“For the last 200 years, thousands of slaves were brought to Brazil from different African countries, in particular from an old African Portuguese colony – Angola”.
Capoeira was born in Brazil from the fusion of different African cultures that united for one of the most noble struggles and causes: Freedom
In this form of martial arts, the Angolan Capoeirist will learn to do some spectacular techniques, but very different from those at the gym. He will learn that each technique has a basis, a reason, and precise role in the game. Capoeira Angola is a game of question and response expressed through body language that let each person express herself in the playing field of Capoeirists: The Roda
A battle, a dance, a game, music, a chant, rituals, and a cultural heritage...all of these together represent CAPOEIRA ANGOLA.
Our classes are tailored to beginners who want to take the first step towards Brazilian culture and who want to improve their break-dance or hip-hop techniques. It’s a friendly class where we learn to exchange our knowledge.
“A very tight and close dance, the man holds the woman by the waist and the woman wraps an arm around the neck of her partner”
This dance gets it origins from a multitude of dances: the Kompa of Haiti, the Cadence Lypso (Calypso) of the Dominican Republic, the Beguine or Carnival rhythms of the French Caribbean (Martinique and Guadeloupe), from Guyana, the “mas a senjan” (mask of Saint John), and is fuses this with funk synthesizers, rock guitars and soukous, the brass of salsa, ...”
Later, a slower Zouk Love emerged.
First, it is a couple’s dance.
Our class provides an introduction to couples dances on Caribbean rhythms, where the man leads and the woman follows.
It’s a relaxed class that will prepare you to dance all summer long.
Suggested attire: Comfortable shoes
Afro-Bresilian, Samba of Rio, Samba Reggae
“Samba was born in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the 20th century. At the end of the 19th century, with the abolition of slavery, many Blacks moved to Rio de Janeiro to work at the docks as street vendors, or as domestic workers.
With them, they brought their dances and African percussions.”
Our classes provide a technical and cultural introduction to three styles of Samba: Afro-Brazilian, Samba Carioca (from Rio), and Samba Reggae (from Bahia). It’s the course you need if you want to express yourself through dance, moving to the rhythms of Brazil.
Suggested attire: Comfortable shoes or barefoot depending on the style of Samba
Ragga-Dancehall, Jump up, Soca
Originating from Jamaica, this dance is based on the movement of your hips and your bust, centered to the ground, derived from Jump and Dancehall, which are based on aerial movements. Come move and have fun on some wild rhythms.
This class combines street-jazz and hip hop.
Street jazz was born from the meeting of African American and European cultures. Its influences range from the Catwalk to the Charleston, Lindy Hop, Rock, Funk, Breakdancing and even modern hip-hop.
Our choreographies come from various inspirations, but always keeping jazz techniques as a basis.
Style: Music Videos
Traditional African Dance
Dive into the heart of Bantu African traditions: Congo, Cameroon, Masai, Zulu,...
This class mixes the dances of Congo and Cameroon. We find movements borrowed from the Asseko and Bikoutsy dances from Cameroon (who concentrate firstly on leg movements and secondly on bust movements) as well as the Ewa dances (seductive dances that originate from the north of Congo), Essombi (hunter and warrior dances from the equator), Tchikoua (celebratory dance that is accompanied by songs praising the qualities of a person: beauty, riches, intelligence...)
These festive dances are based on traditional dance, but are done to popular African music. They maintain the cardio aspect of traditional dances, but are more flexible in terms of technique. Come dance in our classes, party atmosphere guaranteed.
Addy takes her creative inspiration from the cultures of the world. Both a dance and theatre teacher, in her Afro-contemporary class she was able to blend the epic essence of African dance rituals, as well as the poetry inherent in movement. Therefore, this class presents itself as African inspired poetic expression brought by rhythms mixing tradition with contemporary style.
Through this method, she preserves the myth, and hence cultural aspects transmitted through oral tradition. She provides the techniques required to promote freedom of movement—an aspect inherent to the trance and the energy generated by the talking drums.
In the 60s, a wave of rhythms coming from Cuba fused with Jazz...
Izzy Sanabria, a graphic artist of Fania Studios, mixed and assembled these styles under the same name to avoid confusion and to sell this concept more easily.
He chose Salsa, a term designated to groups and musicians who really bring music to life with an added spice.
Salsa has a very specific structure: an introduction, a melodic phase, a rhythm or a percussive phase named montuno, and another melodic phase, followed by the end of the song. Exclamations are used to announce a change of phrase, notably in the montuno which is the part with the most energy.
Our classes aim to give students a basis in salsa in general, as well as explaining its history.
Baladi is performed as a lively, sensual and joyous dance of an individual or as part of a routine. This class is an excellent way to learn to move and tone your abs and legs.
This is the most popular Middle Eastern dance style. It fuses classical styles between the east and west, and is based on fluid, large movements, such as arabesques. Sharki is danced on traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern music, but also on drums.
