Fusion… A can of worms surely. One of those things that seemed to develop while no one was looking. This has been the subject of much debate, as has nearly every change in music, dance and culture. Like many things including Lindy Hop, Blues Dance and Hip Hop, it is being heralded as something that will destroy us all, something for people who don’t know how to dance, and a really good time if you’re not too stodgy to enjoy it.
It is the opinion of the organizers that fusion is nothing more than the intersection of your dance experience, your partner’s dance experience and the music. None of which might line up in a tradition sense. This does leave us with some intriguing implications. For instance:
If you’ve danced lindy hop to a song from the 50s and inserted Charleston… you could be considered to be doing fusion.
Done Charleston to some new electro-swing with a partner who knows balboa… you could be doing fusion.
Dancing blues with a tango dancer to trip-hop? Definitely doing fusion.
Fusion happens anywhere your dancing and the music blend at a level that transcends any artificial boundary we’ve set up for ourselves in our dancing. The more dances you know and the more music you want to dance those dances to, the more likely it is that you’ll be dancing some sort of fusion.
Still not sure what it means? You’ll just have to come by to see what it means.