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 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.
Resident Choreographer 2020
This year we are delighted to be working with Julia Cheng, performer, choreographer and founder of House of Absolute, an all-female collective of multidisciplinary hip-hop dancers.
Previous Resident Choreographers
Tim Casson – 2018
Tim is a performer, choreographer and dance educator based in London who directs his own company Casson & Friends, Tim created Copy and Paste which was performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Marso Riviere – 2019
Marso is a major force in the contemporary dance, and Breakin’ (Breakdance) worlds. Marso choreographed The Nutbreaker Battle which was performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
The Step Companies
Sundays weekly at the RAD.
Company rehearsals are currently suspended until further notice in line with the RAD’s decision to close the dance school to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We will contact our company members directly when we are able to resume sessions.
Step Contemporary: 10:00–12:30
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: 10:00–12:30
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: 12:30–15:00
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: 13:15–15:15
Step and Create is an exciting new development for dancers to work with a choreographer. Led by Iona Brie, Create and Perform focuses on choreographic techniques, giving dancers the opportunity to create a new dance piece together.
Enrichment: 15:30-17:00 (3 workshops per term)
The enrichment programme offers specialist dance opportunities open to all company dancers. A selection of one-off workshops, talks and masterclasses will take place each term, connecting dancers to professional artists and companies with guest artists and visits to performances.
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.