|2009 Miha and Nelu Popescu|
Miha and Nelu started dancing with the club in 2001.
Soon after their first dancing class, they catched the fever of dancing and studied with passion.
They took any occasion they could to attend dance festivals and learn from some of
most estimed choreographed ballroom dance teachers in North America.
Coming to the hall became a way of life for them and is even more intense since 2009
when they took over responsibilities with the club from Olga and Bill, their teachers.
Now as leaders of the club, they work hard to keep alive the spirit and the fundamental values of this club,
as they developed over the years and are constantly building on them.
They are paying a special attention to the new dancers, guiding them with passion to
quikly "get on their feet" and enjoy dance and music! |
|1998-2009 Olga and Bill Cibula|
Olga and Bill were first introduced to Choreographed
Ballroom in 1990. They enjoyed the dancing and
traveling to specials, which in 1998 led them to become
the leaders of the club. Since then, they have been taking
the club to new height stand and have become the king and
queen of the Montreal round dancing scene. In addition of teaching
and cueing, they wrote the choreography of more than 50 dances. Their
Hava Nagila, Foggy Dew and Yemanya Samba have
been danced in Europe, Japan, Australia as well as
throughout North America. Many of their dances have
been honoured with awards in Europe, Japan and
across America. Dancing in the Fog,
Struttin' with Maria,
Senor Meteo, Patches,
Hey Mambo and
In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening are only a few of their hits.
You may click on dances to see the awards.|
|1988-1998 Dawn and Rolly Bourdon|
Rollie and Dawn were instrumental in bringing dancing 'ballroom style'
to Round Dancers both in the club and wherever they taught. They were a well-respected
couple in the world of rounds and, of course, in Montreal. A constant student
of the details in cuesheets made Rollie a precise teacher. He'd spend hours
reading, re-reading and working out the steps of figures before he'd
teach a dance. His preparation on directions and footwork for both men and ladies
made learning a new dance so much easier. Dawn brought glamour and poise to
the floor and displayed her natural grace as she flowed through routines. She
was a role model to the ladies in the club. Unfortunately, dancing on cement
and tiles for so many years gradually caused her knees to suffer. This eventually
was a major reason for giving up the club. Rollie and Dawn were known for keeping
the Melody Mixers a high-level club. They were pioneers as they exposed Roundalab,
URDC, and other organizations to the club which led many dancers to travel and
increase their knowledge.|
|1985-1988 Pauline and George Morgan|
"Your e-mail spawned several hours of happy reminiscing of the people we
know who, like us, had the pleasure of dancing with the Melody Mixers under
the tutilage of Vera and Guy Jones. We have over the years really appreciated
the thoroughness of their teaching and have tried to emulate their high standards.
One of the things which was evident in Montreal and which we enjoy so much is
the wonderful people you meet in the round dancing fraternity. We count ourselves
fortunate indeed to have taken up an activity some 25 years ago which has afforded
us so much pleasure."|
|1971-1985 Vera and Guy Jones|
"We started teaching Round Dancing on the south shore in 1969 with two
couples from Square Dancing and two other couples who danced socially. This
small group began to grow in size. In 1971 we moved the main group to Pointe
Claire, but still had four couples on the South Shore. The group on the South
Shore gradually took off and we decided to become a club. The dancers chose
the name from a list of suggestions and I designed the badge. We officially
became the Melody Mixers on November 29th,1972... the first club in the Montreal