Fusion Dance is in the business of dance instruction. We offer a diverse program; students may dance either as a form of recreation while developing grace and poise or may strive to achieve a high level of technique and performing skills. Our focus is to encourage all of our students to work hard, strive for improvement, have self-discipline and be respectful to others.
DANCE Is FOR EVERYONE
The Fusion Dance adaptive dance class was born out of the belief that dance is for EVERYONE! This class provides an opportunity for children and adults with special needs to participate in dance education. Through the class, dancers gain confidence, coordination and strength. The class is taught by a Minnesota licensed special education instructor and has additional classroom assistants in the studio with the students.
Fusion Dance Staff
Miss Cortney Hren
Miss Cortney Hren began dancing at Woodbury Dance Center in Woodbury, MN and attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Following graduation, she continued her dance training at Broadway Dance Center in New York, NY, performing in shows such as Voices and Visions and DRA (Dancers Resisting Aids). Miss Cortney was then awarded a dance scholarship to study at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA. While in California, she was featured in The Carnival Choreographer's Ball, a dance show by top professional choreographers in the video, music and film industry. She has also performed in many industrial shows and an independent film, Spelling Bee. Her extensive training across the nation leads to her dance excellence and versatility in choreography.
Miss Tammi LeMire
Miss Tammi LeMire has been teaching dance for much of her life at various studios in the Minnesota metro area. She teaches a wide variety of classes, but is primarily a ballet instructor. Dance has always been a focus in her life. In addition to dance studio training as a child, she was part of the alpha class dance program at The Perpic Center for Arts Education, a ballet and modern-based Arts High School, and continued her training as an adult at Zenon Dance Company and Dance School. It wasn't long before Miss Tammi realized that the joy of dance came from teaching, and she decided to become a full-time dance educator and instructor. She also shares her knowledge of many forms of dance with dancers across the nation as she is a judge for dance competitions.
Fusion Dance Staff
Miss Julie Penney
Miss Julie Penney is an University of Michigan dance major with experience in teaching ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap and modern. She teaches through the use of demonstration, imagery and hands-on correcections and exercises. The use of proper alignment, muscle groups and knowledge of dance vocabulary is very important to Miss Julie. She believes that all dancers need to know how to correctly execute the steps and know their names and meaning to be a well-educated dancers. She develops her students by giving them constructive critiques, encouragement and confidence. Miss Julie is a patient instructor and is determined to help anyone who has the heart and the passion to fully learn the art of dance. She makes evryone, regardless of their ability, feel included in her classroom.
Miss Abby Plein
Miss Abby Plein graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Recreation Sports Management and a minor in Coaching. While working at a YMCA in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Miss Abby developed a Creative Movement dance class which she then implemented at other YMCAs around the state of Minnesota. In 2012, she moved to Red Wing with her family, which now includes her husband and three children. In 2015, Miss Abby began offering her Creative Movement class to students at Fusion Dance. Teaching this class allows Miss Abby to see children learn and grow through play and being silly. This puts a smile on her face...and allows Miss Abby to act like a kid as well!
Miss Ashleigh Overlander
Miss Ashleigh Overlander started dancing at the age of four at Jan's School of Dance, competing all the way through graduation. She began teaching as a student teacher when she was still dancing herself. After graduation, she trained as an assistant teacher helping with choreography and technique. She was soon leading her own classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical and technique. She has achieved many awards as a dancer and a teacher, mainly for storytelling through emotion and movement. She has attended various University of Minnesota dance workshops, and she even took a year of ballet in Germany. Miss Ashleigh is a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Red Wing and has a passion for helping students become the strongest dancers they can be.
Fusion Dance Staff
Miss Londyn Overlander
Miss Londyn started dancing at the age of two at Jan's School of Dance. She trained for fifteen years and competed in dance until her graduation. She was also a student teacher in tumbling, tap and ballet for younger dancers. During middle school and high school, Miss Londyn competed in Humorous speech, eventually assisting as a speech Team Leader and a Captain. After her graduation, she is taking a gap year to re-engage with teaching dance and investingating a career in Culinary Arts at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. If you want to say hello to Miss Londyn, you may find her making coffee and other treats at Mandy's Coffee & Cafe in downtown Red Wing!
Miss Missy Prange
Miss Missy trained in Red Wing, MN; however, she also studied dance at The Edge Performing Arts Center (Hollywood, CA) and various dance workshops. She has taught at a variety of studios in Minnesota and is also a copetititon judge with BravO National Dance and Talent Competition. She performed with the American Heritage Dance Company under the direction of Miss Maria Buscaino and performed with Colleen McClelland's dance troupe for the Red Wing Shoe Company Centennial Celebration. Miss Missy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Mathematics and Language Arts, and a minor in Pyschology, and completed a Master of Education degree in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN.
Miss M.C. Smith
Miss M.C. Smith began dancing at the age of ten at Fusion Dance and quickly moved over to competitive dance until she graduated from high school. During college at Mankato State University, she danced for two years on the university dance team. Miss M.C. has taught at Fusion Dance (Red Wing, MN) and Dance Express (Mankato, MN). She is a licensed special education teacher and holds an ABS Degree (Academic Behavioral Strategist) from Minnesota State University - Mankato and a Masters in Special Education in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Specific Learning Disabilities from Minnesota State University - Mankato. Miss M.C. Smith currently teaches special educaion at Pine Island Middle School. She is proud of the Adaptive Dance program that she has established at Fusion Dance - it puts together her two loves: special education and dance!
Fusion Dance Staff
Miss Mary Plein
Miss Mary Plein is the owner of Fusion Dance. She holds accounting, business administration and computer science degrees from Winona State University. Citizens Security Mutual Insurance Company employed Mary for nearly thirteen years. She was with the Company as it grew from a small mutual insurer to a multicompany entity. In her last position, she was Vice President of Finance. Following her time in the insurance industry, Miss Mary was an independent consultant, specializing in financial and corporate communication consulting. She then spent eight years as the Executive Director of the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties.