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Welcome all fusion lovers, explorers, part & first timers!
This year, Montreal Blue Infusion proudly brings you
EL Heriberto & THE Tybaldt!
We’re excited as ever to gather social dancers from all horizons in a swirl of happy feet, open arms & dancing hearts.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
You can still by a pass or a dance at the door.

~ 4 Dances ~ 14 Workshops Prizes & SURprises ~

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Registration

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
You can still by a pass or a dance at the door.

Note that the only form of payment accepted at the door is cash.
USD accepted (but if you don’t have exact change, you’ll get the difference in CAD)

FULL PASS
All dances, 9 workshops
Earliest birds – SOLD OUT 95$ 
Snooze button birds – SOLD OUT  125$ 
Sunday morning birds CLOSED 145$ 
Door knocking birds 155$ (120 USD)
DANCE ONLY PASS
All main dances & their drop-ins
& late nights & their yummy buffets
Online birds 75$ 
Door knocking birds 85$ (65 USD)
WORKSHOPS “À LA CARTE” (space permitting)
Saturday workshops 15$ each (12 USD)
DANCES “À LA CARTE”
Friday main dance (with drop-in) 25$ (20 USD)
Friday late night (with buffet) 15$ (12 USD)
Friday all night (both dances) 35$ (26 USD)
Saturday main dance (with drop-in) 25$ (20 USD)
Saturday late night (with buffet) 15$ (12 USD)
Saturday all night (both dances) 35$ (26 USD)
Sunday afternoon dance (with drop-in) Free
Sunday evening dance (with drop-in) 10$ (8 USD)

Teachers

Heriberto Perez


Heriberto Perez (Eddie for short) is one of the main instructors and co-owner of Viva Dance Studio. He specializes in competitive and social dancing with a focus on lead, follow & technique teaching dances like Argentine Tango, Salsa, Mambo On2, Cha-Cha Boogaloo, Latin Body Movement, Blues & more. Heriberto was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico before moving to Philadelphia. In 2004, Heriberto began working at Viva! Dance Studio. In 2011, he decided to open a studio of his own and became owner of Latin Soul Ballroom. Three years later he again joined forces with Rebecca Sweet and Parker Amsel to create the new Viva Dance Studio in 2014. Heriberto loves to travel. His unique style makes him a favorite lead and guest instructor wherever he goes. Since taking up dance as his full time career in 2001, he has performed and taught with different professionals in the United States, Canada and Europe. Eager to be a part of the growing dance community, he strives to share his love for many different styles of dance with his students and peers. Heriberto believes it is important as an instructor to continue his dance education as well. He is constantly fine-tuning his technique and discovering new ways to help his students learn.

For private lesson during the weekend: designperez@gmail.com


Tybaldt Ulrich

Tybaldt Ulrich, a Champion competitor in West Coast Swing and Hustle, has been teaching since the mid 90’s. He competed, taught, and performed WCS, Hustle, Carolina Shag, Argentine Tango, Lindy, Salsa, Zouk, 2Step, Ballroom, and Balboa, traveling across the country with then wife and partner Hazel Mede-Ulrich. They directed teams and studied with many traditional masters in these styles. Known for his musicality, Tybaldt has an Ethnomusicology degree from the University of North Texas, focussed primarily on Ghanaian and Afro Caribbean percussion music. His teaching tends to focus on partnership, helping people become safe, creative, conversational dancers.

For private lesson during the weekend: tybaldt@gmail.com


Dance Drop-in Teachers

Scott Chilstedt | WCS on Friday night

Scott Chilstedt founded the Burlington Westie community in 2011 and served as its head instructor for 6 years. In those years he taught over 1,300 unique students how to dance West Coast Swing. Since then, he has been traveling the world practicing mindfulness meditation, thru hiking, and cultivating a diverse portfolio of dance knowledge. As a student and social dancer Scott has attended over 100 dance event weekends and intensives. As a teacher he has taught at WCS events like New Year’s Dance Extravaganza and Upstate Dance Challenge. He enjoys dozens of forms of partner dance, and is especially fond of West Coast Swing, Fusion, Zouk, Country Western, Modern Jive, and Blues..


