ABOUT

Nathalie BlaisHello, my name is Nathalie Blais. I was born on March 4th 1967, and work as a line dancing instructor in Montreal, Quebec.

I started dancing in 1998 at a gym I used to go to, where they began offering trial line dancing classes. In the beginning, I did not even want to try the classes, thinking stereotypically that it wouldn’t be fun, or that I would feel embarrassed because I felt that “line dancing is for old people”. However, my friend Angie finally pushed me to try it out, and within two classes I was hooked. Then, in the spring of 2005, two of my dance teachers were no longer going to teach in my area. I actually wasn’t there that night this news was announced. The next day, I was told the very bad news, but I was also told that many of the other students in the class felt I should start teaching. Although I didn’t think I’d be any good, my friends kept convincing me that I should go for it, and that I would succeed. So, I had a job interview with the city of Dorval. I began working as an instructor in September of 2005.

I have now been teaching for 11 years, and I can honestly say that I love it more and more every day. I really think my students can feel the passion I have for line dancing, and I think they perhaps feel inspired, because now four of them have gone off to become passionate teachers as well. I love my supportive students and I’m lucky to have the best of them – they are an extension of my family. What I love most about my job is when they leave my class with huge smiles on their faces.

I guess you can say that I am totally obsessed with line dancing. No matter what I do during the day, line dancing is always on my mind. I practice in my head while driving. I practice with my fingers (moving them around as if they were my legs), and I dance around in my house as I put on my makeup. I also call my dances in my head at night when I am trying to fall asleep. Some would say that line dancing keeps me sane, however I’m sure others (my husband – lol) would argue that it could sometimes make me a little bit insane. But in my opinion, line dancing is the greatest pastime.

There are many people who help me each and every day and make my life a great one, and I cannot thank them enough. For this reason, I’d like to thank Robert Labelle, Kate McNeal, Linda and Steve Sheehan, Patricia Nahorniak, and Lynn Sonada Harris. I’d like to thank these people for always being there to help me out, whether by coming in early to help set up for my dance parties, for greeting other students and giving out tickets, for assisting with the cleaning afterwards, for helping with my bags, and so on. Also I want to thank Lana Major, Shirley Madew, and Michele Tanguay for sticking with me from the start and for being very supportive, encouraging, and loving. To my friend Andre Boyer from the Surrey Center, thank you for your honesty on that very first night in September 2005, for letting me know that wearing jeans for so many hours was not for me ( I was too sweaty – LOL!). I’d also like to say a special thanks to Steve Sheehan for replacing me when I’m in a jam or when I am on vacation. I really do know how lucky I am.

I would like to give a special dedication to my inspiration, my friend, Marlene McIntyre for giving me the confidence to always do better, and for constantly pushing me to do so. Marlene started line dancing with me in 2007, and has been an instructor for a few years since then we’ve both shared our obsession for line dancing (she is also crazy-obsessed!). She has attended many workshops and she even got me hooked on them – and it will be my 5th time attending one in October. I’m starting to teach Advanced classes on Friday nights – also her idea!

But most of all, I’d like to thank my amazing family, for they are my best work. My 3 beautiful daughters Gynet, Mercedes, and Moranda. They turned out to be amazing young women I wouldn’t be where I am right now without them. I am truly grateful for having not only the best family, but also the best career I could ever ask for.

I look forward to seeing where life takes me next!

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DANCES

DANCE TITLE SONG TITLE LEVEL
Canadian Stroll Make love to me Ultra Beginner
American Ride Good direction Beginner
Chilly Chacha Chilly chacha & Baila baila Ultra Beginner
Eye Candy Candyman & Love me right Beginner
Easy Rumba Give me your heart tonight & Rebelde amor Beginner
Amame Amame (by Me) Beginner
One & Only Will you still love me tomorrow Beginner
Mamma Maria Mamma Maria & DJ got us fallin’ in love Beginner
Line-Up Last Friday night & I like it Ultra Beginner
Cuccaracha All you ever do is bring me down Beginner
D.H.S.S The way you make me feel & Lady Beginner
Strut Love done gone Beginner
Little Rock Chacha Almost Jamaica & Neon moon Beginner
Tush Push Man! I feel like a woman High Beginner
Your Man Your man Low Intermediate
Rhumba & Roses Blue Spanish eyes Low Intermediate
Dixie Shuffles Stand by your man Low Intermediate
Sweet Thing Sweet Thing (by Guy Dube) Intermediate
2 hell & back If you’re going through hell (by Rob Fowler & Kate Sala) Low Intermediate

