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September 2011

Spectacular dance show graces the floor of Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium

An extraordinary event occurred at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium on Saturday, September 24. The sixth annual La Relance ballroom dancing competition, presented by DanseSport Québec, was one professionally run operation.
The competition included several dancing styles, including Latin (cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive) and standard (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz and the quick step) ballroom dance routines. The competitors were from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and even Vermont, with championship rounds in the youth, adult and senior categories. Competitors ranged in  age  from 11 to 60 and older.

Jean-Francois Rousseau, the president of Danse Sport Québec, was on the dance floor as well with his wife and dance partner Nathalie Ladouceur. They are the Ten-Dance Quebec Senior 1 champions.

When I walked into our gym, I barely recognized it.  The folks from Danse Sport had totally remodeled the interior with spectacular lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system and a dance floor surrounded by tables for seating – each outfitted with golden tablecloth curtains. Councillors Dida Berku and Allan J.  Levine joined my family with their spouses. Hats off to Alvin Fishman of our Parks and Recreation Department for being the liaison with this group for the past few months and working a 16 hour shift.

We did get the word out to local residents to attend, but I am afraid too late.  They do not know what they missed. The dance moves were mesmerizing and I caught a few of them for you on video.




I also spoke to dance icon Jean-Marc Généreux, best known  perhaps as the charismatic judge  on the just cancelled CTV show So You Think You Can Dance Canada. He was in the house because his 15 year old son Jean-Francis performed earlier in the day.



Major dance competition coming to CSL Saturday, September 24

Excitement is building in the City of Côte Saint-Luc for the prestigious sixth annual La Relance 2011 competition on Saturday, September 24 (1 p.m. to 11 p.m).  Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of city council are thrilled that Danse Sport Québec chose the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium to hold  this large scale event. 

Here is an example of the kind of excitement you can expect:


More than 500 people are expected to be in attendance to watch  latin (cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive)  and standard  (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese  waltz and the  quick step) ballroom dance routines, featuring competitors from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and even Vermont. There will also be championship rounds in the youth, adult and senior categories, with competitors ranging from the age of 11 to 60 plus.  Jean-Francois Rousseau, the president of Danse Sport Québec, will be on the dance floor as well with his wife and dance partner Nathalie Ladouceur (pictured below).  The couple practice and train with many of the stars who have performed on the recent edition of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.  They are the 10 Dances  Quebec Senior 1 champions.

Danny Arbour (pictured at the bottom), who was a top 10 finalist in the first season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada and season two top two finalist Vincent Desjardins,  will be in attendance as will  other past competitors from the hit CTV show and perhaps even some surprise guests.

 “The Quebec Danse Sport Federation is an organization which brings together amateur dancers in this province,” Rousseau explains. “Our goal is to promote dance. All of the people who work with us do so on a volunteer basis.


François Pruneau et Amélie Nadeau “Our competitions,” he continued, “can be compared to figure skating as all of the couples  in each category perform together at the same time on the dance floor. Judges must deliberate at the same time. Our music is not decided in advance. We only know the type of dance that will be required. We are very excited to be be holding this competition in Côte St-Luc puisque as the people there have been very nice and accomodating and  the facility is nice."

Francois Pruneau (right), who made this season's SYTYCDC Top 10, has been part of this competition tin the past.

Tickets cost $35 for adults and $15 for children.  Côte St-Luc residents who show their Fun Cards will benefit from a reduced rate of  $15  for adults and $5 for teenagers and children 16 years and younger . For more information go to  or call 514-418-TANGo (8264).



Community organizations tour new CSL ACC

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Representatives from community organizations were impressed with our new ACC.


I established the Intercommunity Relations Committee six years ago as a way to bring community organizations operating within Côte Saint-Luc the opportunity to connect. Many  successful meetings have taken place, often hosted by the organizations themselves such as Maimonides Geriatric Centre, the CLSC Réne Cassin, Beth Zion Congregation, Congregation   Or Hahayim,  Mount Sinai Hospital and Bialik High School.

