Archive | October, 2019

KAELA FALOON

9 Oct

This week’s Dancer/Choreographer feature goes to Kaela Faloon. Kaela is known for her effortless ability to embrace movement. Her innovative style is performed with honesty, clarity and true passion, derived from her attention to detail, musicality and texture. Kaela always had a natural love for dance, but only enrolled in dance classes at the age of eleven where she grew to learn the foundation of Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Her training proved successful when she was honoured to be one of the very few dancers accepted into Ryerson University’s dance program. While at Ryerson University, Kaela trained under many acclaimed faculty members from The National Ballet and The Toronto Dance Theatre such as Nadia Potts, Maureen Consolati, Tanya Evidente, Karen Duplisea, Vicki St. Denys, Louis Laberge-Côté, and Derek Sangster. Kaela continued to pursue dance at the professional level following Ryerson University, which lead her to work with many reputable dancers and choreographers in the commercial dance industry; Jessica Castro, Rhapsody James, Tina Landon, Aisha Francis, Galen Hooks, Tracy Phillips, Sean Bankhead, Charm La’Donna, Tiana Gandelman, Antony Ginandjar, Ashley Evans, Luther Brown, Toya Robinson Beadeau, Scott Fordham, Hollywood Jade, Mark Samuels, Caroline Torti and Bree Wasylenko to name a few.

Kaela’ s credits include; iHeart Radio Music Awards, MMVA’S, TIFF, WE Day, Fashion Art Toronto, Calgary Stampede, Grey Cup, Much Music’s Best Dance Crew, Luminato Festival, Summer Rush, Pan Am Games Opening ceremony, music videos –  Rihanna, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Shawn Desman, Jully Black, Shawn Mendes, Audio Playground, Karl Wolf, and Jill Barber to name a few. She has also worked with artists on numerous live and touring performances, some of these artists include Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Mya, Estelle, Flo Rida, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mia Martina, Massari, Hedley, The Roots, Sharaya J, Basshunter, Kreesha Turner, Anjulie, Bow Wow, Nickelback, Mariana’s Trench, Young MC, Sugar Hill Gang, Naughty by Nature, Rob Base and many more.

In 2016 Kaela incorporated her heels company, Sensual Heeling Inc, where she trains women and men how to exude confidence in their heels. Kaela’s knowledge and understanding of heels is extensive and her passion and talent is undeniable. Her company may be young but she has every intention of Sensual Heeling Inc. becoming internationally known.

Kaela is always pushing herself to new limits. There is never an ending in her eyes, only new beginnings, that challenge her to set new standards for herself to grow as a dancer, performer and choreographer. Kaela has a genuine passion for the performing arts and knows that her commitment and devotion will drive her to be all that she can be and so much more.

Bio provided by Kaela

Headshot-Kaela Faloon

http://www.kaelafaloon.com

Follow Kaela on Instagram: @kaelafaloon

Follow Sensual Heeling on Instagram: @sensualheeling

 

Check out what Kaela had to say in this week’s feature…

Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?

Kaela: My parents said I started dancing as soon as I physically could haha. I was most definitely the entertainer of the family, being the youngest of 3, and the youngest by 7 years. I was forever entertaining my family, and I loved creating shows to perform for them. No matter the family function or gathering, I would ensure I had something to perform. Not only did I love performing at a young age, I had an obsession with heels. I was fascinated with heels and began wearing them as soon as I could walk. My obsession for heels was so well known that my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Donelly would bring heels from her house for me to play with at playtime, because I would constantly ask to wear her heels.

It’s so beautiful how my passion for dance and my love for heels has unfolded into the creation of my heels company “Sensual Heeling”. It was something I never envisioned, nor ever imagined founding, but it was a part of my story from the very beginning and reflecting back on it all is so heartwarming.

 

Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)

Kaela: Yes, I was in grade 2 and myself and my best friend at the time, Deirdre Barnes, choreographed a routine to “Gonna Make You Sweat/Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory for our school talent show. The funny part about this was that Deirdre was the trained dancer, yet I was so eager to take full control of the concept, choreography and costumes haha. Looking back, it makes so much sense as to where I am now in my life. At such a young age, I was so passionate & determined to see my visions come to life, and that is something that has remained consistent for me as an adult and the driving force that has led me to achieve my biggest and most challenging goals. This song will forever bring a smile to my face and remind me that my journey was not a mistake, that everything has led me to this very point in my life, and it will continue to bring me to greater levels if I pursue it fearlessly.

 

Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?

Kaela: Practice! Practice! Practice! The only way to get comfortable with freestyling is staying consistent with it, and then once you feel consistent with it, challenging yourself with different concepts and ideas that will allow you to access different qualities and textures of movement. Freestyling to different music, in different settings, with different dancers, with non-dancers, with props, with specific concepts or themes…You never want to remain comfortable, and your goal is to challenge yourself in order to expand your personal dance vocabulary.

 

Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?

