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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.

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~ 4 Dances ~ 8 Workshops Prizes & SURprises ~

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Registration

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FULL PASS
All dances, 9 workshops
Earliest birds – SOLD OUT 95$ 
Snooze button birds  125$ 
Sunday morning birds 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)

Passes & dances will also be available à la carte, 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)

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

TBA | WCS on Friday night

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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 


TBA | Micro on Sunday night

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
TBA
Description coming.

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
TBA
Description coming soon.

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
TBA
Description coming soon.

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 [Adv] ~ 15:55 – 16:55
TBA
Description coming soon.

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
TBA
Description coming soon.

Drop-in workshops

Friday night 8:30 | WCS | with TBA

Description coming soon.

Saturday night 8:30 | Kizomba | with Charles Ogar

Description coming soon.

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 TBA

Description coming soon.


~ 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 TBA
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


Jarry Park
(if it’s nice enough outside)
OR TBA
(if we must be inside)

Easy-breezy Sunday afternoon potluck / dance – 1:00 to 5:00

Corner St-Laurent Blvd and Gary-Carter Street

Access: parking on the street | De Castelnau metro, bus 55
Alcohol: permitted when accompanied by food – bring something to the potluck!


Yïsst Bar


Sunday night hang out before the dance – 7:00 to 8:30
Right next door to the venue Fleur d’Asphalte!

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. She likes to travel back and forth between rootsy organic sounds and electronic ones, between very minimalist and busy stuff, between World-ish songs and North American ones. Has been the music coordinator for Montreal Bagel N Blues since 2009 and started a fusion scene there in 2015. Has Djed at DJX in Philly, Bagel N Blues, 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.”


Smooth-ee (Montreal)

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.