“Revolution”: a professional springboard

“Revolution”: a professional springboard

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By taking part in “Revolution”, Leïa Tessier feels like she is taking a big step, one that will make her a professional dancer. And that's just the beginning. 

Her first issue, which she dedicated to her grandmother, confirms that she has the talent, the technique and the perseverance. She also proved that she was an incarnated natural, as Lydia Bouchard explained.

For her first solo participation, but her second appearance on the show, Leïa wanted above all to show her skills as a soloist. “Dancing is what I want to do in my life. This experience will give me confidence and take me somewhere else. At the same time, I can already say that I am a professional, since I teach full-time, in Quebec. I live from dancing.”

After having dabbled in soccer and gymnastics, her first dance class, at the age of 4, was like a revelation. 

“I liked it right away. At the age of 6, I then started competition. That dance should become my job has always been obvious to me, but I was waiting for the click to admit it to myself and move forward. When my grandma passed away, I was doing CEGEP online, and I really didn't like it. It was during this period that I was offered to teach full time. I didn't hesitate, and I went for it.”

A sign

It is therefore no coincidence that Leïa chose to dedicate her “Revolution” audition number to her grandmother. She wanted to present a choreography that illustrates the time that passes quickly and that we don't always have time to say goodbye to the people we love.

“My grandma died during heart artery surgery. She never woke up. As it was during the pandemic, there were only two people who were able to say goodbye to him in the hospital. She was a big “fan” of the show and she would have been very moved to see her little girl solo on TV.”

The young girl has no expectations of the show.&nbsp ;

“I just wanted to live this experience and I will see what will happen, if I receive proposals thanks to this. Anyway, dancing is what makes me live, it's the reason why I get up in the morning. I need to dance to feel good, I am in control of my body, but with a release of my mind at the same time. It does me a lot of good.”

Willcharles and Bradley, 26, Montreal

After participating as a group in the first season, Willcharles and Bradley decided to try their luck as a duo. 

“We've been dancing together for a long time and we complement each other perfectly,” Willcharles said. We are a group of six friends outside of dancing. We all have the same mentality, the same way of seeing life. When we talk, we don't have to say words, and we know what we're talking about. We are already hyper connected, which means that when we dance together, it is even easier. We have almost the same brain.» 

With their concept of virtual reality and their incredible revolution, the two guys have put the masters in their pocket. 

“We were pretty daredevils when we were younger,” Bradley said. We are a little less now, but we are inspired by the follies of our youth to create revolutionary moments by making it a little more impressive.

Hybrid, 11 to 14 years old, Montreal and surroundings

It was behind the scenes of the second season that the members of Hybride got to know each other, their meeting was like an artistic thunderbolt. “I knew one of the girls in the troupe and we realized that we all had things in common,” explained Zack, the only guy in the group. 

With Cindy Mateus, winner of the third season, as coach, the troupe has all the tools in hand to go as far as possible.

“In addition, since we are friends outside the studio, we feels like having fun while working.” Lydia Bouchard also underlined the exceptional teamwork they presented during the audition. For Zack, however, the pressure is different than dancing in a group. 

“In solo, if you mess up, you can pick up with another move. People won't necessarily see that you're wrong. In a group, you have to respect the choreography, because everyone has to do the same movements. It's more complicated, but it's so much more fun to dance with people you like and have fun with.”

Ivanna Vaitkus, 17, Toronto

After her one-on-one failure last season, Ivanna was very disappointed, but she was still surprised, and happy, to see the nice comments sent to her after the broadcast. 

“It motivated me to come back this year. The last time, the masters didn't see enough of my emotion, they mostly saw my technique as a dancer. This time, I wanted to put my heart on the stage.” Between her two appearances, the young Torontonian worked harder and harder to add maturity to her movements. 

“I had something to prove to the masters. Dancing is like a necessary thing in my life, I can't live without it. It is a necessity for living. If I don't dance, I can't flourish and grow.” And when she thinks about the next face-off, she's just a little stressed. “I'm more confident, even if it's still difficult.”

The candidates selected this week:

Antonina and Denys, 32 and 37, New York (USA) (ballroom)

Hybrid, 11 to 14 years old, Montreal and surroundings (fusion)

Willcharles and Bradley, 26, Montreal (hip-hop)

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Ivanna Vaitkus, 17, Toronto, ON (contemporary)

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Leïa Tessier, 19, Quebec (contemporary)

Undercurrent, 19 to 21 years old, Châteauguay (hip-hop)

Théo, 15 years old, Saint-Lambert (contemporary)

Candidates on waivers:

Marie-Michelle Darveau, 30, Montreal (contemporary)

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Karen Rakotoniorina, 16, Gatineau (contemporary)

Charles-Gao, 31, Montreal (breakdance)