Fusion Dance Company

Fusion Dance Company Honors Pulse Victims with Tribute at Tampa Bay Pride


Diana Griffin

Fusion Dance Company


Fusion Dance Company Honors Pulse Victims with Tribute at Tampa Pride Festival

Tampa, Fla. (March 22, 2017) – When 49 people were gunned down at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Tampa Bay-area choreographer Jay Dilley was personally impacted. Dilley still remembers the text messages flooding his phone on June 12, 2016 from friends who were eyewitness to the largest massacre to unfold on U.S. soil. Dilley, who choreographs for Fusion Dance Company in Palm Harbor, will honor the friends he lost that night during the March 25 Tampa Pride Festival in Ybor City when the studio’s Teen Elite Team performs a tribute to Pulse.

“Its personal tragedy that cost the lives of people I knew and miss,” Dilley said. “This is more than a dance number. This is a memorial and a way to honor the innocent people who never got to go home that night and those who will forever have to live with this horrible experience.”

Fusion Dance Company debuted Dilley’s Pulse choreography in February at Dance America. The studio’s Pulse tribute won Overall High Scoring Dance for the entire competition and received the Judge’s Choice award for choreography. Soon after the competition, the studio showcased the powerful tribute for parents and friends of the studio. That’s where a friend of Dilley’s was so moved by the performance that she shared her experience with the founder of Tampa Pride, leading to the invitation for the team to perform on March 25.

“Jay creates choreography with true meaning that gives everyone goosebumps,” said Diana Griffin, owner of Fusion Dance Company. “He gets these girls to make people feel the intensity of his choreography and this resonates with the audience.”

The Third Annual Tampa Pride Festival and Parade will honor the 49 killed and 53 injured during the Pulse massacre with a special tribute at 12 p.m. at Centro Ybor. The Fusion Dance Company will be one of several acts remembering the tragedy as survivors and loved ones of those who died look on. The team will then be part of the Pulse Memorial Float during the parade on 7th Avenue.


About Fusion Dance Company: Diana Griffin has been a dance studio owner in Palm Harbor, FL for 12 years. Her love for children coupled with her passion for ballet has created dancers that have moved on professionally to the Joffrey Ballet, the Miami City Ballet and even to the world famous Rockettes. Diana and her staff pride themselves on teaching perfect technique while providing an individualized dance experience to all ages and abilities of dancers. Miss Griffin offers a competitive dance team, a performance team and a Ballet Company that perform in the Palm Harbor community to spread her love of dance.