DFRX Schedule

Switchcraft - Vanessa & Juan (Intermediate +)

SwitchCraft is a full afternoon switch intensive workshop. Add some magic to your fusion dance by gaining a deeper understanding of lead-follow role switch mechanics, learning some switch patterns, and being guided through an experimental progression lab to help you create and discover your own switch techniques!
Prerequisite: some experience dancing as a lead and follow.

Fusion Talking Points - Vanessa Yxcea (Open to All)

Have you ever wanted to just sit down with some fusion dancers and talk about something that matters to you? This is the place! We’ll host a facilitated group discussion to talk about issues, ideas, and/ or innovations in our community.  At the beginning of the session, we’ll share a list of questions or topics, proposed by the group members who show up on time, and then choose which to discuss together.

How To Get A Great Reaction - Fen Kennedy (Open To All)

A fusion exchange is not your typical dance event – we bring together folks from lots of different physical and cultural backgrounds, and so we don’t always have the same rules and practices on the dance floor.

In this class we’ll talk about how to put our best intentions into practice: creating a welcoming invitation to dance, making accommodations (eg. for different heights or injuries), and working with radically different sets of “rules” for dancing together. Expect to make mess, be kind, and learn that even doing it wrong can be beautiful.

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Joe Ferriera - Forro (Open to All Levels)

Forró is an important part of the Northeastern Region of Brazil. It encompasses various dance types as well as a number of different musical genres. Having a full immersion of an unknown language, through its history and time-line, and have more access to its character, these and more will be introduced in this class.

Groovy Rhythmic Partnerwork - Charles Ogar (Open to All Levels)

Learn some fun combos that maintain a groovy rhythm throughout your body and also with your partner. In this class we will challenge ourselves to create a groove within ourselves and then translate that to our partner to also partake in their own synchronous way.

Poetry In Motion - Vanessa Yxcea (Intermediate +)

Poetry can be musical, and music can be poetic. In this class we will fuse spoken word poetry and partner dance, allowing the poet’s verbal rhythm, tone, creativity, and imagery to guide our embodied rhythm, tone, creativity, and the visual aesthetic of our dance.


Are you a poet? Feel free to bring your work! Heads up: it will be helpful to memorize a poem, between 15 seconds and a few minutes when recited. Not a poet? Consider memorizing your favorite song lyrics, a famous quote, a passage from your favorite book, or a prayer/ scripture passage.
Prerequisites: some experience dancing as a lead and follow, ability to recognize and dance to tempo variations, ability to incorporate stillness in dance, familiarity with spoken poetry (as a listener and speaker) will be helpful, but is not required.

Dance Like Animals - Kaitie Fox (Open to All)

Let’s move around like animals. Like lions and tigers and bears. Like hummingbirds and sloths. Like ants. Like humans. Let’s move around like animals, and see what happens when we meet each other!

Room B

Partnership Spectrum - Fen Kennedy (Intermediate +)

All the different dances that come together in fusion have a different concept of what it means to lead and follow. This class will help you explore what it means to lead and follow in different ways, and create a shared understanding of partnership across different dance styles and preferences. Be ready for play, curiosity, and joy.

Prerequisites: must be comfortable leading or following walking steps and changes of direction, including at least one partnered turn.

Snakes on a Bumper Car - Kaitie Fox (Open to All)

You may have heard of snakes on a plane–get ready to become snakes on a bumper car! This is a playful class to explore body control and floorcraft through a series of games. We start on our own as snakes, learning to move in interesting ways. Then we load up our snake bodies into a floor full of bumper cars!
How to be a snake: We begin with isolations to build to a body roll. Then we deconstruct and interrupt the body roll to create new shapes and pathways. We are taking our isolations on a journey to a new land! 

How to drive a bumper car: When the caller says the name of one of the three basic steps, the players must do that basic step to move across the floor. The goal is to tap a person on the shoulder without getting tapped yourself. 

CHALLENGE MODES? SOLO ROUNDS? Come and play to find out!

Tango Zouk 1 - Joe Ferreira (Open to All)

We will fuse two South American dances: Argentine Tango and Brazilian Zouk to create a series of different elements, using patterns with a progressive level, that will bring to the dancers the best level of communication, body and mind, working in one piece. This is an open class to learn the fundamentals of tango & zouk.

Fusion Talking Points - Vanessa Yxcea (Open to All)

Have you ever wanted to just sit down with some fusion dancers and talk about something that matters to you? This is the place! We’ll host a facilitated group discussion to talk about issues, ideas, and/ or innovations in our community.  At the beginning of the session, we’ll share a list of questions or topics, proposed by the group members who show up on time, and then choose which to discuss together.

Room A

Body Sense - Kaitie Fox (Open to All)

Develop a stronger sense of personal body awareness through isolations and stretching exercises that you can take home with you. Discover the connection within.

Tango Zouk 2 - Joe Ferreira (Intermediate +)

We will fuse two South American dances: Argentine Tango and Brazilian Zouk to create a series of different elements, using patterns with a progressive level, that will bring to the dancers the best level of communication, body and mind, working in one piece.
Argentine Tango prerequisites: tango walking, ‘cambios’ (weight transfer), ‘ochos’ (pivots), ‘giros’ (grapevines). 

Brazilian Zouk prerequisites: zouk basic, body roll, ‘Soltinho’ (crossover)

Front Body Back Body - Fen Kennedy (Advanced Concept)

How much of your attention do you need in order to connect with your partner well? 100%? What if it were 80%? What would you do with the 20% left over? In this class we’ll be thinking about where our attention goes when we dance, where we WANT to put it when we dance, and the amazing dances we can have when we put 100% of ourselves into a partner dance experience.
Prerequisites: must be able to consistently lead or follow walking patterns in open, and preferably close/closed embrace. Should have/ be working on individual voice as well as dance partnership

What Box? Vanessa Yxcea & Juan Calderon (Open to All)

What is limiting the expansion and creativity of our dance? What makes us feel stuck, trapped, or “boxed in” to our old habits? In this class we will acknowledge and examine the boxes that confine our creative potential. Through a series of curiosity-driven exploratory dance games, we will challenge each other to dismantle our boxes so we can freely Dance Outside The Box!

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Mythbusting Contact Improvisation - Fen Kennedy (Open to All)

Is contact improvisation a fusion dance? What’s it about? Is it all about lifting? Is it all about rolling on the floor? What if I don’t like a lot of touching? In this consent-first class we’ll explore what contact improvisation is, what it isn’t, and how to use its techniques to broaden and deepen your fusion dancing.

Dance Entrepreneurship - Charles Ogar (Open to All)

I’m excited to announce that I will be leading a discussion on the topic of making a living as a “dancer” and share my insights, struggles, lessons learned, and failures of my journey as a full-time dancepreneur over the last 6 years in the kizomba scene!

Bring a notebook and questions and I will see you all there!

Tarraxo Kiz - Charles Ogar (Open To All)

This class will be focused on the highly swag in fused dance tarraxo and also some cool urban kiz elements to add to your fusion dancing. With tarraxo we will focus on rhythmic stepping and upper body movement and with urban kiz will focus on some precise partnerwork.