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MFC Teachers - 2019 (click here for class descriptions)
Jeannie Lin - General Classes
Movement, creativity, and flow have always been consistent elements in Jeannie’s life, whether it was reflected through art-making, dance, or just a state of being. Her early dance training comprised of solo movement forms like ballet and contemporary dance, while her later years included formal study and education in over 17 styles of ballroom, latin, and social dancing at the Ballroom Dance Teacher’s College. As a continuously evolving artist, it was no surprise that Jeannie became naturally attracted to Fusion-stye approach of partner dancing - and with her knowledge she was able to easily weave these dance styles together, integrating concepts and creating hybrid movements. Recognized for her fluidity and unique styling, she's been invited to teach internationally at festivals and workshops. After traveling nonstop for several years, she now happily resides in sunny Los Angeles where you can find her teaching, dancing, and weaving clothes for her new dancewear line.
Andrew Smith - General Classes
Teaching internationally for over a decade, Andrew still wears the same pair of dance shoes he bought after falling in love with social dance at the end of high school. He draws upon his experience in many dances to inspire and challenge his students in classes around the world. He brings a balanced focus to technique, body mechanics, spirit, and creativity and strives to create a positive, safe learning environment. In his spare time, Andrew is a software engineer for Transparent Classroom (a record-keeping system for Montessori teachers) and nerds out about environmental sustainability. He loves tea, dark chocolate, and bicycles. Visit www.andrewsmithdance.com for more info.
Emily Webb - Dance Lab
In 1996 Emily Webb began her love affair with partner dance. Through the years Emily has studied Tango, Swing, Salsa, Blues, and Fusion dance with some the top instructors in the world. Today Tango and Fusion remain Emily's greatest dance loves.
Thousands of students across the US and Canada have benefited from Emily's dynamic and interactive teaching style. Emily's adaptability to student needs, knowledge of body mechanics, and specialized drills create high impact learning for students of all levels. Through her years of teaching experience Emily has learned to make even the most complex movements simple and build them from the ground up. This means you will not only look good while you dance, but feel great to your partners too!
Josh Gronner - Music Making
Josh received his first piano lesson when he was 6 years old, and continued with private lessons just about until his fingers turned purple. He began studying composition and audio-production after high school, and soon received an opportunity to teach piano lessons in Marin County, CA (so he could help turn other people’s fingers purple). Over the past 13 years, THi5 Academy of Music has expanded to offer lessons in guitar, drums, ukulele, music theory, and digital audio production as well as piano. In June of 2016, Josh released his debut album “One Time” under the moniker, THi5.
CC Wagner - Partner Stretching
My interest and passion for partner stretching began when I was a Salsa dancer in college, and was initiated by a playful skill swap with some knowledgeable friends. I soon found that stretching with a remorselessly “helpful” assistant not only improved my flexibility faster and far more effectively than stretching alone, but it also made the whole experience so much more fun! As a social partner dancer of many years, getting up close and pliable with some friends was a perfectly natural progression. I have been teaching flexibility training classes at Fusion events since 2011, including 4 Fusion Exchanges, 2 Seattle Fusion Festivals, 2 City in Motions, and several Recess events. While do I enjoy discovering how malleable my friends are, more than anything else, I love contributing to their health and wellbeing.
Emily Reuman & Morgan Burks - Acro Yoga
From breakdancing to ballet, Emily @emplays has wide-ranging experience across the dance, acro, and movement spectrums. Since 2014, Emily has led weekly AcroYoga classes and workshops including eight AcroLove Festivals, Lucidity Festival, Ignite Fire Conference, Burning Man, and the Soft Foot Intensive series. Currently residing on the Westside of LA, she is certified to teach through the school of her personal movement research and the hundreds of students who have worked with her.
Morgan is a physicist by day and an acroyoga and dance enthusiast by night. He began fusing the two when he and his dance partner realized how much the two forms have in common. He creates and performs acryoga/dance pieces and his unique choreography has been seen around the world. In teaching, Morgan and Emily share a philosophy of connection, communication, trust and play between partners.
We are bringing you an all star cast of teachers to answer your most burning dance questions in the practica!
