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Photo Credit: Tim Leyes

VICTORIA BALDESARRA

Victoria Baldesarra began dancing at the age of 3 years old and began competitive dance at the age of 6. Victoria trained at The Canadian dance unit in Bolton, Ontario for over 11 years.

Victoria has been very involved in the dance workshop circuit training and dancing at Jump, Nuvo, West Coast Dance Explosion, NYCDA, Ash, The Pulse, Coastal Dance Rage, The Dance Awards, VIP Dance Events and has been awarded many scholarships and titles. Victoria currently works for PureDance, RawMotion, On The Floor and VIP Dance Events workshops. She was also a member of Team Canada’s National dance Team who won a Bronze medal in Germany in 2010.

Victoria is best known for her lead role as Michelle in the Family Channel hit series The Next Step where she made her acting debut at the age of 13 years old. Victoria has toured with The Next Step to many different countries around the world performing in The Next Step Live On Stage tour and The Next Step Wild Rhythm International tour. Victoria also stars in Family Channel hit new TV Show, Lost & Found Music Studios, where she sings and acts!

She recently just signed with Primary Wave Entertainment in Los Angeles and is pursuing a professional career in acting and dancing.

DEVON BROWN

Devon Brown is an award winning dancer and performer. He can be seen on the critically acclaimed Family Channel TV Series “The Next Step” in the role of MAX. He was recently a featured dancer for “Mia Michaels Live” and appeared on the Much Music Video Awards in 2015. Devon is also in the cast of the upcoming Stacey Tookey (So You Think You Can Dance) new musical - DANCER! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs). This new, exciting show is directed by John Stefaniuk of LION KING fame, and stars, among others, Tony Award nominated performer Louise Pitre.

Mr. Brown will also be performing in the new Rainbow Stage production of SHREK, the Musical, this summer in Winnipeg.

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JORDAN CLARK

Winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada (Season 4), Jordan Clark is the proverbial small town girl with big city dreams. Originally from Tottenham, Ontario, Jordan knew she wanted to become a professional dancer when she was eight years old. She started training at the age of five in Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Acro and was teaching by the age of 12.

Shortly after winning the title of “Canada’s Favourite Dancer”, Jordan immersed herself in film and television classes. Committing to this new discipline with her dancer work ethic, it quickly paid off when she landed one of the starring roles, Giselle, in the new Family Channel series The Next Step launching March 2013.

Other credits include Over the Rainbow, Hellcats, Frenemies, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Harriet the Spy, Camp Rock 2 and Cobu 3D and a campaign for Dove Canada. She has danced alongside Blake McGrath as well as with recording artists Nelly Furtado, Shawn Desman, Anjulie, Basshunter and Aleesia.

Currently Jordan is living the dream in sunny Florida while shooting the lead role of Shotsy in the feature film East Side Story, written and directed by David Winters.

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BRENNAN CLOST

Brennan Clost has been training for 10 years in diverse styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and acro. He has trained at various dance studios across Southern Ontario, as well as at the National Ballet School of Canada.

Brennan was Mr. Onstage New York in 2006, Mr. Showbiz in 2008, and a Silver Medalist at the World Showdance Championships in Riesa, Germany in 2008. He has performed in the Toronto Children’s Festival, YTV’s film King of the Camp, at the Annual Mary Kay Cosmetics Gala, TSN Sports Celebrity Gala, on Canada’s got Talent, and on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Brennan has recently joined the FRESH Dance Intensive faculty as a teacher and choreographer.

Currently training at Joanne Chapman’s School of Dance, Brennan will be continuing his dance career at The Juilliard School in New York City this fall. He will spend the summer filming a new television show as a series lead. Brennan is inspired to expand and establish a career that will broaden his talents not only in the dance world but also in acting and singing.

 

NATHAN ESPEJO

Nathan is a professional dancer from Brampton Ontario Canada. First inspired to dance by Michael Jackson, he began training at Joanne Chapman School of Dance at the tender age of 7. Nathan studied in many disciplines of dance such as jazz, tap, acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, salsa, and hip-hop. However, his first love and passion is for hip-hop.

Nathan has been privileged with opportunities to work on stage,
television, film, music videos, commercials as well as consumer product goods. He has performed in the opening number choreographed by Misha Gabriel & Nick Bass for the first ever Choreographer’s Emmy Nominee Reception in Los Angeles. Some of his other credits include Canadian based television shows such as YTV’s The Next Star and Family Channel’s The Next Step. You can see Nathan in Spin Master’s
Bella Dancerella – Disney’s High School Musical 1 and 2 dance instructional DVD’s/toys. In addition, he has appeared in the viral YouTube video called #TheGodProject, which has over 1 million views online. More recently, Nathan can be seen in a virtual reality commercial for Samsung.

