Fusion dance, probably considered to be the troupe's
"signature" style, is a combination of the core
structure and style of two (or more) schools of dance.
elements and styles of each dance are combined and
presented, using appropriate musical selections
reflecting elements of each style.
This concept is probably most recognizable in
Spanish/Arabic music which reflects rhythmical and/or
melodic elements of both cultures, the result of
cultural fusion during times of political occupation.
Currently the favorite "standard fare" for the Sahara
Silk dancers is a form of Gypsy Tribal fusion. Also
called Urban Tribal, the styles are a modern upbeat
blending of the Rom, Indian, Turkish "gypsy" attitude
and technique with the currently popular American Tribal
Style (ATS) flavor.
presentations are more of an interpretive blend than an
attempt toward "authentic" reproduction. This would be a
difficult assemblage since, according to our research,
the "Gypsy" or more accurately "Romany or Rom" styles
have a myriad of cultural roots and the ATS style is
purely a 20th century American invention.
The resulting dances are fun and effervescent,
reflecting an earthy, colorful, festive "gypsy" attitude
(which suits us just fine!). The ATS styling refers
mostly to our costuming selections and to the way the
dances have been arranged and presented to reflect the