Kaela: It is so interesting how my creative process has evolved throughout the years… When I first started teaching and choreographing it would take me a couple days to create work that I felt proud to teach and share. I felt best when I was over prepared and my choreography took time. Fast forward 5 years, and now my best work creatively and artistically comes from me working organically on the spot with my dancers. Is this process for everyone? Absolutely not, we all create differently, and you have to go through years of experimenting to understand your creative process. For some creating comes quicker, and for others it’s a bit more challenging, but both are equally valid. For me, I love feeling a bit under pressure to create, whether that is a time constraint or choreographing on the spot in front of my dancers, because it allows me to trust myself, trust my talent, and to trust the raw & vulnerable parts of my creative process because that is where my authenticity lies. As scary as it is to create openly and unapologetically in front of my dancers, I always leave so fulfilled, because I know that my work speaks my artistic truth.

 

Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?

Kaela: My two biggest dance influences in the dance industry would be Jessica Castro & Rhapsody James, simply because they saw something in me before I saw something in myself. These two women are true mentors not only as dancers and choreographers but as women, and I am so thankful for everything they have taught me and continue to teach me. I have trained with many successful Dancers/Choreographers and have invested in many dance intensives and workshops, and to this day none compare to Jessica Castro’s “Lipstick Diaries” & “League of Her Own” and Rhapsody’s “Motivating Excellence”. These two women provide quality training, that will elevate you to the next level, and make you step up to be the best version of yourself. They exemplify greatness, and demand that you exemplify it as well. Training under these two icons has been one of the biggest blessings I could have ever asked for, and I am forever grateful for their knowledge, their guidance, and their consistent belief in me as a dancer and choreographer. If you are looking to take your training to the next level, I suggest you find a way to train with them, because they are life changing.

 

Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?

Kaela: I absolutely love working with the one and only Toya Bedeau because she is truly one of a kind. For me personally, I want to be on jobs where I’m surrounded by talented and good-hearted people, who inspire me, motivate me, and elevate me to the next level, and that is exactly what Toya does. Toya is one of the most talented and humble dancers/Choreographers that I have ever met, she’s professional, organized, and always ensures her dancers are safe and taken care of (which unfortunately is rare in our industry). Toya has provided me with numerous dance opportunities (dancing for Mya being one of them…yes that’s right Mya) and I will forever remind her how grateful I am for everything she has done and continues to do for me. She is one phenomenal woman, and if you’ve been in her presence, you are one of the lucky ones.

If I can give a piece advice to dancers, it’s to remember those who believed in you, those special individuals who gave you a chance at the beginning of your career, and every so often thank them and remind them of their importance. Thank you, Toya, for continuously trusting me, and providing me with incredible opportunities, I appreciate you more than you know.

 

Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star. Any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)

Kaela: Mya is hands down one of the best artists that I have had the honour of consistently working with for the past 4 years. I say this, because as mentioned above, success to me is surrounding yourself with incredibly talented and humble individuals who elevate you to be the best version of yourself, and Mya exemplifies this and so much more. She conducts herself so professionally no matter the circumstance, and ensures her entire team feels comfortable with any decision she makes while on the job. She truly cares about everyone’s well-being and to me that speaks volumes about her, not only as a celebrity but as a human being. Mya radiates talent, work ethic, independence, and professionalism, all the qualities I admire in a woman, and to have the honour to call her my boss is a gift I will never take for granted. She truly is an inspirational woman and being in her presence elevates me as a dancer, choreographer, and most importantly a woman.

 

Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?

Kaela: Toronto dancers are incredibly hungry, and we are driven to keep elevating our training, simply because we constantly compare ourselves to the dancers and opportunities in the States. We feel as if we aren’t good enough or we aren’t ready, when in reality, we’ve been ready… the opportunities just don’t present themselves as frequently as they do in the States. Now I see this as an advantage, because we have trained ourselves to establish solid foundations built on strong work ethic, drive and dedication to our craft, which are admirable qualities, and will only prove successful in the longevity of our careers. Nothing in life comes easy, but with a solid foundation, nothing can knock you off of your hustle and grind.

Toronto dancers are some of my favourite dancers, simply because our hustle, passion and talent are equally matched.

 

Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?

Kaela: Stop chasing other people’s dreams and goals and start chasing your own. Understand that through hard work, perseverance and being a good person, comes amazing opportunities that are right for you. I see too many dancers rushing the process, skipping the steps, and changing who they are so that they can fit in, and my answer is simply this… understand who you are first before you start chasing “the dream”, experiment and train to see what feels good and what feels right for you, follow your heart, not the crowd, understand that your journey will look different than others and that’s a beautiful thing, and most importantly know your standards and when to step away from things that do not serve you anymore. At the end of the day if you are not happy, then it is not worth it, and you changing who you are or following someone else’s dreams will never fulfill your heart. You need to be true to you, in order to find your purpose.

 

Nikki: Any upcoming projects, shows or classes you would like to share with T.D.O.T. ?
Kaela: Follow me on instagram @kaelafaloon and my heels company Sensual Heeling Inc @sensualheeling to stay up to date with upcoming performances, classes, and workshops

I teach every Wednesday night at The Underground Dance Centre:

5pm Beg Jazz Funk

6pm Beg Heels

7pm Int/Adv Heels

I also host my 6 Week Sensual Heeling Workshops on Sundays. The next 6 week session is coming up details below

Dates: Sunday October 27th- Sunday December 1st (6 consecutive Sundays)
Foundations of Heels
5:30pm-7pm 
Beg/Int Heels
7pm-9pm 
Location: The Underground Dance Centre

 

Check out Kaela’s Reel

THANK YOU KAELA FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO

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