Fusion Dance Academy Staff


Karene Johnston

Executive Director/Teacher – Karene is a wife and mother to two daughters, a MN state licensed teacher, and a passionate arts advocate in the Twin Cities. She has received two ministry certificates from the Master's Institute School of Ministry, a bachelor's degree and certifications in Pre-K through 6th Grade Education, and has years of experience in Biblical training and church leadership. Currently, she is the co-director of Fusion Arts. Her greatest passion is to train, equip, and release dancers to bring Christ-centered restoration in the arts.


Mikki Johnston

Artistic Director/Teacher – Mikki has been dancing since she was four years old. She has taken class and studied the Vaganova syllabus at Saint Paul Ballet, as well as participating in dance ministry teams in middle and high school and at Northwestern College. She holds a master's degree in Instrumental Performance/Violin Pedagogy and has built her own studio from the ground up over the past nine years. Her desire for her students is that each one would be grounded in Jesus, develop excellent artistic technique, and be able to integrate both in creating original pieces.


Elissa Dale

Teacher – Elissa's dance training began when she was three years old. She has always been passionate about dancing and cross-cultural relationships. Pursuing these passions led her to several overseas study/outreach trips, experiencing African, European, and Macedonian cultures, and receiving a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on children and youth in crisis and a minor in Biblical studies. She specializes in rhythmic tap and is passionate about connecting with each of her students. Seeing her students find success with their dreams empowers Elissa.