Sylvain Émard Danse

Le Grand Continental

Available to tour for seasons: 2025-26, 2024-25, 2023-24

Photo credit

Photographer: Robert Etcheverry




30 min.

Number of interpreter(s)

65 danseurs amateurs minimum

Target audience(s)

All Audiences


Contemporary, Grand ensemble, In situ, Mediation available


Mix popular tradition and contemporary art. Combine highly festive line dancing with the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance. When Sylvain Émard accepted the challenge of this unlikely marriage, he had no idea of the enthusiastic audience response he would unleash or of how extremely popular it would become.

In 2009, Le Grand Continental featured some sixty dancers at Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques. One year later, Le Très Grand Continental boasted 120 amateur dancers of all ages and backgrounds, guided by a handful of professional dancers. Once again, the show was an audience favourite at the FTA. That was followed by a presentation in Mexico of El Gran Continental where disco, techno and country music became cumbia, salsa and danzón. In 2011, the concept has led to an entirely new piece. Making its world première at the Festival TransAmériques, Le Continental XL has a cast of some 200 amateur dancers performing at Place des Festivals. To celebrate Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Sylvain Émard Danse created Le Super Méga Continental. This offspring in Le Grand Continental family featured 375 amateur dancers at Place des Festivals, in September 2017.

Since then, New York, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), Ottawa, Boston, Vancouver, Ansan (South Korea), Wellington (New Zealand), Santiago (Chile), Potsdam (Germany), St.Pölten (Austria) and Toronto, were won over by this joyous work. Some 3000 dancers participated in one or more of those 22 editions, which attracted close to 125,000 spectators.

A Sylvain Émard Danse and Festival TransAmériques co-production, co-presented by Quartier des spectacles.


Sylvain Émard


Sylvain Émard, 1 local rehearsal coach, 2 local rehearsal assistants and 65 local amateur dancers.

Dancers: A minimum of 65 local amateur dancers of all ages (from 12 to 75 years old) and backgrounds – recruited on-site and on the Web. The process takes place over a period of approximately 11 weeks, for a total of 22 rehearsal sessions.


Maya Daoud
514 598-1733
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