Using the arts to develop life and learning skills - Through movement, rhythm and music, children learn discipline, self-expression and cooperation. While the weekly classes are designed to challenge students to realize their physical and creative potential, we are committed to leaving no child behind. Benefits associated with study of the arts and student achievement include: Reading skills, Social skills, Collaboration, Perseverance, Mathematical skills, Motivation to learn, Sense of community, Self-esteem, Recognition of effort as the main ingredient for success.
Affordable Dance Arts Facility
Our children program offers classes in, Ballet, Contemporary, JazzFunk, and Hip-Hop. Our facility is also used as a home base for a not for profit Folklorico dance company, Resurrección Mexican Folk. This youth dance company developed an interest by its Artistic Director, Rafael Valpuesta, to provide a different style of Mexican folk dance to the children and youth of his community.
Dance 2 Make A Difference (D2MAD)
FUSION Performing Dance Academy (FPDA) introduces "Dance 2 Make A Difference" (D2MAD), a performance group created with the sole purpose of inspiring and motivating the youth of the community to use the art of dance as a form of self expression. A tool to teach basic life skills such as positive thinking, teamwork, promoting unity, and discipline. We encourage artistic expression using music and movement through out their lives.
The program is open to all ages and levels. To be considered, please attend Hip Hop class with Kassy Francis at FPDA on Thursdays, 7:00-8:00PM.
Ecos de España, is Fusion’s educational outreach program that introduces Spanish classical and flamenco music and dance to grades K-12. It includes interactive exchanges with students, conforms to VAPA Standards for grades K-12, and promotes international cultural awareness. Arts education is emphasized through live performances, thereby imparting a richness of depth, dimension, and immediacy that is fundamental to the performing arts.
FUSION has also been worked with Pasadena High School, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts and La Causa Youthbuild after school programs, teaching Contemporary and Latin social dances.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF CHILDREN AFFORDABLE DANCE PROGRAMMING FOR EAST LOS ANGELES AND CITY OF COMMERCE YOUTH
FUSION Performing Dance Academy, (FPDA) a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, crosses a milestone in its history. We are celebrating 10 years of offering the Affordable CHILDREN Dance program to the East Los Angeles community and its surrounding areas. A recent NEA report entitled “Arts and Achievement in At Risk Youth” finds that at-risk students who have access to the arts tend to have better academic results, work force opportunities and civic engagement. FPDA offers a comprehensive, personalized dance training program to both the recreational dancer as well as the aspiring professional.
What began as a dream on paper has risen up to stand tall amongst the non-profit dance organizations. Fusion has countless accomplishments, especially from last year which proved to be exceptionally productive for the organization. FPDA has served over 500 students, performed at many venues throughout Los Angeles, successfully sent students to school of performing arts, and helped change lives of the under served community of East Los Angles, City of Commerce and its surrounding areas. They created a space where students and emerging artists can grow and showcase their talents. “It is one thing to take class and be in the safe environment of the studio, but it is a whole different experience when on stage in front of an audience,” explains Espinoza. “I enjoy seeing the growth and transition of the student to the performer. There is no better gift to me.”
In the ten years since its founding, FUSION Performing Dance Academy has played a major role in the transformation of children and adults in the East Los Angeles area. Their structured programs provided a tool to empower young people by providing dance classes that promotes character development, self-confidence, and leadership. Some students are now attending a performing arts high school, and six adult students have become instructors. Executive/Artistic Director and Founder, Albertossy Espinoza said, “We change lives by introducing students to the art of dance and fitness.”
FUSION Performing Dance Academy's program and mission are consistent with the solid reputation of improving the quality of life to members of the community. The children program offers classes in, Ballet, Modern, JazzFunk, Pre-dance and Hip-Hop. FPDA also offers after school programs to High Schools and a dance education outreach program to grammar and middle schools. “Live, Love, Laugh, and Dance!” is FPDA’s motto and echoes through the studios as a refreshing way to relieve stress in today’s economically hard times. Espinoza, a professional actor, dancer and choreographer with 28 years of experience, understands the need for the arts in the underserved communities. FPDA welcomes dance and physical fitness lovers of all ages and abilities. They aim to create a place that can showcase raw Latino talent in the art of dance. Raised in a low-income household, Espinoza has acquired a great understanding, appreciation and talent for creative expression throughout his career. Now he is giving back, and enjoying the journey.
Thursday, April 15, 2018
Fusion went to support our Hip Hop instructor, D2MAD Artistic Director, Kassy Francis at "In The Heights." at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamanga.
Saturday, April 24, 2018
Students and parents attending the performance of Ballet Hispanico at The Luckman in Cal State LA.