Spring Half Term 2019: Into Dance Making
Following on from the success of Into Dance Making 2018, Zosia Jo returned to the Royal Academy of Dance in February 2019 to lead a week-long choreographic project with 11 dancers. The participants explored each element of choreography and how their creative ideas can become a piece of dance work. Step into Dance Practitioner, Kevin Young, assisted in supporting the project. Following the project, the participants took part in a series of rehearsals in March 2019 to refine their pieces ahead of upcoming performances at Step Around Town events in selected schools and theatres across London, Wandsworth Arts Fringe and Step Live Festival.
Summer Half Term 2018: Open Step
In May 2018, we held our second Half Term Project which was for young dancers who participate in the programme through our partnering schools. 17 dancers came together for Open Step, all from different schools, ages and dance backgrounds. Together, the group worked with Guest Creative Director, Tim Casson, with additional support from Rehearsal Lead, Hayleigh Sellors.
The group had a warm up and creative tasks to begin each day of the week-long intensive which led into them learning and developing choreography for a piece which was later performed at Sadler's Wells in July 2018 in The Wildflower Suite at Step Live: Copy and Paste.
Spring Half Term 2018: Into Dance Making
In February 2018, we held a week-long choreographic intensive at the Royal Academy of Dance, Into Dance Making. 15 Step Company dancers participated in the project to develop their creativity and choreography. Led and supported by Zosia Jo and Emma Houston, the participants were guided through the creative process, exploring different ways of structuring material, using space, and considering the relationship between the dancers and the audience.
Eight pieces were created in total: four duets, one trio and three solos. All were performed in an informal sharing for their friends and family and RAD staff on the final afternoon of Into Dance Making. Several of the pieces were performed at Spring Sharings and Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival as part of an RAD pop up event. Three duets were redeveloped into a collective site-specific piece which was performed at Sadler’s Wells before the main performance of Step Live: Copy and Paste.