Charles Ogar | Kizomba on Saturday night

I am Charles Ogar and I’m fully addicted and in love with dance!! I am a full-time, professional Kizomba instructor, choreographer, and dancepreneur (an entrepreneur in the dance world). I travel all over the world spreading Neo Kizomba. I always strive to teach and dance with my heart and let my light shine through my dance to inspire others to do the same. My specialty is kizomba, though I have been dancing salsa and bachata for about 14 years. I first learned the basic steps for salsa in my first of year of college. I quickly gained a strong foot in the basics and began adding my own energetic, style and flavor. From here, I expanded my dancing to bachata, punta, samba, cha cha, salsa on2, a bit of cuban salsa, and now Kizomba. I truly love how Kizomba uniquely embodies connection between the ground, your partner, and the music.


Florence Leclerc | Baladi on Sunday afternoon

After college studies in theatre and then in dance, Florence began working full time as a teacher, performer and choreographer in oriental dance. Her experience in ballet, contemporary dance, social and Latin dance and flamenco, as well as her awards in various international competitions, have enabled her to quickly establish herself in the world of oriental dance. She is frequently sought as a choreographer and/or teacher to perfect the training of dancers and troupes from here and abroad. Florence is also the founder and main choreographer of the Ensemble Grace et Beauté, a creative exploration ensemble that complements her solo artistic work. www.florencedanse.com


Daniel Repsch | Micro on Sunday night

Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels internationally teaching and learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across 4 continents and DJing everything from international events to local dances on a weekly basis. He’s also organized both locally and for international events as their Head DJ, including BluesSHOUT! and The Blues Experiment. In the end, Dan is most excited to work hard at improving the dance and to see his students break through their boundaries.

Workshops

Saturday afternoon Workshops

Class I with Eddie [Adv] ~ 11:30 – 12:30
Sensing, feeling and reacting
This class is a must for all dancers. We’ll explore different styles of connection and original exercises to give them a try. Rubber bands (tension), Hula hoops (frame), Balloons (compression). 

Class I with Tybaldt [Int] ~ 11:30 – 12:30
Rotational partnering
Not without my partner – turning as a partnership. Finding a common center of rotation for smoother, less static stationary dancing.

Class II with Eddie [Int] ~ 12:35 – 13:35
Grapevines and how to use them
In this class, we will be playing around with different types of steps to expand possibilities of moves. Warning: changes of direction positions and alternative paths might happen.

Class II with Tybaldt [Adv] ~ 12:35 – 13:35
Hustle / changing direction quickly
Many dances wait to fully finish a turn, Hustle quickly looks for a new direction.

13:35 – 14:50 : LUNCH 

Class III with Eddie [all level]  ~ 14:50 – 15:50
Following blind connecting class (special surprise elements)
This class will consist of everyone being lead and follow. No need to know both roles, but if you do, it will be more fun. We will be touching on connection, listening, and interpretation. We will be using props.

Class III with Tybaldt [all level]  ~ 14:50 – 15:50
Cartoon Slow Motion
Direct but slow sustained movements. Let us dance with large, slow movements, relying on the completion of an action, rather than a rhythm to determine the pace of a dance.

Class IV with Eddie [Adv] ~ 15:55 – 16:55
Arg Tango meets blues & kizomba
We will explore tango moves that can be implemented in both blues and kizomba. This class will use what students know, and take it to next level. Solving problem areas and adding flare to the boring.

Class IV with Tybaldt [Int] ~ 15:55 – 16:55
WCS Anchors away
Exciting patterns with playful anchor endings.

Class V with Eddie [Int] ~ 17:00 – 18:00
Leggatto or staccato musicality, interpretation and frame (using Tango, blues and kizomba music)
In this class we will cover elasticity of frame VS a rigid frame. We will be using props.

Class V with Tybaldt [Adv] ~ 17:00 – 18:00
Connection for smarter hands
3D contact. Feeling more than just push pull by focusing on the surface of our hands touching our partners.

Drop-in workshops

Friday night 8:30 | WCS | with Scott Chilstedt

Infusing WCS Technique with Mindfulness – West Coast Swing is FULL of technique that can empower Fusion dancers. By focusing on certain postures, movements, and connections, we can improve our balance, control, and efficiency on the dance floor. But this technique comes at a cost. When we focus on “What to do”, the “How to do it” is often lost. The conceptual can become stressful. The enjoyment can become work. The dance gains judgment and loses its soul. In this workshop we are changing the script by infusing dance training with mindfulness. We will give you conceptual West Coast Swing techniques, and show you how to apply them through the attentional skills of concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity. With this approach we aim to improve our dance while preserving its spirit. To work on ourselves and love ourselves simultaneously.

