Blues Bump June 8-10

Workshops. Dance. Competitions. Blues Theatre Show.

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Schedule (Tentative and Subject to Change)
Vendredi20h30-22h15Cabaret Spectacle
22h30-3hDance at Theatre Plaza
Samedi12h-13hRegistrations and Gold Track Placements
21h-3hDance at Theatre Plaza
21h-1hBlues Dance


Learn blues dancing from DAMON STONE, JULIE BROWN, LAURA CHIEKO, CLYDE WRIGHT, and MARIE N’DIAYE from Sweden! Stay tuned really soon for more information such as class descriptions, themes, and of workshop levels!

12h-13hLaura/Clyde - Savoy WalksDamon/Julie - Triple Step Blues Idioms
13h15-14h15Laura/Clyde - Ballroomin’ IdiomsMarie - Solo Blues (All Levels)Damon/Julie - Struttin’ “deep dive”, more advanced shines and rhythms
15h15-16h15Damon/Julie - Chicago Blues vocab with Shake & Bake.Laura/Clyde - Chicago Blues vocabMarie - Advanced Solo
16h30-17h30Damon/Julie - Techniques of Struttin’Laura/Clyde - Stride
12h-13hLaura/Clyde - Texas ShuffleDamon/Julie - Finding Your Voice
13h15-14h15Marie - Solo Jazz (all levels)Laura/Clyde - Savoy Walks Advanced
15h15-16h15Laura/Clyde - Partnership and CommunicationMarie - Solo Blues (all levels)Damon/Julie - Texas Shuffle
16h30-17h30Damon - " “Damon tells us what he thinks we should know."
Featured Teachers

Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him at the tender age of six by his grandmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, he went on and eventually studied a score of different dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the history and styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them with a special focus on the Southern styles from the Mississippi Delta region. He has studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance across the United States learning from a number of the original dancers.

He is largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues idiom dance, a long time board member of the Northern California Lindy Society, former member of the California Historical Jazz Dance Foundation, and has been interviewed as a dance historian in documentary and for radio. Damon has been a featured instructor at camps, festivals, and workshops across five continents.

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Julie‘s expressive dancing and joyful, playful connection are known throughout the blues dancing world. With a background in theatre, improv comedy, and solo dance, she is best known for her solo movement, artistic choreography, and killer follower expression.

A hard-working competitor, Julie has won many national competitions, including bluesSHOUT! 2017 All Star Jack & Jill, Mo’ Better Blues 2017 All Star Jack & Jill, Snowbound Blues 2016 Solo, Nocturne Blues 2015 Challenge Strictly and Open Jack & Jill, and more.

As a teacher, Julie is clear, thoughtful, and varying degrees of goofy. From in-depth analyses of arm movement, to beginner-friendly intros to lead-follow conversation, Julie carefully crafts her classes and continuously tailors her material to fit the crowd at hand. Julie has taught blues in San Francisco, Seoul, Austin, Boston, London, Chicago, Zurich, and many places in between. She also teaches regularly in her home-base of Boston. For dance videos, pictures, and more info, check out

Laura Chieko loves to dance, even more than she loves shoes. Since 2006, Laura has trained in Lindy hop, balboa, and blues, and dabbled in a myriad of other dance styles. She is known for her grace, enchanting performance, and effortless following. Her musical training informs her intricate musicality and opinions on how clarinets should sound. Laura loves blues for its emphasis on connection and the rich diversity in its music which she seeks to celebrate on and off the dance floor. On that dance floor, she is best known for her poise, ability to rock the color orange, and occasionally winning things.

An educator in dance halls and traditional classrooms, Laurais known for her sunny disposition, student engagement, and captivating exploration of tiny details. She pulls from her wide cross training to create classes accessible to a broad range of students.  Learn more at!

Clyde Wright is a social dancer, teacher, DJ, competitor and performer from Washington DC with over fifteen years of partner dance and stage (dramas, musicals, operetta) experience and a lifetime of musical experience in a variety of forms.  His intense study of partner dances began over a decade ago with West Coast Swing and he quickly discovered Blues, Tango, Lindy, Salsa and Fusion dancing from there.  His natural curiosity and love for learning has driven him to study all of these forms in private lessons with nationally-recognized instructors, allowing him to quickly accelerate his learning.  Clyde is most interested in being the best partner he can, and is passionate about both leading and following in all of the dance forms he has studied.  He has placed and won in many Blues and West Coast Swing competitions over the years, in addition to performing various choreographed pieces, of which he has created with his partners.

As an instructor, he loves breaking down all of the subtle interactions that can happen between partners in a variety of ways to help students with the learning process, and is interested in bringing new methods of teaching to groups that aren’t commonly seen in social dance instruction. His instructional style is breezy, entertaining, and self-aware, knowing that a relaxed, fun learning environment is the ideal incubation for creativity and exploration. Clyde teaches and DJs regularly in Washington, DC and is hired to teach and DJ regionally up and down the East Coast.

Recent projects of Clyde’s include co-hosting and creating the Blues Dance World and Fuse Muse podcasts and his current area of dance study is Balboa.

Marie N’diaye is a Lindy Hop and vernacular jazz choreographer, performer and instructor.

Marie has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, training mostly in modern Jazz. She fell in love with Swing, Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz in 2007

The Lindy Hop is an African-American social dance that was developed in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy Hop grew from the Charleston and Breakaway and incorporate jazz and tap rhythms. It is a street dance and is a member of the swing dance family.

Jazz dance in Harlem from before 1950s is referred to as African American vernacular jazz dance (nowadays also called Authentic Jazz or Jazz Roots). Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz and swing until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s it is later replaced by modern jazz dance.

