Month: November 2018

10 Reasons Dance is Undeniably a Sport

Everyone related to dance knows this to be a no-brainer. Apparently, those that do other sports need to be convinced. Dance is so much more than a sport but here are just a few reasons why Dance is Undeniably a Sport.

Don’t forget to share with all those non-believers in your world. Just a bit of light, fun reading for you all.


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If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Greece because it’s beautiful

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

A notebook,  pen, disposable camera, flowers and blankets

What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?

My science teachers and dance teacher because they gave me the courage to believe that I could do anything

What was one of your most defining moments in life?

Making my world championships team

Why did you choose your profession?

Because performing and teaching is my happy place

How do you spend your free time?

Lesson planning haha!

Being at home with my partner and family

Who do you most admire in life?

The endlessly opportunities to discover

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

Pay the rest of my parents mortgage, buy a house and give money to my siblings and charity

What are you most afraid of?


What is your strongest personal quality?

Positive reinforcement and hardworking

What was your most embarrassing moment?


To many to remember Hahahaha!

What age do you feel right now and why?

22 because I am right where I need to be

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Anything that can further and better me as a teacher because it will make my students better

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Sin,  family,  friends, laughs,  smiles, food and wine

How would your friends describe you?

Passionate,  hard working,  slightly over committed, loving and determined

The Greatest Show

Wow! What a show. What a day. What a year.

Congratulations to all our students that took part in the concerts last Saturday. It was amazing to see how far everyone had come this year. From our youngest through to our mature aged performers, everyone has come on in leaps and bounds.

Thanks to all those helped backstage, we couldn’t have put the show on without you. Your organising, compassion, nurturing and quick changing skills were in abundance. Your contribution helped make the day special for all our students.

Thanks to the Dads. Every year we get more Dads involved and every year you step up to the challenge and smash it. You always have a blast and your kids love it.

The staff – we did it. It’s a mammoth day for everyone but the hard work has paid off. Now it’s time to look forward to 2019 and how we can take our students to the next level. We are very excited to see where we go in 2019.

A big congratulations to all our 2018 award winners. You have all done a great job in 2018 and deserve a pat on the back. Keep up the great work.

The recipients are as follows:

The 2018 Perpetual Trophy for Outstanding Achievement Award – Sarah Quarantotto

2018 Studio Scholarships:

Sanaa Bansal

Ashlyn Binder

Sophie Martin

Stella Lim

Shiko Mugo

Eva Jenkins

School Spirit Awards:

Annalee Ramsay

Isabella Guzzardi

Here are some of our winners. We will be placing the blurbs and photos of all our winners on the website very soon and will share the links with Facebook when they are available. We will also be posting some backstage photos from both concerts over the summer break so keep an eye out for your classes and don’t forget to tag away.

As we begin the wind down for Christmas, don’t forget to come and trial classes that you are considering so that you can book your 2019 classes.

If you book and pay your deposit by Friday 30 November you will go into the draw for $100 off Term 1 fees 2019. Don’t forget to attend your own class as well so that you can finish out the year with a fun Christmas routine.

Our kids and Teens raffle will be drawn at the studio Monday 10 December so make sure you return your raffle tickets to the studio by Friday 7 December. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Finally, it’s party week at Stepnout: 10 – 15 December. Performance packs including photo discs will be handed out to all students at the party on their dancing day for everyone except our Sunday students who will come to the Saturday party. The times are:

Monday – Friday Preschool and Jitterbugs: 12.30-2pm

Monday – Friday Kids & Teens: 4.30-6pm

Saturday & Sunday Preschool & Kids Teens: 10.30am-12pm Saturday 15 December.

There will not be a party on Sunday.

Have a great week.


Why We Don’t Let Students skip Ahead to the “Big Tricks” in Acro Class

Liz received this great article and wanted to share it with all our Stepnout families.

Everybody wants to learn the “Big tricks” in Acro class. They look very impressive on stage. It is of utmost importance that our students work through the basics to strengthen and prepare their bodies to do this. Muscle memory is everything in Acro and no step can be left out. We understand that as parents it is difficult when you have your child telling you that they want to push ahead. Please be mindful that we are putting the puzzle together piece by piece to ensure that students can execute every trick with safety and precision.

Please share this article with your budding Acro student to help them understand the process.

Happy reading!


By Lisa Claydon of Acrobatique AcroDance

We want our students to be successful and reach their goals. We want them performing impressive tricks and wowing the crowd onstage. In order to make the “big tricks” happen, however, our students must master the arts of patience and persistence.

Acro is progressive. A cartwheel progresses to a side aerial, which progresses to a front aerial. A bridge kick-over progresses to a back walkover, which progresses to a back handspring.

