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Didier Jean-Fran├žois

A founding member and owner of the SAF Entertainement GroupStudio 88 Swing and 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 European Swing Dance Championships, Summer Hummer, Camp Hollywood, Lindy Focus, World Lindy-Hop Championships, Beantown, Dance Renaissance, Balboa on the Promenade, Studio Hop Summer Camp, New Years Extravaganzza in Danvers MA, ALHC, The Quebec Swing Rendez-Vous, New Year's Dancin' Eve, Toronto Open Swing Dance Championships, Canadian Balboa Championships, The Montreal Swing-Fest, 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 managing partner for DJF Consult and the real estate investment firm BLDG MWS. Media savvy, Dee has been featured in The Gazette, Clin d'Oeil, La Presse, Showcase Weddings, The McGill Reporter, La Nouvelle de Sherbrooke, Canoe.ca, Progrès Watchman, Montreal Campus and the Taconic Press has been seen on Musique Plus, CTV, TVA, RDS, YTV, SRC/CBC-Radio-Canada, 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.


Didier Jean-Fran├žois instructs the following:
  • ''World of Floorcraft''
  • *English below*

    Quelque soit votre style de danse favori, si vous êtes un danseur social régulier, cette série d'ateliers s'adresse à vous! Peu importe votre niveau, les enseignements de Didier Jean-François vous aideront à maximiser le plaisir de danser socialement en vous donnant les outils nécessaires pour bien communiquer avec vos partenaires et pour mieux gérer votre espace et votre environnement de danse.

    Parmi les thèmes abordés:
    - ''T-Rex Styling'': adaptez votre connexion
    - ''Space... The final frontier'': gestion de son espace sur un plancher de danse
    - ''Signalling with Style'': Comment communiquer efficacement et comprendre les signaux et l'intention dans une danse
    - ''Des yeux derrière la tête'': Surveiller, planifier et aider sur le plancher de danse
    - ''Pocahontas au Pied léger'': Comment minimiser la douleur de marcher sur quelqu'un
    - ''I got your back'': Comment réagir quand ça ne fonctionne pas?

    *English version*

    Whether you are a Lindy Hop dancer, blues dancer, balboa dancer or any other kind of dancer, if you are a regular SOCIAL dancer, these workshops are for you! No matter what your level is, Didier Jean-François will share their wisdom with you, in order for you to develop the required skills to enjoy your social dance, to communicate with your partner and manage your space on the dancefloor.

    What you will learn:

    - ''T-Rex Styling'': adapt your connection

    - ''Space... The final frontier'': how to manage your environment on the dancefloor

    - ''Signalling with Style'': Efficient communication, intention and signals

    - ''Des yeux derrière la tête'': Awareness on the dancefloor, how to plan your dance and have eyes everywhere

    - ''Pocahontas au Pied léger'': Minimize the pain of walking on someone

    - ''I got your back'': What to do when all else fails?


  • Swing 1
  • Cours d'introduction au Lindy Hop. Découvrez le plaisir de danser socialement et développez un sentiment d'appartenance à la scène swing et sa culture, le tout en acquérant des techniques de bases solides. Familiarisez- vous avec les techniques de connexion propres aux danses swing, apprenez divers pas de base et mouvements qui vous permettront de danser avec aisance et épater la galerie à votre prochain mariage ou événement spécial!
    Aucun pré-requis
     
    * Veuillez inscrire dans les notes ci-bas le nom de votre partenaire et autres particularités (ex: une femme qui s'inscrit comme lead ou un homme qui s'inscrit en follow)
     
    An introduction to swing dancing! You will learn a lot about good dance techniques and about the swing dance community and culture in Montreal and the world. Discover the techniques and basic steps specific to swing dancing and learn enough basic moves to take to the floor with assurance and blow the socks off your friends and family at the next wedding or special event.
    No prerequisite
     
    * Please indicate in the note box below the name of your partner and other specifications (e.g. a woman registering as a lead or a man registering as a follow)