Swinging Air Force History
A dance company hosting amateur and professional swing dance troupes in many authentic styles since 1998!
In 1998, a group of passionate swing dancers came together to create a troupe. During a rehearsal in which dancers were discussing how to best please the crowd and how to integrate impressive air steps, Stéphane Gilbert expressed an idea out loud, while also being inspired by a Second-World-War american poster saying “Keep ‘em Flying - is our Battle Cry. Stéphane said : “We keep them flying... we are the Swinging Air Force”!
The name was immediately adopted! In a very short period of time, the young dance company became recognized on the international swing dance scene. The S.A.F. also was the first canadian troupe competing in the USA and winning 3rd place in the team division at the American Lindy Hop Championships in Connecticut 2001.
By the quality of their performances, their constant innovation and the accumulating international titles, and having more than one troupe operating since 2003, the Swinging Air Force contributed significantly to the Montreal Swing Dance Scene, one of the most fruitful, active and collaborative scenes in the world. To this day, the Swinging Air Force is the most decorated swing dance company in the world, having now recognition all around the world with placements almost every where we go in the last decade.
The SAF also appeared on Canadian television having been featured in shows like Le Match des Etoiles, la Vie est un Cirque, Bar Ouvert, La Fureur, Bons Baisers de France, Salut Bonjour... but also in American productions like The Reagans et Gleeson by CBS. Some of our best teachers also have been hired by Cirque du Soleil as coaches and choreographers for shows such as Banana Schpeel and Viva Elvis, presented in Chicago and Las Vegas. We also appeared in Sam Roberts and Ruffneck's videoclips, have been hired at Montreal's Casino and Place des Arts, participated in Star Academy's choreographies, and have helped some national-level figure skaters with the artistic aspect of their routine! We also collaborated with Moment Factory for their Boardwalk Beat show presented in Atlantic City in 2013.
The Evolution of the SAF logo
||2010 (by Alice Mei)
||2014 (by Julie Roussy)