About Us

Executive/Artistic Director and Founder

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Albertossy Espinoza
 

Born in Ecuador and raised in Chicago, Albertossy is an internationally known actor, dancer and choreographer. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. His dance career began as a Theater Dance major at Northern Illinois University (NIU). After three semesters at NIU, he was scouted by Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater and offered a company scholarship. Albertossy soon became an apprentice and started touring with the company, nationally and internationally. He also toured nationally and internationally with Soul y Duende Spanish American Dance Theater, Walt Disney Productions, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Djanbazian Dance Compnany, Jazz Antiqua Dance & Music Ensemble and Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater. 


His other credits include teaching abroad, guest choreographing for various dance companies and performances in West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, Babes in Toy Land, The Pajama Game, and El Barbero de Sevilla. In Chicago he was also a proud member of Joel Hall Dancers, Teresa y Los Preferidos Spanish Dance Company and Winifred Haun & Dancers. Albertossy’s works as a choreographer have been presented nationally from Chicago to California and internationally in Spain, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. 


In Los Angeles, Albertossy has choreographed for the Canadian TV series "Boystown,“ a feature “HEELS” and three music videos, "Life is for Living," featuring Julissa Aguirre, “Una Vez Mas,” featuring Elena Andujar and “Fuego Malagueña” featuring internationally acclaimed artist Esteban. Albertossy has worked with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Rosanegra Flamenco Company, Celina Zambon Flamenco Dance Company, Company of Strangers, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, Zina Bethune Theatre Danse and Djanbazian Dance Company. Currently he works with Jazz Antiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and Mojácar Flamenco. In 2004 he founded Los Angeles FUSION Dance Theater (LAFDT) and made his company debut at SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival. The company has performed in various Los Angeles based dance festivals and were invited to Guatemala to perform the piece “TRAPPED.” LAFDT was also nominated for a prestigious Lester Horton Award. In 2008 Albertossy founded FUSION Performing Dance Academy (www.fpdacademy.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit dance facility to share the art of dance with the underserved community. In 2010, Albertossy was invited by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre dancer, Vernard Gilmore to perform in New York City for Summer Stage. His experience of sharing the stage with Alvin Ailey dancers was a dream come true. In January 2011, by the request of the Board of Directors of Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles, Albertossy stepped in the role of President for the organization after serving on the board for three and a half years. He served another three years as President. 2011 also brought Albertossy to the Malibu Stage Company as a principal dancer and choreographer for the incredible “Victor Victoria” musical. His highlight was when the Legendary Dick Van Dyke expressed how impressed he was with the choreography. In 2012, Mr. Van Dyke asked Albertossy to choreograph the production of “Cabaret” which he was producing. 2013 brought Albertossy the opportunity to teach Master Modern, Latin Rhythm Cardio and Flamenco Fusion classes throughout Los Angeles, and he was invited by the LA Opera to perform in their production of Carmen with Maestro, Placido Domingo. Albertossy joined the LA Opera again in February of 2015 for “The Barber of Seville.” He was asked to play a principal character of the opera, Ambrogio. He recently reprised his role in Carmen for LA Opera and performed in their 2019 production of, "El Gato Mones." In 2017 he was invited to join the Ballet Hispánico (BH) team as a teaching artist from BH's network of affiliated artists for their CAP program. That same year OléFit, a new fitness discipline, whose exercises come from, a deep knowledge of the biomechanics of the flamenco and Spanish dance movements, on the one hand, and the routines and demands of fitness, on the other. approached him to be a master instructor and their representative for the city of Los Angeles.


 In 2018 the City of Los Angeles presented Mr. Espinoza with a Certificate of Recognition for his contribution to the arts. This same year his not for profit organization received a certificate of recognition for 10 years of service by the City of Los Angeles and City of Commerce.   2019 brought Mr. Espinoza more certificates of recognition from the City of Los Angeles and the City of Monterey Park. He was also asked by Comisión Permanente de Fiestas Patrias Ecatorianas to be a Marshal and to lead the 21st Ecuadorain Parade in Los Angeles. 


