Randy Panté is a dancer, photographer, and visual arts professional currently residing in the great metropolis city of Montréal. Graduating with a Interactive Arts and Technology (Bachelors of Science) degree, Randy’s work has always been about combining his nerdy technical skill sets with traditionally artistic worlds of dance and photography.
Well known in the Montréal street partnered-dance culture, Randy is a current coach and instructor at the Swing Connexion dance school and during some weekends, Porto Swing in Quebec City. As a teacher, he’s been invited to teach at events such as Snowbound Blues in New York, Swing-A-Dance, Montreal Bagel and Blues, MezzJelly, and Toronto Blues Battle. More often than not, he teaches with his dynamic pair Myriam Baril. They totally have their own website.
Randy loves to compete, not because he’s particularly competitive, but because it forces him to go to the studio to embrace the grind. Randy is also a seasoned performer, having done a jig or two on stage at the Montréal Jazz Festival and performed at historical venues such as the Rialto Theatre and Massey Hall. He’s been captured as a dance guest for the television show Le Tricheur, was Booder’s dance double in the soon to be released short film Spatss (Les Chaussures), and has been on various television programs and commercials for Tele-Quebec, TSN, and TVA.
Randy’s photos have previously been printed on Canadian Theatre Review, NOW Toronto, BOLS Around the World, and numerous fliers and advertisements for dance events around North America. He regularly shoots corporate event photography in and around Montréal these days but every now and then he makes the trek out to Toronto or New York to shoot weekend dance conventions/exchanges. What he’s most proud of however, are the countless number of facebook and twitter profile pictures of friends, families, and clients from his photo shoots.
Obsessed with geek culture since his parents first bought him a Famicon, Randy loves RPG video games, steampunk, Firefly, Shadowrun, and spending far too much money on camera gear.
Where You Can (USUALLY) Find Me
Whew, talking in third person is hard work. You can usually catch me during the evenings teaching or being present at the various scenes that I am a part of. Most weekends however, I am out of town (though I’m trying to curb that within the up-coming year).
Mondays. Social Dancing @ L’ile Noire.
Wednesdays. Teaching Blues 1 @ Swing Connexion | Social Dancing @ Katakombs Mecredi Swing.
Thursdays. Coaching Dance Troupes @ Swing Connexion.
I’m Running An Exchange!
Montréal’s Marvellous Mini Blues Exchange, aka MMMbx, on November 20th to 22nd. MMMbx is a dance “convention” for and by fans of blues partnered dancing. It is a three-day event in downtown Montréal with an expected 200 attendees from every corner of the North America. Featuring a fantastic live music line-up, renowned DJs, city safari, pub crawl, and so much more, MMMbx has a little bit of fun and debauchery for everyone.
MMMbx is a nonprofit event run entirely by volunteer staff.