Believe in the power of focussing on what you love
—Taveeta Szymanowicz

Taveeta Szymanowicz is an actress. She portrays Valerie Graves on Make It Pop.


Early Life

Taveeta Szymanowicz is a young commercial artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Taveeta began dancing at the age of five and has trained intensively in a variety of styles. She has competed internationally and has achieved many honours, titles, and awards in recognition of her elite skills, artistry, and passion for movement. She took her first ballet class at the age of six and began studying jazz dance at age nine. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she danced and choreographed at Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts.


Taveeta landed her first major role as “Thalia” on Family Channel & Temple Street Productions' The Next Step. After signing with Shari Quallenberg of Artists Management Inc., she most recently landed the role of "Valerie" on Nickelodeons Make It Pop. As a young working professional in the industry, she continues to educate, train, and harness her skills while also finding time to give back to the community. Taveeta is currently in the process of working on her first EP, re-designing a company she began in late 2013 called Liberum Dance Projects—and in between production periods—is working as both a workshop teacher and dance choreographer in Canada.

Taveeta aspires to continue working in the entertainment industry and use her role in the industry as a platform to inspire others.


I’m really excited for the third season to begin. My character’s transition and growth and development from season two to season three is pretty big. I’m pretty excited to see how the fans will react to that.
—Taveeta Szymanowicz during an interview for The Next Step
In season three, she’s finally part of the family. Everybody has bonded so much that relationships, friendships all start to grow and she gets a bit more involved with the drama and with the dancing. She just grows a lot in terms of her story line
—Taveeta Szymanowicz during an interview for The Next Step
As I grew up, my dancing matured. It was really a way for me to express myself and was a way for me to create and to be creative in terms of movement and making shapes with my body and making these beautiful pictures on the stage or in the studio. I just fell in love with it. It drew me into the arts.
—Taveeta Szymanowicz during an interview for The Next Step
I feel The Next Step, which each season, just gets bigger and better. The fans are going to love all the dancing, the acting, the drama. It’s just a really good step up.
—Taveeta Szymanowicz during an interview for The Next Step


  • By early 2015, she had nearly 15,000 Instagram followers.
  • She and fellow dancer Isaac Lupien are both known for their roles in The Next Step.
  • She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • She comes from a Polish and St. Lucian family.
  • She released 3 songs titled "Fantasy Interlude ft. FrancisGotHeat", "Better Off Without You" and "Girls Night" on her YouTube channel on September 22, 2015.[1]


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