As a versatile dancer, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Flamenco, Musical Theater and Folklore, Albertossy has been able to share the stage with some incredible and prestigious dancers and choreographers. 

In his pursue of acting, Albertossy made his debut in one of the lead roles in an independent film, “The Price of the American Dream.” Since then he has had a lead role on five more features, three short films and a Canadian TV series. 


Albertossy credits his mother for giving him the strength, will and drive to push onward in all aspects of life. He is tremendously grateful to his family, friends and teachers for their love and support and especially recognizes his good friend and foremost supporter, Carolyn James.

Hip Hop Instructor and D2MAD Artistic Director

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Kassy Francis has been training in the art of dance since the age of 18. She began her training at Chaffey College, enrolling in jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop classes in the school’s dance program.

In 2008 Kassy joined ENVY Dance Company under the direction of, Brandon Aiken. She continued to perform with ENVY while attending nursing school to obtain her LVN. While working as a nurse she continued to have her passion in dance and decided to join  Academy of Swag in  2013. Under the direction of, JayChris Moore, she performed in events such as VIBE, Hip Hop International, and World of Dance. In 2013 Kassy also was signed to the S Agency, which allowed her opportunities to dance for artist Maryam Zadeh,  in a music video for electronic music project, Major Lazer and a video for choreographer Barry YoungBlood. She recently performed alongside other amazing dancers for the 2014  Phlextravaganza, a Hollywood event hosted by renown choreographer Phlex. Kassy is currently dancing and performing for both ENVY Dance Company and Academy of Swag, as well as a newly created team based in North Hollywood, The MOB.

She continues to broaden her styles of dance which now include hip hop, jazz funk, freestyle, krump, dancehall, and afro-Caribbean styles. Kassy’s love and passion for dance continues to grow as she nurtures her art form by delving in various styles and training under a variety of artistic and talented dance souls in the industry and community.

Outreach Director: Ecos de España

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Susana Elena is a solo Spanish classical and flamenco dancer She has studied with flamenco artists Concha Vargas, Irene Carrasco, Juan Antonio Tejero, Farruquito, Carmelilla Montoya, Angelita Gomez, Luis Pena, Juana Amaya, Manuela Carrasco, Jose Galvan, Javier Heredia, Leilah             Broukhim, Maria Torres, Lidòn Patiño, Carmen Ledesma, and Luis de la Tota in Spain (Madrid at Amor de Dios Studio, Sevilla, and Jerez de la Frontera), California and New York.  


Susana Elena continues to attend weekly ballet and flamenco classes in Los Angeles because one never stops learning. Susana is the recipient of a certificate from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission that qualifies her to teach and perform Standards -based school assemblies and four -week workshops in K-12 grade schools. Her school program, Ecos de España, is listed on the Arts Commission's Website in the “Arts For All, Programs for Students" directory. 

Board of Directors

Carolyn James - Secretary

  

Ms. James was raised in the northern suburbs of Illinois and has studied dance (tap, ballet and jazz) since age five. Ms. James received her Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Merchandising from Northern Illinois University (NIU). During her tenure at NIU, she excelled in modern, ballet and African dance classes.  Ms. James joined the dance troupe Orchesisand served as President for one semester. Following graduation, she moved to California to pursue her dream of working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.  Since her arrival in the city of bright lights and “take twos,” Ms. James has worked on productions such as “Boys Town” and the features “Heels” and “Crossing Frontiers” as a production assistant. She is currently working in the entertainment industry and remains an advocate of the arts, and, specifically, FUSION Dance Theater and FUSION Performing Dance Academy.

Lisa Levingston - Treasurer

From an early age Ms. Levingston has embraced two passions: numbers and the arts. She  worked as a restaurant book keeper in high school and progressively worked  her way through college in the capacity of  accounts payable and  receivable positions. Lisa maintains a Bachelor of Science in Business  Administration and Accounting from CSU Dominguez Hills. In addition, she  is a licensed financial planner and tax preparer in the state of  California. Lisa is elated to contribute to the success of FPDA and part  of the creative  collaboration of music, body, and interpretation of  story through the movement of dance. 