Saturday night 8:30 | Kizomba | with Charles Ogar

We will be covering some basic and intermediate urban kiz steps that can be applied to different types of music.

Sunday afternoon 1:00 | Belly dancing | with Florence Leclerc

Work on developing coordination and musical comprehension, to discover this very rich Middle East dance.

Sunday night 8:30 | Micro | with Dan Repsch

The Smallest Dancing
Let’s refine the art of using very small movements! We’ll start with concrete ideas to build a dance from, such as shapes, rhythms, and isolations. From there, we’ll explore textures of movement to layer complexity into the dance. Come dancing, and leave with the tools to have a connected, rich, highly space-efficient dance!


~ RAFFLE FOR PRIVATE LESSONS ~
1 TICKET 3$ | 2 FOR 5$

The chance to win a private lesson with the teacher of your choice:
Eddie or Tybaldt
Tickets on sale Friday & Saturday during the dances and workshops.
Winners picked at the end of the Saturday main dance.
Privates happening on Sunday.


Schedule

WHEN WHAT WHERE HOW MUCH

FRIDAY EVENING
8:30 – 9:30 WCS Drop-in Tango Social Club
7755 St-Laurent
Main: 25$
Late: 15$
Both: 35$
9:30 – 12:30 Main Social
12:30 – 3:00 Late Night

SATURDAY AFTERNOON
11:30 – 6:00 Workshops with
Eddie & Tybladt
Caravane
6262 St-Hubert
15$ each

SATURDAY EVENING
8:30 – 9:30 Kizomba Drop-in Salsabor
4445 St-Laurent
Main: 25$
Late: 15$
Both: 35$
9:30 – 12:30 Main Social
12:30 – 4:00 Late Night
(Spring theme)
Jive Studio
4475 St-Laurent

SUNDAY AFTERNOON
1:00 – 2:00 Belly dance Drop-in Jarry Park or
La Marche à Côté
5043 St-Denis
free
2:00 – 5:00 Social

SUNDAY EVENING
7:00 – 8:30 pre-dance
hang out
Yïsst bar
902 St-Zotique E.
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8:30 – 9:30 Micro Drop-in Caravane
6262 St-Hubert
10$
9:30 – 2:00 Social

Venues

Tango Social Club

Friday dance – 8:30 to 3:00
7755 St-Laurent #300   |   tangosocialclub.ca

Access: parking on the street | De Castelneau metro
Alcohol: no alcohol permitted


Studio Caravane

Saturday workshops – 11:30 to 6:00
6262 St-Hubert Street  |  studiocaravane.com

Access: parking on the street | Beaubien metro
Alcohol: no alcohol permitted


 Salsabor

Saturday main dance – 8:30 to 12:30
4445 St Laurent Blvd   |   titosalsabor.com

Access: parking on the street | Mont-Royal metro or 55 bus
Alcohol: Bar on site (no outside alcohol permitted)


Jive Studio

Saturday late night dance 12:30 to 4:00
4475 St Laurent Blvd   |   jivestudio.com

Access: parking on the street | Mont-Royal metro or 55 bus
Alcohol: no alcohol permitted


La Marche à côté

Easy-breezy Sunday afternoon dance – 1:00 to 5:00
5043 St-Denis

Access: parking on the street | Laurier metro
Alcohol: Bar on site (no outside alcohol permitted)


Yïsst Bar


Sunday night hang out before the dance – 7:00 to 8:30
Walking distance from Studio Caravane!

901 St-Zotique  |  yisst.com

Access: parking on the street  |  Beaubien metro
Alcohol: rrrrreally good local beers!


Studio Caravane

Sunday night dance – 8:30 to 2:00
6262
 St-Hubert Street  | studiocaravane.com

Access: parking on the street  |  Beaubien metro
Alcohol: no alcohol permitted

Djs

Kathleen Evans (New York)

Kathleen discovered fusion dancing in 2012, coming into the dance with a background in blues, salsa, contra, and bhangra. Her first foundational fusion experience was at the Las Vegas Fusion Exchange, and she vowed to become a dj in part to recreate the excitement of that incredible weekend. For the past few years she’s honed her craft spinning at blues and fusion events in New York City, and has spun Internationally at DJX Fusion Weekend and DJX Summertime in Philadelphia, Motley Hue in NYC, and Montreal Blue Infusion. As a dj, Kathleen likes to create a mood that dancers can play with – whether playful or intense, sexy or soulful. She loves discovering new artists, and she can never resist a good cover.
 

