James & Alex Dance Studio profile

Teacher and choreographer Aimée Després in the hot seat

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Aimée Després

James & Alex Dance Studios

Job title:
Teacher and choreographer

Where did you go to school?
I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. Most people living there are French Acadian and it was a great place to grow up. There were approximately 300 kids in my whole high school. The name of the school was Ecole Secondaire de Clare Clare Secondary School).

What was your favourite subject?
Even though I was physically present in school, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t daydream of dancing most of the time. Subjects like biology and physics really interested me, but theatre was my true passion. It was so nice to be prancing around and acting, singing and dancing instead of sitting in a desk all day and day dreaming about doing it.

What was your least favourite?
I would have to say French grammar. French being my first language, you’d think that I’d enjoy the grammar but no! If you know French then you already know the grammar is tough and there are so many exceptions! But I guess it wasn’t so bad because there was this really cute guy that sat in front of me in class!

Did you have a favourite teacher?

I had some good teachers, but I don’t think I had any favourites. Mrs Arnett was amazing , but she didn’t teach at my school - she was a dance teacher that kicked my butt every class! To this day, I respect her so much for it and am so grateful for her believing in my potential.

Were you good or naughty?
I am the youngest of four girls and my sisters are all beautiful, intelligent and kind people. The problem was going through high school, teachers would always compare me to my sisters! Thankfully I enjoyed school and was a good student, so the comparison worked in my favour.

What was the naughiest thing you did at school?

To be honest, I was really good. The naughtiest thing I did was probably me chit chatting with my friends a bit too much in class at times, especially if I had finished all my work and was waiting for recess.
Although there was that time I got stuck inside the school’s trophy cabinet for a few hours - I should tell my mom about this before she finds out from this article!

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?

I have so many amazing memories! Mostly just laughing and having fun with the awkwardness of being a teenager. Growing up in a small town where everyone knows everyone, it helped to create many friendships that I still cherish today. I can honestly say I had fun in high school. Crazy crushes, heart breaks, braces, puberty and all - there was always a reason to laugh ridiculously about something or nothing.

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