Fusion dance is a contemporary partner dance that combines different dance styles to create a new aesthetic. It is typically an improvised, lead-follow approach to dancing. Fusion dancing explores the freedom in dancing, when we let go of the borders that define particular dance styles.
The ‘Fusion’ in the dancing may range from
- bringing elements from one dance style into another style
for example: West Coast Swing mixed with some Zouk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0LMoPMSzOc)
- dancing with the technique of one dance style to the music of another style
for example: dancing Argentine tango to a Blues song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FynUpbhXuqs)
- mixing different techniques up to the point that the original styles are unrecognizable
for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mwKDqduqA4&t=2s
Fusion dance may contain any partner dance technique, but can also incorporate techniques from other dance styles such as ballet technique, modern, jazz, and contact improvisation.
Fusion dancing emphasizes improvisation and musicality.
Dance Culture & Etiquette
Fusion dancing not only brings different dance styles together, but also different dance cultures. As in any multicultural environment, it’s best to bring an open mind and ask open questions if you feel uncertain.
In Fusion, dance roles (lead/follow) are not bound to gender. The dance floor is open to leads and follows of any gender and in any combination of genders. One can also switch roles between dances or even within a dance. If you are not sure about someone’s preferences just ask if they prefer to lead, follow, or switch.
Without fixed dance roles and gender roles, the Fusion dance floor is also a place where anyone can invite anyone for a dance. This comes with the inclusion of a kind ‘No, thank you’ as an approriate answer as well.
Different dance cultures tend to have different expectations as to the number of songs to be danced with a partner. In some cultures it can be taken as an offence if you dance less than three songs with the same partner, in other cultures it might mean that you’re hitting on someone when dancing more than two songs. Therefore in Fusion dancing we take one song at a time as a starting point. At the end of a song or at any later time, there is always the option for ‘Would you like another dance?’. But again a kind ‘No, thank you’ is always an apprioriate answer that shouldn’t be taken personal.