Dance came early into Émile’s life through his parents’ work who were the directors of a Montreal-based dance-theatre company called Pigeons International. Though he always entertained a keen interest in the performing arts, it was only later in his life that he dared to aspire to become a dancer. His first passion was for words and prose. Indeed, for much of his childhood and teenage years, he was set on becoming a writer. This led him to pursue Liberal Arts studies at Marianopolis College (Québec, Canada) for the sake of broadening his understanding of the world so that he may better write about it. In 2017, his studies were interrupted by a medical leave during which he attended his very first dance class. He was instantly love-struck and, from then on, assiduously followed evening ballet classes until one of his teachers noticed him and encouraged him to train at a higher level. And so he joined, for a short stay, l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec before integrating the Ballet Divertimento school for a three-year program from which he graduated in 2020. That same year, he enrolls into l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal’s professional program during which his love for dance deepened and became more focused. After many years of training, Émile is now eager to be set on the path of new discoveries and ready to face deeper, more daring challenges.
Photo: Julie Artacho