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This first semester, Skubic shared the stage of the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto with the National Ballet of Canada in a performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to an audience of 2,000 people.
Skubic said his passion for dancing never faltered.
“When I was little I was very active, I was always moving, doing things, creative things and I was very dramatic and my parents clung to that and put me in the dance,” said Skubic, whose dancing talent may be genetic.
Her mother was a professional dancer in England who toured with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the 1960s pop stars who, like the Beatles, were originally from Liverpool. The group’s leader, Gerry Marsden, died on January 3.
“I feel like, without my mom, I wouldn’t have reached the level that I have reached so far,” Skubic said. “I remember we were in the yard practicing on the grass and she was showing me how to move my feet.
When she started to dance competitively, “I started to take dancing more seriously and people started to notice that I had a talent.”
Once at the National Ballet School, Skubic went on an exchange trip to the Netherlands, England and San Francisco.
“It changed dancing for me forever,” she says. “That’s when I realized I could make a career out of it, that it was real, that it was my life. And the trip taught me a lot about different cultures, that dancing is different all over the world.
But acting was not necessarily in his plan.
“I’m used to the dance world, not TV,” said Skubic, who auditioned for a few other roles. “But I worked with all these crazy talented people.