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…

Swing Du Businessman Available for Download

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Our entire show is available for download with some great close-ups and in-show filming. There is a drinking game for the show… try to figure out what it is ;-) har har.

You can download the entire show for a super low price of $5 here: http://show.swingconnexion.com/buy.php

About the show – In the Swing du Businessman, discover the dances of the Roaring Twenties. A preoccupied businessman finds solace in a universe where jazz dances reign as kings: acrobatics, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Swing and more will dazzle you in this hour-long show! The Swing du Businessman is an homage to jazz and swing dances, of course, but also to silent films of the 20s and 30s, and to the comical genius of legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

About the venue – A former movie theater built during the 1920s, the Rialto Theater is the ideal place to get back to the Roaring Twenties!

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.

Hobos and Vagabonds

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“Swing du businessman” preview show by Swing Connexion at the event “Dig Tha Feet 2013″, featuring Myriam Baril, Randy Panté & Zack Richard – “the Hobo Routine”.

Working on this routine with Zack and Myriam as one piece of of our show was a real joy simply because we got to work on our hobo characters as well as our dance choreography. Growing up, I was never one of those artsy students who did drama or music. Computers, video games, and ninjas were pretty much all I ever thought about until I started dancing in university. So it was painful at first trying to come up with this routine because I didn’t really get what I was supposed to be doing versus what I already do anyways. Am I a dancer playing a hobo or a a real life vagabond playing a dancer?

I guess a little bit of both?

Your New Years Resolution

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Sundays – Blues (Brouhaha), Lindy Hop vintage/fast swing night (Swing Connexion)

Tuesdays – Swing (Le Petit Medley), West Coast Swing (Dance Conmigo)

Wednesdays – Lindy Hop w. live music (Les Bobards)

Thursdays – Lindy Hop (Le Rialto, once a month), West Coast Swing (Studio 88)

Fridays – Lindy Hop (Cats Corner), Blues (some late nights at Cats Corner)

Saturdays – Swing (Studio 88)

Original list by Balboa Fred!

Dancing your pants off

With the lack of any Lindy dancing this summer, it was great to enjoy 5 hours of hot dances to some hot jazz…on concrete. You could not get any better than being able to dance under the sun on the streets with one of the swingiest bands in Vancouver, the Company B jazz band. It was so hot, I literally danced out of my pants. Thanks Cara (and thanks for Bedo being close by). :P

Students Don’t Need Convincing

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(Thanks Kevin Sue for the picture. Note: this picture is not a picture from the lindy hop class).

Tomorrow will be the last class I will be filling in for Bees Knees beginner lindy hop class on Monday nights. Kathleen and I were temporarily filling in for May/June this summer and usually after the class we go through a post-mortem analysis of what happened and what we could do better. One of the key discoveries that we found was that the students who come to these beginner lindy hop classes were already excited about learning the dance. They didn’t need convincing. In fact, most likely they are looking for any reason to continue taking the dance class so that they can tell their friends to join in as well. When we figured this out, it made teaching the class flow more naturally and more importantly, we could just be ourselves. The pressure was off our shoulders to try to continue to get students for future classes and we could instead focus on providing a valuable lesson.

When you love the dance so much that it comes out of your pores, you do not need to convince students this is an awesome dance for x/y/z reasons. They will see it and feel it from you. Then, they will tell their friends ;-).

The more I teach, the more I recognize that compared to great teachers in Toronto like Mandi and Arthur, I flat out suck at it. I over analyze movement and often go a bit overboard on my explanations. I’m working on it though. :-)