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What is fusion?

While there are MANY different answers to this question, for the purposes of this event fusion refers to the philosophy that there exist partner dance techniques independent of any individual dance, and that we can combine these techniques to create "fusions" of different dances. This allows us to deeply express through movement the sounds, rhythms, breaks, meanings, etc. of different songs.

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Ok, so what does that mean in practice?

It means that fusion dancers yearn for the freedom to dance any style of dance (or dances) to any style of music. If there's a song you like but you don't know what dance would work for it, fusion is the perfect venue. Or, if you only know one or two dances, but really want to dance to a song that is traditionally played for a different style, you are welcome to do so! Or maybe one part of a song sounds waltz-y to you, but another sounds swing-y. Fusion encourages you to see if you can play with mixing those concepts. Fusion is all about creativity, and pushing artistic boundaries.

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So does this mean I can just do whatever I want? That sounds like chaos!

Sadly no, fusion is not anarchy! In particular, the philosophy of this event is that fusion actually demands MORE technique rather than less. In order to mix the "rules" of different dances, we must have a deep understanding of how these rules work, and where we can safely mix them. As partner dancers, our number one priority is the health and happiness of our partner and people around us. 

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But how do I know what styles my partner does?

For advanced dancers, it is entirely possible to figure this out through dancing with someone. For newer dancers we strongly recommend talking with your partner! It is quite common at fusion events to ask what styles you each know, what the current song playing makes you feel, if you have any preferences for dance holds, or opinions on weight sharing movements, if you prefer to lead/follow/switch, etc. 

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Wait, lead/follow/switch?

Just like fusion pushes the boundaries of what can happen artistically in a dance, fusion also challenges traditional dance roles. Anyone is welcome to dance as a lead or as a follow. Some people enjoy both roles, and sometimes even within a single dance! People who dance both roles are often referred to as switch dancers. Being open to and switching roles during a dance is often referred to as switch dancing. 

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What is the etiquette around number of songs to dance with each partner?

It is entirely common to dance single songs, or multiple songs, with each partner. We strongly encourage each person to determine their own personal preferences, and communicate that with each partner. As such, we ask that you be respecful of others' preferences and in turn they will be respectful of yours!

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Wait, are you not Interfusion?

No, this event has no affiliation with Interfusion. Fusion as a style of dance event existed long before Interfusion.  Fusion just happens to be a really popular word these days, so there are lots of events with "fusion" in the name that are unrelated to the partner dance meaning of fusion. 

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