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Review of the Step Together between St Matthew Academy and Parkwood Hall School
Fourteen dancers from St Matthew Academy enjoyed the opportunity to dance alongside students from Parkwood Hall School on Tuesday 5 December as part of the 2017 Step Together workshops.
This amazing integrated dance experience brought together dancers to share in their love of dance and to work collaboratively to produce some exceptional and highly creative dance pieces. The atmosphere was one of care and respect with students working compassionately to create and share their vibrant and dynamic dance ideas. Year 10 student Leonardo Walter Dabo said "we learnt so much from the dancers at Parkwood Hall, their happiness was infectious. I loved the way that they moved and felt so inspired by their passion for dance.'' Working collaboratively, the young people twisted, turned and spiralled in, out and through beautiful sculptural connected dance shapes. They explored some extremely exciting and challenging movements as they travelled through the dance space.
St Matthew Academy would like to say thank you to Parkwood School for hosting the Step Together, to Maria and Lisa - the wonderful workshop leaders and to the Step into Dance team for offering our young people such rich and inspiring dance opportunities.
Catherine Smith, teacher at St Matthew Academy
You can see the pictures of the workshop in our galley.
WE'RE HALFWAY THROUGH OUR 2017 SPRING SHARINGS!
Our 2017 Spring Sharings are well under way and we are overwhelmed by the high standard of the dancing. We’re really proud of all the dancers and the Step into Dance teachers for creating such wonderful dance pieces.
If you have missed any of the Spring Sharings, you can join us next week for some great evenings of youth dance. You can also relieve the past events by checking out the pictures in our gallery.
First Spring Sharings at the Camden School for Girls
The Camden School for Girls held its annual Spring Sharings last week on Thursday the 2nd of March. A packed audience of parents and friends had the chance to watch seven dance pieces performed by solos, duets and dance groups from the school. The event displayed a wide range of dance styles: from ballet to street dance via musical theatre, contemporary and salsa. The Step into Dance Year 7’s and the school’s own dance company, both led by our teacher Amy Morris, were part of the show. They delighted the audience with a funky flash mob and their brand new street jazz piece. You will be able to watch their performance at Step LIVE! 2017 in the Clore Ballroom.
Videos of the Step into Battle crew finals
The crew finals of Step into Battle 2017 are now online! As you can see in the videos, the competition was tough and the judges really struggled to pick a winner. Year after year, the standard of Step into Battle increases dramatically!
Evelyn Grace Academy and Woolwich Polytechnic School went head to head in the final of the Mixed Crew battle:
Here is the final of the Breaking Crew battle between Hendon School and Forest Hill School:
We had a little surprise from the Step into Dance teachers who also got down to business (just for fun):
Also check out the trailer of the event made by our teacher Bismark Anobah:
Step LIVE! preparations at the Southbank Centre
We had our first meeting at the Southbank Centre yesterday to plan Step LIVE! 2017. Ideas were bouncing off the wall and we found the talks with the Southbank team very fruitful! We will celebrate our 10 year anniversary next year and we are already working hard to make Step LIVE! 2017 a fantastic edition. These are the early stages but we are really excited and we can’t wait to tell you more about our plans for the event! In the meantime, you can put the date in your diary, Step LIVE! 2017 will be on Monday 17 July 2017 in the afternoon and the evening.
Step LIVE! 2016 - An evening full of "life, excitement and joy!"
Step into Dance took over Sadler's Wells on Saturday 9th July with an exciting evening of youth dance! More than 1,300 audience members attended Step LIVE! to watch over 400 dancers perform on the prestigious stage. The thrilling performances showcased the diversity of the programme and included an array of dance styles ranging from breaking to contemporary and Indian dance. The evening ended with a beautiful tribute to Sir Jack Petchey from our guest performers, the young dancers from Lyons Hall School.
We would like to thank all the volunteers, staff and the special guests that attended the event, among them the eight Mayors from London Boroughs. A big thank you is also due to the parents, family and friends that came out to support the dancers.
Sue Goodman, Programme and Artistic Director says about the event: ‘Something very special happened on that stage this year at Step LIVE! Our dancers transported the audience into another world. It was magic! I am so proud of them and of our choreographers and of course, our schools for their dedication and hard work. All this would not have happened without the generosity of Sir Jack Petchey in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance.'
You can view and download the photos from the event in our gallery.
Step LIVE! 2016 - Line-up announced!
