Brett Trach, a 26-year-old Canadian, has moved to Paris to make his dreams of becoming a professional dancer come true at the Moulin Rouge.
Trach became a professional dancer in ballet and contemporary at the age of 21 and has worked on three different cruise ships. He has trained at Tri City Dance Centre in Coquitlam, ArtsUmbrella on Granville Island, Ballet BC, Joffrey Mid-West and Springboard Danse Montreal.
Trach will be performing 12 times per week in “Féerie” along with three other Canadians after enduring three weeks of intensive rehearsal sessions to learn all the choreographies and master the French Can Can for the show.
The Moulin Rouge casts 70 artists who come from 14 different countries around the world. “Féerie” opened in 1999 and pays homage to the classical Parisian showgirls of the past and the Can Can the Moulin Rouge, which Moulin Rouge has become famous for. It’s a two-hour long show with thousands of costumes filled with rhinestones, feathers and shiny sequins. The show brings more than 600,000 guests every year. The Moulin Rouge first opened in 1889 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this October.
How did you get the opportunity to audition for the Moulin Rouge show, “Féerie”?
The Moulin Rouge held an open audition in Vancouver in the summer of 2013. They audition all over; London, Canada, Australia, France. The audition lasted around four hours and by the end I knew they were interested in offering me a contract, although I had not officially received one yet.
How has it been so far?
Being a part of the show “Féerie” is a dream come true. The first time I met the entire cast was my opening night, which happened after about two weeks of rehersals. I’m also getting used to working so late as the second show finishes after 1 a.m. Paris is also an amazing city, but it is hard work making it a home… I really didn’t know what to expect and it has, so far, been an amazing experience I am so grateful for.
When did you start dancing and why did you continue to make it into a career?
I started dancing seriously ten years ago at the age of 16. I mainly started because I wanted to pursue a career in musical theatre and I knew the ability to dance, especially as a guy, would be a huge asset…I had to work really hard as a late starter. I was attracted to the mix of athleticism, artistry, freedom, control, performance etc.
I view every opportunity I get to live and work as a dancer as a huge accomplishment but yes, I would have to say this is the biggest. I have wanted to work at the Moulin for many many years and all my years of versatile training helped me to secure a spot in their mens’ line.
What advice would you offer young dancers who want to get into the entertainment business?
Find teachers who you love and who love you and see your potential and passion. Be present in what is happening around you and get inspired by it and let it affect your dancing. It should also feel fun 100 per cent of the time. It may be sweaty fun, you may be crying your muscles are so sore, or your brain feels like it’s going to explode from too much choreography, but underneath that all there should still be an element of fun.
Follow your dreams and no one else’s. You are never too good for a survival job. Rational people in your life will always hang the word “‘back up plan”‘over your head when you are pursuing a career in dance and they really do have a valid point, but I think it is important to realize that education comes in many different forms.
Feature image by Sandie Bertrand, Moulin Rouge