Leah Miller gets back to her dancing days
Tyrone Warner, CTV.ca
When Leah Miller found out she landed the role of host for "So You Think You Can Dance Canada," she says she broke down in tears.
"Honestly, I've never been more excited about anything," Miller told CTV.ca.
"I know that might sound weird, but I'm just thrilled."
Miller, 26, is the co-host of MuchMusic's "Much on Demand" and a three-time host of the massive MuchMusic Video Awards.
But her new role brings her back to her roots in showbiz - she was a competitive dancer and earned the title of "Miss Junior Dance of Canada" at the age of 13.
Over the course of her interview with CTV.ca, Miller talked about her dance background, why people love shows about dancing, and what advice she would give to "SYTYCD Canada" hopefuls.
So tell me about what happened when you found out you landed the hosting job?
When Sandra Faire (Executive Producer of "SYTYCD Canada") called me, I had just finished an episode of "MOD," and I saw that she left me a message. I was really nervous, and when I called her back, she asked me if I'd like to host the show. I started crying immediately and my makeup ran everywhere.
Are you a big fan of SYTYCD?
I am, and that's what so cool about bringing the show to Canada ... there are so many talented dancers all over the place, and that's really the greatest part. I can't wait to go and be a part of the audition process in the five cities across Canada and meet all of the competitors!
When did you first begin dancing?
I began with "baby ballet" when I was three years old. I was terrible at figure skating, and I couldn't skate to save my life. But I went to dance class and I learned I was good at that. I stayed with it and danced throughout my teenage years, and went to the Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts in Toronto for high school.
What was your first lesson like?
I remember loving it, because I was always a very hyperactive child, always running around the house and trying to make people laugh. I was always very goofy, so dance was great for me. It kept me in line. I got all my energy out.
Do you have a favourite dance?
I used to love jazz. As I got older, I would take hip-hop dances with my sister. Dancing is so good for you, and it's great for your body and your mind. Dancing is like yoga in the sense that its therapy and you don't think of anything else.
What advice would you give if you had a friend auditioning?
Auditioning is such a hard thing, so I would say: Never give up, be confident and don't worry. Be prepared, be really bubbly and outgoing, because personality really helps to go a long way.
Would you have tried out for a show like "SYTYCD Canada"?
Oh my gosh, absolutely! When I was younger, my little dancer friends and I would be in competitions and we would always say, "Why isn't there dancing in the Olympics?" That's why I think this show is so cool, because there are all these dancers, and they now have a chance to show their talent, and to take their talent further.
Auditions for "SYTYCD Canada" begin on Monday, April 7 in Vancouver, B.C., and will travel to Halifax, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto.sauceit's hard for me to have respect for Dallas Green when he is dating this bimbo, and now living with her. everything about her is annoying. esp, how she went from bashing hilary duff to being bffffzzzz with her. Dallas bb, you can do so much better. please get higher standards