Shake That… Porto Swing

Dancing at Porto

This is one of our little choreography routine to Mora’s Modern Rhythmists’ version of “Shake that Thing” we taught at our solo jazz class in Quebec City/Porto Swing last weekend. Because we only had one hour for the class, Myriam and I wanted to work on similar structure of moves (in this case, fall off the log’ISH variations) instead of overloading them with a lot of “moves”. What is always fun for me as a teacher is to try to get my students to trust their body so they can focus on the great aspects of solo dancing – being silly, having fun, and of course flailing your arms around.

Shake That… Porto Swing – Class Recap from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

Now with the rest of the class!

Shake That… Porto Swing! from Hamfats.ca on Vimeo.

Thanks so much Lionel Mauvais for inviting us and making us feel so welcomed, even with my very poor francais.

Teaching in Saguenay

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Last week Myriam and I got the great opportunity to teach in Saguenay for their “Jazz Me If You Can” workshop. A large focus of the workshop was on a particular theme that I personally love – solllooooo dancinnggggggg!

Myriam and I created a solo routine for beginners and a routine for more experienced dancers for the workshop. I love the process of creating so much because I get to really solidify the moves that I already do with coming up with new movement ideas. As teachers, it’s always a bit of a struggle to find the right difficulty level for a group of students that we are not familiar with but the participants in Saguenay were amazingly game for anything and everything – including the newer dancers! Read More…

Le Swing du Businessman Trailer

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Get the whole show on video at http://www.swingdubusinessman.com/buy …, and look up future show dates !

Procurez-vous le spectacle complet sur vidéo et consultez le calendrier des futures représentations à http://www.swingdubusinessman.com/buy… !

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A distracted and penniless businessman gets ready to get to his new job. But the task will be harder than it seems…

Join the team of Swing ConneXion in their first long stage show: le Swing du Businessman. Relive with them the fun and elation of the dances and atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties, in an imaginative story where you’ll meet all sorts of colorful character who revisit the style of silent comedy from Chaplin’s time!

Les Projections Libres offer us a unique camera play full of surprises, in this representation filmed at the beautiful Rialto Theater on February 16th 2013.

With:

  • Zack Richard
  • Lunou Samson-Poirot
  • Dany Plouffe
  • Geneviève St-Laurent
  • Aimee Mannella
  • Alexandre Hétu-Rivard
  • Nadine Gagnon
  • Michel Mazerolle
  • Randy Panté
  • Myriam Baril

and special guest Jon Tigert

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Un businessman distrait et sans le sou s’apprête à rejoindre son nouveau travail. Cependant, la tâche risque d’être plus ardue qu’il ne le pense…

Rejoignez l’équipe de Swing ConneXion dans leur tout premier spectacle longue durée, le SWing du Businessman. Revivez avec eux la folie des danses et de l’ambiance des Années Folles, à travers une histoire rocambolesque où vous rencontrerez des personnages colorés qui revisitent le style des comédies muettes de l’époque de Chaplin!

Les Projections Libres nous offrent un jeu de caméras unique et plein de surprises, dans cette représentation capturée au magnifique Théâtre Rialto le 16 février 2013.

Avec:

  • Zack Richard
  • Lunou Samson-Poirot
  • Dany Plouffe
  • Geneviève St-Laurent
  • Aimee Mannella
  • Alexandre Hétu-Rivard
  • Nadine Gagnon
  • Michel Mazerolle
  • Randy Panté
  • Myriam Baril

et notre invité spécial Jon Tigert.

A Few Stompo Vids

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I haven’t been to Stompology for a couple of years now but I’m sure super glad that I decided to make the trek! Amazing performances from the instructors (see videos below) and really creative social dancing throughout the entire weekend.

I wasn’t able to get to the front before it was packed so I shot at a bit of an angle, which admittedly was not the best. Next year, I will aim to stop dancing a good full song before the performances and sprint to the front!

ps – yes, that’s a picture of Miss Davis’ derrière.

- Randy

Rhythmic Arts Festival

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What a great weekend in New Orleans. Even though this year’s Rhythmic Arts Festival was smaller in terms of attendance than other events I have been to, there was no way this event would have happened anywhere else besides New Orleans. The event was in conjunction with the 9th annual Satchmo Summer Festival which meant that great were at every pub, cafe, and some instances, street corner.

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