Step into Dance

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Step Into Dance

Step into Dance, a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Royal Academy of Dance, is the UK's largest fully inclusive secondary school dance programme, providing extra-curricular classes and performance opportunities to 200 mainstream and SEN schools per year across London and Essex. Since its creation in 2007, the programme has provided high-quality dance education to over 50,000 young people.

Our mission statement:

VISION: Our vision is a world where young dancers have the energy, the commitment, the team spirit and thoughtfulness to be positive and creative members of society. A world in which differences are celebrated and all are equally valued.  
OUR MISSION: Our mission is to nurture self-confidence, self-belief, self-discipline and respect for others through the medium of high quality dance teaching and performance, so that all young people are able to realise their creative potential.
OUR VALUES: Step into Dance is inspired by the values of its funder, Sir Jack Petchey CBE, who epitomises the saying ‘If you think you can, you can!’

Our patrons

Kimberly Wyatt
Kimberly Wyatt is an American singer, dancer, choreographer and television personality. She began dancing at the age of seven and at 14 earned scholarships to the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet and Broadway Dance Center in New York. She joined the renowned American girl group Pussycat Dolls in 2003 with whom she received several prestigious music awards. In 2010 she became a Judge on the hit Sky1 UK show Got to Dance for five seasons and she has featured in CBBC's Taking The Next Step and won BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef in 2015.

Kenrick "H2O" Sandy

Born in East London, Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy is Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment (Associate Artists at the Barbican Centre) and one of the top choreographers and performers in the UK underground, commercial and theatrical scenes. Kenrick’s credits are extensive and include theatre, TV and film, both nationally and internationally. He choreographed the ‘Frankie and June say… thanks Tim’ section for London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, alongside director Danny Boyle. Kenrick was awarded an MBE for his services to dance and the community in this year’s Honours list.

Kirsty Swain
After graduating from Laine's Theatre Arts, Kirsty Swain worked internationally for Celebrity Cruises, the Grand Ole Opry and Cirque du Soleil. She was a dancer and actress in several pantomimes, television commercials and movies including Mamma Mia The Movie. She has also worked with Kylie Minogue, Emma Bunton and West Life. She appeared on the BBC1 reality competition So You Think You Can Dance and now teaches and choreographs for vocational colleges, Move It and the Royal Academy of Dance. As a partially deaf dancer, Kirsty works closely with the National Deaf Children’s Society and delivers motivation speeches to young dancers and school children.

The Jack Petchey Foundation

Established in 1999, the Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people in London and Essex. The major focus of their work is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme operating in almost 2,000 schools and youth organisations. Other major programmes include a focus on public speaking, youth arts, sports and personal development.
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The Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is the world's leading dance education provider. It promotes the understanding and practice of dance by training teachers and students, and by providing examinations to reward achievement. The RAD have approximately 14,000 members in 85 countries, of which over 8,000 are registered teachers. Although classical ballet is at its heart, the RAD offer classes in a diverse range of dance forms.
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