Taveeta Szymanowicz plays contemporary dancer Thalia on the hit Family Channel show The Next Step. She began dancing at the ripe old age of 5 and started competitive training at just 9 years old. How much does she love to dance you ask? She trains intensively in various styles including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Acro and Tap. Having competed internationally, she has earned many honours, titles and awards including “Highest Scoring Female Soloist”.
The Next Step Live on Stage tour is currently touring across Canada. The talented ensemble will have fans up on their feet as they perform familiar solos and duets in addition to newly choreographed group numbers. Additional shows have been added to the sold out tour in Winnipeg, MB (Feb 28), Cranbrook, BC (Mar 9), Vernon, BC (Mar 10), Vancouver, BC (Mar 14), , Saskatoon, SK (Mar 18), Chatham, ON (Mar 24), Montreal, QC (Mar 27) and Guelph, ON (Mar 28).
Fans can now take The Next Step with them wherever they go. The Next Step Dance Academy is a fun iPad app that features Taveeta and 4 cast members as they take the lead in various interactive dance tutorials. To learn more, check out The Next Step Dance Academy app review.
Q&A with Taveeta
12-year-old competitive dancer Jessica, who is a BIG fan of The Next Step asked the gorgeous and talented Taveeta about the mega Canadian show and new app.
1) Who or what inspired you to become a dancer?
What inspired me to become a dancer was a combination of my love for music and other dancers. I loved watching people dance to many types of music and it really made me want to train myself both technically and artistically in movement.
2) Typically, how long does it take learn a new dance for the show?
Learning choreography for a new dance on the show really depends on the style and type of dance being learned. Solos, duets/trios, for example will take less time to learn than a group dance! So it varies all the time.
3) What was your favourite dance you learned for the show?
My favorite dance to learn for the show was my duet to “Heartbreaker” with Giselle (aka Jordan) on Season 2.
4) Do you consider Thalia to have the same personality as you?
Thalia is very similar to myself in the sense that she’s very positive and outgoing. She is also very kooky and I am kooky sometimes also. 🙂
5) When you aren’t filming the show what do you do in your spare time?
When I’m not filming the show I’m usually training in both my dancing and acting skills, going to auditions, working on other projects, and spending time with my loved ones!
6) What has been your most memorable moment when you were filming?
I think my most memorable moment from filming is actually a moment in Season 3, so I can’t give away too many details, but it was an experience where the cast got to interact with a real live audience of fans. The feeling of joy and love that overcame me was something I’ve never experienced before.
7) What will fans of the show love about The Next Step Dance Academy app?
I think fans of the show will love The Next Step Dance Academy app, because it acts as another space in which they can interact with the characters and really receive a more personal, fun, interactive teaching environment.
8) How did you decide which dancer would demonstrate which dance on the app?
The styles we teach on the app suit our characters and are very close to our own personal favourite styles of dance.
The Next Step Dance Academy iPad app can be downloaded from the iTunes store. The first lesson is free and additional lessons (15-25 minutes of content) can be purchased for $2.99 each.
Season 3 of The Next Step debuts Monday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on the Family Channel.