My nine-year-old son likes watching The Next Step on The Family Channel, which is a television show about a group of dancers who attend The Next Step Dance Studio as they strive to win a series of dance competitions.

When I had a chance to chat with one of the actors of the show about the upcoming second season of The Next Step, my son was all over it!  So I handed the interview over to him and had him write out the questions and conduct the interview with Lamar Johnson who plays West.

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Lamar is a self-taught dancer with a natural flair and rhythm. Being born in Toronto, Ontario, he grew up in a vast community of dance and arts. Well known for his back flips and amazing tumbling abilities, he was cast at the age of nine as ‘Little Man’ alongside Jessica Alba in the feature film “Honey”.

Q: How many times a day do you practice your dancing and for how long?

A: I’m pretty much dancing every day whether it’s at the studio or at home, I’m just dancing. When I hear music I start to freestyle. I’d say the minimum is about 30 hours a week.

Q: Why is dancing your passion?

A: I grew up with it because my family is performers, my mother being a dancer and my father being a singer, it kind of was just in my blood.  My mom was telling me when I was younger she used to bring me to friends’ parties and when the music started playing, I would just dance. It was just something that was in me from a very young age and I just love it.

The Next Step on The Family Channel

Q: You were a dancer first. Why did you start acting?

A: I wanted to broaden what I did and what I was interested in acting as well and I would really enjoy watching television  and watching those shows and one day I was sitting down and I wondered, why can’t that be me? I got into a conversation with one of my friends and he had an agent so I ended up getting an agent and I made that transition and I started acting and acting is my new found love.

Q: What do you eat to be healthy enough before and after your dancing?

A:  I eat a lot! I’ve cut down on junk food, but I like to eat a lot of pasta and it’s really important to keep hydrated during your dancing. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.

Q: What will season two of The Next Step be like?

A: There will be much more dancing, now we’re national and it’s a bigger competition and much more at stake. The stakes are much higher.

Family Channel’s hit series The Next Step will be returning on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The Next Step on The Family Channel


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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