Myriam Baril and Randy Panté are Montréal-based dancers and choreographers specializing in the old-timey dances of jazz, blues, charleston, and funk. They dance out of the Swing Connexion Dance School and actively coach performance troupes, teach dance classes, and perform as much as they can. They are known for their strong work-ethic and can usually be seen social dancing with giant goofy grins at various dance venues around the city.
Randy‘s story, like all good stories, begins with a girl. I went to my first dance class in university because my best friend really liked this girl and needed a wingman. Since that fateful day, I have been fanatically trying to quench my dance thirst learning, traveling, competing, and teaching as much as possible.
As dancers, Randy and Myriam have won numerous awards and first place trophies in blues dancing, solo jazz, solo blues, lindy hop, and team competitions both together and individually. All those nice metal trophies pale in comparison though to the real joy they have found in the past two years – growing the Montréal blues dance community through positivity, good vibes, and continual education of our beautiful art form.
We are proud to call Swing Connexion our home and it is an amazing place to learn and grow as a dancer in Montréal. Lots of hard working individuals who really focus on the dance part of a dance studio and really care about the community around it. You can check out the school’s page at: http://www.swingconnexion.com
Dancing is in our very pores and we feel most at home in a dance studio or up on stage. We dance to connect with the world. We dance when we are high and even more so when we are low. We dance not because we have something to prove but because if we ceased to dance, we would cease to be who we are.