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Dance Instructors & Staff

Kristal Kissel - Owner /Director & Instructor

Kristal was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is the owner of Dance Fusion, has 35+ years of dancing experience and over 30 years of teaching experience. Kristal's knowledge for dance is outstanding. She is an inspiration to all. Her background begins at the age of two where she took studio lessons from Dale Meyer School of Dance for over twelve years. During her dancing years, she attended dance conventions such as Danny Hoctor Dance Caravan, ASC, NDA, UDA, & USA Theater. She was a member of JCTMS Dance Team, duPont Manual H.S. Dance Team, and attended The Youth Performing Art School where she majored in dance. Kristal was awarded many regional & national awards during her youth. Most importantly was the ALL AMERICAN award for her showstopping performance in High School National Competition. Kristal was apart of the University of Louisville Ladybirds and was a member of the University Athletic Advisory Club. Kristal has choreographed and taught several award winning Middle Schools and High Schools in Louisville and surrounding cities. 

Her choreography has been showcased at the Barnstable Brown Derby Gala, the Junior Miss Kentucky Pageant, throughout High School & College Performances / Competitions, Kentucky State Fair, and the University of Louisville halftime shows. Her greatest love is dance. She loves to teach children of all ages the love for dance. In the last 17 years, Kristal's dancers have been honored with many regional and national awards. Most recent, 5x National Champions in groups, and awarded the Premier Cup for the highest scoring routine at the 2023 Nexstar Talent Dance Nationals. Many of her dancers can be seen at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Youth Performing Arts School, duPont Manual Dance Team, Louisville Male Dance Team, Mercy Academy Dance Team, University of Louisville Ladybirds, Bellarmine University Dance Team, Stephen Foster Story Theatre and other local theatrical venues. You may have seen Kristal at the local Dance Team middle & high school competitions because she is currently the head coach for JCTMS. Dance is a fun & emotional experience that should be taught with love and passion!! We love Ms. Kristal & her creative mind!

Paige Kissel - Instructor

Paige was raised in Louisville, KY. She has been dancing for 16 years. She has been trained in many styles. Her background includes being on the competition team at Dance Fusion, a member on St.Bernard's dance team, and a member of the Nationally ranked Mercy Academy Dance Team. Which also includes performing at the halftime shows for the University of Louisville Basketball Team and many local high school sports teams.  Many memories

 performing at Mercy Academy Dance Camps, in drama productions at school, and regional & national competitions in solo, duet and groups. Paige has also attended the Danny Hoctor Dance Convention, NDA, UDA and KAR conventions. Through her many years of dancing she has received many awards from the competitions and conventions she participated in such as Top Starz, All American, and Sportsmanship Awards. As an instructor, Paige has received multiple choreography awards. Dance Fusion is lucky to have Paige working with our dancers. Paige is a great example of passion, hard work & love for the art of dance. Congrats to Ms. Paige for her most recent 2x National Championship win with her Dance Fusion Junior Large Group!

Hannah Sturgeon - Instructor

Hannah was raised in Louisville, KY by her two loving parents. She began her dance journey at the age of 2. She was enrolled into competitive classes by age 5 and trained competitively until adulthood. Hannah started instructing classes by the age of 16 but that didn't stop her from competing in groups and solo routines herself. She won multiple awards at regional and national competitions. She also was awarded dance grants, invitations to dance intensives and dance camps across the USA. Hannah performed and practiced with her local studio and she was a member of the Noe Middle School Dance Team and Atherton High School Dance Team. She was elected captain for two years on her High School Team. 

Hannah was named All- American for three consecutive years for her performances at NDA while in High School. She went onto the University of Louisville and was a member of the Ladybirds. She was apart of the National Champion Team and could be seen on the SO Sharp television show. Her favorite style of dance is Jazz. Hannah has great technique and challenges her dancers when it comes to Jazz dance. She bring lot of personality to Dance Fusion. Congrats to Ms. Hannah on her most recent 2x National Championship win with her Dance Fusion Teen Small Group Competition Team!  

Sheri Willis - Instructor

Sheri is a Louisville native that has had dance in her life since the age of 2. She started competitive dancing at 8 yrs old doing solos and groups. She competed with numerous studios and went to an all-star team, Planet Dance, throughout high school winning team championships. After attending the Youth Performing Arts School with a major in dance, she attended the University of Louisville as a National Champion Ladybird and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and in Physical Education. 

Sheri has coached & choreographed throughout JCPS and on the east coast for studios, other schools and all star teams for the past 15 years. She also taught under Michael Thomas for 10 yrs where she started dancing in the 8th grade. Sheri has participated in teaching Master classes for Dance Masters of the Bluegrass and Dance Intensives at local studios. Sheri's favorite dance style include jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and dance team Pom along with technique in turns, jumps and leaps. Sheri's competitive style brings a challenge to all ages & levels. We are happy to have Sheri apart of Dance Fusion. 

Ms. Jennifer - Office Manager

Jennifer comes to us from NEW YORK. She moved to Louisville 18 yrs ago along with her husband. They have 4 beautiful girls who all dance in competitive classes at Dance Fusion. Jennifer is a fantastic office manager. She definitely keeps the studio organized. She is the best when it comes to registering new dancers, collecting payments, and keeping the studio clean. And if that isn't enough, she can size dancers for new dance shoes & place dance attire orders. Jennifer has great knowledge of dance and can answer any questions, concerns, and place the dancer into appropriate classes. Dance Fusion is so happy to have her apart of the Staff.   

Ms. Margie - Office Manager / CO-Owner

She has been involved with dance for over four decades. Her three daughters have all had a true love for dance. She also has her own share of dance experience at Thomas Jefferson High School Drill Team. Margie brings a lot of experience and knowledge to Dance Fusion. Her business like attitude and willingness to make the studio a wonderful place to dance, makes her a fantastic addition to the Dance Fusion Staff. She wants all the children of Dance Fusion to have hopes and dream that truly will come true. Margie takes good care of all the parents and most importantly will answer any question that any parent may have concerns about. Margie is a great support system to everyone at Dance Fusion.


Summer Dance/ Camps

*Starts in June/ July 

YEAR 18 Dance Recital 

May 19 - Memorial Auditorium

2023 Spring Into Dance 

*Starts week of March 20th 

2023 Winter Dance 

*Starts Week of Jan 9th

2022-2023 Fall Dance Season

*Starts week of September 7th

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