Kelly Howard - Bay Area
Mark Carpenter - Bay Area
Jeannie Lin - Los Angeles
Andrew Smith - Seattle, WA
Will Shaver - Eugene, OR
Emily Webb - San Francisco
Angie Huang - Sacramento
Ted Maddry - San Francisco
Ben LaCara - San Francisco
Dancing Outside the Box (literally)
Bring your inner kitten out to play as we will be playing inside the box, around the box, and definitely outside the box. Instead of seeing the box as an obstacle, perhaps it can be a way to move and challenge us. This may involve playing on the very edge of limitation in order to find those new movements, ideas, and concepts that we might have not considered before. With playfulness and curiosity, let’s dive deep into that exploration that will keep our partner dancing fresh, innovative, and continually evolving.
Creative Blueprints for Our Dancing Footprints
Interlocking steps and twisting torsos can create a beautiful tapestry of uniquely creative movements. Let’s weave in a series of textured rhythms and vibrant direction changes, and we may notice that the pattern suddenly becomes a lot more elaborate. As we layer onto this never-ending web of woven dance steps, we may begin to realize that the possibilities are creatively endless. In this class, we will learn how to take a simple grapevine step and be able to stretch it into a myriad of different ideas. We will combine concepts like rhythmical changes, altering body alignments, and dynamic direction changes as part of the fun. Come and take part in this rich, creative exploration as we delve into the endless realm of possibilities.
How can we have both partners contribute to a dance while maintaining a lead-follow paradigm? How can we find a balance between too much control and too little agreement about what we're doing together? This class explores these tough questions through exercises in connection and musicality. We will build a new mental model for partnered dancing to foster original, emergent dance ideas.
It's time to break into our favorite show tunes from Broadway... just kidding. This demanding, technical class is not for the faint of heart as we cover off-axis, counter-balanced, and weight-sharing dance play. We will cover the technique and body-care needed for safety, dancing goodness, and some cool moves!
Would you like to know what people like about your dancing? And maybe what can be improved? This dance lab will give you just that! Through a variety of modes and partners you will be giving and receiving 'thoughtful' feedback with your peers. This class will be a combo of work, experimentation and fun. And in the end you will be sure to up level your joy and confidence on the dance floor.
Music Magic in the Making
We are embarking on a musical journey. This class is going to be less of a class, and more of an unforgettably epic jam session for the ages if you will. No official musical training or experience? No problem. If you know how to make some noise and move some air, then we want you there. We are going to explore what happens when we join together to create music. If you’ve got a guitar, a ukulele, a tambourine, or a cowbell, bring ‘em! Everyone else, we want your voice, your clapping hands, your tapping feet, and the best two rocks from the woods you can find. Maybe even a good stick. Let us jam!
Music Magic in the Making II - Compose a song w/ Josh
Let’s compose a song.
In fact, let’s compose a song and play it live at Mission Fusion Campout!
Partner Stretching w/ CC
Whether you can barely touch your toes, you’re already a salty pretzel, or you just want to relax after a full night of dancing, come take care of your body with a unique partner stretching routine that will not only relieve stiffness, soreness, and loosen tight muscles in your body, it will also encourage you to consensually torment a squirming friend of your choice. Using relaxation breathing and advanced partner smooshing techniques, you will learn to work on your own, in pairs, and in groups to stretch and lengthen muscles and tendons. This will allow you to move freely and dance longer!!! The movements and positions used in these classes can be modified or intensified to meet all levels of flexibility. Join CC and with a little help from a partner, discover just how bendy you can be!
Morgan and Emily Reuman
Acroyoga for Dancers
Acroyoga is a form of partner yoga that draws inspiration from yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. One of our favorite aspects of acroyoga is the non-verbal communication that develops between partners. In that sense, it has a lot in common with partner dance. This class, suitable for anyone capable of participating in a beginning yoga class, will introduce you to the foundations of acroyoga: learning to base, fly, and spot. We will then discuss how, similar to dancing, non-verbal communication is used to indicate intention, facilitate beautiful movement, build trust, and keep each other safe! No partner needed as we will be rotating.