This past year was an exciting one for our organization! In its’ 8th year at the FringeArts Festival, Dancefusion presented Elemental Forces at the Performance Garage September 2017. Our season featuring the reconstruction of Mary Anthony’s masterwork, Songs (1957), and a new works Weatervane by Assistant Director, Janet Pilla Marini and Waterwise by company member, Jennifer Yackel.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, we revived the wonderful holiday show, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas performed at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on December along with fusion2 and 40 students from GBDC. Choreographed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Bye and company alumni, Suellen Haag, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is complete with pirouetting sugar plumes, frolicking mice, prancing reindeer along with a Christmas tree which all come to life for a midnight romp after the residents of the house have “settled down for a long winters nap”. Let’s not forget a visit from that jolly old elf - St. Nick himself! Based on the famous Christmas poem by Clement Moore, the story unfolded in front of imaginative scenery with authentic costumes and colorful holiday decorations that added to the festivities.
In the fall of 2017, Dancefusion was invited to perform Ever Angle by Kalila Kingsford Smith at the Come Together Dance Festival. In August 2017, Dancefusion, along with fusion2 and students GBDC performed in an outreach program at The Porch at 30th Street. Dancefusion performed excerpts from its FringeArts season.
Spring 2018 we offered workshops which included Limon/Humphrey classes and an Anna Sokolow Workshop with Master Teacher Jim May, culminating in a Sokolow Showcase on June 30th. On June 16, we hosted a big fundraiser, A Chance to Dance at the Bala Golf Club.
Highlights from the previous 2 years included Dancefusion’s participation in the American Dance Guild Festival in New York City and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Two years at FringeArts, Into The Lights (2015) and the reconstruction of Jose Limon’s Waldstein Sonata and works by Tonia Shimin and Making Dance (2016) and the reconstruction of Mary Wigman’s solo Hexentanz (1926) along with new works by company member, Kalila Kingsford Smith and guest choreographers Masad Qawishabazz and Stephen Welsh. Our winter seasons featured the company, fusion2 and GBDC in The Twelve Days of Christmas (2015) and A Festival of Lights (2016).