Directed by Instructors/Choreographers: Randy Panté and Myriam Baril.
The Swing ConneXion Blues Troupe is an audition-based, partnered-blues dance group representing Montréal, Quebec. Our mission is to take Montréal’s blues dance scene to the next level through dance performances, training, and continual exploration of the beauty and humanity of african-american vernacular dances.
Our program includes:
* Weekly rehearsals at the Swing ConneXion studios.
* Continual fundamental blues dance technique exploration.
* Performance opportunities at the end of each project/choreography.
* Individual feedback and evaluations by the instructors.
* Fairly regular drinking outings (c’est blues!)…
If you are interested in auditioning for 2014, simply fill out the form below. If you have any questions, email or facebook message Randy (randypante@gmail) .
Here are my first shots with my delicious Einstein 640 monobloc lights. I took some photos of our team (Swing Connexion Blues Troupe) just before our performance at Snowbound Blues. Mmmm… monobloc lights. Even though I had ordered two lights, I only unpackaged one because those light stands are a bit heavy to carry around by myself… in a snowstorm. So I used a pretty simple one light setup with a 30 degree grid attached to it. The quality of light is so much different from my usual little speedlight that I use and while it took me a couple of minutes to figure out the menu system of the Einstein, I was pretty much up and shooting instantly out of the gate. Check some of them out below. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities once I learn more how to use them.
Swing Connexion performed one of our routines at Montreal Dance Fest – “I’ve Got Rhythm”. While team performances are still fairly nerve racking for me because I never want to let my teammates down, this time around I felt fairly confident that I wasn’t going to fall off the stage. Okay, yes I know there was no stage this time around but if there were, I wasn’t going to fall off it.
There were three aerials that we had to do for this routine – the backflip, the pancake, and the dive-jump. The backflip and the dive-pop, I got that like butter on toast. The pancake however… yarrrghhhhhhhh! The mechanics of this aerial is fairly simple but for some reason, I can only really get it right about 75% of the time. While three out of four attempts ain’t too bad, you can be sure that the fourth attempt will be during the performance each and every time. Yargh.
Overall though I’m pretty pleased at our run – there were some formation issues here and there but nothing overwhelmingly glaring mistakes and we all felt pretty good about it.
PS – You should join one of the billion swing troupes here in Montréal, it’s a lot of fun!
Woo fun news!!! Last sunday I had my very first rehearsals with the Swing ConneXion dance troupe. I think this is going to be a great fit for me because not only is SCX serious about constantly creating new material but they still have that silly-fun aspect of the dance that makes it worth-while. Zack and Maryse have also been nothing but super supportive ever since I came to Montréal and have always felt welcomed to just be myself when I was in CNX last year. Lastly… from the way they dance (they have this super awesome long show, “Swing Du Businessman”), I’m going to lose all my summer fat for sure! Truth be told, I’m a bit scared of all the aerials that I have to learn but hey.. I’m not the one flying through the air right?