Sapo (Montreal)

dj sapo

Sapo is mostly appreciated for the eclectic side of her sets, likes to travel back and forth between rootsy organic sounds and electronic ones, minimalist and busy stuff, World-ish songs and North American ones. Head organizer of Montreal Infused, she started the fusion scene there in 2015. She was the music coordinator for Montreal Bagel N Blues from 2009 to 2017 and has Djed at Seattle Fusion Fest, DJX in Philly, Blues Muse, CTLX, Mystic Blues, Frankie’s 95th (blues late night), Melting Pot,Toronto Alchemy/DJX fusion weekend, Vancouver & Montreal blues & fusion dances.


Charlotte Durand (Montreal)

charlotte

Charlotte – aka DJ ChaCha – was introduced to West Coast Swing in January 2014 in Montreal. For three years now, she has been involved in this great community as a volunteer organiser and for two years, as a WCS DJ. She has also started djing for Swouk and Fusion dance evenings in the past year. She particularly likes to search for covered or remixed hits and loves to surprise dancers with modern music that have a hint of electro swing or even dubstep.


Bo Marchan (Philadelphia)

Raised in the Durham blues and fusion scene, Bo has spent the last several years traveling, dancing and collecting music around the world. Drawn to organic rhythms, percussive beats and candlelit voices, he weaves traditional sounds and contemporary genres together into an intimate dance experience. Currently based in Philadelphia, he has spun tunes for international fusion events and won the DJ battle at the DJ Experiment in 2017.


Emiliano Estevez (Philadelphia)

Emiliano DJs at many events locally and nationally providing a groovy flavor of Blues, Lindy, and Fusion styles of music. He believes that a diverse set will challenge the dancers and make sure that they are listening with their minds and bodies. He also runs DJ Experiment which is an organization created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow. Dance is a conversation…


Jim Salminen (Vancouver)

I love DJing. It’s one of my favourite things to do. Has been for 19 years of swing, blues, and fusion. I love feeling the mood and energy of the dancers on the floor and having that take me to my next song choice, and then the next. We take each other on a ride, me following the dancers’ lead and their following mine. That’s what DJing is for me.


Erin June (Toronto)

erin june

Erin’s love of music began in the back yards of rural Ontario, surrounded by a family of rock and roll musicians. Her love of dance began much later, in the romanticized rhythms of salsa. Since then, her infatuation with different music and dance styles has enveloped and expanded beyond these disparate beginnings. As a DJ and a dancer, she loves emotive music that draws in a range of flavours and influences. Erin has been sharing music with the Toronto fusion scene since it’s conception over three years ago and DJs at dance events around Canada and the US.


Wyatt Sloan (Vancouver)

I’ve been dancing Swing, Blues, and Fusion for 9 years. DJing Fusion music for 3 years, with the occasional Blues set, mostly in Vancouver BC, and a little in Bellingham, WA. Last year I was a DJ at Lakeside Fusion II in Port Moody, BC, at Seattle Fusion Festival, and Champagne & Emeralds in Seattle WA, and I will be DJing at Bellingham Fusion Festival in March. I bring my passion for connection and emotional depth to all of my sets.


Carol Shepherd  (Ann Arbor)

Carol is excited to be playing for the first time in Montreal and is ready to be inspired by a whole new crowd of dancers. It’s about sharing experiences. Carol was a founding member of the Michigan fusion dance community in 2013 and continues to help support and expand the scene. She has DJed fusion, alt-tango and blues at several national events including DJX 2015 and 2016, SFF 2016 and Toronto Alchemy 2017, and in the Michigan scene at Blusion 2016, Tango Meets The Blues 2014-2017 and Fuse 2017. She is the DJ coordinator and a resident DJ at First Friday Fusion and Fusion Cafe in Ann Arbor. She says: “When I discover a great new song with dance potential it immediately gives me all kinds of ideas, I feel how it makes me want to move and I have to share it – I love playing for fusion dancers because I love seeing all of your dance ideas and learning how music makes you want to move.”


Dj Chil (Vermont)

DJ chil samples from a wide variety of partner dance genres, built around a core of West Coast Swing, Blues, and Zouk rhythms. His sets often include slow, highly emotive pieces that cultivate intense partner connection and a high degree of musicality. His goal is simple: Fill the floor with partners for you and inspire you to dance.


