What is Alt Fusion?
The short answer is that “Alt Fusion” is a cousin to Fusion partner dance and it differs from regular Fusion in terms of culture. In particular, the “Alt Fusion” culture is an environment where people feel comfortable and safe being creative, silly, ridiculous, and vulnerable. The result is that the definition of “partner dances” tend to become much broader; you might see lots of different kinds of partner-dances, from more typical Fusion dances you’d see at a Recess or a Fusion-as-Fusion dance event, to more Contact Improv-like dances, to more abstract versions of dancing where each partner decides to be an animal and dance with one another. Also, because of the openness to exploration, there tends to be a wider variety of music played that you might not hear at a regular Fusion dance, stuff like Bobby McFerrin, polkas, and other less explored sounds.
The longer answer is that the name “Alt Fusion” started as a joke, playing off the notion of “Alt Blues” back in the day. However, the joke sort of turned into a re-imagination of what a dance culture looks like. “Alt Fusion” isn’t really an official “type” of dance. It is a type of culture that we formed as an experiment to play and explore dance concepts and ideas. That is why it is sort of difficult to describe as a dance form.
The best way to really get a sense of what “Alt Fusion” actually looks like is to come to the Dance!?! Alt Fusion workshop. Whereas many regular Fusion workshops may focus more on “connection”, “movement technique”, and specific dance “forms”, our event tends to focus more on things like character development within a dance, improvisational impulses, and self-awareness. The philosophy here is that all of these elements can greatly improve our partner dancing but are often not explored in great detail at most regular Fusion Workshops.