Nathan is also an accomplished instructor and choreographer. He currently teaches at Independence Dance Company in L.A and is a guest teacher/choreographer for many different dance studios in Canada such as Joanne Chapman School of Dance, Canadian Dance Unit, The Underground Dance Centre plus more. Nathan’s choreography credits include being an assistant choreographer to Amy Wright and guest choreographer on The Next Step Live On Stage Tour/The Next Step Live: The Movie and The Next Step Seasons 4 & 5. He also choreographed for The Next Step Dance Battles game/app for IOS and Android. Moreover, he recently choreographed for an upcoming animated movie titled Ice Dragon produced by Tricord Media. Some of his other choreography credits include a national commercial for Yes TV Canada and pieces for The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards & Gala and the Punjabi International Film Academy Awards, where he collaborated with renowned Bollywood choreographer Divya Kumar for both projects.

Nathan is currently living in Los Angeles as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher who is represented by Bloc Talent Agency. He is happy and grateful for the opportunity to expand his creative endeavors in the United States as he continues to be inspired and grow as an artist!

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JENNIE PAPPAS

Jennie is absolutely thrilled to be playing the role of “Chloe” in the new Family Channel TV series about young dancers called “The Next Step”.  The Next Step premiered March 2013 to rave reviews and returns to your TV screen this Fall with all new episodes of exciting dance drama.  

Jennie began taking dance and figure skating lessons when she was an energetic toddler. After achieving her Gold Level in ice dance and successfully juggling these activities and school, Jennie decided to focus on dance and began training intensively at Elite Danceworx in Markham, Ontario.  Her training included Russian Classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, lyrical, modern and partnering.  Some of Jennifer’s most memorable awards include Teen Miss Dance of Canada, Top 10 Senior Dancer at The Dance Awards  and Face of Fever.   She was honoured to have worked behind the scenes at “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” (CTV) assisting Stacey Tookey and Mia Michaels and she appears in Blake McGrath’s music video “Stagefright”.  Jennie has danced at the Choreographer’s Ball in Toronto as well as the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City. One of her favourite live performances was dancing on stage at the Sony Centre in the Gala Fundraiser for Gilda’s Club. Currently on staff at Elite Danceworx, Jennie enjoys developing choreography and teaching and continues to dance, train and take acting lessons.  

 

ERIKA PREVOST

Erika Prevost is an actress and dancer, currently working on different projects across Canada. She is apart of the cast of Polaroid, a feature film produced by Dimension Films, slated for a wide release August 25th, 2017. She joined the 4th season of Family Channel’s hit tween series “The Next Step” as a lead in 2015, playing the role of "Sloane" and was also apart of the 5th season filmed in 2016. Erika was the lead in the Best Buy's “Just Dance 4” Commercial in 2012, danced with the crew "Divine Intention" in the movie “Step Up All In” in 2013 and danced on LaVoix (french version of The Voice) in 2014. In 2015, she danced in the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony with Cirque du Soleil and at the Just For Laughs Gala. In 2016, she was part of the NBA All Star Game’s Opening, working once again with Cirque du Soleil. In the past 4 years, she has danced for many artists such as Karl Wolf, Marie Mai, Kristina Maria, Cee lo Green, Olivier Dion and many more and has traveled in the US and over seas to perform.

Erika attends the I.O. Acting Studios in Montreal to enhance her acting skills. She has also trained with Lewis Baumander and Suzanne Bastien in Toronto. Erika also loves to sing and has trained with various coaches in Toronto and Montreal, while still training currently with Stephanie Lessard. Erika has been training in Hip Hop, Whaacking, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz at 8Count Dance Complex in Montreal and has mainly been coached by Lorena Liebman, Thien-Linh Truong from Blueprint Cru and mentored by Steve Bolton. She is currently an instructor at 8Count. Erika loves to be around people and share her passion for the arts.

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BRITTANY RAYMOND

Brittany has been a competitive dancer since the age of 6, with RAD Advanced 1 Certification and training in all styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern and musical theatre. Currently, she is a member of the Advanced Company Team at Joanne Chapman’s School of Dance and enjoys her co-teaching role at the studio.

