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Essex schools get ready for Step LIVE!
Yesterday our Programme and Artistic Director, Sue Goodman, made her way to Essex to rehearse two schools for Step LIVE! Clacton Coastal Academy and Colne Community School & College each practised for one hour and got their pieces reworked for their performance in the Clore Ballroom. Sue said about both groups, “they were a delight to work with. Their enthusiasm and that of their school teachers was a joy”. The dancers, as well as their Step into Dance teacher Sarah Lloyd, were very excited and are very much looking forward to performing at Step LIVE!
The tickets for Step LIVE! 2017 are on sale
Over 200 young dancers from the four Step into Dance Companies and selected school groups from the programme will take over the Royal Festival Hall in the evening of Step LIVE! The dancers will premiere specially commissioned pieces from renowned choreographers including Sarah Blanc, Jessica Williams, Kevin Young, Sonny Ward and Lee Griffiths. Buy your tickets now and choose the best seats!
Everyone can take part in the free activities taking place in the afternoon in and around Southbank Centre. Join us for a great day of performances, workshops and street dance battles.
Spring Sharings and Step LIVE! training day
We held a day of training last Sunday at the Royal Academy of Dance for our Step into Dance teachers. The sessions were upbeat and were a great way for all attendees to learn the requirements for the Spring Sharings and Step LIVE!
2017 is a very exciting year for us as we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary at the Southbank Centre. The afternoon performances will be in the Clore Ballroom. Choreographers will be required to make pieces in a different format. As a result, all the pieces for the Spring Sharings will also be in the round, since they serve as the first auditions for Step LIVE!
Teachers received all the information about our upcoming events and had the opportunity to get accustomed to the new performance space. They also received tips from Sue on how to improve their choreographic skills. The day ended with a workshop in non-verbal communication.
Now that our teachers are ready for the Spring Sharings and Step LIVE! 2017, we look forward to seeing the dance pieces they create with their school groups!
Step LIVE! 2015 - A huge success!
Sunday 12th July saw the biggest Step LIVE! yet, watched by over 1,200 people. The event was particularly special this year, coinciding with the Jack Petchey Foundation’s 15th Anniversary and Jack's 90th birthday. Over 400 dancers took to the stage, thrilling the audience with everything from breaking to contemporary dance. The evening ended with a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' to Jack and the auditorium filled with 300 balloons!
Many special guests attended, among them were the President of the RAD, Darcey Bussell CBE, as well as ten Mayors from across the London Boroughs.
Sue Goodman, Programme and Artistic Director says, ‘Every single one of the 406 dancers who danced on that prestigious stage for Step LIVE! really deserved to be there. Their energy, zest and joy were uplifting. There is something very special about so many young people from different backgrounds and with different abilities all having the time of their lives together and in harmony.’
Step LIVE! Excitement
The Step into Dance team are raring to go for Sunday. The flight cases and programmes have been packed and sent to Sadler's Wells and now it's just matter of a few final bits and bobs.
There is still time to buy your ticket if you haven't already, so what are you waiting for?
Step LIVE! 2015 to involve over 400 dancers
Step LIVE! is taking over Sadler’s Wells next Sunday 12 July. Preparations are well underway to make this Step into Dance’s biggest end of year celebration yet! The number of dancers taking part has been tallied and a whopping 405 performers will be jiving, jumping and even flipping on the stage.
Be sure to grab your ticket soon, starting from £8. Sadler’s Wells foyer will come alive from 4.30pm with street demonstrations from Step into Dance teachers Gavin Vincent and Roxy Bryant, accompanied by the Wansteady Crew and Royal Rebelz. Mahdi Ghali will then be leading a freestyle circle with Roxy – giving you the opportunity to get involved. Look out for Levantes Dance Theatre who will be offering interactive activities. You also have the chance to win an iPod shuffle, a range of luxurious toiletries and dinner for two at the extravagant Queenswood Restaurant in Battersea.
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Step LIVE! 2015 Line-Up Announced
After a fantastic week of auditions from 38 school groups the Step team and audition panel made some difficult decisions to whittle down this number to the 17 that are performing on the Sadler’s Wells stage on Sunday 12 July.
The following school groups have been selected for Step LIVE! along with the three Step into Dance Youth Companies, the Teachers' Project and Integrated Project:
Acland Burghley School
Camden School for Girls
Harris Academy Bromley
Heartlands High School
Notre Dame RC Girls' School
Raynes Park High School
St Matthew Academy
St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School
Sydenham High School
Swiss Cottage School
The Grey Coat Hospital School
Townley Grammar School
West Lea School
Step LIVE! auditions take over Rambert Studios
Last week was jammed packed with fantastic Step LIVE! auditions. After a brilliant start to the week at Ravens Wood School in Bromley, we spent two days at the renowned Rambert Studios overlooking the South Bank and finished the week at St Angela's Ursuline and Regent High School. The standard was incredibly high and the panel have some very difficult decisions to make!
Dancers from the Grey Coat Hospital school having a last minute rehearsal before their audition.
Lady Margaret dancers make full use of the forecourt at Rambert before their Step LIVE! audition.
38 schools audition for Step LIVE! this week
Today auditions for Step LIVE! 2015 will be kicking off at Ravens Wood School in Bromley.
This week 38 schools will be auditioning for a chance to perform on the Sadler's Wells stage next month.
Auditions will be held in venues across London including at the home of Rambert Dance Company, on the South Bank.
The audition panel will include the Step team and also SEN Step into Dance Patron, Kirsty Swain.
The Step team are looking forward to revisiting the wonderful work that each group presented at the Borough Events.
Results from this week's auditions will be announced next week, so keep an eye out!
Photo: Mark Lees
Half term projects with James Wilton and Natasha Gilmore
It was half term last week but we were busy here at Step into Dance with two exciting projects running side by side. Eight of our Step into Dance teachers were lucky enough to work with dancer and choreographer James Wilton on a piece which will be showcased at Step LIVE! 2015. Knees and elbows were bruised, but the results were fantastic! Read more about James's work here:
Choreographer Natasha Gilmore was also with us for the week, working with eleven dancers from SEN schools on the programme and their Step into Dance teachers. The piece, also to be performed at Step LIVE! focussed on the strengths and personalities of all the dancers involved. This project marks the start of our first Integrated Company, with many of the dancers involved set to be part of a regular group who will train weekly at the RAD from September, alongside the other Youth Companies. Find out more about Natasha's work here:
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Our fabulous end of year event Step LIVE! will take place at Sadler's Wells on Sunday 12 July. The event showcases the most exciting work from the programme, including performances from all of our Youth Companies.
The show starts at 18.30 with free foyer events beforehand from 16.30. To book, please visit the Sadler's Wells box office here.
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou