Mario Spenard - Former
Mario Spenard / Board Member 2011 - 2012
I started dancing with my partner in life Philippe in 2006 and have been competing in same-sex ballroom competitions since 2008. (Philadelphia Liberty Challenge, NY 5-Boro, Montreal La Fiesta 2008-2011, Copenhagen Outgames 2009 and Cologne Gay-Games 2010. I have been dancing as an amateur since 1972 and participated in numerous ballroom competitions in Canada. I am also a dance teacher for same-sex couples at Montreal "Studio Arc-en-Ciel" (owned by M. Luc Richer), member of the Canadian DanceSport Federation (International Associate Member), and also a music DJ for same-sex and selected ballroom competition events.
Before learning of NASSPDA, I actively participated in meetings to create a Canadian LGBT association in 2008. I was very happy to find that a same-sex organization existed to serve LGBT interests in ballroom dancing for North America. Since 2006, I have also participated in the LGBT Montreal Pride Parade and Community Day promoting same-sex dancing.