Welcome to our biggest Fusion Weekend yet! We have a lot in store for you this year. Read on...
Registration is open! Register here.
* Ticket purchases, signups for housing and volunteering, and additional activities are all available in the registration system! *
Housing and volunteering signups close Friday, November 2.
Assignments/schedule will be sent out by Tuesday, November 6.
Full Weekend Pass - includes all daytime workshops (Saturday and Sunday), and nighttime dances (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Regular - $110
- Late (starting 10/27) - $130
Dances Only Pass - includes all nighttime dances (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Regular - $80
- Late (starting 10/27) - $100
- Friday night dance - $40
- Saturday night dance - $45
- Sunday night dance - $30
This year will see the return of the Silent Disco, plus live music from JANXX, and of course a fabulous set of DJs!
Applications for DJing are now closed!
Application due: Friday, August 31 at 11:59pm EDT
Application results sent out: Saturday, September 15
We will offer two workshop tracks, all-levels and advanced.
All-Levels with Greg & Laurie
So: we’ve got you in a room for 2 days. What are we going to do with you?
Mostly we want you and your body to dance with greater awareness and for your movement to be received with greater clarity by your partner.
We’re going to unpack these elements in partner dancing and lay them out for you to look at what works for you ...and what needs work from you.
We'll explore the layers in the music that we can respond to, break down exactly what syncopations are, and create a list of elements that can be used for any pattern and where to put them into your dancing. We'll even spend time listening to and "mapping" music that we'll use in class.
With solid, concrete, examples and exercises, we'll give you some great techniques on connecting with your partner in open or closed position.
We’ll work with hesitations, breaks, and attentive, playful, partnering. We'll work on communicating *rhythm* as opposed to just the beat to move the dance "conversation" to another level.
About Greg Avakian & Laurie Zimmerman
Greg & Laurie began teaching together in 1998. They specialize in Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Blues Dancing and Fusion Dancing -having traveled the U.S., Canada, and Europe teaching at workshops, competitions, and dance camps. In addition, they have organized large scale workshops and hosted many live music events in their home town of Philadelphia, PA. Greg has been a popular DJ having spun at over 100 competitions and exchanges. He has been the music coordinator at events as diverse as the American Lindy Hop Championships and The Fusion Exchanges (but he acknowledges that Laurie probably has better taste in music).
Greg & Laurie are best known for breaking down connection and musicality and teach very focused classes in song structure and finding musical elements. Their movement classes are based on simple principles which they systematically use to show how habits of movement create clear leading and following with minimal effort.
Guided by the thought that teachers should share their experience of connection and movement along with a solid understanding of how music works, Greg and Laurie have produced many students who are comfortable social dancers, proficient teachers, and award winning competitors. Their favorite on-going endeavor is 15 years of teaching a 30+ member Lindy troupe -The West Philly Swingers- which performs 15-20 new choreographies a year. These days they are introducing the troupe to West Coast Swing.
This year, DJX's own Emilio will be teaching the advanced level classes with a focus on Micro!
What is Micro to Emilio?
Micro is using the smallest of movements to lead and follow to music that gives the right space for this style. Micro can be done in open, closed, and embrace instead of just embrace.
This advanced class will be concentrating on precision in movement and exploring concepts of Micro that was originally introduced at the first Fusion Exchange in 2008. The primary concepts that will be covered are precise communication in your connection, places to explore connection, how to mix in micro in your dance, and musicality using different styles of music.
Auditions will be on Saturday at 12:15 pm sharp. There is only one day of auditions to make sure you are ready to go on Saturday!
Team Choreography Showcase
Sign up: in online registration - by Friday, October 26
In addition: please email your team's song file directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a new experiment for this year! We invite you to form teams and choreograph a routine to a song of your choosing, and perform it for your fellow dancers on Saturday night of DJX Fusion Weekend.
- Teams may be 2 or more people
- Song length must be 3 minutes or less (feel free to edit)
- Music from any genre is allowed, but please keep the lyrics PG13
- Performance order will be set that evening at 9pm - bring your outfit, and there will be a changing room available
- All performers will receive a $20 discount off your pass :)
Mix & Match Competition
Sign up: in online registration
When: Saturday - preliminaries after classes, and finals during the main dance
DJX wants to provide a competition where fellow Fusion dancers can watch those on stage and see examples of quality dance to different styles of music. DJX wants to encourage our dancers to keep working on their dance and have a good space to show off all of that hard work!
The competition will have a mix and match format with leads and follows being randomly chosen. Please sign up as a lead or follow for the competition. Music will be diverse in genre with the preliminaries having as many heats as necessary to have the judges see the competitors dance to 2-3 different genres and the finals having individual rounds with the competitors dancing to 2-3 different genres for each spotlight.
The judging criteria are:
- Dancing to the music - exploring the feel/style of the song that is being played. Judges will be marking down competitors that don't change their style to fit the music.
- Quality of dance - clean quality movements that show control as well as expression.
- Partnering - communication between the dance partnership.
- No favoritism will be shown to competitors including how they dress, crowd popularity, or any relationships to the community/judges. It's all about the dance!
Chocolate History and Tasting Class
Sign up: in online registration
When: Sunday evening, after workshops
Grass. Tropical fruit. Hazelnuts. Raspberry jam. Those are flavours found in rare and heirloom cacaos, not usually found in the high-yield varieties used for industrial chocolate.
These cacaos produce award-winning chocolate. The distinctly grassy Peruvian won gold at the Academy of Chocolate Awards, while the Haïti's tropical fruit and nut notes got bronze.
The flight will be led by Daniel Haran. He's been a dancer and chocolate maker for a decade, and founded Chocolats Monarque 3 years ago. Daniel is really obsessed with chocolate!