Fusion dance is a type of contemporary social improvised partner dance that combines different dance styles to create a new aesthetic. It does not conform to any particular defined dance styles, but typically uses a lead-follow approach that emphasizes musicality. Fusion dancing may involve creating a new dance style, combining existing styles, or both.
Fusion dance emerged in the 1990s in the United States, and later spread to Canada, Europe, and other regions.
Fusion dance may employ any dance technique, or arbitrary combination of techniques, associated with any type of dance. It usually incorporates dance partnering techniques such as connection, extension-compression, and frame, and may also utilize other techniques such as ballet technique, contact improvisation, and popping.
In a typical dance, a lead-follow approach is used in which one partner prompts moves and the other responds to them. To a greater extent than many other dance forms, fusion decouples the dance roles from their historically associated genders. Fusion culture also places significant emphasis on consent between partners.
Fusion dances are held periodically in many cities in the United States and other countries. Many are organized events open to the public; others are small, private gatherings.
"Fusion festivals" are held at various locations. These are typically three-day events in which various dance styles are taught during the day and social dances are held in the evenings. Some festivals emphasize specific dance styles, such as Argentine tango, slow lindy hop, West Coast Swing, or blues dancing, whereas others encompass all dance styles.[original research?]
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