Glossing over foundational tricks in a student’s acro education results in major gaps in their training. For example, I met one talented acrobat who had many exceptional tricks in her repertoire. However, she never learned how to do a backward roll back when she was a beginner…

Fast forward to this student’s peak training years (about age 16) – she was never able to achieve a back tuck, even though she had all the strength and power necessary. Why? Because she had missed part of her foundational training. I know she wishes she would have spent more time on those basics when she was a beginner.

Spending enough time (i.e. several years!) on foundational work also reduces risk of injury. In acro, muscle memory is everythingWe instil correct muscle memory by practicing a lot of drills and basic tricks. Then, when students are truly ready to enter the world of tumbling, they will maintain proper technique and be able to perform the “big tricks” safely.

We want all of our students to achieve impressive skills like aerials and back handsprings, but, more importantly, we want all of our students to be training safely and progressively; to have healthy and functional bodies for the rest of their acro career and beyond. Plus, when our students do perform those “big tricks” onstage, you know they will be beautiful, technically-excellent, and very well-deserved from years of hard work.

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Ask Deb: What Are Some Exercises to Correct Overpronation in First Position?

This article has some great tips on over-rotated first position for all our budding ballet dancers. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the wider the position the better. Overpronation creates twisting that can leave the dancer vulnerable to injury.

“The dancer should be able to stand in first position with equal weight between the pads of the big toe, little toe and heel.”


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If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

Nothing I learnt something from everything. All my mistakes and pain has been lessons and all my joys have been happiness.

What do you feel most proud of?

Coming where I am from where I was

What is your favourite music?

Mumford and Sons

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Nepal it is the mecca of Buddhism and has rejected most outer technologies in its culture in its place of human interaction and kindness.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

My crystals, my tea, music and that’s probably it. I only really need the people in my life I can survive with. No possessions. I just need all the good people in my life and my beautiful pets.

What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?

Adam Wheeler was my mentor through full-time training and had the most influence over me, encouraging me to question why and what the world is and beyond him. And also Alice Lee Holland who taught me: it is not dance it is just life, just be you, just be human, it’s just life.

What was one of your most defining moments in life?

When I quit my job and left my mundane life to go into full-time dance training and become a professional dancer.

Why did you choose your profession?

Because I love it

How do you spend your free time?

In my garden, with my partner, making lesson plans, making homemade products for our house, making sustainable contraptions for our home, with our pets, going on adventures with my partner.

Who do you most admire in life? Dalai Lama

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

Take what I need then give to those in need,  put money into the arts and support artists and give them opportunity to make and share their art

What are you most afraid of?

Humanity’s debilitation and a lack of kindness in this world and where the road of greed is leading this planet.  

What is your strongest personal quality?

I know who I am and am unwavering in my resolve of strength

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I’ve had a tone of embarrassing moments in my life but that don’t actually embarrass me so I don’t think I have one.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Chin stand around the world so I can use it choreography

How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

It’s concert season and our Jitterbugs, Kids and Teens Concert is next weekend.

“Stage-fright, nerves, butterflies… Whatever you call it, performance anxiety impacts most performers at some stage in their training and career. “

Please read this article with the performers at home to give them the tools to turn their anxiety around and have a wonderful concert experience. With 4 simple steps they will be dancing up a storm next week and having the time of their life.

Happy reading.

How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

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Acro Is Hard: Bumps and Bruises To Be Expected!

This article is a great read for all our current Acro class families and those thinking of enroling in our Acro classes in 2019. Acro dance requires the students to work hard and be committed to building a strong foundation.

“In acro, building a “Foundation of Technique” really means: establishing a baseline of strength, flexibility, and motor skill development that will allow us to safely and effectively start introducing basic acrobatic tricks. The amount of time this takes, and the difficulty of this process, is different for each student.”

Please read this article with the Acro students in your house to ensure that they understand what we are striving for in our Acro classes.

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Feature Image: Stepnout Point Losdale Lighthouse photo shoot

Acro is Hard: Bumps and Bruises to be Expected!


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would really like to experience Japan, and travel there to see the Olympics

What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?

I had a few great teachers but my Grade 6 teacher really believed in me and I still remember her kindness today

What was one of your most defining moments in life?

Moving to Melbourne to study dance full-time. Dancing with children at an orphanage in India

Why did you choose your profession?

I wanted to be like some of my greatest teachers; teachers that somehow always inspired me to try my hardest every class and made me want to work hard

How do you spend your free time?

Gym, beach, catching up with friends and looking after my 3 guinea pigs – Ross, Chandler and Simba!

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

Travel all over the world. Pay my parents back for all the dance classes!  

What are you most afraid of?

Missed opportunities

What is your strongest personal quality?


What was your most embarrassing moment?

I had an 18 month old student come to try out my ballet classes a few years ago. I went up and asked if she would like to wear a spare tutu for class that day. Nan replied with “He’s a boy!’ Oops! They still joined up though! And he loved wearing fairy wings 🙂

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’ve always wanted to play piano, I just love the music it makes

How would your friends describe you?

Can eat a lot of dessert!

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