Meet The Team
Owner & Instructor
Jennifer Jarnot is the owner and Artistic Director of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy and has been sharing her passion and knowledge of dance for over 34 years. Her early training took her from New York to Los Angeles to study with top educators and choreographers.
For the past 24 years, Artistic Fusion has been her heart and soul and she has trained dancers to go on to successful careers in the dance industry, Broadway, The Juilliard School, Universities, and beyond.
She is still a student herself in yoga, and Pilates is an active volunteer in her community, and still teaches every day in her studio, as her heart is in the classroom with the kids. She is dedicated to excellence in the studio and is proud of the amazing dancers her studio trains.
She is also the founder of The Mindjuice Podcast, a podcast for dancers that offers motivation, inspiration, and perspective to dancers, teachers, and studio owners.
Allison Stone began dancing at the age of 3 and trained with the top instructors in Las Vegas, NV including Robert Contreras and Acro specialist, Tracey House (her mother). She danced competitively for many years before expanding her talents into the cheerleading world, going on to be a cheerleader at UNLV, and was chosen as "Cheerleader of the Month" for American Cheerleader Magazine and was featured on the cover. She was awarded several academic scholarships, including one for Broadway Cheer, allowing her to model in their catalog.
She has performed on stage in Siegfried & Roy, for artists like 'NSync, and traveled the world with David Copperfield for several years as his onstage assistant. During this time, television credits included "The Ellen Show" and NBC's "Christmas Spectacular". Other highlights include singing and dancing in Phil Shelbourne's "Oliver", "Moulin Rouge" at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, and numerous other conventions and gigs, like commercials and music videos. After leaving tour, she began a career in Real Estate, where she has devoted the last decade and a half, while starting a family, but not without getting one final performance itch out, by performing in "MJ Live" on the Las Vegas Strip. Allison is excited to be back in a studio, combining her business experience with her love of dance!
Instructor & Full-Time Company Director
Originally from Colorado, Bailey’s infectious smile and love for movement follow her wherever she goes. Bailey graduated from Artistic Fusion Dance Academy, as well as Denver School of the Arts in 2015. She then went on to receive her B.F.A. in dance from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College in New York and has danced worldwide including in Berlin, Italy, and at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Since graduating, Bailey has danced with New Dialect, a renowned contemporary company in Nashville, TN. as well as worked closely with artists such as Alex Ketley, Rosie Herrera, Bobbi Jene Smith, Shannon Gillen, Maxine Doyle, and many more. Bailey is proficient in Cunningham technique, Graham technique, and Limon technique, however, her training in contemporary, Gaga and improvisation makes up most of her love for dance. Her classes combine all of her training to allow dancers the ability to find freedom and depth in themselves.
Instructor & Part-Time Company Director
Bio coming soon!
Vidya Shaker is a multidisciplinary artist from Maryland with a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University. Vidya is Currently focused on her training in various street styles at Rennie Harris University, getting certified to teach yoga, and competing in balls through her affiliation with Kiki House of Felicity. When she’s not busy with dance-related activities Vidya likes to draw, paint, and make music! Vidya is excited to connect with the students, staff, and parents at AFDA through her role at the Front Desk!
Maddi is excited to be supporting the Artistic Fusion community as a Front Desk Administrator. New to the Colorado area, Maddi is currently finishing her Masters in Somatic Counseling at Naropa University. In addition to supporting the front desk, Maddi teaches yoga. In her free time enjoys a good cup of tea, time with her friends and family, and her two dogs Marley and Pua.
Ling has been involved in the fitness, movement and health club industry for more than 25 years. She started out as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor and has since expanded into a comprehensively trained Pilates teacher, strength and conditioning specialist and biomechanics expert.
Her passion is educating and guiding her students to find joy, strength and efficiency of movement. She specializes in youth sports performance and programming that emphasizes injury prevention and science based methods that can be carried into into adulthood.
Jenny was first introduced to Pilates in a “Pilates for Salsa Dancers” class that she collaborated on in 2008. Since that class, she secretly wanted to become a Pilates instructor. Pilates has made a strong resurgence in her life and now she is living her dream by teaching and practicing Pilates every day! Jenny recently became a certified corrective exercise specialist with a focus on postpartum women. She is also a certified prenatal fitness coach. Through the pandemic, Jenny started offering Zoom pilates interval classes to help people reduce stress and maintain sanity. Jenny absolutely loves working with the dancers at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy. She also currently teaches at Club Pilates in Lafayette, Boulder, and Longmont. Jenny is a mother to three amazing kids and loves living a healthy, active life with her family.
He is a renowned ballroom professional dancer, teacher, and coach. His passions have led him to teach all throughout the world. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.
After competing from a young age his dancing led him to his first performance for a worldwide audience as a Feature Dancer in High School Musical 2. Italo then rejoined the cast, and was cast as a Principle Dancer in the Featured film High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
He has performed and choreographed on Dancing With the Stars, Disney Channel’s “So Random”, Lythgoe Panto productions “Snow White Christmas”, Touring live show “Ballroom With a Twist”, and Co-choreographer for Dance India Dance. Associate choreographer and performer for the hit musical “Loving the Silent Tears”. Performed for several artists in videos and stage performances including: Kylie Minogue, Jesse McCartney, Jonas Brothers, Ben Vereen, Collin Raye, Clay Aiken, Lucas Grabeel, Paris By Night. Participated as a Professional dance partner and choreographer on the Oxygen Network’s reality series “Dance Your Ass Off”, motivating and inspiring fitness and dance.
This is Gianna or you may know her as Miss. Gigi.
She is an artistic fusion alumnus who graduated in 2020. She used to dedicate her time as a student here assisting classes and now she is carrying on her passion to teach her very own classes. Outside of AFDA Gianna is a certified EMT and is going to school to major in nursing.
If she’s not at the studio you can catch her outside somewhere with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other.
Bio coming soon!
Instructor & Part Time Team Assistant Director
Koko, originally from CO, has been dancing since she was 2 and is an Artistic Fusion alumni. After receiving her college degree in Business Marketing, she joined the Artistic Fusion faculty and has been a teacher at the studio since 2015. She has been involved with Full Time Company, Part Time Company, and Open classes and recently has dedicated her time to directing the Part Time Company. Artistic Fusion was her home and such an important part of her life and feels so grateful to be able to teach the next generation of AFDA kids!
Mindy Ricketts, an acro, stretch, strength, and flexibility instructor has been professionally teaching in the DFW area for several years. Her home studio for the past seven years has been at the famous, blue check mark, Beyond Belief Dance Company. She created their acro program from scratch, working alongside the director, Justin Johnson (AKA Alyssa Edwards). Her work is reflected through all the dancers on the Original Netflix Series Dancing Queen where she and her Daughter Brooke can be seen in each episode, and exclusively featured in episode 5. Her passion for teaching is evident in the classroom. Her extensive knowledge of acro and proper dance techniques creates limitless possibilities for her students.
Bio coming soon!
Hello my name is Adriana and I am a student teacher here at Artistic Fusion. I have been dancing here since I was 3 years old and dancing competitively since the age of 5. I love helping out, teaching, and being apart of the AFDA team.
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!