Blues Bump June 8-10

Workshops. Dance. Competitions. Blues Theatre Show.

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Schedules

Schedules

SCHEDULE – OVERVIEW

Day TimeActivityAddress
Thursday20h30-23h55* Cozy Tango2164, Boul Maisonneuve E
Friday20h15-21h45* Cabaret / Show6505 St Hubert St
22h00-3hDanse au / Dance at Theatre Plaza6505 St Hubert St
Saturday11h-12hInscriptions et auditions pour le niveau Or / Registrations and Gold Track Auditions9 St Catherine St E
12h-17hWorkshops9 St Catherine St E
22h-3hDance at Theatre Plaza6505 St Hubert St
Sunday12h-17hWorkshops9 St Catherine St E
21h-1h Pub L'ile Noire1649 St Denis St
Monday20h30-1h* Pub L'ile Noire1649 St Denis St

SCHEDULE – WORKSHOPS

Workshops will be held at Espace Des Arts – 9 St Catherine St E.

We are updating our schedule table. Come back soon for new info. 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS – DAMON / JULIE

TRIPLE STEP IDIOMS //
Get a fast-paced introduction to two blues-idiom dances: Piedmont Triple & Chicago Triple. These triple-step dances share a common rhythm, but have several stylistic differences.

DEEP DIVE INTO STRUTTIN’ //
Avanced embellishments and rhythmsThis class will briefly cover the basics of Struttin’–a close embrace partner dance from Memphis, TN–then quickly move on to more advanced connections and footwork variations for followers and leaders. A comfortable close embrace connection is a pre-requisite for this class.

GOIN’ TO CHICAGO //
This class will cover several jukin’-style movements and dances, great for dancing to Chicago blues, as well as some other guitar-based blues styles. Come get down with some Shake’n’Bake, Slow Drag, and more!

FINDING YOUR VOICE //
In blues and other African-American dance styles, partnership does not rely on strict unison the way other dance styles might. Come explore the concept of “dancing apart,” where partners make different or contrasting choices from one another while leading and following. Dive into how we can feel connected while dancing different movements from our partner, and where and how this breaks or doesn’t break your partnered connection. Challenge your assumptions about what it means to lead or follow.

TEXAS SHUFFLE //
Despite the name, the blues-idiom dance “Texas Shuffle” hails from California. Come learn the stretchy connection and fancy footwork that characterize this dance.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS – LAURA/ CLYDE

SAVOY WALKS //
Savoy walk is a ballroomin’ blues idiom dance originating from the Harlem Savoy Ballroom in the 1930s and 40s. Danced to mid-tempo jazz blues music, it travels across the floor using close embrace and features some fun momentum-based turn patterns.

DREAMIN’ ABOUT STRUT //
Originally from New Orleans, the strut is a dreamy ballroomin’ blues idiom dance that spread up the Mississippi river to cities such as Chicago by the 1940s. Glide across the floor in style with this elegant dance!

SWEET HOME CHICAGO //
Chicago blues music has always been incredibly popular on the social dance floor.  This class digs into soloed and partner movement appropriate to this energetic style of music, making you want to go back to sweet home Chicago as soon as possible.

PUT A LITTLE GLIDE IN YOUR STRIDE //
Stride, a ballroomin’ dance from Mississippi, has a big, yearning, energetic feel, both in the movement and in the partner connection.  Danced to mid- to upper-tempo jazzy blues music, this idiom is an excellent choice if you want to reflect the drama of the music.

TEXAS SHUFFLE FUNDAMENTALS //
Texas Shuffle is a fun blues idiom dance, developed to West Coast Blues (a descendant of Texas Blues) in California around the 1940s, that incorporates individual styling and footwork with a lot of interesting partnered shapes.  Come learn the basics to add this to your dance repertoire!

SAVOY WALKS (MOMENTUM TURNS) //
Savoy walk is a ballroomin’ blues idiom dance originating from the Harlem Savoy Ballroom in the 1930s and 40s. Danced to mid-tempo jazz blues music, it travels across the floor using close embrace. Students should already be familiar with basic close embrace for this class and feel comfortable leading and following momentum-based turn patterns.  The class will dig into leading momentum-based turns safely, comfortably, and with a whole lot of style and cool.

DANCING IN HARMONY //
Finding your voice together (be true to your own dancing without forsaking the partnership) How do you still dance like you, while still dancing true to your partner?  Asking that question is only the start down the rabbit hole of dance geekery.  Come spend an hour with Laura and Clyde exploring dance philosophies, techniques, and exercises.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS – MARIE (SOLO)

SPIRIT MOVES INSPIRATION //

STEPS FROM CLASSIC HARLEM //

RHYTHM AND MUSICALITY //

TAP AND RHYTHM IN YOUR SOLO //


TEACHERS – BIOS

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.

Check out his website at http://damonstone.dance/

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 https://dancewithjulie.wordpress.com

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 laurachieko.com!

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

Dance

Dance

Blues dance at the amazing and beautiful Theatre Plaza

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 – SATURDAY NIGHT

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.


VENUE – SUNDAY NIGHT


DJs

Dan Legenthal (Boston) lives in Boston, MA. He teaches, dances, and competes all over the world at events like BluesSHOUT!, eSpanish Blues Festival, and Korea Blues Camp. In between gigs he collects vintage and contemporary blues, jazz, and swing music. Dan still occasionally finds rare gems, tracks by talented artists that haven’t been rediscovered by the community at large, and he enjoys the opportunity to bring them back onto the dance floor.

Ross Blythe (Chicago) thinks music is great, and that you should dance to it. Often, he’ll be dancing in his seat while selecting the next song. Slide some bourbon over and chat with him about what’s playing! Sure to bring the party, Ross has DJ’ed for Sweet Molasses Blues, Steel City Blues, Toronto Blues Battle, Southbound Blues Exchange, and other regional and national events. He’s a staple at Chicago’s monthly event Bluetopia, as well as weekly and monthly swing and balboa dances in the city.

Gabrielle Kern (Montreal) loves playing music that gets dancers out on the floor and keeps them there! Her passion is music that moves you, be it blues, classic swing, vintage-style jazz, or more soulful funky tunes. Be careful, her music will often inspire you to dance long after your feet would have called it a night.

Vartan (Colorado) started dancing just 3 years ago and instantly became obsessed with all things blues, training constantly and traveling to any and all events. As a DJ he puts incredible care and work all into every set, making it standard to gather 8-12 hours of new music every time he’s hired. His skills were forged at the world famous Mercury Cafe were sets run four and a half hours long!

Comps!

Contests

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

SOCIAL MIX AND MATCH

SOCIAL MIX & MATCH

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

Prizes:

* 1st place: THE BUMP TROPHY! + pass choice!
* 2nd place: pass choice + shiny medals
* 3rd place: pass choice + shiny medals

The following are confirmed so far for pass choices for placing: Blues Muse, Snowbound Blues, Blues Bump 2019, Montreal Blues Exchange, Blues Geek, Canadian Swing Dance Championships +more to come

PRELIMS: Friday Night

FINALS: Friday Late Night

ENTRANCE COSTS: $20
SOLO BLUES CHALLENGE!

SOLO BLUES

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.

Prizes:

* 1st place: SOLO CHALLENGE TROPHY  + pass choice
* 2nd place: 2nd place shiny medals  
* 3rd place: 3rd place shiny medals

PRELIMS: Saturday Afternoon

FINALS: Saturday Night start of last band set.

ENTRANCE COSTS: $20
Strictly NEWCOMER!

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 night dance!

Prizes:

* 1st place couple – Strictly Newcomer trophy + 1 hour private dance classes at Barrelhouse Club/Cats Corner/Swing Connexion/Studio 88 + Pass Choice
* 2nd place couple – Strictly Newcomer shiny medals 
* 3rd place couple – Strictly Newcomer shiny medals

PRELIMS: Saturday afternoon

FINALS: Saturday night 2nd band break

ENTRANCE COSTS: $20
Strictly OPEN!

STRICTLY OPEN

Open level strictly partnered blues competition. Competitors must register with a partner. Prelims will be an all-skate format and the music will be chosen by the event.

Prizes:

* 1st place: pass choice + shiny strictly TROPHY!
* 2nd place: pass choice + shiny strictly open medals
* 3rd place: pass choice + shiny strictly open medals

The following are confirmed so far for pass choices for placing: Blues Muse, Snowbound Blues, Blues Bump 2019, Montreal Blues Exchange, Blues Geek, Canadian Swing Dance Championships +more to come

PRELIMS: Friday Night

FINALS: Friday Late Night

ENTRANCE COSTS: $20
Show

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.

Program

SHOW PROGRAM

 

======= Friday 20h15 Start of the Show =======

 

1. WEEPING WOMEN’S BLUES
2. DOWN HEARTED BLUES
3. BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME
4. GOT THE BLUES SO BAD
5. AIN’T THE GRAVY GOOD
6. JAM – KEEP ON CHURNIN’
7. THE CAT WALK

— small intermission —

8. ST.LOUIS BLUES
9
. TAKE THE A-TRAIN
10. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
11. YES INDEED
12. DIPPERMOUTH BLUES
13. TROMBONE CHOLLY
14. TROUBLE IN MIND
15. ON REVIVAL DAY

 

======= 21h30 Show Ends =======

Cast and Crew

DANCERS

 

Principal Choreographers:

 

Randy Panté
Maryse Lebeau

 

Dancers:

 

Alyssa Trevelyan
Ani-Claude Demers
Ariane Proteau
Cassandra Hargrave
Dominick Basque-Morin
Élyse De La Croizetière
Erica Harris
Gabrielle Couture LeCavalier
Gabrielle Kern
Guillaume Guida
Julie Phoeung
Justin Chan
Karine St-Germain Blais
Megan Sydiaha
Mélisande Leduc
Sarah-Maude Dumont
*Joy Arico