Robert W. May's tumblr Blog


Tara-Jean Popowich, Lethbridge is Voting For You SYTYCD


Southern Alberta has recently gifted the world with Candian Idol Theo Tams, and not another local seems set to reach a level of reality talent television fame.  Tara-Jean Popowich is having amazing success at the Canadian television show So You Think You Can Dance.


Here is a recent article with a bit more info on her.  Watch the show and vote for her!

So You Think You Can Dance Canada finalist: Tara-Jean Popowich


It’s an all-too-familiar tale: the young bright-eyed girl from the small town gets a chance to pursue her dreams in the big city. For So You Think You Can Dance Canada contestant Tara-Jean Popowich it’s a fairy tale come to life.

The 20-year-old dancer has been dancing since before most of us learned to walk, so it’s no surprise that the self-described over-achiever has made the top 16 in Canada’s favourite televised dance competition.

Popowich is from Lethbridge, Alberta and has been living in Vancouver since 2006, where she’s a teacher at Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Centre. Accordingly, she has fans from both Lethbridge and Vancouver cheering her on.

The modest dancer giggles on the phone from Toronto, gleefully talking about all the support she’s received so far. “I wish I could reply to everyone because I really appreciate it and it’s just the best feeling. I can’t even put it into words.”

The giggles fade away when talk of elimination day comes up. “I’m all nerves on elimination day,” she says. The soft-spoken Popowich gets a little louder when chatting about the emotional rollercoaster ride of eliminations, even joking that her relentless desire to constantly practice the routine must get on the nerves of her partner, Everett Smith of Glen Morris, Ontario. “I go through the dance a thousand times; I only listen to the song that we’ll be dancing to. I live and breathe the number that we are performing.”

She’s doing her best to find her way in a competition that doesn’t leave much room for errors. The energy is intense and the competition is steep, but being able to depend on her dance partner has really helped Popowich stay on top of her dancing. Despite the ultimate goal of winning the competition as a solo dancer, Popowich explains that relying on her partner and trusting him is an integral part of making it to the next show.

Speaking fondly of he partner she says, “Everett and I hang out a lot. We’re always talking and getting to know each other, but most importantly we’re very honest with each other which is making our relationship work.”

Her journey so far hasn’t been without its share of struggles. Popowich who comes from a contemporary, jazz, and ballet background has choreographed much of her own dancing in the past. Learning to take on someone else’s routine has been challenging, but the experience has made her stronger and given her a new found passion for a different genre of dancing.

“I did struggle a little, because you want to make it feel good for your body, but it has to be what the choreographer wants,” she explains. “But it has given me huge respect for all other styles of dancing.” She suggests that more dancers should consider stepping out of their comfort zone and trying new styles of dance.

It’s obvious that the young dancer has her sights set high and isn’t afraid to dance her ass off in order to get there.

“I love it”, she says enthusiastically. “After I finish and my body breaks down, I want to open my own dance company and have my own dancers. There is no way I’ll ever get out of the dance world.” With 17 years already under her belt, it’s easy to believe in this young and humble dancer’s dream—hell it’s already been a fairytale.


lethbridge real estate

lethbridge realtor

Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years.  He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.



Comment balloon 1 commentRobert May • September 18 2009 01:17PM
Tara-Jean Popowich, Lethbridge is Voting For You SYTYCD
.. Southern Alberta has recently gifted the world with Candian Idol Theo Tams, and not another local seems set to reach a level of reality talent television fame. Tara-Jean Popowich is having amazing success at the Canadian television show So… more
Lethbridge Airport
Lethbridge Airport to receive some marketing and promotional help! The Lethbridge Airport used to be a busy little place. Back in the 80's there were several airlines who used to offer service in and out of the city, but in recent… more
Lethbridge Fire Ban
With the first day of autumn still less than a week way, scorching hot temperatures in Alberta have sparked fire bans in rural areas including Lethbridge. Fire bans are currently in effect in all of Cochrane, the M. D. of Rocky View and the… more
Wildrose Alliance Making Inroads In Alberta Politics
The Wildrose Alliance is a relatively new political party, but is enjoying a sudden surge in popularity. Yesterday several of the more prominent party members were in Lethbridge as they strive to elect a new party leader. The following is an… more
Memories at ActiveRain - Grrrrrrrr, it's a Peugot!
Now normally when you think of me driving around in a hotrod, I hope you think of something like this ---> &… more
Canadians Love Florida and Arizona
For some reason Canadians have a strong affinity for both Florida and Arizona. Everyone from West of Ontario seems to desire property in Arizona and all those who reside East of the Ontario/Manitoba border seem to fancy Florida. I… more
I Got 1200 Free Prints, You Can Too!
I just wanted to take a second and share this deal with other AR members, as I have personally used it and have saved a bunch of money doing so. This website offers 1200 free prints to new users, the catch being that you must… more
Things to do in Lethbridge
There are many things to do when you are visiting or living in Lethbridge. We are mere minutes away from so many activities and hours away from others. An hour north of the US border and an hour east of the Rocky Mountains. Included in the things… more
Lethbridge Alberta H1N1 Influenza Virus Information
Information is one of the most important tools needed to help prevent and fight off a flu epidemic in the coming months. I have decided to share the information that is available on the Gov't of Alberta's website, along with links to many helpful… more
Beware of Bears in Alberta
It's that time of year again. People are making their last few camping trips to the mountains before the trees change colors and the leaves fall. One important thing to remember is that this is also a time when bear presence and activity is… more