For this course you will require a scarf.
There is also Caribbean belly dance fusion: a fusion of classical Middle Eastern dance and movements from Ragga Dancehall and Salsa, on Latin rhythms.
MISE EN FORME/DANSE CARDIO : Inspiration: latin, house, african, and more....
The Fitness classes will make you stay in shape while moving to beats from all around the world (Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Rumba, African, House).
It’s a class where you can let go, distress, shape your body, work your cardio, and all that with lots of fun guaranteed.
Music: Salsa, Rumba, Percussions (CD), N’dombolo, Coupe decale, Afro-jazz, House music.
This class is open to everyone, and you can register at any time.
Theatre - Introduction to Acting
Need to express yourself, to get into the skin of a character for a play and to improve your interpretation, your game and your stage performance for theatre and dance shows?
It’s time to start and release your inner actor.
The theatre/acting courses that we offer will let you work diction, public speaking, and how you express yourself in French.
By using improvisation exercises, staging, and voice exercises, we prepare our students for the stage.
This course is for everyone who would like to discover theatre and those who would like to complement their training.
You will be taken by creation, writing, and directing.
Come, the stage is yours!
The structure may change depending on objective of each class.
(Maximum 15 students)
Want to learn to dance, to perfect your style, or simply learn how to express yourself with your body? Take classes with Addydanse and you’ll have quick results. We work to your rhythm: learn in a fun and pleasant atmosphere, without the stress and pressure of a class.
This course applies to:
1) Those who do not yet feel ready to join a group class and need to work on basic steps. It is therefore a beginners course (working on rhythm, basic moves, style, and musical culture)
2) Those who already know how to dance (dancers, artists...) and would like to reach the next level (we work on technique, style, endurance, expression, and stage presence) to prepare for an audition or for shows.
Registration required: by interview
Contact: 514 638 2804
You can reserve only on Thursdays and Saturdays: specific times to be determined.
Our experienced teachers have worked nearly 5 years with children in elementary and high school, and are therefore used to this age group.
At Addydanse, your child will learn how to express themselves with their body, and also learn how to manage and channel their energy.
Register for any kids dance or theatre class and the second class is half off.
Dance Hip Hop/ Dancehall
From 7 to 11 years old
Our dance classes are designed to introduce children to a group artistic activity in a fun way, while at the same time letting them interact with other children and learn about artistic culture by the history of dance.
It’s also a great way for them to let go through corporeal expression.
From 7 to 11 years old
The children’s theatre classes are on every last Sunday of the month, please register in advance.
Our classes will stimulate the creativity of your child, improve their French language expression, and also encourage and develop their communication with others through dialogue.
- Scenario exercises
- Role playing
- Character creation
- Speech and voice
- Using space
- Movement and body (gestural)
(Maximum 12 students)
Relaxation (maximum 16 people)
Free yourselves in this course specifically made for those who want to escape, relax, and rest...
This relaxation course is free the first time, and 3$/class each time after.
This course has the advantage of only lasting 30 minutes, making it easy to include even when you’re busy.
It’s a little break in the week to let yourself go.
Don’t hesitate any longer to take care of yourself.
The word “b-boy” does not have a specific definition — Bronx-boy, bad-boy, break-boy.
A break in a song is when all the music stops except for the drums which continue the beat. Break-dancers dance to these breaks that are played on repeat by DJs using two identical vinyls.
At the same time that break was created, dances like the The electric boogie, the smurf, and Popping, influenced by the Electric Boogaloo, were created on the West Coast of the USA.
Hip Hop was popularized the show: “H.I.P. H.O.P.”, a show by Sidney which was the first in the world entirely dedicated to Hip Hop dance and invited many future music artists (ex: Madonna who made her television premiere on this show).
Locking, which was created by Don Campbell, was inspired by the popular French Mime, Marcel MarceauL.
Despite being influenced by Funk music, these standing dances are often mistakenly associated with Hip Hop.
This created a powerful and rapid trend of phasers(?) in Germany inspired by American tapes where the recording format is different for ours, and when read by European tape players, created a slightly sped up image. So they trained thinking that Americans danced really quickly...
At the end of the 90s, many choreographers were interested in Hip Hop dancers and integrated them in their creations.
Our classes give you the basics of hip hop movements which will then permit you to integrate it in choreographies of differing styles (jazz rock, latino-style...)
Suggested attire: comfortable clothing and sneakers
The Waacking style of street dance traces its roots back to gay and nightclub cultures. In the United States, at gay nightclubs, male performers dressed as women and performed to female songs on stage.
Disco music was the perfect vehicle for Waacking, with its driving rhythms and hard beats. In the early 1970s in Los Angeles, dancer Lamont Peterson was one of the first to start using his arms and body to the music.Waacking and Locking do have some similarities but they are different dances. You want to have fun then come to the waacking class!