Toronto is home to many dance genres, but what do you do when when you have tried them all and feel like you have hit an insurmountable plateau?
Mix it all together!
There is a new dance movement that has been evolving over the past several years and is now just emerging in Toronto. Thanks to Fusion enthusiasts Erin June and Kathleen Lina, there are now Fusion dancing opportunities in our city that are drawing together dancers from various backgrounds such as blues, tango, swing, zouk, kizomba, hip hop, and contact improvisation.
What is Fusion Dance?
Fusion dancing isn’t a specific set of steps or a defined aesthetic; it’s about connecting with your partner, tuning into the music and pulling from your various different dance backgrounds to co-create an improvised interpretation to the music.
What a great way for dancers of different genres to interact. Fusion dancing provides the ultimate freedom to explore new movements and to celebrate the commonalities of partner dancing. Break away from the ‘traditional’ partner binary of leading and following and develop dance skills that allow you to partner dance to any type of music while making your leading/following more fluid.
Below is a video of international instructors Luke Weismann and Jeannie Lin who were recently brought to Toronto from the West Coast via a successful kickstarter campaign.
They demonstrate the trusting, non-visual communication that practiced fusion dancers can achieve.
The next fusion dance event will Friday May 23 at 9pm in the Dovercourt House basement. Several DJs will be playing a spectrum of tunes that will keep you moving. Don’t miss it!