Step Companies

Step into Dance offers talented and committed young dancers the opportunity to get involved with one of the Step Companies. Renowned professional choreographers lead each company and dancers gain a wealth of experience, enabling them to refine and progress in their chosen styles and to expand their skills in others.

Training is currently offered online due to Covid but normally takes place at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in Battersea each Sunday.

All company dancers attend additional full-day rehearsals leading up to performances. Previous venues have included Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Festival Hall and The Place Theatre.

We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to receive high quality dance training at an affordable rate. Our subsidised rates are one third of the price of equivalent training. We are also pleased to offer a means-tested bursary, made possible by the generous funding we receive from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

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 2020/21 school year.
Read more

Join the Step Companies

Opportunity for talented and enthusiastic dancers to join us at free taster sessions for our Step Combine and Step Create & Perform Companies! We're looking…
Read more

The Step Companies

Please note: following the government’s announcement of a lockdown beginning on Thursday 5 November, classes will be online via Zoom until further notice, starting Sunday 8 November. We hope to return to RAD headquarters for rehearsals after lockdown ends in December. Company members have been emailed the relevant information and Zoom invites.

Parents/ guardians will need to sign the the Online Class Guidelines before the sessions.

Step Contemporary: 10:30–12:00, via Zoom invite.
Focusing on contemporary dance techniques this company offers all dancers the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in a range of techniques, including floor-based work, release, and the principles of Cunningham technique. Throughout the year dancers will explore how these skills can be applied to create a new choreographic work.

Step Street: 10:00–11:30, via Zoom invite.
An exciting company opening up the rich and diverse art form of street dance and offering weekly training in its techniques and principles. Dancers will build the strength and skills needed to bring street dance to the stage in exciting new and diverse ways, and master the technique in order to compete in our annual dance annual battle.

Step Combine: Step Combine classes are currently suspended and will return in the new year.
Step Combine draws on a mixture of dance styles focusing training on street, contemporary and improvisation dance styles. The company works with dancers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to devise and perform new choreographic work and prepare for the annual street dance battle.

Step Create and Perform: Step Create and Perform classes are currently suspended and will return in the new year.
Explore your creative talents, build your confidence and find new ways to express yourself through choreographic techniques and dance styles. Develop your own movement and work with others to create and perform a new dance work together.

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.