Fusion Bellydance is a general term for styles that combine Bellydance techniques to relatively modern styles of dance, like Contemporary or Street Dance styles. Fusion Bellydance is a vast term and how the dance looks like is different for each dancer, since the dancer's background influences their own style.
The style that was previously known as Tribal Fusion now carries the name Fusion Bellydance or sometimes Transcultural Fusion Dance. This style was created in the West Coast of the United States in the 90's by Jill Parker. The basic technique combines FatChanceBellyDance and the Salimpour technique and draws inspiration from Street Dances and Flamenco.
Typical for the style is very soft snake-like movements and sharp accents. These two elements can be combined together to form movement layers. Main focus is to create precice and enchanting movements with isolations, where only one part of your body is moving.
Fusion Bellydance would not exist without the countries and cultures where Oriental Dance, nowadays often referred to as MENAHT dances, has been danced for thousands of years (the exact time is not known). It includes many different dances from the Middle-East, North-Africa, Hellenistic cultures and Turkey (MENAHT). Fusion Bellydance is based on these different dances, although it doesn't represent the original form of the dances.
Dark Fusion is an umbrella term for Fusion Bellydance that gets inspired from metal music and grim stories. Dark Fusion dancers can use pagan or gothic themes, metal music and the imagery surrounding it as an inspiration. Dark Fusion isn't a dance technique in itself, since the term includes Oriental Dance and Fusion Bellydance styles. On Anni's classes the used dance technique is Fusion Bellydance and influences from other dance styles are used according to her dance background.
Anni offers Dark Fusion dance classes to metal music and with a dark pagan theme. Course descriptions always state what the theme will be or will it be a combination of these two. Weekly classes started in the spring 2020 and a year later, the spring 2021, Anni's performing students were named as Hallanmaa (the land of the frost). Hallanmaa is inhabited by many magical creatures of the North, metal-heads, pagans and rockers. Dwellers of Hallanmaa may change from time to time and the name is not linked to specific people. On going courses you can find here.
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Fusion Bellydance troupe Nox Mente.
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