Raélle Dorfan

Ms. Dorfan was born and raised in  Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to California in  1999, where she graduated from UCLA World Arts and Culture Dance  Department, Summa Cum Laude. After training under the Royal Academy of  Dance ballet program & continued studies at the Pretoria Technikon  School of the Arts, where the program included Ballet, Contemporary,  Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Modern, Pilate's, Singing, Musical Theater &  African dance, Raélle continues to pursue her passion for the arts -  producing, performing, choreographing and teaching at various schools  and studios in and around the Los Angeles area. Raelle has performed at  various venues such as the Levitt Pavillion, Hermosa Beach Playhouse,  Japan American Theater, LA Convention Center and UCLA's Freud Playhouse.  Raélle was education director of RKDC's residency program at the  Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Associate to the director  of Cadence Arts Network, an agency representing renown dance companies  and world music ensembles. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angles. Raélle is thrilled to be a board member  of Fusion Performing Dance Academy, where she believes hard work is the  essence, and dreams will be born!

Angelica Arredondo

Bio coming soon

Kassy Francis

Kassy Francis has been training in the art of dance since the age of 18. She began her training at Chaffey College, enrolling in jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop classes in the school’s dance program.
In 2008 Kassy joined ENVY Dance Company under the direction of, Brandon Aiken. She continued to perform with ENVY while attending nursing school to obtain her LVN. While working as a nurse she continued to have her passion in dance and decided to join  Academy of Swag in  2013. Under the direction of, JayChris Moore, she performed in events such as VIBE, Hip Hop International, and World of Dance. In 2013 Kassy also was signed to the S Agency, which allowed her opportunities to dance for artist Maryam Zadeh,  in a music video for electronic music project, Major Lazer and a video for choreographer Barry YoungBlood. She recently performed alongside other amazing dancers for the 2014  Phlextravaganza, a Hollywood event hosted by renown choreographer Phlex. Kassy is currently dancing and performing for both ENVY Dance Company and Academy of Swag, as well as a newly created team based in North Hollywood, The MOB.
She continues to broaden her styles of dance which now include hip hop, jazz funk, freestyle, krump, dancehall, and afro-Caribbean styles. Kassy’s love and passion for dance continues to grow as she nurtures her art form by delving in various styles and training under a variety of artistic and talented dance souls in the industry and community.

Jorge Perez - Advisory Board

Jorge Pérez, Executive & Associate Artistic Director of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, was born in  San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his formal study of Spanish dance with  Dame Libby Komaiko in 1985, through a scholarship opportunity. He  continued his artistic training in the United States and in Spain,  studying with such dance legends as Edo, Paco Alonso, Victorio Korjhan,  Juanjo Linares, Roberto Lorca, Timo Lozano, Manolete, Carmela Greco,  Paco Romero, Candela Soto, and Juan Mata and Ana González, founding  members of the National Ballet of Spain.

Jorge studied ballet with Anna Czajun. He is a graduate of  Northeastern Illinois University, receiving a B.A. in Speech  Communication/Performing Arts, and a minor in dance. He has been honored  with the Artistic Ambassador Award from the Ruth Page Foundation and  NEIU in recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions to  dance internationally. In 2002, he received an Appreciation Award from  Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago, for his exceptional contribution to  the arts in Chicago. In 2004, Jorge was honored with the Twentieth  Anniversary Award from the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society. In 2014,  he graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program,  and has led the company through its recent success and growth. Jorge  also serves on the executive board of Audience Architects.

His accomplishments are listed in Who’s Who among Hispanic Americans, Who’s Who among Business Leaders of America, Who’s Who in Dance and, Who’s Who among Hispanic Entrepreneurs in Chicago, as published by Negocios Now.