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.