Staten Island's new all-inclusive resort offers everything from trendy fitness for kids and adults

Staten Island’s new all-inclusive resort offers everything from trendy fitness for kids and adults

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Four Staten Island professionals have teamed up to create a mega recreation center where guests of all ages and walks of life can get fit, immerse themselves in the arts, and discover new subjects all under one roof. .

The entrepreneurs decided to combine their talents and expertise to open The Fusion Programs, a 4,800 square foot center in Dongan Hills in September.

The all-inclusive property designed to foster the unique talents and interests of children, teens and adults is the brainchild of nationally certified educator Maria Casale and her husband, George Casale, a creative artist, who reside in New Dorp and owns the LEAP Tutoring Academy. . They teamed up with former Olympian Frank Mensah and Diane Campione, an adaptive programmer, both of Olympic Fit, and a perfect “Fusion” occurred.

“Where the collaboration comes in is Frank and I dealing with 21-year-old adults plus post-specialty education, post-secondary school,” Campione explained. “So that they [The Casales] didn’t fit into a grown-up part of it. And then, when we all collaborated, it became a beautiful creative collaboration.

Fusion will offer courses in technology, coding, cosmetology, aesthetics, fitness, dance, culinary arts, games, theater arts, social media courses and DIY [do it yourself] artistic projects, as well as learning how to bring talent into the arena of YouTube productions, said Maria Casale.

The center’s programming will include activities and lessons from 2 years old. “Our range of programming will be available for children, teens and adults. Fusion programs were founded on the need to provide creative outlets for individuals to express themselves,” said George Casale. (Courtesy of Fusion Programs)

“Each of us came up with a model for delivering quality programming,” she said. “The educator, athlete, graphic designer and adaptive programmer has proven to be a great combination of talent, drive and dedication. Fusion programs are a unique blend of innovation and recreation, housed in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.

CATERING AT ALL AGES

The center’s programming includes activities and classes for people ages 2 and up.

“Our range of programming will be available for children, teens and adults. Fusion programs were founded on the need to provide creative outlets for individuals to express themselves,” said George Casale. “Whether you enjoy cooking, nutrition, health, art, media productions, photography, fitness, sensory-inspired play spaces, theater, coding, creating digital art and avatars, games, science or technology, Fusion has something for you.”

ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS

Campione noted that Fusion programs are aimed at neurotypical and special-needs children and adults.

“The Fusions programs are unique in that you mostly see places that cater to all special needs in one place or you see places that all treat neurotypical individuals,” Campione said. “Very rarely do you see a mixture.”

“For example, when our children, teenagers and young adults arrive, they have the choice to personalize their program for the day. They are invited to grab a snack from the mini-café, park their things in a creative space and literally stay for hours enjoying the programs they love,” she added.

Fusion programs

Fusion will offer courses in technology, coding, cosmetology, aesthetics, fitness, dance, culinary arts, games, theater arts, social media courses and DIY [do it yourself] artistic projects, as well as learning how to bring talent into the arena of YouTube productions, said Maria Casale.

CONDITION OF PHYSICAL CONDITION

Mensah had already been running a successful personal training business for over 20 years when he decided to team up with Maria and George Casale.

Mensah opened an all-inclusive model for her business with the help of Campione – a special-needs mom and former adaptive programming specialist for the New York Public Library (NYPL). In 2017, Mensah developed the Triumph program, and when Campione decided to retire from NYPL in 2021 after 34 years of service, Mensah seized the opportunity and offered her a position as director of programming at her company Olyimpic. Fit.

“Mensah has carefully and confidently orchestrated a way to include people with special needs in his daily roster of community classes. He takes his new clientele to community centers and private gyms alongside typical individuals to train in force,” Campione said.

TUTORING CONTEXT

As owners of Leap Tutoring Academy – which has worked with children, teens and young adults for many years using multi-sensory teaching approaches, such as Orton-Gillingham and Touch Math – Les Casales have extensive experience in education.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Casales came up with the idea for the fusion programs and opened the facility on Cromwell Avenue in Dongan Hills, located directly across from Leap Tutoring Academy.

“COVID has really opened our eyes to the true size of the world. Why should young children, teens and young adults go to so many different facilities on Staten Island and outside the borough to enjoy a cooking class, a health and fitness class, an art class or even a gaming experience?” says Maria Casale.

Fusion programs

Fusion programs are housed in a 4,800 square foot center in Dongan Hills. (Courtesy of Fusion Programs)

“It is with this mindset that we decided to build a state-of-the-art facility, not only to pique the interest of our students, but also to inspire and cultivate the hidden talents of those developing generally, as well as those with special needs. [We realize] both sectors need to socialize, be creative and find meaningful outlets as a real alternative to using their phones and playing on their iPads,” she added.

FUSION PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE

Address: 300 Cromwell Ave.

Website: fusionprograms.org

Facebook: facebook.com/fusionprograms

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