By: Alexandria McLean | @itbalexandria
Earlier this year, Family Channel announced that Victoria Bladesarra (Michelle), Brittany Raymond (Riley), Trevor Tordjman (James), Jordan Clark (Giselle), Lamar Johnson (West), Issac Lupien (Eldon), Jennie Pappas (Chloe) and Taveeta Szymanowicz (Thalia), better known as The Next Step cast would be going on a Canada wide tour in 2015.
The twenty-one-city interactive dance experience proved to be a hit among fans as tickets sold out quickly. To meet fan demands, Family Channel and The Next Step have announced a fifteen-show addition to the tour.
This now forty show tour takes off February 3rd in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and wraps up in Ottawa on March 29th!
The Magazine got the chance to sit down with Victoria Baldesarra and Trevor Tordjman to discuss the upcoming tour and what they are most excited for. Make sure you keep reading for a special edition of “Most Likely.”
The Magazine: Fifteen new tour dates have been added to The Next Step Live On Stage Tour, which is amazing! What were you thinking when you realized just how popular the tour is?
Victoria: Oh wow! It was ridiculous. I went online just randomly on Family Channel to see how the shows were doing and all of the sudden I saw all of these shows sold out! I was like “What? This is insane!” It hadn’t even been open for like a week.
Trevor: I didn’t think I could get more excited, but that kind of did it for me. Just adding more shows! We were already pumped for the fact that they were already sold out because that is insane. We are really looking forward to it.
The Magazine: What can people expect from The Next Step Live On Stage Tour?
Trevor: They can expect to see some of their favourite dances that they have seen on the TV show. They can expect to see more new dances. All of it’s going to be very interactive so I think that they can really get to know us. So, I think it’s going to be a cool show for them to check out.
Victoria: Yeah, there is going to be a lot of us compared to the mall tour. With the mall tour there was only six of us, but on this one there are eight of us. So, just the two more people add so much more.
Trevor: Totally! Plus it will be a whole show. If you want to see us live this is the place to see us because we are going to have a whole show. Plenty of different dances, it will be great.
Victoria: Wide range, yeah.
The Magazine: As you mentioned, you did the mall tour last year and now the tour will be in theatres. How does it feel knowing that you can make this transition in just one year?
Victoria: Oh yeah I know! It is crazy! It is insane. I know when we first heard about the mall tour and we were invited to do it, it was like “Wow! Really? People want to see us live?” Then we showed up at the malls and there were thousands of people. We were expecting a couple hundred. So we were blown away by the reaction. Then, we started hearing about a theatre tour and we just thought that the mall tour was only a year ago, how is this possible? It is insane to know that it has taken off like that.
The Magazine: There will definitely be a lot of people there. Do you get nervous when you do performances like these?
Trevor: I don’t necessarily get nervous. I just get a rush. You know what I mean? I get a huge adrenaline rush. You all of the sudden just jump from this high to just four feet high! It’s more so an energy thing for me and I just get really excited.
Victoria: We are really used to performing and even on set there are nerves because you cannot mess up. Right? You don’t want to mess up. But honestly I think it is like what Trevor said. Just a rush.
Trevor: Totally. Yeah. We have always been performing on stage our whole lives. Lately it has been a lot of film, so I am really excited to get back on stage because I haven’t been on stage or in a show for so long so I cannot wait.
The Magazine: A lot of musicians have preshow rituals, as dancers do you anything that you like to do before you go out and perform?
Trevor: Not so much. I don’t.
Victoria: Well, I mean I kind of have my own personal thing where I talk to myself in my head depending on the performance. I know as a team we always amp each other up and huddle in and talk to each other about what we need to do.
Trevor: Maybe we will make a ritual while being on tour together for two months.
The Magazine: You are going across Canada, which is amazing! Is there any city you are most excited for?
Trevor: I have been to Vancouver before but I just love the city so I cannot wait to get back to it.
Victoria: I haven’t really been out west that much. I have been more out east, but I am excited.
The Magazine: And you are probably excited to meet all your fans across Canada?
Trevor: Of course!
Victoria: So excited!
Trevor: Meeting the fans is always great. I love to see their reactions and what they think of the show and what they have to say. I love to meet the fans.
Victoria: Yeah, they are the most supportive.
The Magazine: You will be on tour for two months. What are your must haves that you need to have with you while on tour?
Victoria: I was actually just talking about this today. I love my sweaters so I will be definitely packing all my sweaters and my winter jacket. I am always cold.
Trevor: Hmm, I haven’t really thought about this. I will definitely just need music for sure. On all the long drives and stuff I will listen to music.
Trevor: Yeah, headphones definitely.
The Magazine: What are you most excited for about travelling across Canada with your cast mates?
Trevor: It will be fun!
Victoria: It will be awesome.
Trevor: I think we will all get to see how we really live and are. We are together all the time, like everyday, but we still go home when we got to sleep. But now, it will just be us solely for two months with each other.
Victoria: Yeah, I mean we try and get together as much as we can. We probably see each other once a week or something, but now we will be with each other for two months!
Trevor: I am really excited to see how everyone really lives and stuff.
The Magazine: We have a couple “Most Likely” questions about who is most likely to do what while on tour. So, who is most likely to stay up all night while watching Netflix?
Trevor: Probably Isaac who plays Eldon. He is up all night anyways.
The Magazine: Most likely to sleep in and almost miss rehearsals?
Trevor: That’s me. I sleep in a lot. Sometimes my body is just like “You are not waking up!”
The Magazine: Most likely to make a mess?
Trevor: Oh, Isaac for sure! Definitely Isaac.
Victoria: Not going to lie though, Brittany (Riley) is kind of messy. She might be a little messy. Brittany, you know, whenever I go to her apartment her room is kind of…clothes everywhere! Shoes everywhere! I am just like “Brittany, it takes two seconds to clean up!” And she is just like “Uhhh, I don’t want to.”
The Magazine: Most likely to take the longest getting ready?
Victoria: Oh me.
Trevor: Lamar (West) too though! Lamar too! Lamar definitely takes his time to get ready as well.
The Magazine: Most likely to annoy others by blasting their music while on the bus.
Trevor: Oh that is Isaac.
Victoria: Oh that is Isaac.
Trevor: Isaac plays techno. Just boom boom boom. That is definitely him.
The Magazine: We talked about so much great stuff, but what are you most excited for on this tour?
Trevor: I just cannot wait to actually do the shows. Everywhere. I cannot just wait to be performing for a solid two months. I just love to perform.
Victoria: Along with that, I am just so excited to travel. I love travelling.
Trevor: And it is also going to be a whole new experience. We never toured across the country in a bus.
Victoria: Yeah, and doing it in the winter too! There is sure to be some pretty sights.
Thanks Victoria and Trevor!
For more information about the tour, tour dates and how you can get tickets, visithttp://www.family.ca/the-next-step-live/
Make sure to catch Trevor and Victoria on The Next Step Fridays at 7:30 on Family Channel.