Showbiz: The Next Step gives dancers a realistic look into stepping into the professional world by presenting each class as an audition. A Casting Director or Industry Agent will observe dancers in class throughout the day and at the Final Awards present a list of dancers who should return to the private callback. The question becomes....will you make it to THE NEXT STEP?!
This convention and experience is like no other. It has been specifically created to show dancers that you can actively excel in this business by working hard and understanding the audition process. This all day immersive audition will provide useful training as opposed to regurgitated choreography.
Your classes will be led by instructors who are professional dancers and choreographers that are actively working and persevering in today's industry in states across the nation. Dancers will receive classes similar to what is taught in professional auditions. Our faculty grew up dancing at Showbiz and now are fully booked dancers and choreographers in the industry. This faculty takes great pride in knowing how to work with children and presenting a class experience that will be educational, informative, and fun!
We look forward to providing a day of training which will help dancers better understand the process of making that leap into the professional world. Come join us and become better prepared to take THE NEXT STEP!
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Tyler hails from Orlando, Florida where he trained at New Dimensions Dance Academy under Dawhone Perry and his mother, dance instructor Billie O'Hara. Tyler’s father is a football coach in the National Football League for the Tennessee Titans. Tyler's athletic background led to a football scholarship to play quarterback at Waldorf University, where he received his bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Since graduating, Tyler has been pursuing his dreams of dancing and acting. Tyler recently was featured with a leading role on Netflix’s “Dance Monsters” as “Chester” where he placed Runner-Up on the show. He was signed by MSA and Maximum Artists Group out of Los Angeles, CA leading to appearances on Netflix’s “Colin in Black and White”, the CW’s “All American” and ABC’s “Young Sheldon.” He additionally is a national award winning choreographer on the competition circuit, winning multiple first place and choreography awards. Tyler tours and works with Showbiz National Talent’s Dance Competition as a backstage manager. Tyler also is a weekly instructor at Underground Movement, New Dimensions Dance Academy and Emerging Artists Dance.
Tyler is excited to join the faculty of "The Next Step" and work with and inspire dancers across the country.
Be yourself! Don’t try to be who you think casting directors/choreographers are looking for. Be yourself because that, in itself, is unique!
Get used to being told “NO” and being okay with that. This industry is hard, however, it can be very rewarding. All that “NO” means to me is “Next Opportunity” because there will be plenty!
Be a good and genuine person always. You never know who is watching! That could be the difference between you booking a job or casting going in another direction.
Grace HilaridesHip Hop
Grace Hilarides grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan where she danced competitively from the ages of 6-17. Grace went on to attend Western Michigan University and graduated in 2018 with a BFA in Dance. Currently, Grace is living in New York City where she dances professionally, working with choreographers such as Hayden Frederick, Steven Blandino and Moriah Markowitz. Grace is also fortunate to be able to travel the U.S teaching and choreographing for different studios, as well as working with Showbiz National Talent and The Next Step. Grace can't wait to be inspired by those she works with and create space for every dancer!
Kenya is a professional dancer and actress residing in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked alongside artists Nicki Minaj and Yung Bleu. She has performed in numerous live performances and shows including Carnival, Club Posers, and Vegas live performances with Pop Singer, Conrad Sewell. Kenya has also toured and taught for conventions and workshops, including Force Dance Tour, as well as assisting the industry’s top choreographers.
Her most recent work in the acting industry can be seen as a featured cheerleader for ABC’s hit show “Modern Family” as well as Awesomeness TV’s “Foursome”. Kenya has also recently worked alongside Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba for FOX’s new hit show “L.A.’s Finest.”
With all of her experiences in the industry, Kenya hopes to lead young aspiring dancers to reach their fullest potential and strive for greatness in whatever journey they choose to pursue!
Kira Di MartinoMusical Theater/Lyrical
Kira has immersed herself in the dance culture for over 30 years. Studying relentlessly, she moved through Dance Connection Scottsdale, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Etudes, Edge Performing Arts Center California and Millenium Dance Complex, mastering all styles of dance, as well as incorporating a fierce history in the theater arts.
Professionally, Kira performed with Justin Timberlake and the N'Sync Reunion Special and was a member of the Phoenix Suns Dance team. She also performed on Royal Caribbean, Super Bowl XXX, No Authority music videos, as well as modeling and dancing for Matrix Hair industrials and local commercials for Toyota and Fiat.
However, Kira’s true passion has always been with teaching and choreography. She has taught students across the country, including well-known dancers such as Dance Moms alum Kalani Hiliker, Zach Torres, and So You Think You Can Dance winner Lauren Froderman. Currently, she teaches at The Next Step Convention, One Rhythm Dance Convention, and Danzetica Dance Convention, and is a guest master teacher for West Coast Dance Explosion.
Her advice for students today is to know your worth and know your level of passion. If you have had a deep desire to dance since you were young and you have worked every single day to make this dream come true then it absolutely can, but the truly amazing part of training is that the beauty and discipline of dance will carry you through every level of life, starting with the confidence of eye contact to a future employer, to the confidence of public speaking to an entire arena. Stay Humble and at the same time intensely fierce.
Sarah HilaridesDirector of The Next Step
Miss Hilarides started her career with a musical theater and dance degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, working as a professional actress and choreographer in San Francisco and Chicago. After growing up dancing on the Showbiz stage, she thought of no better place than to come on board with Primetime dance as an Emcee in 2008. From there,15 years later, she is the Director of PrimeTime Dance, Director of Showbiz the Next Step, and does marketing for all 3 companies under the Showbiz umbrella. She designs the Showbiz /Primetime Merch as well as all things national planning related. “The love is in the details.”
Sarah also travels year-round choreographing as a dynamic duo with her very talented sister, Grace “Panda”, Together they take home many choreography awards and their opening numbers they create for Showbiz nationals is a sight to be seen. Sarah is grateful she is able to work so closely with Grace who is also part of the Showbiz family and The Next Step Convention.
Eric WilliamsCo Director of The Next Step
There is no better backstage atmosphere than when Eric is around! With over 30 years in the industry, Eric has garnered a reputation for his unwavering humor and kind soul. He is a favorite with the dancers, teachers and parents wherever he travels.
Eric has studied all forms of dance and taken classes at some of the most prestigious schools in the nation. He studied under Michael Tidwell and was a principal dancer at the Tidwell Project. His performance credits include LA Culture Shock, a Nike Sponsored Hip Hop Dance Team in Los Angeles, and Nathan Burton's Comedy Magic Show in Osaka, Japan. He also has performed at various shows and pageants in his home state of Arkansas.
Eric is also known for his award winning choreography at different studios across the country. In his spare time, he enjoys giving back to his community while sharing his talents with the local Boys and Girls Club.