Allie Bertram’s fans know her from her successful run on So You Think You Can Dance in Canada a few years ago. Since then this talented young dancer has appeared in popular TV shows like Smallville and Supernatural and even showed her moves in the hit movie Sucker Punch.
Now audiences will be able to see Allie in a leading role in Lifetime‘s upcoming movie Holiday Spin, where she’ll play a dancer caught in the middle of a family drama. The 23-year-old talked exclusively with Celebrity Teen Scoop about her upcoming role, and how she climbed a mountain to get to this point. Literally.
Celebrity Teen Scoop: Tell us a little bit about your upcoming movie Holiday Spin.
Allie: Holiday Spin is a movie incorporates two of my favorite things…dancing and the Holidays! It revolves around an annual holiday themed ballroom dance competition.
CTS: You play a dancer – Pia – in the movie and you’re a dancer in real life. How much of Pia’s character is based on you?
Allie: Pia is really not based on me at all, the one thing Pia and I do have in common is our work ethic. But we are very different!! I was a ballerina and Pia is a ballroom dancer. Also, Pia dates dancers, and I have never dated a dancer.
CTS: You were a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance in Canada. Tell our readers about your experience on the show.
Allie: I had a wonderful experience on SYTYCD Canada. I had spent so much of my time training to BE a dancer, it was so much fun to finally PERFORM. My favorite thing as a dancer has always been performing, so it was a dream come true to dance on live TV two times a week for 3 months. I enjoyed the challenge of learning new styles of dance every week.
CTS: How did you get your start in entertainment?
Allie: SYTYCD Canada was my first experience in front of the camera, and was the experience that made me change focus from dancing to acting.
CTS: Who would be your dream dance partner?
Allie: My dream dance partner would have been Gene Kelly. He was such a smooth mover and talented dancer. Also Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite movie and I have all the dances memorized.
CTS: Is it true that you’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa? Give us the details on this!
Allie: YES! I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. I climbed it when I was 17 and I’m so proud of myself for making it all the way to the top. It was the only time I missed 2 weeks of dance, but I’m so happy I did. I carried a pair of my pointe shoes to the very top and posed in them. I might be the only person to stand on pointe at the top of Kilimanjaro.
CTS: Who are some of your role models and why?
Allie: My role models are my parents, and my brother. My mom is loving and supportive, my dad is the hardest worker I have ever met, and my brother has such a competitive energy about him. If I could be half as great as all of them I would be unstoppable.
CTS: What advice would you give to young, aspiring performers hoping to break into the business?
Allie: I would tell someone breaking in to the business that hard work pays off and to love what you do.
CTS: Think back to your first job – did you splurge on anything afterward?
Allie: I always follow my dad’s advice and save my money. What I do splurge on is eating chocolate and macaroons after good news or a hard day’s work.
CTS: What upcoming projects are you working on that we can look out for?
Allie: I worked on a great film called Leap For Your Life. It is hilarious and also focuses on dance.
Holiday Spin premieres on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00PM ET/PT on Lifetime.