• Randy Panté et Myriam Baril

    danseurs et chorégraphes

  • Troupes de danse à Montréal

    solo et blues partenaire

  • Chorégraphie

    Originale et Passionnante

  • Partnered Social Dancing

    Cours de Danse Swing & Blues

What We Are About

Meet Randy and Mimi

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, choreograph routines, and perform as much as they can. They are known for their high-energy and work-ethic and can usually be seen social dancing with giant goofy grins at various dance venues around the city.

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Myriam Baril: a commencé sa carrière de danse avec le hip-hop et le house, pour ensuite vivre le grand amour avec le Lindy Hop. Elle a été l’une des danseuses les plus en vue dans la scène montréalaise pendant de nombreuses années et elle s’est distinguée avec plusieurs prix gagnés dans des divisions de danse solo jazz.

Randy Panté:My 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. Even though I was dreading going and making a fool out of myself, bros must always have each other’s back. No exceptions. So I fumbled around for an hour and made sure to apologize to each partner during class rotations. Despite my total lack of coordination, I was finding that I was actually having a lot of fun. By the end of the beginner drop-in lesson, I knew I was hooked for life. Since then, my dance journey has taken me through the worlds of salsa/afro-cuban, hip-hop/funk, and finally finding my home in jazz and blues.


Swing Connexion

We dance and teach out of the famous Swing Connexion Dance School run by Zack Richard. As part of the Swing Connexion team, we were part of an awesome show called Swing Du Businessman! Check out the video to the left for a sneak peak!

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


Our Work

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.

As the immortal James Brown once said:

Get up offa dat thing. Dance an you’ll feel bettah.

Here are a few videos of our work:

Strictly Blues Finals
CSC 2014 – Canadian Showcase
SCX Cabaret. Original idea and choreography by Maryse Lebeau.
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Sweet Substitute. Part of the Swing Du Businessman Show by Zack Richard.
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Hobo Routine. Part of the Swing Du Businessman Show by Zack Richard.
Short Showcase – Lindy Bout 2013

Dance With Us

Dance Services

Lessons

Private lessons, weekly group classes, and special events (ie. weddings, corporate gigs, etc).

Troupes

We run a solo dance troupe and a partnered blues troupe specializing in performing and competing.

Workshops

We are available for out of town workshops in lindy hop, solo dancing, and partnered blues.

Hire Us as Dancers!

Professional vintage dancers for commercial gigs, television, and special events.

Training & Performances

Troupes

We love our troupes. We currently run two student dance troupes, a solo dance troupe and a partnered blues dance troupe, both started in 2013. Even though both are still fairly new in Montréal (the city of dance troupes!), we are getting a reputation for our dedication, team spirit, and commitment to making our students the best dancers they can be.

These dance troupes are for up and coming dancers who want to work in a collaborative environment. We have an open-door policy for our troupes and seek out dancers who want to challenge themselves through dance training and performances.

Our Troupe Goals:

  • To work hard and not be afraid to make mistakes.
  • To invest in the overall success of our students.
  • To create positive environment of sharing dance ideas and techniques.
  • To build a team spirit outside of the dance floor.


Requirements
For both troupes, we require our dancers to display great dance work ethic, the ability to take feedback, and ability to work in a team environment. We are not looking to have the very best solo dancers but those who are willing to work towards being the very best that they can be. Also, you must like other humans and for the most people would say that you are nice and pleasant to be around.

Commitment
Partnered Blues: Thursdays evenings 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Solo: Thursday evenings 8:00pm-9:30pm

Costs
$75/month due at the start of every month.

Hip Thrust to Victory – A Solo Dance Troupe

Founded in the summer of 2013, the affectionately named solo troupe “Hip Thrust to Victory”, is all about improving dancer’s quality of solo movements for partnered dancers. Throughout the group rehearsals, we work on solo dance techniques and versatility in movement which all accumulates into a choreography at end of every semester.

Partnered Blues

The Swing ConneXion Blues Troupe is an audition-based, partnered-blues dance group representing Montréal, Quebec. We aim to grow as blues dancers through dance performances, active training, and continual exploration of the beauty and humanity of this african-american vernacular dance.

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 by the instructors.
  • Fairly regular drinking outings (c’est blues!)…

Contact

Send a Direct Message or Visit us

7250 Clark, Third Floor, Montréal

Randy and Myriam dance and teach out of the Swing Connexion Dance School. If you have questions or enquiries about classes at Swing Connexion, private lessons with us, or want to join one of our troupes, send us a message using the handy form to the right. :-)