Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, there was only one thing that really intrigued Kaela Faloon from a young age, and that was dance. Her parents say that she started dancing as soon as she physically could, and that passion has never wavered. She was always the entertainer in the family, putting on shows and dance routines at any function or gathering she could. She was born to perform, but despite this, Faloon’s real journey in dance did not begin until she was 11, when she finally enrolled in lessons, far later than most. Once she began, however, there was no turning back.
“I honestly never knew that I could turn my passion for dance into a career. I always loved dance and hoped for it to somehow loop around and be a part of my life, but it was never a profession that I had dreamed to pursue because I had no role models or mentors around me who had successfully achieved it. However, I began to understand that dancing professionally was a possibility, and that all my goals and aspirations were more than attainable through hard work and determination,” said Faloon.
Now, Faloon is a celebrated dancer in her home country of Canada and internationally, working with chart topping musicians like Mya, Meghan Trainor, Mia Martina, Nick Jonas, and many more. Her days are a constant whirlwind, and that’s just what she likes. Whether rehearsing for a big show, working with her dance company Sensual Heeling, or on set for a music video, Faloon spends each day living that childhood dream.
One of Faloon’s most successful music videos was fellow Canadian Shawn Mendes’ “Something Big” in which she was a principal dancer. Released in 2014, Mendes was a new, young, emerging artist at the time of the shoot, and Faloon felt he had an incredibly successful career ahead of him.
“I love that Shawn continues to write all his own music, despite his success. At such a young age, he is setting the example and expectations for the younger generation, to follow in, to understand that being invested in your work, and in your career is valuable, in order to receive the accolades you desire,” said Faloon.
In addition to collaborating with Mendes, the video allowed Faloon to work with choreographer Scott Fordham, who has worked with many superstars throughout his career. Faloon has been one of Fordham’s most reliable dancers throughout the years, working on many notable projects together, including Grammy Winner Nelly Furtado’s “Waiting for the Night” music video, Juno Winner Anjulie’s Canadian tour, Bobby Bazini “Bubblegum” music video, Smashing Satellites “Hounds” music video, Jessica Lee “Beautiful” music video, Fordham’s “Limitless” production, and so many more.
“Something Big” was released as the second official single from Mendes’ first album “Handwritten”, and was therefore pivotal for the success of his career. For Faloon, these are the most imperative projects to be a part of because if they aren’t well received, an artist’s career won’t get launched to the success that it needs to be. Since the launch of “Something Big” the video has over 154 million views on YouTube and won Fan Favorite video at the 2015 MMVA’s. Now, Mendes is one of the biggest male pop stars in the world.
“Being a part of the beginnings of Shawn’s career, and now seeing where that has taken him, has been so humbling. It’s incredible seeing Canadian talent turn their passions into careers on an international level. It’s inspired me to understand that nothing is unattainable, that being focused, dedicated, driven and humble, will open doors for you that were only meant for you. I have understood the power of my talent, seeing the success story of Shawn’s, understanding that I too can continue to achieve success on an international level. There is nothing better than seeing individuals you truly believe in reach success, and Shawn is one of those talents that continues to make me proud to be Canadian,” Faloon concluded.
Since the success of “Something Big”, Faloon continued to work with notable artists such as Rihanna, Drake, Mya, Estelle, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Snoop Dogg, Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen to name a few. She is a true believer that anything is possible when you put your whole heart and soul into it.
Watch Faloon in the “Something Big” music video.
Published by Pooja Agarwal