Lane Napper, the iCarly tap dancer (and so much more!)

Lane Napper with LSY! teen reporters Maddie Cichocki and Marielle Buffamonte at The Pulse dance conventional in Toronto. Lane travels North America as an instructor with the Camp Pulse program. (Photo by Tim O'Shei)

Lane Napper with LSY! teen reporters Maddie Cichocki and Marielle Buffamonte at The Pulse dance conventional in Toronto. Lane travels North America as an instructor with the Camp Pulse program.
(Photo by Tim O’Shei)

He’s a dancer, a choreographer, an actor, and an acting coach. Lane Napper, who you may know from his roles on Nickelodeon’s Victorious and iCarly, has also worked with Disney, Touchstone, Warner Bros., several Broadway shows, and more.

“I feel like I have the best life ever,” he told LSY! teen reporter Maddie Cichocki at The Pulse on Tour dance convention in Toronto. (Lane tours the country as a faculty member for Camp Pulse.)

“I get to do everything I love to do,” he added, “which is such a blessing.”

Here’s an abbreviated version of Lane’s conversation with Maddie. To watch the full version, click here or see the video at the bottom of the page.

Lane, how did you get started dancing?

Lane: I was working construction and it was something I’d always wanted to do. I had asthma growing up and I was always in the hospital and I saw this movie one time with Gene Kelly and that changed everything. The movie was called Summer Stock and when I saw him taping and I saw those feet moving and the sounds coming out of his feet I was like, “Oh my God, I have to do this.”

So would you say Gene Kelly is someone who inspired you most?

Lane: Yes. In my career, the people who I feel like I was inspired to do this were Gene Kelly, Flip Wilson, Lucille Ball, and Michael Jackson.

Lane Napper plays the guidance counselor on Victorious.(Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon)

Lane Napper plays the guidance counselor on Victorious.
(Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon)

Not only are you a dancer, but you are an actor and choreographer, for a very well-known show called Victorious. Can you tell us about that?

Lane: I wear two hats on the show. I play the guidance counselor who loves lotion, and I do probably 95 percent of the choreography, behind the scenes. It’s fun to be able to just take off that hat, put the other hat on and just get in there, get dirty, and just work it. I love it, I love it.

What’s it like getting to watch them perform your choreography?

Lane: It’s good. With television, they have to rehearse, learn their lines, get into hair and make-up, so you don’t get the talent as long as you might like to. So it’s my job to make them look as good as they can with the limited time, but they always, always knock it out of the park.

Lane Napper tap dances with Jennette McCurdy (Sam) on the iCarly episode "I Was a Pageant Girl."(Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon)

Lane Napper tap dances with Jennette McCurdy (Sam) on the iCarly episode “I Was a Pageant Girl.”
(Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon)

Another show you’re really well known for is iCarly. Can you tell us something about that too?

Lane: I did a guest spot. Sam Puckett, played by Jeanette McCurdy, is like the bully of the show. In real life, Jeannette is an accomplished singer and dancer and she’s also a really good figure skater. They made this episode of her dancing, so they cast me as her acting coach, Ernie. We got to do this huge tap dance number together. They built these stairs made out of luggage and we got to tap up these stairs. Even to this day, I get recognized for that.

Here at The Pulse, what’s it like seeing all this new talent in front of you?

Lane: It’s cool. I have actually hired people from The Pulse and Camp Pulse based on the things that I’ve seen in class. I mean, it’s not for that; it’s not like people come here to get discovered. But for me it’s really cool because not only do I get to teach and have fun, but I’m looking and I’m like, “Wait a minute, I could probably use that person in this number or video or something.” So, it works out cool.

Follow Lane on Twitter @LaneNapper and check out his website, www.LaneNapperNow.com

Maddie Cichocki is a student in our program at Mount St. Mary Academy.

Comments

  1. Lane was 1 of my teachers at Terry’s school of Dance for tap i think he was the reason I kept on dancing but I dance somewhere else now

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