World Dance Fusion’s mission is to promote cultural awareness and understanding through dance. World Dance Fusion was first concepted in 1995 by Artistic Director Katy Alaniz Rous, as an explanation for her new dance practice.

Katy feels that all of her travels and interactions with people from different backgrounds in the United States and abroad have given her a unique perspective on the diversity and connection of the people on earth. An eternal student, Katy feels that her study of people, dance and cultures is never ending. The growing list of dance forms she has studied is diverse.

Dance styles include the following:

• Brazil: Afoxe (Orixa), Capoeira (Angola & Regional), Forro, Pagode, Samba, Samba Reggae • Caribbean: Cuban Folkloric (Orisha Dances, Rumba), Merengue, Afro-Haitian Folkloric, Dunham Technique • Central Asia: Afghani, Azerbaijani, Persian Classical, Tajik, Uzbek • The Democratic Republic of Congo: Congolese • East Asia: Chinese Folk and Classical, Mongolian, Tibetan • Europe: Russian Character, Flamenco • Ghana: Ghanaian • Guinea: Djembe • India: Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi • Middle East: Egyptian Cabaret Belly Dance, Turkish Romani • United States: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary •

photo © 2004 Karen Preuss / Jeroboam

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