Rialto 2014

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Blues at the Rialto

Performing at the Rialto Theatre for the Swing Connexion Show is one of the highlights of the year for me. Not only is the Rialto Theatre one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever seen in my life, it’s also a great time to debut some of the routines I am working on or are a part of for the past couple of months. The show is also a super fun way to connect more with other dancers from the school that I have been watching working their butts off leading up to the event. Dancers from teams such as the Rising Stars and Balboa Connection.

Every time I get up on stage at the Rialto, I know it’s going to be an experience I will never forget. While it is all fine and dandy to perform at other dance venues around town, the fact that the audience are all dressed up and are sitting on actual chairs (instead of the floor like a school assembly), just makes the event feel more… authentic? Like how a real show should be.

In a random happenstance, I cut my right hand with a shard of glass while washing dishes a couple of days before the show. As they say however, the show must go on so that is why in the pictures and videos my right hand is wrapped in bandages. Some people came up to me at the end of the night and asked if it was a costume choice. Haha. Well I guess it was because I didn’t want to bleed all over my dance partners.

Black and Tan Fantasy – Solo Blues 2014.

“I Want You Back” Routine – Randy Panté and Myriam Baril.

Business Time

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Hey Cats and Hats, after about six months of hard work, we finally revealed our new Swing Conexxion CNX routine at the Rialto Theatre. It was actually the “pre-final version” of the routine before the big weekend at the Canadian Swing Dance Championships but I felt that the team really gave it their 300% (as Maryse would say). The performance was after the showing of the pro team’s Le Swing Du Businessman, which I would probably describe as extreme lindy hop, or lindy hop 90x. The team pretty much what it seemed like a dozen routines back to back. The amount of cardio needed for that totally confounds me as I get exhausted after a three minute routine.

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