Le Petit Continental

IMPORTANT: The performance of Le Petit Continental planned on March 14 at 3 pm at Cégep Gérald-Godin has been cancelled, for preventive reasons. 


In 2009 the renowned choreographer Sylvain Émard presented Le Grand Continental at Festival TransAmériques. Since then, this very contemporary form of square dancing has not only been bringing together amateur dancers of all ages and diverse cultural origins and backgrounds, but also charming audiences the world over. 

With Le Petit Continental, Sylvain Émard continues to propagate the contagious joy and pleasure of Le Grand Continental, but this time in the form of a dance workshop that takes place in different locales in Montreal. The residents of the city have the opportunity to enjoy the joyous dance experience of Le Grand Continental. Over the course of 8 rehearsals, 50 participants learn the dance steps of a 10-minute choreography and make it their own. They perform one section from this popular dance show, and also collaborate on an original work. For the very first time Sylvain Émard ask dancers to create a unique dance piece, with their direct input.



Are you a dance enthusiast? You like to boogie on the dance floor? You live in Montréal-Nord? Then Le Petit Continental is just for you! 

This Spring, Montréal-Nord and Villeray-St-Michel-Parc Extension residents have the opportunity to enjoy the intense dance experience of Le Grand Continental. No previous dance experience is required to register for the workshop, but it helps to have a certain sense of rhythm! Participants must attend all rehearsals.



Information and recruiting session
Thursday, March 19, at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord

Saturdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
VENUE: École Sainte-Colette

May 23rd or 24th p.m. (date and venue to be confirmed)
As part of the Festival des arts de Montréal-Nord




Information and recruiting session
Monday: April 6, 7 p.m.
Thursday: April 9, 7 p.m.

Tuesdays: May 12,19, 26, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursdays: May 14, 21, 28 and 4th of June, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday: 1st of June, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
VENUE: Centre Yves-Thériault / 3925, rue Villeray

June 6th (hours to be confirmed)
As part of Rayons d’artistes | St-Michel en spectacle
VENUE: Parc François-Perrault / 7525, rue François-Perrault




October 26, 2019 at 12 a.m. – Place du Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Canada

February 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m. – Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Montréal, Canada

CANCELLED: March 14, 2020 at 3 p.m. – Gymnasium of Cégep Gérald-Godin, 20th anniversary of Salle Pauline-Julien and the Cégep, Ste-Geneviève, Canada



CHOREGRAPHY  Sylvain Émard

PROFESSIONAL DANCERS Mark Eden-Towle, Alexandre Morin, Julie Siméon, Claudia Chan Tak, Geneviève Gauvreau, Nicolas Patry, David Rancourt

COORDINATOR  Pascale Joubert


Le Petit Continental is a project financed as part of the cultural development agreement signed by the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec. Thank you to our partners: the borougs of Île-Bizard–Ste-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles and Salle Pauline-Julien.