Le Petit Continental

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, the residents of the city have the opportunity to enjoy a short version 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.



CHOREGRAPHY  Sylvain Émard

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

MUSIC Martin Tétreault et Poirier

COORDINATOR  Marie-Michèle Tourigny-Houle


July, 2023 – parc Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal, Canada

June, 2023 – Jean-Talon East Street, Fête des voisins, Saint-Léonard, Montréal, Canada

June, 2023 – Scène culturelle of parc Wilfrid-Bastien, Saint-Léonard, Montréal, Canada

June, 2022 – Esplanade of Cégep Gérald-Godin, Salle Pauline-Julien, Ste-Geneviève, Montréal, Canada

April, 2022 – ON danse Le Petit Continental!, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, in partnership with Espace Transition on the occasion of the International Dance Day, Montréal, Canada

February, 2020 – Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Montréal, Canada

October, 2019 – Place du Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal, Canada



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 Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Saint-Léonard, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Salle Pauline-Julien.