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Philadelphia, PA Dance
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fusion2, a training company for dedicated young dancers, presents Earthtones - a project which explores our common humanity.

Philadelphia, PA Dance
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Who We Are

Dancefusion’s fusion2 is a training company of pre-professional young dancers driven to experience and express movement beyond their technical training. Through their participation in fusion2, these dedicated young artists have unique opportunities to broaden their dance and leadership education through rigorous technical training, performance and community outreach.

The unique mission of the Dancefusion Company - to create new innovative dance works, and also preserve and reconstruct historic American dance works - gives these young dancers a sense of context for the techniques they study. This contextual meaning imparts to the dancers a sense of connection to all the young dancers who have come before, and compels them to share forward their own experiences in dance, to continue the unique, diverse dance traditions of the Unites States.

The learning experience through fusion2 reaches far beyond the high-level technical training. The culture of fusion2 fosters a strong sense of community and personal responsibility. The company participates in many hours of learning, rehearsals and outreach performances, and by doing so, has become a family, mentoring the younger generation of students. fusion2 is about cooperative learning, not competition.

Earthtones - 
 our spring 2012 home season - is a project which explores our common humanity - who we are, where we live, and what is shared among us. It's inspired by natural elements and our physical surroundings, while rooted in themes of love, longing, faith, humor, freedom and loss. 

What's on the program:

Earthtones features a variety of new works by Jaye Allison, Gwendolyn Bye, Nancy Berman Kantra, Jesse Sani, Charles Tyson, and fusion2 Director Rachel Kantra Beal. 

At the Turning Point,first choreographed by Gwendolyn Bye for the Dancefusion senior company in 1989, deals with the teacher/student or mother/child relationship. For this project, the work has been re-staged on fusion2 to deal with the relationship of an older sibling (Kerian) going off to college and being a role model for her younger sister (Bevan) - teaching her how to "hold the reigns" of family life and friends. Kerian walks the line, so to speak, as she leaves home and helps Bevan gain a stronger sense of security.

Nancy Berman Kantra's Somnambulistes was inspired by the fusion2 dancers penchant for partner stretching between rehearsals, draped in intricately entwined straddles and configurations. The piece draws from Nancy's love of French music & culture, as well as her childhood memories of late nights startled by her sleep-talking brother. 

Charles Tyson will present Yearn, a dramatic dance work that exists within the precise moment of perceived intense need, and Case Study, a full-length theatrical and comedic piece about a girl who can only express outward emotion through dance. No Masterpiece or Attraversiamo, by fusion2 Director Rachel Kantra Beal,is the first movement in a series of vignettes. This movement explores how we deal with loss, as well as the jagged path of healing that often follows.

The concert will also feature Back to Mother Earth, a special collaboration between fusion2 & the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy directed and choreographed by dance movement therapist Rachel Federman Morales. Back to Mother Earth is a dance collaboration combining able- and disable-bodied dancers.  Through dance, music, art and poetry the students build relationships with each other and celebrate their connections.  The theme of the piece is nature and the elements, each of the dancers representing fire, earth, wind and water.

Please help us!

While the majority of our funding comes through more traditional channels - homegrown fundraisers, grants, and our local network of friends and donors - our home season concert is rapidly approaching and we still need to raise our Kickstarter goal of $2,000 to meet our total budget of $7,800 for this project. We're reaching out to you to help us meet our goal!

Your generous donation will help cover the cost of performance space at the Painted Bride Art Center, costumes, professional photography, videography, promotional materials (posters and postcards), and contribue to the salaries of our professional artistic staff of choreographers and designers. If we raise more than $2,000 the remainder of the money raised will go towards our next fusion2 home season collaboration in 2013.

We so appreciate any amount you can offer to support this project.

Performance Date & Time

Sunday, April 29, 2012  6:00pm
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

Other ways you can help

Please spread the word about our project. You can view more photos and keep up with our progress on our Facebook page.  More information is available on our website. If you'd like to receive our newsletter, please be in touch with Mary Ziogas at - she'll be happy to add you to the list!

More about fusion2

Dancefusion’s fusion2, a training company for young dancers, was formed in 1995 when Artistic Director Gwendolyn Bye recognized the need for dedicated young dancers to experience and express movement beyond their technical training. fusion2 dancers study a variety of disciplines and are a diverse group of talented young students from across the Philadelphia area. Currently directed by Rachel Kantra Beal, fusion2 has performed throughout Greater Philadelphia in cultural and community centers, schools, hospitals, senior and care facilities, as well as festivals and concerts for the general public. In addition to its outreach presentations, fusion2 presents their own home season each spring.

In 2002, inspired by the plight of physically challenged children, fusion2 developed the CAPE project (Choreography, Art, Poetry, Experience) in partnership with the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy. This year marks fusion2’s 9th year collaborating with the HMS School to create and perform new work with differently-abled students living with Cerebral Palsy, including community outreach and culminating in a performance for the spring season. The creation of original dances performed by children with disabilities and able-bodied young dancers, challenges and expands both the audience’s and their own perceptions about what constitutes dance, and what is possible for the differently-abled.

Graduates of fusion2 have gone on to dance programs at TISCH School of Arts at New York University, Goucher, Barnard, Wesleyan, Temple, Fordham, Vassar, SUNY Purchase and the University of the Arts. They have also entered programs at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Juilliard School, Paul Taylor Training Program, Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theater of Harlem and The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Performing Arts.


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