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Name: Pier-Loup Lacour

Age: 25

Where are you from and where are you based?

Montreal and Montreal

Occupation: Professional dancer

When did you start doing this and how did you get into it?

I started dance at 8 years old. My grand-mother heard there was an audition for the kids in the Nutcracker of les Grands Ballets Canadiens. I loved theater but never danced before. Nevertheless, I went to the audition and got a part in the show. When the contract finished, one of the ballet teachers told me I should audition for l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec. A year later I started my professional training at the school.

What is a typical day like for you?

7:30: Shower and breakfast

8:30: Going to the studio

9:00: Warm up and personal strengthening exercises

10:00: Ballet class

11:30 to 6:00: Rehearsals

6:00: Stretching and rolling

6:30: Going home

7:00: Shower

7:30: Cooking dinner

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Touring schedule is always a bit different depending on the program we are performing and the city we are in. But it looks in general like this:

10:00: Breakfast

11:00: Shower

12:00: Going to the theater and start warming up on stage

1:00: Ballet Class

2:45: Spacing on stage/ Walk through the show/ Rehearsals

6:00: Break/Lunch

7:00: Makeup and Warm up

8:00: Show

10:30: Back to the hotel/ dinner in the room or dinner with the company dancers in a local restaurant.

What are the essentials tools you need for your craft?

You need to be open minded and ready for everything at every moment. Discipline and the desire to be better every time is important too.

What is unique about what you do?

The feeling of giving your everything on stage around the world and sharing the experience with other beautiful dancers. There is also something really amazing in the continuous pursuit of becoming the best you, physically and mentally without cutting the artistic part of yourself.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

What annoys and frustrates me the most is when people ask, “Ok, but what’s your real job?” It takes time and work for a show to come together and for it to mature beautifully. The magic doesn’t happen overnight! It takes many hours to make our dancing look effortless and get the stamina for long performances. This is a part of my job and it is full time. Dance is always on my mind.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists?

I would suggest to always be open for new experiences and opportunities. Confidence comes with experience so get as many experiences you can. Additionally, working hard is good, but it’s not worth it if it’s not fun.

Where can we look for you online or otherwise?

You can look up bjmdanse.ca

I don’t share a lot of videos because of choreographic copyrights, but you can find me on Instagram @PierLoup

Pier Loup’s select: HOXTON – BLACK

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