We feel so honored to have the lovely Kaela Faloon as this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY. Kaela had a natural love for dance from a very young age and today she is best known for her organic ability to embrace movement effortlessly. This gifted girl derives her innovative style from her attention to detail, musicality and texture. Her untethered honesty, exceptional clarity and true passion are what make her so captivating to watch as a performer. Even after much success, Kaela remains humble and her unparalleled drive is what fuels her ambition to be all she can be and more. This hardworking girl believes in trusting the process and recognizes that everyone’s path is different. Only once we love and accept ourselves unapologetically can we truly fulfill our purpose.

Kaela’s professional journey with dance began when she was one of the very few dancers to be accepted into Ryerson University's dance program. While at Ryerson University, Kaela trained in Ballet, Jazz and Modern, under many acclaimed faculty members from The National Ballet of Canada and The Toronto Dance Theatre. Following graduation, Kaela continued to pursue dance at the commercial level, which led her to work with many reputable dancers and choreographers in the entertainment industry. Some of Kaela’s credits include the iHeart Radio Music Awards, MMVA'S, WE Day, TIFF, Fashion Art Toronto, Calgary Stampede, Grey Cup, Much Music's Best Dance Crew, Luminato Festival, Summer Rush and the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony. Kaela can be seen in music videos with artists such as Rihanna, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Shawn Desman, Jully Black, Shawn Mendes, Audio Playground, Karl Wolf and Jill Barber. It doesn’t stop there, Kaela has also worked with various artists on numerous live and touring performances including 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. It’s safe to say that this girl is killin’ it!

What we love most about Kaela is how she is always striving to reach new limits. In 2016, Kaela assimilated her heels company, Sensual Heeling, where she trains both women and men to exude confidence in their heels. We admire how Kaela utilizes her extensive knowledge, talent and undeniable love for heels to impact the world in a greater way. Kaela encourages us to learn, acknowledge and appreciate what makes us who we are. The fact that we are all different means we all have something unique to offer. This amazing girl reminds us that there are no endings, and only new beginnings. Challenges are presented to us for a reason and we can often turn them into learning opportunities. Thank you Kaela for reminding us to continually set new standards for ourselves and keep the bar high!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What did it feel like to book your first dream job?

Ahhhhhh booking my first dream job was a whirlwind of emotions; I was so excited while at the same time I wanted to throw up. There’s no better, yet scarier feeling than your dreams being closer than you think, when they literally smack you in the face and say “I’m here”! I learnt a lot from that performance, because I was thrown onto the Much Music Video Award stage in a matter of hour’s hahaha! It taught me that I needed to be able to pick up choreography and execute it with confidence quicker than I had ever imagined, that having a healthy mindset throughout the process was imperative, that distractions would continuously surround me, especially with last minute live performances, but remaining focused on the task is key, and above all to remember that I was chosen for a reason, that I wouldn’t have been put in that situation if I didn’t deserve it. This performance has been a performance I reflect on often, to remind me of my humble beginnings and to remind me to always remain humble as I continue to grow. No matter the job, big or small, I still am that “First dream job” Kaela, the nerves are still there, the anticipation is still strong, but the moments on stage are priceless and gone in seconds. Treat every job like it’s your dream major job, because you never know when it could be your last.

Why is it important for women to support one another?

Women supporting women is so important because we face so many damaging pressures and expectations from outside forces, that uniting and believing in one another is a crucial part in silencing them. I believe women have difficulty supporting one another because it has been engrained in us to be jealous of one another, to be unsupportive of another woman’s success because it will in turn hinder our own. However, we as women must understand that we all have something so unique and special to offer this world, and despite someone’s gift being similar to ours, we share it with the world in our own personalized ways. “No one is you, and that is your power” is a quote I recite often, as it reassures me that I offer something so incredibly unique to this world, something that no one can ever take away from me because there is only one Kaela Faloon. Once you understand your purpose on earth, and trust this purpose, you are able to openly support others. Women supporting women stems from supporting yourself, loving yourself, believing in yourself, knowing the power you hold in this world and the influence you have on it, and knowing that no one can ever take this power away from you. Once you love yourself, you're able to love and celebrate others, and there's simply nothing more beautiful than that.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned? What have you gained from facing challenges?

TRUST YOURSELF... and it’s honestly a lesson I continuously remind myself of. This industry is a difficult one, and it seems to get tougher and tougher each day. But it’s truly important to listen to yourself, listen to your mind, your body, and your soul and understand what steps you need to take in order to remain the truest form of yourself. Understand that everything happens when it needs to happen, that your path is different than the person next to you, that perfection does not exist, that mistakes are healthy because through them growth happens, and that the ones that are supposed to stick with you will stick with you through thick and thin. TRUSTING MYSELF and TRUSTING THE PROCESS, has been a valuable life lesson when I’ve needed to check myself...because we all need some healthy check ins.

Challenges hahaha...I’ve now come to look them dead in the eye, and determine why they are presenting themselves. Is it a life lesson? Am I getting too comfortable? Am I not using my full potential? Is it karma haha? No matter the challenge, there is always a reason, and always an outcome, and sometimes the outcome isn’t what we had hoped for, but it is what we needed in order to take the next step in our lives. Challenges create character; they make us who we are, to live with more purpose, and to be grateful to see another day. I'm thankful for all the challenges I've faced, because I wouldn’t be the woman I am without them.

What do you love most about dancing in heels? Why did you decide to start your own heels company?

I don’t know what it is about a 4 inch pump, but it’s the most liberating feeling. I feel so powerful, so alive, so unapologetically myself, everything just feels better in a heel. My love and passion for heels has been there since a very young age, but I never knew how therapeutic it would be for myself and for my students, hence the launch of my brand, my heels company "Sensual Heeling". My creation of Sensual Heeling started off as a workshop series "Sensual" being the descriptive word of my movement and choreography and "Heeling" being the descriptive word of how the ladies would leave the workshop "healed in their heels". The whole intention behind the creation of Sensual Heeling was to be able to dedicate more time in training the ladies who attended my drop in heels classes on a regular basis. I really wanted to get to know these ladies, to understand their stories; I wanted to expose their wounds in order to be able to heal them. I wanted them to use dance as a way to heal themselves, to forgive themselves, to trust themselves, to understand their power and how it holds so much value in all aspects of their life, not just in the four walls of the dance studio. I wanted them to see how incredible they are, how inspiring they are, and how their presence is a true gift to this world. My workshops then developed into the creation of Sensual Heeling Company, where I dedicated even more time in developing and shaping women who wanted to pursue dance at a more professional level. The company was a way for me to be a mentor to these young women; I wanted to provide them with the tools to be highly respected in this industry, without entitlement or an ego. Our company motto has always been "talented but humble", that we are neither above nor below anyone, that we welcome those around us and we inspire them to do the same. Sensual Heeling has grown into one powerful movement, a movement that is whole-heartedly me. I pour my heart and soul into every second with these women, because I continuously see myself in them. As much as I inspire these women, they in turn inspire me, and I am so thankful that I am able to heal women through my gift that is "Sensual Heeling".

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A girl who is unapologetically herself and who encourages others to be unapologetic as well.