Kathleen Evans (New York)
Kathleen discovered fusion dancing in 2012, coming into the dance with a background in blues, salsa, contra, and bhangra. Her first foundational fusion experience was at the Las Vegas Fusion Exchange, and she vowed to become a dj in part to recreate the excitement of that incredible weekend. For the past few years she’s honed her craft spinning at blues and fusion events in New York City, and has spun Internationally at DJX Fusion Weekend and DJX Summertime in Philadelphia, Motley Hue in NYC, and Montreal Blue Infusion. As a dj, Kathleen likes to create a mood that dancers can play with – whether playful or intense, sexy or soulful. She loves discovering new artists, and she can never resist a good cover.
Sapo is mostly appreciated for the eclectic side of her sets. She likes to travel back and forth between rootsy organic sounds and electronic ones, between very minimalist and busy stuff, between World-ish songs and North American ones. Has been the music coordinator for Montreal Bagel N Blues since 2009 and started a fusion scene there in 2015. Has Djed at DJX in Philly, Bagel N Blues, Blues Muse, CTLX, Mystic Blues, Frankie’s 95th (blues late night), Melting Pot, Toronto Alchemy/DJX fusion weekend, Vancouver & Montreal blues & fusion dances.
Charlotte Durand (Montreal)
Charlotte – aka DJ ChaCha – was introduced to West Coast Swing in January 2014 in Montreal. For three years now, she has been involved in this great community as a volunteer organiser and for two years, as a WCS DJ. She has also started djing for Swouk and Fusion dance evenings in the past year. She particularly likes to search for covered or remixed hits and loves to surprise dancers with modern music that have a hint of electro swing or even dubstep.
Bo Marchan (Philadelphia)
Raised in the Durham blues and fusion scene, Bo has spent the last several years traveling, dancing and collecting music around the world. Drawn to organic rhythms, percussive beats and candlelit voices, he weaves traditional sounds and contemporary genres together into an intimate dance experience. Currently based in Philadelphia, he has spun tunes for international fusion events and won the DJ battle at the DJ Experiment in 2017.
Emiliano Estevez (Philadelphia)
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 also runs DJ Experiment which is an organization created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow. Dance is a conversation…
Jim Salminen (Vancouver)
I love DJing. It’s one of my favourite things to do. Has been for 19 years of swing, blues, and fusion. I love feeling the mood and energy of the dancers on the floor and having that take me to my next song choice, and then the next. We take each other on a ride, me following the dancers’ lead and their following mine. That’s what DJing is for me.
Erin June (Toronto)
Erin’s love of music began in the back yards of rural Ontario, surrounded by a family of rock and roll musicians. Her love of dance began much later, in the romanticized rhythms of salsa. Since then, her infatuation with different music and dance styles has enveloped and expanded beyond these disparate beginnings. As a DJ and a dancer, she loves emotive music that draws in a range of flavours and influences. Erin has been sharing music with the Toronto fusion scene since it’s conception over three years ago and DJs at dance events around Canada and the US.
Wyatt Sloan (Vancouver)
I’ve been dancing Swing, Blues, and Fusion for 9 years. DJing Fusion music for 3 years, with the occasional Blues set, mostly in Vancouver BC, and a little in Bellingham, WA. Last year I was a DJ at Lakeside Fusion II in Port Moody, BC, at Seattle Fusion Festival, and Champagne & Emeralds in Seattle WA, and I will be DJing at Bellingham Fusion Festival in March. I bring my passion for connection and emotional depth to all of my sets.
Carol Shepherd (Ann Arbor)
Carol is excited to be playing for the first time in Montreal and is ready to be inspired by a whole new crowd of dancers. It’s about sharing experiences. Carol was a founding member of the Michigan fusion dance community in 2013 and continues to help support and expand the scene. She has DJed fusion, alt-tango and blues at several national events including DJX 2015 and 2016, SFF 2016 and Toronto Alchemy 2017, and in the Michigan scene at Blusion 2016, Tango Meets The Blues 2014-2017 and Fuse 2017. She is the DJ coordinator and a resident DJ at First Friday Fusion and Fusion Cafe in Ann Arbor. She says: “When I discover a great new song with dance potential it immediately gives me all kinds of ideas, I feel how it makes me want to move and I have to share it – I love playing for fusion dancers because I love seeing all of your dance ideas and learning how music makes you want to move.”