• 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, 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.

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Myriam‘s dance roots are in house and hip hop dancing but she fell in love with Lindy hop after watching a performance during a dance festival. Since then she has dedicated most of her free time and travel points in learning as much as possible about partnered dancing. Her laugh and boundless energy has been a regular fixture in the Montreal dance scene for many years as part of the Swing ConneXion family – teaching, performing, and competing.

Randy is a full time dancer and coach now living in the great metropolis city of Montréal. He has an eclectic dance background, having spent many years dancing salsa and hip hop before coming home to the world of jazz and blues. Randy feels most at home when he is in the studio – sweating, working and creating. Fairly quiet and discrete in day to day life, his passion for dance really comes alive when he is out social dancing or performing on stage.

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.

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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.

Live Performance with the Downtown Shimmies
Swing Riot 2015
Team Performance at CSC 2015
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Hobo Routine. Part of the Swing Du Businessman Show by Zack Richard.
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Sweet Substitute. Part of the Swing Du Businessman Show by Zack Richard.

Dance With Us

Dance Services

Lessons

Private lessons, weekly group classes, weddings and special events.

Troupes

We run various lindy hop and blues dance troupes in Montréal and Quebec City.

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.

Learn, Improve, and Meet Fun People

Classes & Troupes

Partnered Blues

We run numerous partnered blues troupes! 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!)…

We are now taking applications for the SUMMER SEMESTER starting in the end of May 2016.


Solo Dancing

We also now run various solo dance troupes!

Our program includes:

  • Weekly rehearsals at the Swing ConneXion studios.
  • Continual feedback sessions on individual movement and expression
  • Performance opportunities at the end of each project/choreography.
  • Fairly regular drinking outings (c’est blues!)…

We are now taking applications for the SUMMER SEMESTER starting in the end of May 2016.


Blues Process (Remote Learning)

Most blues dance classes, including the ones that we teach, are taught with the group in mind. They don’t take into account that a vast majority of dancers learning blues are coming from different dance backgrounds and social dance experience.

This upcoming year, we are excited to put together an experimental remote learning method called The Blues Process, a unique way of learning because it focuses specifically on functional exercises with the goal of being a kick-ass social blues dancer.

It’s not about just going through course materials. It’s about critically analyzing the way you dance, so you can work on what YOU need to make you a more confident dancer.


Contact Us

Have a question, comment, or concern? Give us a shout over this handy form. If you don’t like handy forms, you can also email us directly: randypante@gmail.com .