The Carolina Fusion Cloggers were founded in January of 2007. The team started with phone calls made by managing director Stefanie Grubbs Canady while thumbing through her little black book of clogging friends. Alumnifrom The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, local cloggers, as well as dancersfrom all over the South East were contacted. The result… a team madeup of familiar faces with friendships that will last a lifetime. During2007 Carolina Fusion made its first impression on the clogging circuit and for a team that only practices once a month the reviews were positive.
Since the start of Carolina Fusion in 2007 so many things have happened. New members, new styles and what we on Fusion refer to as “The Core.” While Fusion is still a strong mixture of talented people from all over the Southeastern United States, Coming together as one isn’talways easy. With so many resources in clogging today, we believe “pull from the minds of many, and come out with great results.” We not onlywork from within our “private family” we also look to other sources for something “new” to us. We are still the same young hearted group of adults that share one great love, one great passion . . . Clogging.
During 2008 Carolina Fusion traveled to competitions located in: Lincolnton NC (CCA), Kingsport TN (CCA), Maggie Valley (ACHF), Brevard(CCA), and Maggie Valley Nationals (ACHF). At the 2008 ACHF Nationalsheld in Maggie Valley, Carolina Fusion joined with friends and danced anOpen Hoedown that represented many teams such as: Xtreme Dance Co, Critical Impact, Clogging FX, Leather N Lace, Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Peanut City, Southern Mountain Fire, Solid Gold Edition, Sims CountryCloggers, and Pride of Carolina. Also in Maggie Valley, Former TeamCaptain Jonathan Miller made the All-American Team and Lora Cretellamade the Junior All-American Team. Donna Riley (Mother of team memberShamus Riley) was inducted into the American Clogging Hall of Fame. InJanuary of 2009 Carolina Fusion competed at The Showdown of Championsand placed in the Top 5 teams for Open Hoedown. In the Fall at America’sClogging Hall of Fame National event, Carolina Fusion placed in the top3 teams in every category that the team competed in. Brandy Howell, Team Captain/Assistant Director made the All American Team.
In 2010 Carolina Fusion’s goal was to embrace it’s contemporary sidewith a mixture of west coast meets east coast styles in: Standing Line, Open Line, and a Show routine that debuted at the ACHF National Championship. Competition in 2010 was a growing experience but the change has shown a different side of Fusion, one I think the audience appreciated.
From 2011-2013 Carolina Fusion continued to grow in membership and talent. In 2013, after several years of traveling and competing in the competition circuits of Americas Clogging Hall of Fame and Clogging Champions of America Carolina Fusion was awarded Adult Team of the Year by Clogging Champions of America and Overall Adult Team at the 2013 ACHF World Championships.
In 2015 Carolina Fusion moved back to Lexington, North Carolina. The team now practices in a new studio located at 256 Fairview Acres Road in Lexington, NC. The new space has opened up yet another phase of Carolina Fusion and has encouraged the team to embrace new styles and once again improve as entertainers, performers and competitors. With new dances constantly in the works Carolina Fusion is sure to Wow the crowd again in the near future.
Since 2007 Carolina Fusion still continues to grow and shape itselfinto “One Sound,” while adapting to constant changes. The Core dancers of Fusion believe in the “Clogging Family” and not just from within our own team. Clogging for most of us has been about meeting new friends from other teams and creating “familiar faces with friendships that will last a lifetime.” That’s what this is all about anyway, getting together, showing what you’ve got, and having fun doing what you all love to do . . . Dance.
For information on how to become a member of Carolina Fusion or to request booking events, please contact Managing Director, Stefanie Grubbs Canady at 336-918-6269.
To stay updated about Carolina Fusion’s next performance refer to our Calendar page