Step into Dance offers talented and committed young dancers the opportunity to undertake high quality training as part of the Step Companies. Company dancers gain a wealth of experiences enabling them to progress in their chosen styles as well as expand their skills and knowledge of other dance styles. Each Company is led by accomplished professionals dancers and choreographers, each renowned in their own area. Company dancers are offered at least 3 opportunities to perform each year leading to a feature length performance which previously has been presented in prestigious dance venues including Sadler’s Wells, Royal Festival Hall and The Place. Previous choreographers have included: Tim Casson, Sarah Blanc, Lee Griffiths.
Training takes place at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in Battersea, London each Sunday during term time with additional full day rehearsals leading up to performances. The Step Companies have evolved extensively over the last eleven years of the programme and there are several exciting new developments for the Step Companies in 2018-19.
Step Combine, formerly known as Inclusive Company, draws on a mixture of dance styles focusing training in street, contemporary and improvisation dance styles. Step Combine invites dancers with and without special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to work collectively together to devise and perform new choreographic work and prepare to take part in a Hip Hop Dance battle.
Step Create and Perform is open to more experienced dancers who will work collaboratively with the Step into Dance Resident Choreographer to create an exciting challenging new work.Company dancers will be invited to take part in this Company through one off workshops in October and November.
Enrichment is a series of one-off specialist workshops with guest artists and performance trips to develop Company dancers' exposure to, and understanding of, dance. We hope that by broadening the experiences that Company dancers undertake, they will become more rounded, versatile young artists.
We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to receive high quality dance training in prestigious studios at an affordable rate. Step into Dance offers subsidised dance training to young people - our rates are one third of the price of equivalent training, we are also pleased to offer means-tested bursaries and concessions. This is made possible by the generous funding we receive from the Jack Petchey Foundation.
Previous Step Company dancers have gone on to train at various universities, conservatoires and colleges such as London Contemporary Dance School, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, Performers College, BRIT school and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.