Jody Glanzer (Ottawa)

Jody has been sharing her love of music and movement through DJing, since 2001. She dances vicariously through each and every person on the dancefloor and it shows. Jody has a passion for sharing artists’ stories told in song and uses them to shape the room’s mood, weaving a magical spell intended to keep you moving. Danceable songs are nice but Jody aspires to play music that compels you to dance, to forget your aching body, ignore your intended departure time and tempt you to put those shoes back on as you’re trying to leave. She makes her choices with dancer inclusion and types of dances in mind. Lindyhop, Blues, Balboa, Shag, WCS, Hustle, or a Fusion of styles, she’ll spin for it and you know it’s gonna be fun!

Code of ethics

We all want to have a good time dancing!

When attending this event, I agree to respect this code of ethics. I am aware that if I don’t, I may be warned or even asked to leave the dance.

For questions or concerns during the event, I will seek out a Safe Space Sentinel, identified by a badge.

For questions regarding “safe space” before, during or after the event, I can write to safespace.montrealinfused@gmail.com

Respect & Diversity

  • I will respect myself: I am a valuable member of the fusion dance community, no matter my level of experience, age, sex, gender expression, sexual preferences, body size, ethnicity, or religious beliefs.
  • I will respect others: I recognize that people have different values and viewpoints than I do, and that they are still valuable members of the community.

Personal Boundaries

  • I will strictly respect the physical and personal boundaries of my fellow attendees on and off the dance floor.
  • I can let my partner know that I wish to dance as close together or as far apart as I want, for any reason I want.

Invitations to Dance

  • I will ask someone to dance with respect, and choose to accept or reject requests with respect. I am free to accept and decline dances for whatever reasons I wish.
  • If someone says no, I will accept their answer knowing that I am still a valuable member of the community, and move on to have just as much fun dancing with someone else.
  • As an experienced dancer, I will take at times the initiative to invite a person who recently joined the group, to make them feel welcome. As a new dancer, I am aware that I can feel free to invite anyone to dance and that I am as valuable as they are in this community.

Safety on the Dance Floor

  • I can inform my dance partner if something they do makes me uncomfortable or physically hurts me.
  • Additionally, I will respect my dance partner’s request that I stop doing something that makes them uncomfortable or physically hurts them.
  • I will do my best not to step on, bump, or trip other dancers; I will be gracious if I accidently do, and still gracious if someone does it to me.
  • I will care for my own safety. I am responsible for determining what I can and cannot accomplish on the dance floor.

Sexual Contact

  • I understand that dancing with someone isn’t an invitation for sexual contact; it is about sharing the love of dance.
  • I know that as a responsible adult, if I am uncomfortable with my partner’s actions I am free to be clear with my verbal communication and ask them to change their behaviour.
  • I will speak with a safe space sentinel if for some reason I am unable to communicate with my partner, the behaviour is severe, or it is repeated. If I personally observe inappropriate actions inside the venues or classrooms, I will bring it to the attention of a staff member wearing a white armband.

Feedback

  • While I am free to give negative feedback, I will do so either when asked, through the Montreal Infusion surveys, or in a manner that is private, open minded, and respectful of the person receiving it.
  • I understand that the social dance floor is for fun, and I should not offer unsolicited dance advice to my partners.
  • I am free to ask for advice from my colleagues any time I want during class. I also understand that everyone learns in their own way, and that I will always ask my partner before I offer my own advice.

Questions or Concerns:  montrealblueinfusion@gmail.com

Montreal Blue Infusion’s code of ethics was almost entirely inspired by Motley Hue’s code of conduct. We’d like to thank them for creating this very important and useful document and for their tremendous work for the fusion community.


Protocol of Intervention

The SSS have attended discussions and trainings to prepare them for their role.

They will be using a protocol of intervention to respond to any complaints we receive. If you wish to read this protocol, simply write us: safespace.montrealinfused@gmail.com. We will treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality. We hope to create a group and culture in which everyone will feel safe enough to come forward, so we can keep incidents from being repeated.

SSS are available for discussion and reassurance, not just formal reports. Don’t wonder if something is “serious enough” to come talk to us – if you are uncomfortable, let us know. We’re here for you!

This protocol was taken from Anne Dagenais’ protocol (and slightly edited), who was herself inspired by RDU Blues’ protocol. We wish to thank them for their tremendous work on this important document and for the dance community.