By age 6, Leah was DJing living room showcases for her little sister in Colorado and eventually graduated to whole-house parties in the Pacific Northwest in 2010. She has since DJ'd for fusion and blues events across the U.S. and Europe. When Leah DJs, she draws out the room's deepest groove, delivering sets that are luscious and heart-opening, transporting dancers from tender spacious moments to jam circle-inducing, celebratory throwdowns. Her favorite thing about DJing is curating a space of release by tapping into the emotional and somatic longings of the room—gently cracking open the party like a glowstick.
Leah is a Seattle-based improviser and dance adventurer who has been dancing since she had someone to dance with. She fell in love with partner dancing over 10 years ago by dancing to salsa, tango, swing, and blues music. Her movement story is enriched early on by gymnastics and acrobatics, and later on by contemporary dance and solo improvisation practices. Leah believes social dance can fundamentally change our relationship to touch, to music, and to each other. She works, plays, and dreams with her dance family to develop a role-fluid, consent-focused, social justice-informed dance practice.
Tony dove into the world called Fusion in 2011. He has witnessed, shared, and collected so much musical magic from epic fusion exchanges/camp outs/parties, and he now travels between Sacramento and The Bay Area far too often in attempts to merge the dance communities, satisfy his dance addiction, and create one ginormous fusion family. If there is a dance floor present, expect at least part of Tony’s body to be on it. If he is spinning, expect to see him wiggling, making faces, and itching for your feels. If you hear strange sounds, there’s a solid chance they will be coming from him…
Wyatt has been dancing Swing, Blues, and Fusion for 10 years. DJing Fusion music for 4 years, with the occasional Blues set, mostly in Vancouver BC, and a little in Bellingham, WA. He has DJed at Lakeside Fusion II in Port Moody, BC, Seattle Fusion Festival, Champagne & Emeralds, Bellingham Fusion Festival, InFused in Montreal, and The Dance Thing in Cedar Springs. He brings passion for connection and emotional depth to all of his sets. Music genres have no meaning to him, and he has a wide range of music that he likes to play.
Sapo is mostly appreciated for the eclectic side of her sets, likes to travel back and forth between rootsy organic sounds and electronic ones, minimalist and busy stuff, World-ish songs and North American ones. Head organizer of Montreal Infused, she started the fusion scene there in 2015. She was the music coordinator for Montreal Bagel N Blues from 2009 to 2017 and has Djed at Seattle Fusion Fest, DJX in Philly, Vermont dance escape, Blues Muse, CTLX, Mystic Blues, Frankie’s 95th (blues late night), Melting Pot,Toronto Alchemy/DJX fusion weekend, Vancouver & Montreal blues & fusion dances.
Upon stumbling upon fusion dance, Matthew immediately fell in love with the improvisational freedom available within it. His goal as a DJ is to bring emotionally evocative music to dancers and empower them to have whimsical, funky, and awe-inspiring dance conversations.
Tory has been passionate about music for a long long time, and in fusion she found a place to experience it in dance. DJing brings her the incredible, unique joy and honor of creating an experience that inspires dancers to connect and express. Her DJ journey started years ago amongst the beginnings of the fusion scene in Philadelphia, and now continues with regularly contributing to the local Seattle scene. She strives to bring something new with each set, but also loves to bring back an old personal favorite song now and then.
Kathleen discovered fusion in 2012 after building a background in blues, salsa, contra, and bhangra. She got hooked at the Las Vegas Fusion Exchange and became a DJ to recreate the excitement of that incredible weekend. For the past 5 years she's honed her craft spinning at blues and fusion events in NYC, where she runs an outdoor fusion dance in the summer.
Kathleen enjoys exploring and cross-pollinating with other scenes, and she has played at DJX Fusion Weekend in Philly, Motley Hue in NYC, Dance Alchemy in Toronto, Menagerie Unchained in Atlanta, and Montreal InFused. She enjoys creating a mood for dancers to play with – whether playful or intense, sexy or soulful. She loves discovering new artists, and she can never resist a good cover.
Emiliano DJs at many events locally and nationally providing a groovy flavor of Blues, Lindy, and Fusion styles of music. He believes that a diverse set will challenge the dancers and make sure that they are listening with their minds and bodies. He has DJed all across America and Europe at various local and larger events for over 16+ years. He also runs DJ Experiment which is an organization created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow.
Rose is a trans non-binary dancer, DJ, and community organizer based in Oakland, CA. They have been dancing for a near decade and DJing since 2015 at various local as well as national and international fusion events (from the Mendocino woodlands to the rooftops of Valencia, Spain). In recent years, their focus has been on designing and facilitating community building events and learning experiences within the west coast fusion dance scene that focus on cultivating personal and interpersonal introspection, collaboration, and trust. As a DJ, they offer a range of music (from dark moody micro to heartfelt folk) that inspires a connection and exploration to self and other.
Eleanor may be a new DJ, but she has been a passionate social dancer and listener in both Portland, OR and the CA bay area for the past 3 years, and has already broken serious ground playing at Portland Underground Exchange. She aims to give the floor what it wants, no shame, and it shows: her sets have been described as “freakin’ lit,” “absolute bangers” with “no maybes.” Her music spans across multiple genres, aiming to nourish the energy of the room and keep you in the groove all night long. With musician ears and dancer intuition, Eleanor is here to make magic happen.
River’s enthusiasm for amazing music shows through every song they play. They DJ in conversation with the dancers in the room, creating dynamic sets that infuse the dance floor with energy. You can dance to their sets in their home base of San Francisco, and wherever they travel. They’ve DJed at national and international events, such as Montreal Infused, BAMF, and DJX.
A'lan loves dancing. A'lan loves music. He considers DJing for fusion such a privilege, joy and self expression. His fusion DJ acumen originated from his early training at blues venues and grew as he became the first music coordinator at Shades of Blues in San Francisco. He broke onto the national fusion scene at the Portland Fusion Exchange and since then he's played at SDFX, LVFX, SFFX, DFX, SFFX, MFX, Urban Recess, Seattle Fusion Festival, Albuquerque Fusion Experiment, City in Motion, Emerald City Blues, Mile High Blues, and BAmF 2016, 2017 and 2018. He's looking forward to sharing his love sounds with you and move you.