Canadian Women's Foundation - Hayden

Ndem’s Story

When Ndem Nkeng, 29, signed up for the Employment Focus program, all she wanted was a job. Instead, she found a way to transform her childhood dream into a wonderful new career.

It’s so cliché, but when I was three I saw a girl break-dancing in the movie Breakin’. That was it. I said, “When I grow up, I want to be a dancer!”

When I signed up for the program, I had just finished an admin contract at a dance studio. I thought it might get me into dance, but it didn’t. I could learn the routines, but wasn’t allowed to perform. I’d never had formal training and I didn’t fit into the costumes.

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