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Our youth dance companies' auditions are coming up!
The auditions to join our youth companies are this Sunday and we can't wait to see what the dancers bring to the table! 2017 will be a very exciting year to be part of our youth companies as it will mark our 10 year anniversary! It promises to be full of high-quality training and exciting projects that will culminate with performances at Step LIVE! at the Royal Festival Hall stage in the Southbank Centre on 17 July 2017.
If you wish to join our youth companies, you only have one day left to send us your application form.
Teacher Training Week
It’s back to school for everyone at Step into Dance. This week, our new and veteran teachers are invited to the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters to attend our yearly teacher training week. All participants have the opportunity to take free workshops to gain inspiration and develop their professional skills. The classes include encouraging creativity in class, practice in Special Educational Needs schools, behaviour management, effective year planning and more. The week will end with our anticipated mixed styles battle on Friday!
Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter for photos and videos of the week!
Step into Dance is on Wikipedia
We are proud to announce that Step into Dance now has its own page on the popular online encyclopedia: Wikipedia. Check out the article for a brief history and presentation of our organisation. We hope the page will keep on growing as the programme expands.
A pleasure to see Step into Dance teachers at the RAD Summer Schools
The Royal Academy of Dance Summer School classes are in full swing, with hundreds of students participating from all over the world. The Summer Schools last for three weeks and focus on a range of dance styles, including jazz, contemporary and ballet. We’re delighted that some of the Step into Dance teachers have been invited to teach this year, among them Nina and Sonny (pictured). We hope they enjoy their Summer School classes, they sure look like a lot of fun.
Step into Dance featured in award winning film!
We are delighted that the Royal Academy of Dance Patron's Organisations in Focus film has won an Videographer Award. The film focuses on Step into Dance and features our Youth Companies and also the Step into Dance students from Townley Grammar School for Girls. The film is beautifully put together by Amelie Exton and Georgina Rees.You can watch the whole film here.
A successful teacher audition week!
As new schools are joining the programme, we have been auditioning new dancers to join our pool of teachers. Sue and Miranda have been really impressed with the general standard and loved the broad range of styles available: from contemporary to Afrobeat, breakin' and house. The successful candidates will be contacted soon and will start their new classes for the 2016/17 academic year.
We look forward to welcoming new faces to the Step into Dance family!
Step LIVE! is fast approaching. Only two days left!
The final countdown to Step LIVE! has begun! After months of preparation we can't believe our end-of-year show is just around the corner. The 14 selected schools groups and our four youth companies will blow your mind with amazing performances. They have worked very hard and have undoubtedly earned the privilege to perform on such a prestigious stage.
Remember the event will kick off at 5pm with workshops, shows and entertainment in the Sadler's Wells foyer. The main show starts at 7pm. Book your tickets now before the event sells out!
Sadler's Wells ready to welcome Step LIVE!
We had our final meeting at Sadler's Wells Theatre yesterday and we can reveal that all is set for Step LIVE! Backstage preparations have been completed and the foyer activities are looking exciting! All the dance groups are looking forward to performing on such a prestigious stage and spectators are in for a treat! Everyone at Sadler's Wells Theatre is ready to welcome an evening of thrilling youth dance! Book your tickets now before it's too late!
Foyer entertainment at Step LIVE! 2016
Last week we announced the line-up for Step LIVE! and the evening promises to be amazing. But Step LIVE! is not your average dance show, we make a point of involving audience members in our freestyle circle! We will have some great surprises this year in the Sadler's Wells foyer from 5pm. Expect to catch Step into Dance teachers, school groups and fun workshops in the mezzanine. You might also bump into Molly Orange, who will be floating around the space with their comedy dance pop up!
Step LIVE! auditions update!
What a week we're having! We're right in the middle of the Step LIVE! auditions and we're loving it. All the selected dance groups have put a lot of effort into their pieces which makes the whole process really tough: the final decision will be hard to take! We feel very excited about the level and enthusiasm of the dancers and we can't wait for you to witness their hard work at Step LIVE!
Well done to Gavin and Milo for performing on Britain's Got Talent!
After excellent runs at the quarter-finals, this is the end of the Britain's Got Talent adventure for our Step into Dance teacher Gavin Vincent and for our ex-company member Milo Aylward. Both dancers performed with different groups at the semi-finals of the national TV competition. In spite of positive feedback from the judges and original concepts, they didn't reach the final stage of the talent show.
We are very proud of them both! You can watch Gavin's performance here and Milo's piece here.
Step into Dance is looking for new teachers!
We are currently recruiting teachers specialising in African dance, bollywood, cheerleading, contemporary dance, inclusive dance, jazz, musical theatre, and all street dance styles.
If you are passionate about teaching, available in London or Essex and interested in developing your professional practice, this is the perfect opportunity for you!
All the information can be found on our job page.
Our teacher on Britain's Got Talent!
You might have heard that one of the highly skilled Step into Dance teachers has been on TV recently. Gavin Vincent, who has taught breakin’ for us for 5 years, has been featured on Britain’s Got Talent and has got through to the semi-finals of the competition. He is performing as a dancer for Flying Bebop, mixing breakin’ and drones. If you’ve missed it, you can watch his performance here.
Although Gavin got off to a flying start, we wish him the very best for the next stage of the competition!
The Spring Sharings come to an end
After three weeks of Spring Sharings in 13 boroughs in London and Essex, we counted a total of 98 schools participating, 129 groups performing and almost 1,500 dancers hitting the stage. The energy and commitment of all the dancers involved was incredible! We would like to thank the school teachers, the Step into Dance teachers, the audience and the hosting schools without whom the Spring Sharings wouldn't be such successful platforms.
Selected groups from the Spring Sharings will get an invite to the Step LIVE! auditions soon. This will be their chance to perform at our end-of-year show at Sadler's Wells on 9 July in front of thousands of people.
You can view all our pictures and short videos of all the Spring Sharings in our gallery!
Only three Spring Sharings left!
After eight amazing Spring Sharings, the Step into Dance participants only have three events to show us what they've got! We've been really impressed with the standard of the dancing. Years after years, the pieces get better and better! We hope the dance groups performing at our next three events will bring their A-game and keep up the high standard! The dates and places of our three remaining Spring Sharings are here and you can view pictures and videos from our past events in our gallery!
We're halfway through our Spring Sharings!
We have been overwhelmed by the high standard of work and the commitment of our teachers, reps and dancers. Hooray for Step into Dance! Check all the pictures from our 2016 Spring Sharings here!
Spring Sharings 2016
Our 2016 Spring Sharings are well under way and so far the work has been of an extremely high standard. Our teachers have worked hard and are really showing their students off to advantage. We are so proud of them all! You can view all the pictures from the events in our gallery!
Step into Dance features in the Patron’s Lunch video
Sue Goodman, our Programme and Artistic Director has been featured in the Patron’s Heroes series. The video is part of the celebrations around The Patron’s Lunch, held in London on 12 June. We love the video as it reflects our philosophy perfectly. We are proud to be part of the Royal Academy of Dance and to have Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as our Patron.
We hope you’ll like the video too!
A tribute to Step into Dance teachers
Sue Goodman (Step into Dance Programme and Artistic Director) wrote an article as part of my Dance, the new campaign from the Royal Academy of Dance. Her words reinforce the idea that the Step into Dance teachers are a great asset to the programme. We’re very grateful that so many brilliant dancers have been working with us for the past nine years. Without them, Step into Dance wouldn’t be where it is today! You can read the full article on page 14 of the my Dance brochure.
Step into Dance features in the new RAD campaign: myDance
The Royal Academy of Dance has produced a great campaign called my Dance. We're proud and honoured to be part of this exciting new project. The brochure includes an interview of Sue Goodman, our Programme and Artistic Director as well as pictures and quotes from Jamie from the Street Company and Caseley from the Inclusive Company. Dancers from Contemporary and Street Companies are also featured in the myDance video along with Step into Dance teacher Mahdi. You too can get involved by sharing your #myDance story on social media.
Performances at Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award
On 8th and 10th March 2016 at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford (Essex), Mollie, Jade and Ryan from our Contemporary Dance Company got the privilege to perform at the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award.
Mollie and Jade performed a duet they had devised during the half term choreography development sessions led by our Programme & Artistic Director Sue Goodman. Their short piece entitled 'I’m Still Breathing' explores the value of friendship, especially during difficult times.
Ryan and Sophia, who both attend the Lambeth Academy, performed a duet entitled 'Siblings'. Choreographed by Step into Dance teacher Kevin Young, the piece reflects upon the complex relationship between a brother and a sister.
Sir Jack Petchey receives knighthood
What better way to begin the New Year than with the news that Jack Petchey has received a knighthood. We are delighted that Jack has been recognised in this way and we are incredibly proud of him and of the Jack Petchey Foundation. Jack’s story is an inspiration to us at Step into Dance and to our students and teachers. If you think you can, you can!
The Jack Petchey Foundation has contributed over £100m to programmes and incentives for young people, including the Step into Dance programme. Sir Jack has year after year funded the high-quality, inclusive, extra-curricular dance classes that we deliver to 200 mainstream and SEN schools in London and Essex. The Foundation also supports such programmes as Anthony Nolan, raising awareness of blood cancer, and the Speak Out Challenge, the largest public speaking competition for young people in the world.
We would like to congratulate Sir Jack on this achievement and the much-deserved recognition of the work he does to raise the aspirations of thousands of young people every year, 30,000 of which have taken part in the Step into Dance programme since its creation in 2007.
Photo: Mark Lees
The end of 2015 is nigh and what a year it has been! We have had some great events with over 2,000 dancers taking part. In this academic year alone we have had five spectacular Step Togethers, involving eleven schools. Twelve crews took part in Step into Battle and we had a sold out audience for the Youth Companies' Christmas Sharing.
We are now winding down for the holidays and our office will be closed from 6pm on Monday 21 December until 9am on Monday 4 January.
We have much to look forward to next term so make sure you have downloaded our year plan so that you can get ahead of the game with our 2016 dates.
From all at Step into Dance we wish you a happy holiday, a terrific start to the new year and we will see you in 2016 for even more fun!
Welcome to our new website! We’re still the same Step into Dance on the inside but we’ve had a makeover to bring us up to date with how the programme has evolved over the years.
You’ll notice a lot more photos and videos on the site now, and it’s much easier for you to share these with your own friends or colleagues through Twitter and Facebook. We’re also linked up to Instagram so be sure to tag @stepintodance or use the hashtag #stepintodance and your photo could be featured on our home page.
We hope you’ll find our new website clear and easy to use and enjoy exploring the photos and videos in our Gallery, looking at our list of amazing teachers, or seeing what schools in your area are also on the programme. So dive in, have a look around and let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou