Step into Dance

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Step into Dance

Step into Dance enables young people to develop their passion, skills, and understanding of dance through a diverse and inclusive programme of weekly classes, workshops and performances. Through this, we offer young people a space in which they can grow as dance performers, artists and leaders. Working with mainstream and SEN schools across London and Essex, we reach around 6,000 students annually, aiming to connect with those who might not otherwise get the chance to dance.


Delivered by a team of specialists, we offer a range of ways to engage with dance through different styles. Students who demonstrate a particular commitment are offered specialist training and performance opportunities through one of our youth dance companies. And, our enrichment programme offers connections to professional artists and companies through workshops, talks and performance events. We also offer students exposure to the dance industry as an Ambassador, in which they can discover different ways into the profession.



Step into Dance supports the development of dance for young people reaching those that might not otherwise connect with dance. We offer an artistic youth dance programme delivered by professional practitioners and artists, allowing young people to develop skills and experience in dance and share ideas to build a life-long passion for the art form



To establish a creative environment in which young people can grow as dancers, artists and leaders. We will achieve this through building partnerships with schools, arts and social organisations, and independent artists to develop a broad dance programme with exciting artistic collaborations. We will constantly question and evaluate the way we work, offering engaging activities that build young people’s understanding of dance.


Step into Dance is a Royal Academy of Dance programme in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.


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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Step into Dance follows the Health & Safety and Safeguarding procedures established by the Royal Academy of Dance.