DANCE TITLE SONG TITLE LEVEL
Sugar Pie Honey Bun I can’t help myself (by K. Sholes) Ultra Beginner
Adios Adios (by Me) Beginner
Gloria Gloria & Rescue me (by Rosie Mutari) Beginner
Pants on fire Lips are moving (by Lisa M. Johns-Grose) Beginner
Dance Contigo Bailando (by Elsa Campbell) Improver
Back to the 80’s Rhythm of the night (by Barbara Lowe) Beginner
Catfight You ain’t woman enough (by Lonna Cairns M.) Beginner
Lipstick Lipstick powder & paint (by Stephen & Claire Rutter) Beginner
Na,na honey I’m good Honey! I’m good (by A.M. Sleeth) Beginner
Skinny Genes Skinny Genes (by Pat & Lizzie Scott) Beginner
Cheerleader Cheerleader (by Stefan “Srensken” S.) Beginner
Until The Dawn Marvin Gaye (by Gary Lafferty) Ultra Beginner
My Boyfriend’s Back My boyfriend’s back (by Ilona Tessmer Wellis) Beginner
Are You With Me Are you with me (by Edwin P. Napitu) Beginner
Shake it Off Shake it off (by Mama Line Dance, Mei Kwo) Beginner
Baby Bring it Back Bring it back (by Sue Ann Ehmann) Beginner
Trouble to Me Trouble (by Julia Wetzel) Low Intermediate
Senorita Tu Senorita (by Ira Weisburd) Low Intermediate
The River of Love River of love (by Ira Weisburd) Low Intermediate
Tickets to the Blues One way ticket (by Neils Poulsen) High Beginner
And I love her And I love her (by Vickie Schermbeck) Low Intermediate
Boots Over Head Head over boots (by Stephen Pistoia) Improver
Imeldas Way Inside out (by Adrian Chum) Improver
Long Hot Night I just died in your arms (by Ira Weisburd) Intermediate
Lay Low Lay low (by Darmen “DAZ” Bailey) Low Intermediate
Dirty Work Dirty work (by Scott Blevins) Intermediate
And get it on Marvin Gaye (by Daniel Trepat & Jose M.) Intermediate
First Waltz Rock & roll waltz (by Dee Musk) Beginner
Carolina Girl Carolina girls (by Cody Flowers & Sue Ann E.) High Beginner
No Better Love Ain’t nobody (by Lorenzo Golo Evans,…+) Intermediate
Better When I’m Dancing Better when I’m dancing (by Julia Wetzel) Intermediate
Dear Future Husband Dear future husband (by Julia Wetzel) Intermediate
Exe’s & Oh’s Exe’s & Oh’s (by Amy Glass) Improver
Don’t Don’t (by Amy Glass)           Low Intermediate
Yes! Yes (by Simon Ward & Jo Thompson S.) Intermediate
Love Runs Out Love runs out (by Ruben Luna) Intermediate
Uptown Funk Uptown funk (by Rob Fowler) Intermediate
Celebrate Celebrate (by Guyton Mundy) Intermediate
Sweetness Sugar (by Dancin’ Dean) Intermediate
In Style Style & Booty voodoo (by Derek Steele) Intermediate
Cake by the Ocean Cake by the ocean (by Scott Blevins) Intermediate
No Place I’d Rather Be Rather be (by Shelly & Mark Guichard) Intermediate
Back Again Tornero (by Robbie McGowan Hickie) Intermediate

DANCE TITLE SONG TITLE LEVEL
Easy Love Easy love (by Karolyna Caceres Lopez) Beginner
Judge Not Judge not (by Rachael M.W) Beginner
If I Wuz U Mee Too (by Neville F. & Julie H.) Beginner
Hate Me Tonight Hate me tonight (by Rosie Mutari) High Beginner
Love Like Before Love is gonna live here (by Micaela Srensson E.) Beginner
This Is What You Came For This is what you came for (by Rebecca Lee) Beginner
Big Blue Tree Big blue tree (by Ria Vos) High Beginner
So Just Dance, Dance, Dance! Can’t stop the feeling (by Jose Miguel Belloque V., …+) Intermediate
The Bite La Mordidita (by Ria Vos) Intermediate
Break Free I want to break free (by Me) Low Intermediate
Strip It Down Strip it down (by Rachael M. White) Intermediate
Tango Easy Tango (by Rosalee Musgrave) High Beginner
Solo Amor Solo Quiero Amarte (by Rob Fowler & Vivienne S.) Low Intermediate

DANCE SONG/CHOREOGRAPHER LEVEL
Funk N’ Feel Feel it (by Annemarie Sleeth) Ultra Beginner
Contra Dit Dot Ditty Baby come back to me (by Tyra Farris) Ultra Beginner
Grapevine AB I heard it through the grapevine (by Jean Gandy) Ultra Beginner
Canadian Stroll   Make love to me Ultra Beginner
Easy Love Easy love Ultra Beginner
Under the Moon of Love Under the moon of love (by Rachael M.White) Beginner
Hey Girl Come do a little life (by Michaela Svensson E.) Beginner
Bring Me Sunshine Bring me sunshine (by Joe Spencer) Beginner
Footloose & Fancy Free Footloose (by Sandy Kerrigan) Beginner
Sad Song I took a pill in Ibiza (by Veronique Vernet) Beginner
Friend of Ours Birthday (by V.Scott & Fred Buckley) Beginner
Leave the Night On Leave the night on (by Guy Dube) Beginner
Let the Music Play Let the music play (by Lois Klender) Beginner
What A Rush Lush life (by Darcie De Angelis) Beginner
Someone Feels Like A Fool Someone feels like a fool (by Ira Weisburd) Beginner
I Feel so Good I feel good (by Satu Ketellappen) Beginner
2 Wall Samba La Mucara (by Valerie Garant) Beginner
El Taxi El Taxi (by Fabien Regoli) Beginner
Lolita Lolita (by BM Long) Beginner
Lonely Eyes Lonely Eyes (by Betty Moses) Beginner
Hot Tamales Jr. Hot Tamales (by Szymanski & Robinson) Beginner
Different For Girls Different for girls (by N. Fitzgerald & J. Harris) Beginner
Serenata Di Borgata Serenata di borgata (by Ira Weisburd) Beginner
Rock & Roll Music Rock and roll music (by Rachael M.White) Beginner
Homegrown Homegrown (by Rachael M.White) Beginner
The Bomp Who? Put the bomp? (by Kim Ray) High Beginner
The Waiting Game Waiting game (by Fred Whitehouse,..+) Low Intermediate
Love Potion No.9 Love potion #9 (by Christina Yang) Low Intermediate
A Bit of Crush Girl Crush (by Gaye Teather) Low Intermediate
Brand New Chick New Girl (by Ria Vos) Low Intermediate
My Name Is No No (by Annemarie Sleeth) Low Intermediate
Tell The World Tell the world (by Robbie M.Hickie) Low Intermediate
Just Have Faith It’s alright, it’s ok (by Gary O’Reilly) Intermediate
World Wide Black Betty world wide (by Kayla Cosgrove) Intermediate
Young & Stupid Young & stupid (by Fred Whitehouse) Intermediate
Woman Up Woman up (by Rachael M.W & Amy C.) Intermediate
Levels Levels (by Will Craig) Intermediate
Save The Day One call away (by Karl Henry Winson) Intermediate
About Feelings Mixed drink about feelings (by Ria Vos) Intermediate
Dance Like Your Daddy Dance like your daddy (by Julia Wetzel) Intermediate
The Fighter The Fighter (by Niels Poulsen & Raymond S.) Intermediate
Just A Wonder Heartaches on the dance floor (by Wayne Beazley) Intermediate
Dancing Kizomba Dancing Kizomba (by Jose .Vane,…+) Intermediate
Blue Ain’t Your Color Blue ain’t your colour (by Roy Verdonk) Intermediate
Treat You Better Treat you better (by Darcie DeAngelis) High Intermediate
How I Want Ya How I want ya (by Joey W. & Rachael M.W) High Intermediate
AK Freak I’m a freak (by Rachael M.W & Guyton M.) High Intermediate
Make You Move Get up (by S. Blevins) High Intermediate
Funk N Feel It Feel it (by Rachael M.W & Arjay C.) High Intermediate
Classic:
Hideaway Cha Dance with me (by Joanne Brady,..+) Intermediate
Beautiful In My Eyes Beautiful in my eyes (by Simon Ward) High Intermediate
By request:
Catch & release Catch & release ( D. Mix)(Matt Simons) Improver