After a fantastic week of auditions from 30 school groups, the Step team and the panel has reached a decision. It was really hard to whittle down this number to the 14 that are performing on the Sadler’s Wells stage on Saturday 9 July.
The following school groups have been selected for Step LIVE! and will be performing along with the fours Step into Dance Youth Companies:
- Acland Burghley
- Boswells School
- Forest Hill School
- Harris Academy Bromley
- Heartlands High School
- Highams Park School
- Lambeth Academy
- Lea Valley High School
- Ravens Wood School
- Saffron Walden County High School
- St Paul's Academy
- St Thomas More Catholic School
- Townley Grammar School
- Woolwich Polytechnic School
Spring Sharings 2016
You may have noticed that the Borough Events have had a bit of a face lift for 2016 and are now called the Spring Sharings! But don't worry, the events are essentially the same - all schools on the programme are welcome to participate and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. The events are a great chance for the dancers to share their hard work with friends and family and to meet other young people on the programme.
Don't forget that the Spring Sharings are the first step in the selection process for our end of year event Step LIVE! (Saturday 9 July, Sadler's Wells). Groups are chosen from the Spring Sharing performances to audition at the start of June. Schools are already signing up, so make sure you don't miss out. Contact Miranda Peake to book a place for your group firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at the Spring Sharing dates here
Step into Battle 2015 winners
Step into Battle 2015 was a huge success. On Saturday 28 November over 120 street dancers arrived at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells. Some crews were battling for the very first time, alongside others who were competing for the 3rd or 4th year running. Everyone who took part was a winner showing utter commitment and bravery when entering the cypher.
A special mention for the prize winners: Alex and Prerak from Odin Crew, Hendon School (winners of the 2-on-2 Battle), XI Crew, Step into Dance Street Company (winners of the Mixed Crew Battle) and Odin Crew (winners of the Breakin' Battle).
Individual awards were also given to: Dre Lee (Wansteady Crew, Wanstead High School) for Sickest Skill, Darren Panda (Dynamics, Step into Dance Street Company) for Freshest Flava and Gary Clarke (Dynamics) and Ajoke Lokiki (XI Crew) for King and Queen of Swagga.
Step into Battle is due to return in January 2017 with plans to make it the biggest day of battles yet!
To take a look and download pictures from Step into Battle 2015 click here.
Photo: © Foteini Christofilopoulou
Step into Battle ready to raise the roof
Tomorrow over 120 street dancers are gearing up for Step into Battle 2015, at the renowned Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells. This is Step into Dance’s day of street dance where crews battle it out in the cypher, with a live DJ and MC.
Top judges from the UK street dance scene, including member of B-Supreme (all female dance crew), Ana Borges will decide the winners of the 2-on-2, Mixed Crew and Breakin’ Crew battles. This is always an energetic event bringing together experienced battlers and those trying it out for the first time. The day will also include specialist workshops in breakin’, poppin’ and krump.
Step into Battle is very popular this year with 12 crews attending, including the Step into Dance Street Dance Company and plans are already in the pipeline for the event to be even bigger next year!
Photo: © Foteini Christofilopoulou
Step into Dance proudly presents the Spring Sharings
We are pleased to announce the new name for our Borough Events.
Step into Dance proudly presents Spring Sharings, a great chance for schools to share their hard work with family, friends and fellow students – same idea, different name! The Spring Sharings are informal performance opportunities open to all the schools on the programme. The final dates and venues are also now confirmed!
There will be 11 events across London, plus additional invite only performances for larger groups on the programme that may not be able to attend a Spring Sharing. Although we consider performing at the Spring Sharings an achievement in itself, groups are selected from these events to audition for our end of year celebration of youth dance, Step LIVE!
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Step Together to involve 11 schools
This year, we have offered our free Step Together workshops to all schools on the programme. These joyous workshops bring together two or more schools, to work on a specific theme or project in any style, including contemporary dance, inclusive dance (bringing together a mainstream and SEN school), capoeira, social dance, street and jazz dance.
Five workshops across London have been planned in the autumn term, involving 11 schools. This week the Jack Petchey Academy hosted a Step Together contemporary dance workshop with Stormont House School, both in Hackney. 28 pupils attended and learnt how movement can come from just looking at the London skyline.
Eleanor Collinge, teacher at the Jack Petchey Academy says, ‘it’s a great opportunity to bring together young people of all abilities!’
The next Step Together workshop is on 13 October at St Thomas More RC Comprehensive School with St Matthew Academy, in South East London.
Photo: Alicia Clarke