Our Dance Teachers at Studio 88 Swing

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Ophélie has had both feet in sport and dance since as young as she can remember. Having bloomed with ballet, gumboots, rock' n roll acrobatic, African and contemporary dance, it is the swing that finally fills his heart. Having just discovered this passion, she set up and animated two consecutive summers of swing parties in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, unable to stop dancing. It is this first contact with teaching that gave her the urge to share her passion. She went on to win a 2nd place at the Jack&Jill beginner, first place with Bootcamp troop at CSC 2016, and third place in the pro team category with Battalion in 2017. She wishes, through her individualized and enthusiastic approach, to transmit to others the desire to express oneself by dancing.
A former gymnast, Sophie was pleased to discover that swing dancing offered her the opportunity to perform acrobatics with her partners.
After having passed through the various Swinging Air Force troops with Brigade, Bootcamp and Batallion and won 1st place amateur team (Bootcamp 2016) and 3rd place pro team (Batallion 2017) she decided to share her experience by specializing in acrobatics courses. She has also created a workshop "Zero to Up" to establish a solid foundation of the acrobatic prerequisites for dancers who want to make air steps safely. Sophie is also a team girl. After 10 years of playing Ultimate Frisbee in competitive top level teams, winning tournaments and playing the role of captain, she decided to start her own advanced level troupe bringing together Balboa's passionate dancers in Montreal, all studios combined. With a passion for Balboa, she hopes to support the Montreal Balboa dancers to shine on the international scene. That's why she created the Followsophie cooperative working group that will allow dancers to share their experiences and do co-training. You understand that Sophie is a passionate woman, a little ball of energy, full of ideas and projects, loving performing on stage, she has at heart to communicate her enthusiasm and her love of dance. Her fun is contagious, in the classes she takes the time to dance with her students because she appreciates human contact and personal feedback. A psycho-educator by trade, specialized in autism, she will guide and support you in your apprenticeships in Balboa, Lindy Hop and acrobatics classes.

"To dance for me is to play... with a partner, with music, with an audience, it's a means of transcendent communication that pushes back the boundaries between humans."

Annie spent years flirting with arts: drawing, jewelry and hat making, gigue, African and contemporary dancing, improv, etc. One day she realized that dance was the one art form that brought her the most happiness and her quest for the right style begun. Gumboots, tango, salsa, square dancing, baladi, reggaeton, contemporary, samba, bollywood, they all had a little something missing, a little spark. In 2011 she finally discovered swing… it was love at first sight! Eager for knowledge and avid to improve her technique, she since attends as many classes, workshops and events as she can, both in the local scene and international, mainly in lindy hop, balboa, blues and solo jazz. Her love for the stage and competitions pushes her to join the studio’s troupes of the Swinging Air Force, the SAF family in 2016. Then, in 2017 she feels ready to share her joy of living and passion by teaching at the studio. Today, Annie has become a passionate teacher! For her, the most beautiful salary it is to see her students shine on the dance floor and especially inviting her to dance!
Always looking for a form of self-expression that would fit his personality, Amalan has dabbled in various art forms. On a night in 2012, Amalan was introduced to the world of swing dancing at a small bar known as “Le Petit Medley”. The discovery of this dance ignited a flame of passion that has driven him up to this day. Following this desire, Amalan joined SAF Réservistes, Rhythm Troopers, and Jazz Division in order to perfect his skills. His positive energy and smile are as contagious as his passion for Lindy Hop.
Annie's passion for dance was first well demonstrated when she chose her career as a dance teacher and performer over her engineering physics degree's possibilities. She also trained as a competing artistic gymnast when she was a teenager. She is a co-founder and co-owner of Studio 88-SWING in Montreal (Canada) where she has taught swing since 2001. As the artistic director, she also manages and dances in the Montreal Swinging Air Force dance performance troupe, which has been International Lindy Hop Champions in 2010-11 and 2014 and Canadian Champion 2013-14-15. She is passionate and enthusiastic as a swing dancer, teacher and competitor. Her style joins dynamism and power with a subtleness that is very feminine. She has numerous titles in competition including 6 first place at International Lindy Hop Championships (2008 to 2013 included) in Washington in the Showcase Category and also first place at the European Championships in London in October 2013. She also danced at the Montreal Jazz Fest with the electro-swing band Caravan Palace and was hired as a choreographer for the Cirque du Soleil and lately for the TV Show ''Les Dieux de la Danse''.
Interested in a multitude of artistic avenues, Anie has a stronger passion for danse. At the young age of 6 years old, she takes her 1st ballet jazz classes followed by classical ballet, contemporary and tap dance. Despite a break of approximately 10 years in her mid-twenties, Anie realizes the importance of dance in her life and decides to take it up a notch by joining the Studio 88 Swing. She has danced with SAF Réservistes, Jazz Division (open), Rhythm Troopers and Team Promo, Swing is her thing!!! Sociable and friendly, she is also appreciated for her enthusiasm and generosity, Anie is simply a joy to work with.
Antoine was only 16 years old when he discovered Swing. He started by learning the Rockabilly Jive but shortly after, he discovered Lindy Hop and was since then found on every dance floor. He rapidly wanted to perfect his art, become a better dancer and won the ''Montreal Attitude Prize'' at the Canadian Championships in 2011. He was then able to take all the classes he wanted for free so the door was open for him to become the best he could be in Swing and Lindy Hop! He joined the SAF Battalion and then he got promoted to being part of the elite troup at Studio 88-SWING, the Swinging Air Force Squad, who won 1st place at CSC 2013, MDF 2013 and 2nd place of the impressive International Lindy Hop Championship. Antoine won many titles in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie including 1st place in the Jack n Jill open at Swingin’ New England 2011, 3rd place in Strictly Boogie Woogie at Jump & Dance 2011 and 1st of Strictly Boogie at Jump n Dance 2012. His teaching position at Studio 88 Swing gave him the opportunity to continue to grow, and to help others grow in the same great spirits in which he was raised. Young, yet mature, Antoine will surprise you with his humour, energy and obvious heart-felt dedication to the dance.
Céline is an artist evolving through her different passions. She expresses herself through theatre, improvisation, drawing, painting and swing dancing. She did her full curriculum Swing 1 to 5, specializing in Charleston as well and she joined SAF Reservists in 2011. She is an art teacher in high school and she decided to join the Studio 88-SWING team of teachers in may 2012, in order for her to help share her passion that transformed her life and helped her enjoy it to the fullest! Come and discover what dance can do to your life... with Celine's enthusiasm, it will be an easy thing!
In 2009, Coralie went to Petit Medley and discovered swing dancing for the first time. Ever since that evening, she has never stopped dancing! Her passion and unconditional love for swing dancing has made her go up the chart in different troupes at the Studio 88 Swing. In June 2013, she became a member of the SAF Squad, which is the elite troupe of the studio. Coralie has won many competing events: 1st place Jack n Jill Open at Canadian Swing Championship in 2012, 1st place Jack n Jill Advanced at Swing a Dance in 2015, 3rd place Strictly Lindy at Sing a Dance, 3rd place at Boston Tea Party in 2015 with her dance partner, Antoine Simard. Coralie not only loves to perform and compete, she thrives when teaching and adores being in contact with people. This is why her charismatic energy is completely contagious to her students!
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.
Flore started out as an athlete at a very young age and competed nationally gymnastics competitions from 6 years old until she was 14. Her passion for dancing grew and she trained in Jazz, Rock'n Roll, Salsa as well as Fitness to become a professional dancer. She successfully obtained her Fitness degree in 2006. She moved to Paris when she was 18 years old to be trained in some of the most prestigious national schools in Jazz and Social Dancing which led her to specialize in social dancing and obtain the 'Teacher's diploma' in Ballroom, International Latin, Rock'n'roll and Salsa. In 2007, she joined the 'Feeling Dance Show', one of the most prestigious ballroom/latin companies in Paris. They produced themselves on most big stages and concert halls in France. In the meantime she started training and touring in Europe with William and Maeva, three times world champions in boogie woogie and her new dance partner Nicolas Deniau (one of the top 10 Boogie Woogie dancers in the world at this time). Willing to take it a step further, she started competing in Dance Sport as in international competitor with Philippe in 2009. Her national breakthrough was the victory of a major French Dance TV Show with her Boogie partner Yann-Alrick Mortreuil which led to major international showcases and starring in different movies and music videos. She is therefore a qualified teacher and dancer with 10 years of experience!
Jiver is a multi-talented man. He is clearly part artist, always keeping a place for music in his life. As a child, he played the violin, trumpet and guitar, as a teen, acrobatic rock and roll became his passion. As a young adult, "The Jiver" discovered the dance behind his nickname: Rockabilly Jive! He caught the 'Swing Fever' right away, going out dancing Rockabilly and soon also Lindy-Hop whenever he could. He also traveled quite a bit in North-America to experience Swing at it's fullest! In 1998, he co-founded the Swinging Air Force troupe, in collaboration with a few other Montreal dancers. This troupe not only still exists today, 15 years later, but has also won many international titles... making daddy-Jiver very proud. He was also co-founder of Studio 88-Swing in 2001 in which he invested himself fully, building the business and teaching within it. In 2006, he left the Studio 88-Swing team to start his own Studio 'Académie Swing', on the South-Shore of Montreal. However in 2011, his life took a new turn when he decided to go back to school and study electricity. He then closed Académie Swing to focus 100% on his studies. The passion for dancing had not left him though and he returned to teach part of the Studio 88-Swing crew and perform with the Swinging Air Force dance teams; in 2012 he even became the new coach/choreographer for the Swinging Air Force: Bootcamp team (an offshoot of the original team he helped found all those years ago). With his partner Vicki Grenier they form a dynamic, comic and creative duo which inspires young dancers.
Jonathan fell in love with Swing first by becoming a musician in a stage band at the beginning of high school. His first contact with Swing Dancing was at 16; It was love at first sight! Diving into swing dance classes like a fish in water, he also showed incredible talent from the start. In 2008, he participated to the Pro-Am divisions of the Canadian and American Lindy Hop Championships and won 1st place in both! The next year, he won 1st place of the Canadian Swing Championships ("CSC") Open Jack and Jill continuing while still demonstrating tremendous potential to go even further. After a brief participation in a performance team in Quebec city, his passion took him to Montreal in the summer of his 18th birthday where he moved to join the former "Swinging Air Force (SAF): Patrol" dance team. In 2010 and 2011, he won titles in Classic, Solo Charleston and Just Do It divisions of CSC, showing his versatile abilities. He is now part of elite SAF: Squad, one of the most notorious Lindy Hop team in the world, and helped that team win its gold medal at the last edition of CSC in 2013. He has been part of the Studio 88-SWING team of teachers for 3 years now, where his charm and human way to connect already make him a student favourite! Beyond this, he also pursues his passion for music by being a regular DJ, making the Montreal dancers happy one song at a time at Medley Simple Malt on Tuesdays. His sense of humour and his smile combined to his affection to details are his recipe to success!
Art and movement have always taken part of Lulu's life. At a young age, she was ballet dancing, doing gymnastic, figure skating, playing piano and singing. In high school, Julia happily discovers swing/jazz music, but it is only in university, while studying classical music, that she took part in the Studio 88-Swing. In September 2014, between two opera classes and a Jazz history class, Julia took her first swing class! Ever since, troupes, events, workshops, competitions and friendships were just naturally developing. She was involved in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa... but she first started teaching West Coast Swing. In her class, you will appreciate her patience, humor and contagious passion for music and dancing!
From the age of 4, Julie fell in love with jazz! When she saw tap dancing for instance, it was love at first sight! When shown a stage, all she wants to do is dance! As an adult following her passion, she learned several dances - belly dancing, salsa, merengue, hip hop, funky, ballet, contemporary and Sylveste technique - before getting in to swing which would prove to be her one true love! Today, beyond the fast stuff, she also loves to dance blues and slow dances. When she is not on the floor, Julie organizes events and hosts activities for older and/or seriously ill people. Warm, charming, positive, cheerful and patient, she just can't wait to teach you a few steps!
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