: I was born in Malaysia, but grew up in Brazil, Thailand, Singapore, and Salt Lake City.
favorite song: Justin Timberlake. Just. He is the song of my soul.
favorite quote: “I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
school: 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.
dance styles: Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary
favorite song: Blackberry Stone- Laura Marling
fun fact: I have three beautiful nieces who I’ll be hanging with all summer.
school/year: Communications 2014
about: Emily is from the suburbs of Chicago and has trained technically in ballet, jazz, and modern. After competing regionally and nationally with her local dance studio, she turned her primary focus to choreographing for her high school’s dance company. When she isn’t dreaming of being a back-up dancer for Shakira, she loves to floss and speak Spanglish. More than anything, Emily is thrilled to be a member of Fusion!
dance styles: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop
favorite quote: “Cause you can’t break a spirit, and you can’t kill a dream! Do you have any more gum, more gum, more gum, more gum? Do you have any more gum?”
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
dance styles: Popping, House
favorite song: any good music
random fact: my middle name is xavier like professor x
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
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.
dance styles: Hip hop, daggering (just kidding.. but #expressyourself)
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: Julia Anaya
school/year: School of Communication 2014
about: Julia is studying Communication Studies and International Studies, with a minor in dat Español. She was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and she reps the 415 HARD wherever she goes! While she frequents the hip hop style the most, Julia also enjoys salsa slash any style of Latin dance, and occasionally delves into interpretive dance alone in her apartment. Recently she has taken up the banjo, and is still looking for ways to incorporate that into her dancin’…so feel free to send suggestions her way.
dance styles: Hip hop and salsa
song: ANYTHING from Major Lazor
quote: “All you need is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust” –Peter Pan
name: Kelly Staricha
school/year: McCormick 2014
about: Kelly is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and also doing pre-med. She’s from Allen Park, Michigan where she was a part of the Ballet Americana Company for 6 years. Her dance foundation is mainly classical ballet, but she is also experienced in jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop. She also was a member of her high school’s Pom Pon Team for four years. She worked for MidAmerican Pom Pon and Intense Dance from 2010-2011 where she choreographed pom, jazz, and hip hop routines, and worked with middle school and high school dance and pom teams at summer camps and various annual competitions for both companies. She absolutely looooves the Fusion Fam and is thankful for the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the talented members of Fusion!!!
dance styles: Mostly hip hop now; background in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop
favorite song: “Mirrors” -JT, or anything on JT’s new album, and anything by Tyga
random fact(s): I used to get made fun of for attempting to do hip hop….and I have a minor addiction to coffee, Ryan Reynolds, and dancing everywhere and anywhere constantly
name: Kristi Michels
school/year: WCAS ’16
major: Psychology (Pre med)
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.
dance styles: Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary
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
school/year: WCAS 2014
major: Psychology major with a chemistry minor
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!!!
dance styles: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, all Latin styles
random fact: I hate chocolate, peanut butter, nutella, and much more.
**Note from the editor: ……what. ^^
name: Michael DeMarco
school/year: School of Communications 2014
about: Michael started dabbling in tap dance in high school, and has wanted to dance Irish step since he was a toddler (his mother now regrets that she never signed him up for classes). He’s played the drums since 2nd grade and believes that is why he loves dancing to thick RHYTHMS and BEATS. Although he has taken dance classes in MT, Ballet, and Modern, his favorite style is smooth hip hop. Michael, a senior Theatre major and Anthropology minor, is so glad he joined Fusion his Junior year, as he would describe the other company members as the closest family he has on campus. TWERK FOREVER.
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
school/year: WCAS 2015
about: (insert cool things here)
dance styles: Hippity hoppity, swagwalk, variations of the running man.
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.
dance styles: Hip hop (no way!), seven years of tap, four years of classical and contemporary training
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.
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.
dance styles: Just hip-hop these days, but belly dancing could be interesting… ;)
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 dance style: Hip Hop
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
dance styles: Still deciding my favorite/never will be able to choose one
favorite song: Right now.. Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding…. long term, probably I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie