Step Companies

Step into Dance offers talented and committed young dancers the opportunity to get involved with one of the Step Companies.

If you’re interested in dance as a profession our companies offer a more serious experience, reflecting the professional expectations you will encounter if you continue to train in the art form. Of course you’ll also have fun, meet friends, and benefit from the positive physical and mental health outcomes we know dance provides!

If Covid restrictions allow, training takes place at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in Battersea each Sunday. If restrictions are in place and the companies are unable to meet in person, an online alternative is offered.

Step Into Dance is a Royal Academy of Dance programme in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, an organisation that empowers young people and widens their opportunities through grant giving and achievement recognition.

Key Dates

All the key Step Company dates for the 2021/22 school year.
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Join the Step Companies

We are looking for dedicated dancers to join our Hip Hop and Contemporary Companies for the 2022/23 school year! The Step Companies meet every Sunday…
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The Step Companies

10:00am- 12:30pm, RAD Headquarters: Step Hip Hop Company in association with ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company
Have fun, make friends and build your strength and technical skills in thrilling and diverse ways, through our exciting collaboration with ZooNation! Led by Jackie Kibuka (ZooNation, Talawa, Body Politic, National Theatre, Boadicea) and guest artists, the Step Hip Hop Company, in association with ZooNation, trains weekly at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, where you will develop your ability, technique and choreographic skills in dance styles that originated from and have been influenced by Hip Hop culture. The company aims to challenge your knowledge, experience, and perspective of dance. You’ll also have the chance to show off your skills and represent Step into Dance at our exciting annual Battle and Step Live Festival performance opportunities.

10:30- 13:00, RAD Headquarters: Step Contemporary Company led by Gosia Dzierzon
This company offers you the opportunity to build your skills in a range of contemporary dance techniques, all whilst improving your confidence, physical and mental health. You’ll become an expert in all things contemporary including floor-based work, release, improvisation and contact and you’ll develop your creativity and have the chance to express yourself. You will work on core strength and body alignment while exploring the use of weight, gravity, and movement of the back in a range of dynamics. The class builds towards longer, flowing phrases, integrating playful musicality and each session gives you an opportunity to learn, create and spend time with other talented young dancers. Throughout the year your skills will be applied to create new choreographic work that you’ll be invited to perform at a number of events, including our annual celebration of dance, Step Live Festival.

Meet the Company Teachers

Jackie Kibuka

Jackie is an authentic, passionate and versatile movement artist with over 12 years experience in many dance styles. She loves story telling and always looks to inspire and encourage others through performance and teaching. With her diverse training background the classes she teaches are always fun, uplifting and empowering. Her credits include Breakin’ Convention, London Fashion Week AW18, Diversity Live, ITV Loose Women, Resolution Festival, Clout! Fringe Festival (2019), The Tide – Talawa Theatre Company, Everyone’s Talking about Jamie (2021 Film), Body Politic – THEM, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s Some Like It Hip Hop (2019), English National Opera – Drive & Live (2020) and National Theatre’s – Dick Whittington Panto (2020/21). (photo: Amy Cook)

Malgorzata (Gosia) Dzierzon

Gosia is a choreographer, dance teacher and producer. Born and trained in Poland she worked as a dancer with Rambert, Gothenburg Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet amongst others performing works by George Balanchine, John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Meryl Tankard, Nacho Duato, Christopher Bruce, Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe and Merce Cunningham and creating many roles working with choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Javier de Frutos, Doug Varone, Garry Stewart, Nicolo Fonte, Siobhan Davis, Ashley Page and Mark Baldwin among others. She was recognized for her performances in the UK with nominations for the Spotlight Award, Female Artist (Modern) and for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) in the National Critics’ Circle Awards. Malgorzata’s choreographic work has been toured to the UK’s largest stages by Rambert and presented in Poland by contemporary and ballet companies in Wroclaw, Szczecin and Sopot. She has been commissioned by professional and graduate companies including the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Ballet Central, INTOTO and Fertile Ground. Malgorzata’s film commissions include the Serpentine Galleries, Kettles’ Yard Gallery, Rambert and Dance City. Malgorzata teaches contemporary dance at the Royal Academy of Dance, and ballet as a guest at Central School of Ballet and the Hong Kong APA. She is the artistic co-director of Newcastle- based company Fertile Ground and has co-directed the 2019 and 2020/21 Dance Journeys for English National Ballet. She is a member and producer with New Movement Collective, a Clore Cultural Leadership Programme Fellow and has an MFA in Choreography from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. (photo: Renaud Wiser)

Previous Step Company dancers have gone on to train at universities, conservatoires and colleges such as London Contemporary Dance School, TBird College, the BRIT school and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Some even teach for us at Step into Dance!