Our end of year showcase event
Step LIVE! 2017 was held at Southbank Centre on
Monday 17 July 2017. The festival involved over 1000 dancers from 70 London & Essex schools. It included free afternoon activities, a
thrilling evening performance in the Royal Festival Hall as well as our 10th birthday party in the Clore Ballroom.
Step LIVE! was our biggest event to date and showcased all the work that Step into Dance offers. It brought young people and their families from every single London Borough to Southbank Centre for a great day of fun, entertainment and creativity.
The youth dance festival was divided into three sections:
Free afternoon activities with performances, street dance battles and workshops
Over 55 SEN and mainstream schools shared their work on the Clore Ballroom in one of the three performances. Many participants and spectators joined our exciting inclusive street dance workshop, led by our teacher Isaac, aka Bboy Vitamin. Step into Battle took place in the afternoon on the Festival Terrace and included street dance and breaking battles. It was closely followed by street dance performances from 12 schools on our programme.
Evening performance in the Royal Festival Hall
The four Step into Dance Youth Companies and selected school companies mesmerised over 2000 audience members in the Royal Festival Hall. They showed new works and revived pieces from their repertoire from our Step teachers Kevin Young, Sonny Ward, Maria Cassar, Ana Borges Lee Griffiths and Rob Gentle in partnership with Cheryl Noble. They also premiered specially commissioned pieces from choreographers Sarah Blanc (Candoco), Jessica Williams (Frantic Assembly).
Evening celebration on the Clore Ballroom
The day culminated with a party celebrating our tenth birthday for all performers on the Clore Ballroom, with cakes, live bands and a DJ.