With the very recent opening of the state-of-the-art $18 million Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) on Parkhaven Avenue, it was only appropriate to gather organizational reps for a tour of the facility.

Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff and City Councillor Ruth Kovac  (co-chair of the  project) served as the guides. Not surprisingly everyone in the group  was very impressed with the building and its facilities.

The ACC was designed to promote and facilitate active lifestyles and promote wellness, in the holistic sense of the term. People will be able to benefit from an indoor competition pool, an indoor recreation pool, a fitness room, a teen lounge, a games rooms, a kids room and babysitting service, a large rentable space for parties and conferences (something which community organizations were particularly interested in), a dance and aerobic studio, senior lounges, a library branch, an art studio and more.

Mr. Taveroff explained that since the building’s official opening on September 6, “we have had an overwhelming response to the programs we are offering. Every day people line up to register. It has gone beyond our expectations.”

As part of the tour Councillor Kovac showed everyone the spot in the atrium of the building where a brand new café will soon be operational. From there people can look out at the soon to be unveiled Imagination Park, located right by the outdoor pool. It was explained that the wonderful indoor gymnasium, built in 2001, was connected to the new complex. Besides hosting many of the city’s own programs, the gym is rented out by local schools.

Regarding the large  multi-purpose room, Mr. Taveroff explained  that it will be able  to seat 375 people cabaret and 435 theatre style. It can also be divided into three smaller rooms. There is a full kitchen (not kosher). It is anticipated that  this will be available for rentals towards the end of October.

The governments of Quebec and Canada gave Côte Saint-Luc grants totalling up to a maximum of $11.57 million, which equals two-thirds of the costs of building the facility. The City of Côte Saint-Luc funded the other third. 

Les Cours Marc Chagall update

Côte  Saint-Luc  City Council has approved a  lease between with Les Cours Marc Chagall Inc., granting the developers  of the planned 21 unit  town house complex on Marc Chagall Avenue  the right to lease, occupy, use, and build a temporary road on  strip of land  which will allow them access the project for their construction work.

The term is effective October 1, 2011 and expires on June 30, 2012 (unless  we agree to different dates) in exchange for rent of $500  a month plus taxes. The developer must put up a $15,000 damage deposit and  restore the property to its previous condition upon expiry of the lease.

I am hopeful that the developers will be successful in selling enough units in the coming weeks so they can break ground before the winter.

In Anita Benabou Rozenblat,  they certainly have one talented real estate agent. Take a look at the video she prepared for prospective owners:




Westbound lanes of Kiidare Road to be closed

Here is an important notice from our Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc, Anthony Housefather.

Dear residents,

The westbound lanes of Kildare Rd. (the side closest to the Cavendish Mall) between Cavendish Blvd. and Kellert Ave. will be temporary closed from approximately Monday, September 12 to Friday, September 16, 2011 so that construction crews preparing the infrastructure at the new residential development can connect sewer lines and electrical power cables. 

The lane closures were, unfortunately, necessary. While motorists will be able to drive in both directions on the other side of Kildare Rd. with one lane open in each direction, it will take longer for you to get to your destination, so please give yourself extra time if using Kildare. We would encourage you to please consider alternate routes to avoid that stretch of road. 

We are going to do everything possible to improve the flow of traffic while lanes are closed. Our Public Safety Department is deploying its Public Security agents and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) to help improve traffic flow and ensure the safety of pedestrians who need to cross at the Cavendish/Kildare intersection. Officers from Neighbourhood Police Station 9 will also be involved. 

The new residential development on the southern part of the Cavendish Mall site will be a beautiful area for residents to walk, jog, or bicycle through when the major sections are completed in 2012. In the mean time, there will be some inconveniences. Please rest assured that I am personally monitoring the situation to ensure that these inconveniences are minimized to the greatest degree possible. 


Anthony Housefather