At Fusion Dance NYC events, we invite you to be fearlessly creative! We invite you to go outside of your comfort zone and take risks: to dance with new people, to try a new move or movement, to make mistakes and mess up! We invite you to engage in physical & verbal conversations that might not be available to you other places.
With great freedom, risk taking, and individuality comes great responsibility. We are responsible for caring, communicating, and listening to each person on the fusion dance floor even more than we would on other dance floors.
We are coming together from many different dance backgrounds, which has the potential to create new, powerful experiences. It also means that we cannot make assumptions about the dance exposure, comfortability level, or training that anyone else has.
By stepping onto the fusion dance floor, you are tasked with talking & listening intently to your partners – in both verbal & non-verbal ways.
This applies to both leading and following. If your partner is doing something that doesn’t feel good to you, find a way to change the movement patterns of the dance, (whether you’re leading or following!) or verbally speak up and say something.
With great freedom, we have to care for each other even more. We all have a responsibility to make our parties fun & safe for everyone, and we can only do that through paying close attention to each other.
The staff at Fusion Dance NYC is eager to listen to your experiences. Please contact us in person, through facebook or email, or use the anonymous feedback form.
Basic Ingredients for an Awesome Fusion Dance:
- Upper Body Shaping, Lifts, Dips: These are more dangerous movements for both your partners and the dancers around you. We think these are important movement choices we want you to be able to explore in this space. That means that you have to care for your partner by asking them verbally or nonverbally if they are comfortable with these things, and you have to be aware of the people around you. If it is crowded, don’t do it!
- Body Odor: We are all in this space dancing close together. Please take care to change shirts, wash your armpits regularly throughout the evening, or wear a deodorizing product.
- Ask me to Dance: We believe in the sexiness of consent culture. That means that we always ask people to dance with our words. Saying “no thank you” is always an option, and all genders & dance roles can ask each other to dance.
- No Sexual Contact: There is no sexual contact on the dance floor. Flirt & take it somewhere else. That means that if you have external genitalia and you are turned on, it is your responsibility to keep it away from your partner. That means no making out on the dance floor. Can you have sexy dances? Yes! Can you impose a sexy dance on someone else? No! Avoid awkwardness: If you want to have a sexy dance, ask your partner with your words first.