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Shake a Tail Feather: Our Top Picks for Quebec Danse

From ballet to zumba, interpretive dance to swing, waltz to breakdancing: if it involves cutting a rug, grinding, or any other bodily gyrations to musical accompaniment, chances are you’ll find it at Québec Danse 2013. The week-long event runs from April 22 to 29, coinciding with National Dance Week events across Canada. Québec Danse unites dance enthusiasts and both professional and amateur dancers for over 150 dance performances, classes, and events throughout Quebec. Here’s our top Montreal picks:

On now until Sunday, April 28:

“Kiss” by Tino Sehgal @ Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 185 Ste-Catherine Ouest. MACM is currently displaying “Kiss,” a choreographic work by British-born, Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal. “Kiss” involves a couple reenacting well-known kisses from art history. In a tightly choreographed eight-minute loop, the two dancers transition seamlessly from one pose to another and then reverse roles.

Monday, April 22:

8:30pm. Short & Sweet #10 – Dancers Choice @ La Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent. For the 10th edition of Short & Sweet, 30 Montreal dancers of various styles take the stage for three minutes apiece. Artists have teamed up with choreographers, costume designers, and writers to create their pieces, and can present whatever they want…as long as it’s less than three minutes, after which its lights (and music) run out! Tickets are $10.

Monday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 24:

Free Try-Out Class @ L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, 4816 Rivard. Practice your pliés, with piano accompaniment, for free! L’École supérieure de ballet du Quebec is offering free trial classes in folk dance, flamenco, and ballet III and IV. No prior experience necessary. Free, but registration is required: dviau@esbq.ca.

Friday, April 26:

9am-5pm. Free Open House @ l’École de danse contemporaine, 372 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Suite 211. The Montreal contemporary dance school opens its doors to the public. Sample classes, watch choreography, and see the school’s 60 student dancers in action. Check out the schedule of activities here. Free.

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