CHRIS NAISH - FOUNDER/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Fusion Fighters Artistic Director - Chris Naish is a Performer, Teacher & Choreographer originating from Bristol, UK. After learning multiple styles of dance from the age of 4 he soon became hooked on the high-energy and rhythm of ‘Irish dance’.
After many years of competitive dancing for the Sean Eireann McMahon dance school in Bristol, at the age of 19 Chris retired from competitive dancing All-Ireland, European, National & Regional Solo Champion (As well as being World Champion in Figure and Ceili teams). After graduating with a distinction in Performing Arts, he joined Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the dance’ where he then toured for 4 years.
His professional dance career continued with other high profile touring shows including 5 years in ‘Riverdance’ & as a featured dancer on Celtic Woman’s ’10 Yr Anniversary World Tour’.
In 2010, Chris branched away from what had become the typical Irish Dance show experience and co-created an experimental street level project called ‘Sneaky Steppers’. When taking breaks from the touring shows, Chris spent his time living in ‘New York City’ and began to choreograph for various dance companies. He was also a choreographer for ‘Studio2Stage’ & ‘Camp Rince Ceol’.
On his return to the UK, Chris launched the progressive Irish dance project ‘Fusion Fighters’ on St Patrick’s Day 2013. It has quickly established itself as one of the leading online Irish dance communities through performance workshops, video projects, performances & campaigns (reaching over 500 Million Views).
Fusion Fighters have spent a lot of time training in the next generation of ‘Irish Fusion’ performers and providing professional performance opportunities for the ‘Fusion Dance Fest Cast’. Performance highlights include the World Irish Dance Championships, The North American Nationals, Jigs & Wigs (BBC1), The Late Late Show (RTE) & Fleadh TV (TV4).
His Professional Performance Crew also have an impressive list of highlights that include The Irish Post Awards, Google Headquarters Dublin, The Ideal Home Show, Failte Ireland’s Meitheal, The European Eventing Championships, London & Belfast St Patrick’s Day Festivals, and many more. Fusion Fighters have also completed several professional tours, including over 50 shows across Europe on 'The 'Irish Folk Festival Tour’ and 'Irish Heartbeat Tour’.
With a successful annual ‘Fusion Dance Fest’ in Limerick since 2016, the event is back in 2021 by popular demand for its 6TH Anniversary’. For now Chris is working on ‘Fusion Fighters Online’ where they now offer both in-person and online workshops/ video projects, plus the addition of their new Online Store.