Noam Gagnon - Artistic Director and Entrepreneur

"During my first year dancing professionally, I became a member of the DTRC. I also began Pilates, which did wonders for me and I knew that I would like to become a certified teacher one day."

Excerpt from 25 Transitions © 2011 Dancer Transition Resource Centre.  Photo by Chris Randle.

Birthplace:  Montreal, QC
Principal training: Concordia University
Danced with:  Co-Artistic Director of The Holy Body Tattoo and Artistic Director of Co.Vision Selective
Retrained in: Classical Pilates
Currently: Artistic Director of Co.Vision Selective and Owner, Director and Master Trainer of Noam Gagnon’s Wellness Center – Beyond Pilates Inc.

Looking back now I can see that I have always been a dancer, dancing in my living room, bedroom and parties.

I come from a family of visual artists and musicians, and initially believed I would find my destiny here. During my last year in visual arts training, a friend asked me to dance in her piece. She made me a solo, and the first move had me running on stage from the wings into a huge open heart arch jump. This, without knowing it, was how I literally jumped into dance. The world disappeared like it had never before. I felt at home. She said, “Tu est une bête de scene”; that I was made for this.  I had no idea what had happened or what it meant, but I knew it felt great and very special.

I decided to do a six-month experiment by taking dance and choreography classes at Concordia University, to test this world out and help me find myself within it. As my experiment concluded, I realized I was hooked – that I was, in fact, made for this.  After all, dance requires that your body, mind and spirit be connected or assembled in a particular way – some people are born dancers. I went on to complete my degree.

During my first year dancing professionally, I became a member of the DTRC. I also began Pilates, which did wonders for me and I knew that I would like to become a certified teacher one day. That was not the right time though. I had a career to build with The Holy Body Tattoo. The company burst onto the international scene from the word ‘go’, and we worked our butts off (to great acclaim)!  However, after years of touring our very demanding body of work, I was injured during a performance at UCLA and started to realize the need to rebalance the whole of my body. Not ready to retire my dancing shoes yet and with 16 years of Pilates training under my belt at the time, I became certified with the DTRC’s help in 2002.

I have always dreamt big, as big as that first leap into space. Those dreams now inform the work I do at Noam Gagnon’s Wellness Center – Beyond Pilates, as well as my new dance company Compagnie Vision Selective… and I could not be happier enjoying the best of both worlds.

DANCER TRANSITION
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Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.