Fearless Leader aka. Blackman of "Blackman & Robin"
A founding member and co-owner of the SAF Entertainement Group, Studio 88 Swing (along with his partner Annie Trudeau) as well as co-organizer of The Canadian Swing Championships, Dee is one crazy workaholic! With a life-long love of Jazz and blues, a background in Hip Hop and a strong affection for partying, he took to swing like a trumpet player to Miles Davis. His stage presence and charisma earned him the nickname ''Charmin' Dee'' early on in his swing career.
Dee has been hired as a dance teacher, DJ, MC and judge for major swing events all over North America including The World Lindy-Hop Championships, Summer Hummer, Lindy Focus, Dance Renaissance, Balboa on the Promenade, Studio Hop Summer Camp, New Years Extravaganzza in Danvers MA, ALHC, Beantown, The Quebec Swing Rendez-Vous, New Year's Dancin' Eve, Toronto Open Swing Dance Championships, Canadian Balboa Championships, The Montreal Swing-Fest, Camp Hollywood and the infamous Austin , Toronto, C-Rex and C-Dex Exchanges. He has also become recognized on both sides of the border for his entertaining and effective teaching style. With his Notre-Dame MBA, and experience as a consultant with the firm McKinsey & Company, Dee is all business also outside of swing as Vice-President of Marketing & Business Development for the NEOMED Institute, a Biotech based in Montreal Canada.
Media savvy, Dee has been featured in The Gazette, Clin d'Oeil, La Presse, The McGill Reporter, La Nouvelle de Sherbrooke, Canoe.ca, Progres Watchman, Montreal Campus and the Taconic Press has been seen on Musique Plus, CTV, TVA, RDS, YTV, SRC, Mlle channel, ARTV, BESO TV, and Argenteuil TV. His voice has been heard in various movie/TV translations and on SRC radio1, CKUT, Argenteuil, JBCCS (Cree Nation) and CIBL radio stations.
Montreal native, Guillaume Bergeron Archambault started dancing at the Swing Connection dance school in September 2010. Since then, he has participated in every edition of the Canadian Swing Championships. Although he started with very little knowledge of rhythm and musicality, his hard work and dedication to this dance has helped him succeed.. Off the dance floor, Guillaume holds a Bachelor in Management and works in IT departement for an event compagnie.
Starting with solo dances during her childhood, she discovered the amazing dances of the 1950s as a teenager. It didn't take much time before she fell in love with Rockabilly Jive: She was part of the first group of students of our friends at JiveStudio and she also joined their first performance team. Then, over the years, Sandrine discovered many other Swing dances: The Balboa, Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie and West Coast Swing were part of the pleiad of dances that she was comfortable with, and so to further some of these passions she joined the Swinging Air Force teams SAF: Westie Unit and also SAF: Ballistics! However, her passion for Jive was still intact, and it is with great enthusiasm that during the summer of 2011, she was invited to give a Rockabilly Jive workshop in England. Since then, in only a few short years, Sandrine has accumulated more than twenty medals in all the dances described above, and decided to participate in the creation of an event that would allow all these dances to meet for a special evening: "Dig Tha 'Feet!" (2014 will be the 3rd edition). Her passion for swing dance event led her to be part of the Canadian Swing Championships (CSC) organization since 2012 while still managing Dig Tha 'Feet! Her experience cumulates to a record number of things for her young age... she has been instructor for JiveStudio, coach for Jive Tonic team, instructor for Swing Dance Montreal and co-organizer of the Rock N Swing dancing night, owner of Dig Tha' Feet, CSC comittee membre and it is with pleasure that we welcome her as a teacher at Studio 88-SWING and is part of it's advanced Balboa team 'SAF Shuffle Tactic
Maria started swing dancing in 2014 in order to meet new people and get some exercise. In the short span of 2 years, she’s jumped in feet first to the Montreal Swing Scene and all it has to offer in terms of community and events. You can find her dancing regularly at Cat’s Corner, sometimes working there as an evening manager, helping out at various events locally in Montreal and very often organizing the heck out of things. She’s the competition coordinator for CSC this year and will be the one wrangling competitors into line before they compete (remember that she yells because she cares). When not organizing or helping out at swing events, you’ll find her out in the West Island of Montreal doing her most favourite things besides lindy hop – taking selfies with barnyard animals and teaching physics at John Abbott College.
Myles & Tessa Cunningham Munroe
West Coast Swing Coordinators
Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham are Canada's West Coast Swing Champions, ranked in the top 5 in the world, but they are also known for being "multi-Swingers" (involved in the WCS, Lindy, and Blues scenes). Myles 19 years of diverse dance training includes 6 UCWDC World Championship titles. As a professional coach, Tessa brings academic expertise to the partnership, with university degrees in both Human Kinetics and Education. As performers, they are known for their cutting-edge artistic choreography, positive youthful energy, and enviable musical expression. Their extensive teacher training and experience and loveable delivery of correct foundational technique inspires and empowers students of all levels. They are ambassadors for modern, authentic West Coast Swing: teaching, judging, performing and competing all over the world.
A dancer for more than 10 years and DJ for more than 7, Olivier specializes in New Orleans music and charleston. He has been DJing for various events, including the Canadian Swing Championship as the head DJ since 2013. He has a knack for finding and spreading new bands and music — you can be sure that he will keep you on the dancefloor until complete exhaustion!.
Randy Panté is a dancer, photographer, and visual arts professional currently residing in the great metropolis city of Montréal. He is super excited to be joining the CSC planning team for the first time this year!
Randy currently teaches and coaches multiple dance troupes in Montréal and in Quebec with his super-duper partner Myriam Baril. 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. They are also totally engaged.
Obsessed with geek culture since his parents first bought him a Famicon, Randy loves RPG video games, steampunk, Firefly, Shadowrun, and spending far too much money on camera gear.
Danseuse de swing depuis 2002, Marie-Josée est professeur de blues et de swing à l’école de danse Port-O-Swing (Qc) depuis plus de 5 ans. Passionnée par la danse, Marie-Josée a d’abord goûté au Jive, en participant aux chorégraphies colorées du Jive team, première troupe de Jive au Québec. Elle a ensuite touché à tous les styles de swing avant de se spécialiser en blues. Elle travaille depuis quelques années au développement de la scène blues à Québec en y partageant sa passion pour la musique et la danse en tant que Dj, professeure et chorégraphe. Elle a également donné des ateliers de blues un peu partout à Québec, Saguenay et Sherbrooke. Travaillant dans le milieu du marketing depuis plus de 10 ans, Marie-Josée aime s’impliquer dans l’organisation d’activités et de projets en lien avec la danse et c’est avec plaisir qu’elle se joint cette année à l’équipe du CSC.
Andreane started swing dancing in 2008 at Port-o-Swing school in Quebec City. Coming from a musical background in piano and trombone, her interest in dance developed from discovering many dance styles while traveling across the world. From the Ivorian “Coupé-décalé” to the Haitian “Compas love”, as well as the traditional dances from Burkina Faso and the Dominican “Bachata”, she is always willing to learn a new dance. Her favorites include Salsa, Lindy Hop, Blues and recently, West Coast Swing. Off the dance floor, she is a Register Dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition. After spending more than 3 years in developing countries running malnutrition programs, she has now returned to Canada and work as a project manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Andréane Tardif, RD., M.Sc.,
Project Coordinator, Health Promotion, Quebec
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Art director & designer for CSC 2014– 2016, you may have spotted her at previous CSC events in the hookah lounge, on the dance floor, or screaming and cheering on the competitors! Currently living in Miami Beach, JulS designs by day, and teaches and performs with Yuval Hod by night. She also helps host DanceBnB MIAMI, where dancers come to enhance their dance while vacationing in Miami Beach.
Just in 2015, she has been in a swing-inspired short film comedy, a Johnnie Walker commercial, toured with and performed for UK's #1 Jive and Swing band The Jive Aces, and performs with local Miami-based bands, such as The French Horn Collective.
You'll catch her at CSC in the hookah lounge, teaching the aerials class with Yuval, and on the social dance floor! Don't forget to ask her to dance!
Dr. Jean-Nicolas Carrier
Dr. Jean-Nicolas Carrier, psychologist
Advocacy for safer and egalitarian spaces – Awareness raising in matters of sexual abuse and consent.
Jean-Nicolas Carrier has provided psychotherapy to diverse people ranging from pre-school children to adults since 2009. During these years, he has been assisting survivors and their relatives in overcoming the deleterious outcomes of sexual abuse. His clinical approach, pragmatic and focused on process of change, is based on the best clinical guidelines and scientific evidence. He has been swing-dancing and blues-dancing since 2012, making him knowledgeable in both the realms of social dancing and social and mental health issues. The
2016 edition of the CSC marks the second year of his commitment to the event.