High School Sports

First Fuzion festival to fuel modern dance fever

LAKEWOOD RANCH - A first-of-its kind contemporary dance festival Saturday will offer classes for all ages and skill - from those with happy feet to two left feet.

The Fuzion Dance Artist company will host the daylong festival to teach contemporary and modern dance.

The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. and activities from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the theater of Lakewood Ranch High School, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., said Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, director of the Fuzion Dance Artists.

Cost of the event, sponsored by the Lakewood Ranch High School Council for the Arts, is $40. Participants will choose two classes to attend throughout the morning and afternoon.

"You don't have to be a professional dancer. You don't have to even be a dancer," said Roxane Caravan, sponsor of the council and the school's theater department director. "There's something there for everybody."

Classes offered are Afro-modern dance; yogalatis, which is a combination of yoga and Pilates; improvisation; and contact, or fuzion, dance, Wilmott said. Another option is the Red Tent workshop that, she said, celebrates feminine spirit through dialogue and dance.

Class sessions are from 9:45 to 11 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A lunch will be provided, and an informal performance of dances learned in the classes will follow. Those who attend will then get to ask questions or discuss dance with the company and its dancers.

"It will be all day celebrating dance, celebrating culture," Wilmott said. "An opportunity to come and support art in the community. Hopefully, to get people to love their body and to move in different ways."

The event is part of the The Fuzion group's educational outreach and a continuation of work Wilmott has done with students at Lakewood Ranch High since before the dance company was born last year.

"We're just really excited about having them come out and especially having a community event like that at our school," Caravan said. "To all come together and share a day of dance."

Wilmott hopes the lessons will inspire participants to become dancers as a similar dance outreach did for her when she was a teen.

"That's how I first was exposed to dance," she said. "When I saw a modern dancer, I thought, 'I can relate to this, I can do this.' "

Maura Possley, Herald reporter , can be reached at 748-0411, Ext. 2640, or at mpossley@HeraldToday.com.