A true scientist, Marie loves history and facts. She has been not only studying the roots of the dances through old clips and collaborations with other dancers. But also has conducted research on the different dancers of the swing era. Her main focus being the jazz women and chorines of the time.

Marie worked and danced with the fantastic teachers of the Cat’s Corner Studio in Montreal before moving to Stockholm where she teaches at the Chicago Swing Dance Studio. She also teaches internationally, in France, Spain, England, Australia, Russia, Sweden… as well as at the world famous Herräng Dance Camp



Blues dance at the amazing and beautiful Theatre Plaza

We are still finalizing our venue and band line-up for Blues Bump 2018 but here is what we have in lined-up for you so far!


Le Théâtre Plaza est une salle de spectacle apparue à Montréal en 2003. Ancien cinéma construit en 1922, il a conservé une superbe décoration d’origine qui donne aux événements qui s’y tiennent une ambiance unique. Sa salle de spectacle polyvalente et dynamique a fait du Théâtre Plaza un lieu de diffusion privilégié pour la communauté artistique québécoise.

The Théâtre Plaza is a theater that appeared in Montréal in 2003. Formerly a cinema built in 1922, it has preserved a superb original decoration which gives the events held there a unique atmosphere. Its characteristics as a versatile and dynamic theater has made the Théâtre Plaza an ideal venue for the Québec artistic community.

Live Music

Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer and composer has played some of the biggest venues across Canada and the USA. Angelique first took to the stage at age 7 and made her American national television debut at age 13 on the Oprah Network, for writing and composing an original theme song for the Gayle King show. She has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and has wowed audiences across the globe with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, folk, Jazz and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.

Over the past few years Angelique has risen through the ranks of the Blues/ Soul and roots music scene at warp speed. After a cross Canada search she was selected top 6 emerging Blues artist for the Toronto Blues Society showcase, and was later chosen to represent the blues society at the International Blues Challenge In Memphis Tennessee. Angelique was also nominated for a Stingray Rising Star Award by Ottawa CityFolk Music Festival (Marvest) and was one of the winners of the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Artist initiative. This led to performances at the Canada’s walk of Fame events and performances with many of Canada’s iconic musicians. This highly sought after musician was a feature act at the Massey Hall (women’s Blues Revue), Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz festival, Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Mont-Tremblant Blues Festival, Trios-Rivieres Blues festival, Ottawa Folkfest, Val-d’Or Blues Fest, Calabogie Blues festival, Unity Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival and the list goes on.



Social Mix & Match. Solo Blues Challenge. Strictly Newcomer.

For the second edition of Blues Bump, we will be bringing back our Social Mix & Match dance competition closer to its intended roots – fun, creativity, musicality, and general great dancing.

What is it? It is a format of competition in partner dancing, where the competing couples are the result of random matching of leaders and followers. Social Dance Competition competitions are intended to test social dance skills, whereas fixed partner competitions test performance dance skills.

* As a competitor, you’ll be dancing with everyone at the dance, and you won’t *know necessarily* who will be the judges.
* Judges will be a mixture of dance instructors, non-competitor dancers, and your peers.
* You’ll be judged on your ability to social dance with dancers of varying skill levels.|
* Finals will be done in classic spotlight format!

PRELIMS: Friday night

FINALS: Friday late night

Solo Blues Challenge

Do you like solo dancing and solo blues dancing? Well we have a fun competition for you.

We are still preparing all our material but here is a quick over-view of the competition:

* Prelims will be danced in an all-skate format.
* Finalists will get to choreograph a solo short show-case with LIVE music!!!

We are looking for the best solo dancers who can hear a piece of blues music and show us something unique and memorable… while still being relevant to the era, feeling and content of the music being used.

PRELIMS: Saturday Afternoon

FINALS: Saturday Night

Strictly Newcomer

Completely STRESS-FREE just for fun dance competition for those of you who have just been dipping your toes into the world of dance competitions. Find a dance partner and give’r a whirl, we want to see you shake your tail feathers.

In order to qualify for the strictly newcomer, you and your partner must have never placed finals before in any blues competition.

Finals will be done in a jam format at the Saturday late night!

PRELIMS: Saturday afternoon

FINALS: Saturday late night

ENTRANCE COSTS: $20 per couple

The Blues of Bessie Smith

Inspired by the music of the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, we present you a blues cabaret show inspired by the beauty, history, and humanities of blues dance culture and music.

“The Blues of Bessie Smith” is a full cabaret blues dance show showcasing the music, the history, and the culture around the time of Bessie Smith.

While the Blues started as a product of toil and strife, it’s also about the beauty of a community coming together and overcoming whatever hardship or trouble life has thrown at them.

“The Blues of Bessie Smith”, through a singular narrative, pays homage to the idea that the Blues, no matter how hard and personal, was meant to be shared and told to an audience. Within the intersection of despair and hope, love gained and love lost, fortuitous times and bad luck, join us in our journey through the story of the Blues.

Created in partnership with choreographer Randy Panté and Maryse Lebeau, performers from the “Hip Thrust to Victory” dance company, and costume designer Ariane Proteau.




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Cast and Crew



Principal Choreographers:


Randy Panté
Maryse Lebeau




Alyssa T
Ani-Claude Demers
Ariane Proteau
Cassandra H
Dominick Morin
Élyse De La Croizetière
Erica Harris
Gabrielle Couture LeCavalier
Gabrielle Kern
Guillaume Guida
Julie P
Justin Chan
Karine St-Germain Blais
Mélisande Leduc
Sarah-Maude Dumont