Step into Dance Ambassadors

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.

The Step into Dance Ambassador scheme provides talented and enthusiastic young people with the opportunity to learn new skills that will equip them to support a range of events, projects and performances throughout the academic year.

Ambassador Scheme 2020

Applications for the 2020 Ambassador Scheme have now closed.

Current ambassadors will be taking part in the following training:

Sunday 26 January 2020 – Introductions and ice breakers, workshop with resident choreographer

Tuesday 18 February 2020 – Vlogstar training with Media Trust

Wednesday 19 February 2020 – Afro Brasilian workshop with Ama Rouge, Selfe workshop with Hayleigh Sellors

Thursday 20 February 2020 – Public speaking training with the Speakers Trust

Please note the RAD have made the decision to close the Dance School and to cancel the remainder of Spring Term classes at their headquarters to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This will also apply to our Ambassador training sessions. We will continue to monitor this situation and be in touch with our Ambassadors directly should we be able to resume these activities:

Sunday 17 May 2020 – Training TBC

Sunday 31 May 2020 – Training TBC

Sunday 21 June 2020 – Step Live Festival training and end of year celebration

At Home Activities

Whilst Ambassador activities at RAD Headquarters are suspended to ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed, you will be completing the following at home activities:

Task one: Create a poster recapping everything you learnt at your vlogstar workshop.

Task two: Watch a TED Talk, dance show or a filmed dance event presented by a host and note down their presenting styles, observing how they interact with the audience.

Tasks one and two are due on Monday 6 April by 10:00am.

Task three: Teach a member of your household three Afro-Brazilian movements you learnt in Ama’s session. Take photographs of the teaching process.

Task four: Reflect on your earlier training session with Hayleigh, look at information relating to the Step into Dance Companies.

Tasks three and four are due on Monday 20 April by 10:00am.

Task five: Watch a dance piece and write a review analysing the performance.

Task five is due on Monday 4 May by 10:00am

You must email your completed tasks to EHollywood-Powell@rad.org.uk by the deadlines stated above.

Feedback

“I feel proud to have had the chance to be an Ambassador as it has really enhanced my knowledge of dance and the industry. I have also had lots of fun training with professionals and making new friends.” Ambassador 2019

“I loved representing my school and step into dance at many places and I’m proud of all the things I’ve learnt about the dance industry along the way and I’m so happy to have made so many friends with the same interest as me in dance.” Ambassador 2019

“The training has improved my exposure to dance and I am now more open to learning about different dance styles.” Ambassador 2018

“I have been able to get an insight of what it is like at a professional dance company.” Ambassador 2018

“It gave me an incredible amount of confidence – it sounds cliché but I feel so much more comfortable in social situations and during performances.” Ambassador 2017

Arts Award

Step into Dance is an accredited Arts Award Centre.

We offer Arts Award at both Bronze and Silver levels, a nationally recognised qualification enabling young people to demonstrate their passion for an art form of their choice.

Step into Dance Ambassadors have successfully worked towards Bronze Arts Award in 2018 and 2019.

The Step into Dance Ambassadors 2019-20 will work towards either Bronze or Silver Arts Award through training and workshops which will be embedded into the Ambassador scheme and supported by our Arts Award Adviser.