Classes & Workshops


 Class topics & descriptions are subject to change as per instructor's wishes.   
Please refer to the Schedule page for the locations and times of all activities.

------------------------- SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 -------------------------

WORKSHOP A  (10am-12pm):  “Musicality in Motion"  

Fusion music is rich with multiple layers of textures, rhythms, musical voices, and energy dynamics. This is the perfect workshop to start the weekend by learning to better appreciate the nuances of what you are listening to, and how to channel that music through your body using energetics, poly-rhythms, hitting' the breaks, and other interpretive techniques that will make your dance experience oh so much the richer!

WORKSHOP B (1:15-2:30pm):  The Art of “Fluid Fusion Switching”

A fluid moment-by-moment exchange between lead and follow is possible in every dance partnership if you can both be present in the same way.  In this class we are going to examine the state of mind necessary to achieve this high level of dance connection, develop finely-tuned listening and speaking techniques, and, as an added bonus, spend time practicing our non-dominant dance role.

WORKSHOP C  (1:15-2:30pm):   “The Many Manifestations of Connection"

Learn the four essential connection embraces and how to fluidly transition between them. If you’ve ever wanted to add that “Aah” factor to your dancing, this is the class that will take you there.  Brilliant, insightful, profound.  Men will weep, women will swoon.  Not to be missed!

WORKSHOP D  (2:45-4:00pm):   "Fancy Fusion Wizardry"

In this class, we’ll embellish our ability to play by learning to use "illusions", "arm flips" and other such wonderful fusion wizardry which can be applied to almost any moment of partnered dance and can take you places you never dreamed of going.  It’s definitely the kind of thing that will dramatically elevate both the level of fun & play between you and your partner and which can, at the same time, make anyone watching on the side go “oooh, ahhhh, & Yeowza!”

WORKSHOP E  (2:45-4:00pm):   “Exploring Solo Movement & Conversational Dance”

Learn the art of self-expression through music, and at the same time how to create "conversational" dance with your partner through energy exchange and dynamic play -- a much more free-styling, fun, and co-creative way to connect and inspire each other on the dance floor!


Join us as we create a unique NW Fusion Youtube Dance Video using the many landscapes of Camp Casey as our backdrop and you as the stars!  This will be awesome  :) (Go to the GALLERY PAGE to see our 2017 Video)

WORKSHOP F (8-9pm):  “Takin’ the Confusion out of Waltz Fusion”   

The focus of this fun, all-inclusive group class will be to first introduce a few simple waltz concepts for those wanting to do some traditional waltzing steps, and then to immediately turn around and demonstrate how none of those are really all that necessary to dance “fusion” waltz.  While it’s true that “fusion” waltz can borrow from most anything you know in standard waltz, it also adds on a world of free-form possibilities, syncopated steps, counter-balance rhythms, and many other combinations or styling elements you can harness from tango, swing, blues, ecstatic dance, contact improv, or virtually any other movement form.  This simple, easy-to-follow class will help demystify the kinds of movements, improvisations, creativity, and flow that you can apply to a waltz song (or to a non-waltz one for that matter!).

CLICK HERE to see a video that shows the kind of free-styling fun you can get by adding fusion concepts to a more traditional waltz song.  Enjoy!   

WORKSHOP G (12pm-1am):  “Midnight Mini Micro Lesson”  (in the Grotto-for-Getting-Better)

Take a break to explore the  art of micro-fusion at midnight.  

------------------------- SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 -------------------------

WORKSHOP H (10:30am-12pm):  “Getting Flashy, Having Fun"

Spice up your fusion dancing with some new dance moves to put into your dance toolbag. We'll give tips and tricks for specific moves as well as styling and rhythm tips. Since Fusion Dance is all about creativity, we'll have an exercise that will get you working with others to create your own flashy and dance moves to share with the other students.

WORKSHOP I  (1:15-2:30pm):   “How to Dance with your Tzoul"

If my dancing was a book, this class would be going over it’s table of contents. I aim to give my writer’s method.  Reveal the plot in your dance by being diverse in your positioning.  Let the exploration of all sides of your partner help you set the stage for a more complete drama.  Attitude is paramount in a body to body conversation; increase your vocabulary and practice other dialects.  This is a high level class for all levels of experience.  Definitely a moves class saturated in story telling technique.

WORKSHOP J (1:15-2:30pm): "Connecting Through Your Senses"

Going under blindfold and removing our ability to see our partners silences the "loudest" of our dance senses and allows the others a chance to awaken, step up, and offer their gifts. By removing sight from the equation, you quickly discover and whole new level of improved balance, subtle listening, clarity of lead/follow, rooted movement, and enhanced connection. This is the perfect class for that willing explorer ready to play in unknown territories & break free of routine, within a safely held container.

WORKSHOP K (1:15-2:30pm): "Bal-Fusion FUN-damentals!"

"Balboa" is a form of swing dance first created and inspired by the big band music of the 1930's to 1940's, but easily applied to hip hop, funk, and techno. In this class, you will learn some fun foundational Balboa moves, then explore how music from different genres can shape, change, and inform the dance.

WORKSHOP L (2:45-3:45pm):  "Group Play"; PLUS Closing Ceremony & Surprise Group Activity with the Heart Sound Teaching Staff.

Get ready to have some fun and learn some unique new ways to dance as a collective!  The perfect way to bring the weekend to a close before heading back to Seattle for our after-party at Om Fusion.