Today we’d like to introduce you to Enola Bedard.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Enola. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m now 19 years old and I’m originally from Quebec City in Canada. When I was three years old, I first started exploring so many sports and arts like soccer, baseball, skating, swimming, dance, acting, singing and much more for so many years. My attention first stops on acting. From the age of eight, my goal was to become an actress. I did ten years of acting classes at Mode é Arto, an acting school in Quebec that brought me to be in many TV shows, movies and commercials in Canada like Pee-wee 3D, LOL, Laurier Québec.
When I was 13, I started to dance at the school Danse Attitudes in Hip Hop competition teams. At the age of 15, I started to learn more ballet, contemporary, jazz and acro. For five years, I’ve done a lot of competitions in these dance styles and we won a lot of prices. At the age of 16, I choreographed my first contemporary solo that brought me to win a scholarship of 5500$US at Dance Competition to go in LA for a week with Be Discovered. It was the first time that I was going in LA and since then I knew that I wanted to move in LA one. After this amazing experience, I wanted to pursue my dream and to train more to become the best dancer that I can be. I went in LA more than five times around 2-3 times each just training in classes. I didn’t count but I’m sure I’ve been to more than 700 classes since I was 16.
All of this training brought me to be in the amazing company: Immabeast and Immabreathe directed by Wildabeast, Janelle Ginestra and Maryann Chavez. I went in LA by myself and now I can say that I have a second family there, they help me to grow as a dancer and as a human. Also, I’ve been accepted in the Creative Mndz Dance Academy Program created by Antoine Troupe and Kolanie Marks last summer in 2019. This training was so hard physically and mentally but I was so glad that they could provide the best training to the dancers with literally the best choreographer. I’ve learned and grow so much with every single teacher and can’t wait to be back and train with all of them.
Since all of my hard work and training, I had the opportunity to appear on Revolution season 1&2 as a contemporary soloist. It is a TV dance competition in Montreal and Les Twins, Jean-Marc Généreux and Lydia Bouchard are the judges of this show. It was one of the best experiences I ever had and so proud of my hard work in this short amount of time.
Also, after the dance show, I audition in LA for the new Netflix Series: Julie & the Phantoms directed by Kenny Ortega and choreographed by Paul Becker, Tori Caro and Louise Hradsky. During the month of October and November, I had the chance to be one of the dancers of this show for two episodes. The first time that I was dancing on TV shows and can’t wait to do it again. Finally, my goal now would be to get my visa approved and to move in LA to pursue my dreams of dancing and acting.
Has it been a smooth road?
When I was 11, my mom got fraud for 100 000$ from someone that wanted to start a fake company. Since all of our lives change. At first, it was hard because we lost everything: house, money, material… I started to work at the age of 13 because my mom couldn’t afford all of my dance classes. So my focus at this age wasn’t only school and friend, It was more about to help my mom financially and make sure that she can bring us food on the table.
So each week I was at school, at dance or selling chocolates. I did this for more than seven years. Still today, we don’t have more money but we realize that we can do anything if we put the time and effort into it. We are even happier than ever and I’ll be always thankful to my mom that learn me everything to become a better human at first. I’ve been to LA 5 times and I don’t even know how we made everything happen but we just have faith in life and God and that’s how we keep going without looking back.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I can describe myself first as someone who is perseverant and determinated to accomplish her dreams in dancing and acting. What makes me different is only my mindset through life which helps me grow faster. In everything, I put my heart and soul and it is what people can see when I’m dancing and acting. I love to tell stories through movement and with my creativity, I love to bring people for a short amount of time in another place.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see myself moving in LA, getting my visa approved, dance on stage with big artists, acting in movies and being healthy and happy.
In ten years or more, I would love to start my own foundation to help the dance community financially. It is so hard to get a great training because everything is so expensive and so families can’t afford everything for their child. I want to help these dancers that dream big and provide them some financial help to keep pushing to realize their dreams.
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