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Today was a milestone for me. I wrote my last exam for high school this morning. Now what? I’m looking forward to a fun future of learning, dancing, laughing and most of all acting. Thanks to all my fans that have followed me so far.

Leo Awards 2013

I had a great time at the Leo Awards this year. In this picture, from left to right are: Brendan Meyer, myself, David Winning, and Milo Shandel. Working on Mr. Young with these guys was great. Brendan, Milo, and I were all nominated for Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series. David Winning, who has been a director on Mr. Young, was nominated for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series. The show was hosted by Nancy Robertson and Brent Butt, who were hilarious and kept me laughing.

Good Times

Check out this photo of me in Mr. Inventor that was enhanced and posted on Twitter by Melannie Roca (her Twitter is @MelannieRoca). This brings me back to the beginning of Mr. Young and makes me realize how much fun we had. We accomplished so much in 80 episodes. This show will always be a huge part of my life and I will always be grateful to Dan Signer, Howard Nemetz, Thunderbird Films, and YTV for giving me this opportunity.

This past few months has been very eventful for me. I wrote and passed the California High School Proficiency Exam, so I can work as an adult in the USA. I just finished Biology 12 am very close to finishing all my grade 12 courses in Canada. Thanks to my teacher Stephanie for her ongoing support with all I do. One of the most exciting things for me was to get my driver’s license. I love to drive!

I continue to do Parkour training and am working on my backflip. Dance is an ongoing passion for me and I train with Jim Hibbard whenever I get the chance. I love to be physically fit and go to the gym whenever I can. The chin-up bar in my room is in constant use.

The last episode we did of Mr. Young was on my 17th birthday. I had so much fun that day. Thanks to all of the fans that came to the show and made my day extra special. The future looks bright. I am looking forward to what the next year will bring!

Tap Dancing My Passion

Tap dancing is a huge part of my life. I see myself continuing on practicing and learning it forever. It has introduced me to many of different kinds and styles of performing. Wherever I go, I always find myself tapping my feet. Most importantly Tap has helped me to become a kinder, more mature, and more professional person. It’s almost like therapy for me. Tap Dancing is helping me develop the skills I need for the rest of my life.

I started Tap Dancing when I was 10 years old. At that time, I was very involved with musicals and I loved watching theatre. My older siblings took Tap Dancing when I was little.Then later most of my family decided to sign up for dance classes. My parents even decided they wanted to take Tap classes too. To this day they are both very happy they started. During my first year of Tap I was learning a lot, but I wasn’t really aware of how much I was acquiring. After a year of Tap classes I switched schools for a less formal more family oriented school. There I found myself falling in love with Tap. No matter where I was I had a song in my head and my feet were moving.

One of the great things about Tap Dancing is how it brings people together. Sometimes people will travel across the country just to spend an evening learning or performing together. I met a wonderful Tap dancer in Vancouver for a show once, and even though I had only talked to him a couple of times before he still invited me to come and jam with him whenever I was in Toronto. My Tap teacher is sixty-eight and has been Tap Dancing for sixty years. He is passing on a lifetime of performing experience to me. Tap dancers become life long friends.

As I have been dancing and performing over the years, I have found that the more skills I can acquire make performing easier and more enjoyable. After 3 years of doing Tap I decided to start taking Ballet classes. This idea and inspiration came from the musical, “Billy Elliot”. I knew Ballet would be something I would have to do at some point. It just has so much of the basic skills and form needed for dance. Ballet is very important for dance. Most teachers of all types of dance strongly recommend that all dancers should take Ballet. Another big part of dance is singing. I wanted to start singing after I started taking Tap and was exposed to shows like “Singing in The Rain”. For me as a dancer, as music became a big part of my life, singing  became irresistible. Tap Dancing leads to so many different skills.

Tap Dancing also helps keep me physically fit. One of the best types of cardiovascular exercise comes from Tap. I believe that I can only get better at Tap Dancing and that the only way to do that is to practice. Practice leads to moving my feet and moving my feet leads to exercise! I can always learn more. Keeping fit is a big part of getting better at dancing. I regularly workout to make sure my core stays strong for Ballet. Also, swimming helps with my endurance for long Tap numbers. To stay good at dance I must stay committed to many aspects of physical fitness and education.

Tap Dancing is almost a lost art. Whenever I tell people that I Tap Dance they always get very excited because not many people Tap and are also in the film and TV business anymore. It once was the most common thing. Years ago, every movie and TV show would have people Tap Dancing and singing. What happened to actors like Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor? That is why it was so important to me to learn how to stay inspired all of the time. One day I will use my skills, like my love of Tap Dancing, to change the world. It’s the love of doing what I’m doing that matters.