Brittany’s love for dance has taken her all across North America to numerous competitions and further nurtures her passion by working with various choreographers, such as Travis Wall, Kenny Wormald, Misha Gabriel, Nick Lazzarini, Nico Archambault, Amy Gardner and Eryn Waltman. A major highlight in her young dance career has been working with Mandy Moore and Stacey Tookey, in both group and solo performances. As well, she has performed in Magic Kingdom at Disney World Florida, and in 2008 was accepted into the Young Apprentice Program at Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, directed by Deborah Lundmark and Rebecca Mendoza

Brittany is thrilled to be spending her summer playing a lead role in a new television series; The Next Step, and has set her goal of becoming an inspiring dancer and actress.

 

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TAVEETA SZYMANOWICZ

Taveeta Szymanowicz began dancing at the age of five and began competitive training at the age of nine. She has attended and trained and competed at a number of workshops and conventions such as FRESH Dance Intensive, Coastal Dance Rage, Jump, NUVO, VIP, and Artists Simply Human, where she has been awarded many scholarships and titles. Taveeta currently works closely with the faculty of FRESH Dance Intensive as both an assistant and “Teacher In-Training”.

Most recently, Taveeta has booked the lead role of “Thalia” on Family Channel’s Season Two of “The Next Step” which premiered in March 2014, performed in the  2013 Toronto Fringe Festivals “PROJECT DABDA”, and was named Fever International Dance Champions 2013 “Face of Fever”.

Taveeta is currently the founder and artistic director of LIBERUM, an improv based dance company that explores different concepts, sensations, shapes, tempos, patterns, and emotions that result in the creation of individual movement.

Taveeta aspires to be an Actress, Choreographer and future company owner where she can share her passion and artistry for movement.

 

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Zac VRAN

Zac Vran is a Canadian actor and dancer born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began performing at the age of 3 when he was inspired by the dynamics of dance. He has since trained and competed in all styles of dance including hip hop, contemporary, jazz, tap, modern and ballet. With an affinity for urban movement and lifestyle, his focus naturally turned to the broad range of styles of hip hop. There, his background in competitive gymnastics, and his combination of fundamentals and flare has made him a recognizable young artist in the Canadian dance scene, and a member of the well known hip hop crew FRESHH. 

At the age os 10, Zac's musical theatre background landed him the role of Harry in Vancouver Playhouse musical Oliver. He has opened for Carly Ray Jepsen, Mariana's Trench, Hedley, and Victoria Duffield for We Day at Rogers Arena. Zac was also a led dancer in the closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, performing alongside Canadian rapper K-OS. A defining moment in Zac's dance career was when he and his dance crew FRESHH became the runners up on Canada's Got Talent. 

In 2013, Zac auditioned for the second season of Family Channel's television series "The Next Step" and was cast as the series lead "Hunter". When not on set, Zac teaches workshops, choreographs internationally, and performs at private and corporate events. 

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BREE WASYLENKO

Bree Wasylenko is an actor/dancer/choreographer born and raised in Calgary, now living in Toronto. As a dancer, Bree has performed in a wide array of film and TV projects, and felt her career taking off after winning a coveted spot in the Top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Following this, Bree began exploring the world of choreography. As Co-Director of Collective Elite Entertainment, she has choreographed for Sam Smith, Carly Rae Jepsen, Calvin Klein, Pepperidge Farms, TELUS, Canadian Country Music awards and many more, on top of creating, choreographing and directing the short film "Ruin".

Bree's transition into acting came after booking the lead role of "Kate" in Family Channel's "The Next Step". Since then she has had roles on "Reign", "Murdoch Mysteries", "The Beaverton" and feature film "Kin".

Bree continues to teach and choreograph at studios and workshops across Canada!

 

 

SHELBY BAIN

Bio coming soon

 

MILAINA ROBINSON

Milaina Robinson is a dancer and actress. She was born and raised in Calgary Alberta.She started dancing at the age of 3, she started competing at the age of 4 and has been training at her studio Absolute Dance for 11 years and continues to train there today. She has been awarded scholarships and titles. Milaina has trained with people such as Luther Brown, Kenny Wormald, Sabrina Phillips and many more. Milaina is a very versatile dancer she does genres from ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary and more. She has performed at the charity event We Day for 2 years. Milaina has also performed at the Continental Cup and Brier cup. She has performed on different Islands in Greece. Milaina has recently joined the cast of The Next Step as Zara. As well as being very involved in her dancing and acting career she is very involved in her studio. From training everyday at her studio she also volunteers by teaching and assisting classes during the year and during the summer.