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.
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.
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.
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: