Month: March 2019

2018 School Spirit Award


It is as a Student teacher in 2018 that Annalee is receiving this award. With her maturity and natural inclination to nurture, Annalee has been a wonderful addition to the classes that she is a Student Teacher in. She has a commanding presence but is always able to be the mother hen for the young students that she teaches. She is able to sense when they need a hug or a quick reminder of staying focused. The students all love to be with Annalee and she is often surrounded by “little chickies” clucking away at her. You have been a marvelous addition this year Annalee and have helped keep our wonderful beginner students on Mondays remain engaged, disciplined and loved. Your caring nature is one to be treasured.


10 Reasons Tap Dancing Rocks

There are so many reasons why you should take up tap dancing. Here are 10 to get you thinking. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I have. Happy tapping!



At Stepnout Performing Arts we offer Tap from 4 years to adults. Click on the link below to find a class that suits and then contact the office to begin your tap experience.

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2018 School Spirit Award


Isabella took up the challenge of becoming a Student Teacher this year in March. She has always been a quiet achiever in her classes at the studio however with the step up to Student Teacher and under the guidance of Tracey we have seen her blossom into a valued member of our student teaching team. Isabella comes along to her student teaching classes prepared at all times with everything required. Isabella takes responsibility for all communication that is sent home with regard to student teaching and will always ask questions if she needs further clarification. She is often the first to respond with an answer or a question – which we love!! It has been beautiful to watch your confidence develop slowly over the year and we look forward to seeing further growth in the years to come.

2018 Scholarship Winner


This year Eva has been a wonderful student inside and outside of the classroom. She has put in 100% every class and has improved every week which is also evident by how she practises outside of class. Eva has shown leadership skills, she is well behaved, always listens well and has been recommended by all her teachers past and present as a model student. She always comes into the studio with a huge smile and positive attitude. Eva has been an absolute delight to teach and I look forward to see what does next!



When did you start dancing? 15 years old

What’s your favourite part of teaching? Seeing students Develop

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do? Make-up Artist

What is your life outside of Stepnout? Barista in a cafe

What’s your favourite dance step? Leg Holds

What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t let other people’s opinions get in the way of your dreams!

What’s your next holiday destination? Bali

Who is your favourite performer? Lady Gaga

What’s the next show you are seeing? Muriel’s Wedding

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Still teaching! & maybe owning a Talent Agency

What is your greatest strength? Inspiring others

What are your goals for the future? Traveling more & sharing my love of dance

What is your best childhood memory? Growing up on a farm in Tasmania

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Spend some time in LA or Vegas

What do you feel most proud of? Where I currently am in life today

What is your favourite music? Dance/Pop

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? Central America! The people the dancing, the food & the culture wow!!

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? My Cat , my Best Friend, Music Device, my Bed, my Clothes  

What was one of your most defining moments in life? Being accepted into Full Time Dance School

Why did you choose your profession? Was something I feel in love with that

How do you spend your free time? Relaxing to music, catching up with friends, seeing movies & attending events.

If you won the lottery, what would you do? Go travelling extensively

What are you most afraid of? I think like most people! Failing!

What is your strongest personal quality? Giving

2018 Scholarship Winner


Stella is the quiet achiever in class. After a break from dancing Stella returned this year and has worked very hard from the first class to be where she is today. It’s always obvious that Stella practices until she perfects steps and combinations both in class and at home. Stella has the utmost respect for all our staff and her fellow students. She always has a smile on her face, except when she is deep in concentration fine-tuning a new step in class. I am so proud of how far you have grown this year Stella. Your ability to make corrections and take advice is way beyond your years. Keep up the great work.

Science confirms: Dancing makes you happy

“Without music, life would be a mistake”, said Nietzsche, and he wasn’t entirely wrong because we have a natural instinct that leads us to follow the rhythm of the music. In fact, most children move and clap their hands when they hear a song they like. It is a spontaneous response related to our need to communicate and express our emotions through the movement and the body.

There is no doubt that music is a universal language and everyone, except the people who suffer from amusia, is able to appreciate and enjoy it. In fact, it was discovered that people of different cultures react emotionally in the same way when listening to different types of music. So, it is no coincidence that anthropological studies indicate that groups who were more likely to survive were those who had developed a particular dance and were able to share their feelings dancing.

Of course, music and dance not only serve as social glue, but are also very useful for our physical and mental health. Recent studies revealed that one of the keys to happiness and satisfaction is right on the dance floor.

Steps that heal, movements that make us happy

In 2013, psychologists at the University of Örebro realized an experiment with a group of teenagers who suffered from anxiety, depression and stress, in addition to presenting psychosomatic symptoms such as neck and back pain. Half of these were asked to attend two dance classes a week, while the rest continued with their daily routine.

After two years, those who continued to attend the dance classes (where emphasis was on the pleasure of the movement rather than performance), not only showed a significant improvement in psychosomatic symptoms, but also reported to feel happier.

In another study conducted at the University of Derby, the psychologists worked with people who were suffering from depression. These people received “salsa” lessons for a period of nine weeks. The improvements began to be appreciated after four weeks and, after finishing the course, the participants said they had fewer negative thoughts, better concentration and a greater sense of peace and tranquility.

But the truth is that dance is not only an excellent therapeutic resource. A study at Deakin University revealed that dance has a very positive effect on our daily lives. These Australian researchers interviewed 1,000 people and found that often those who were dancing not only reported feeling happier, but also more satisfied with their lives, especially in relationships, health, and the goals achieved over the years.

Interestingly, also the psychologists at the University of New York discovered a similar effect in children. These researchers worked with 120 children, aged 2 to 5 years old, who were exposed to different types of sound stimuli, some were rhythmic and imitated the rhythm of the music, others were completely arrhythmic. They could appreciate that children who were moving following the rhythmic movements showed more positive emotions and felt happier. Therefore, these researchers concluded that not only we have a tendency to move to the beat of the music, but also that dancing improves our mood.

Why dancing makes us happy?

When we dance our brain releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that create a feeling of comfort, relaxation, fun and power. Music and dance do not only activate the sensory and motor circuits of our brain, but also the pleasure centers.

Indeed, neuroscientists at Columbia University say that when we move in tune with the rhythm, the positive effects of music are amplified. Therefore, a little secret to make the most of the music is to synchronize our movements with the beat, so we will be doubling the pleasure.

However, the magic of dancing can not simply be reduced to brain chemistry. Dancing is also a social activity that allows us connect with the others, share experiences and meet new people, which has a very positive effect on our mental health.

What’s more, as we move, our muscles relax to the music, which allows us to free ourselves of the tension built up during the day, especially the one accumulated in the deepest part of the musculature.


Duberg, A. et. Al. (2013) Influencing Self-rated Health Among Adolescent Girls With Dance Intervention A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.; 167(1): 27-31.

Zentner, M. & Eerola, T. (2010) Rhythmic engagement with music in infancy. PNAS; 107(13): 5768-5773.

Birks, M. et. Al. (2007) The benefits of salsa classes for people with depression. Nursing Times; 103(10): 32-33.

Lesté, A. & Rust, J. (1984) Effects of dance on anxiety. Percept Mot Skills; 58(3): 767-772.

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When did you start dancing?

I originally told my mother at the age of 2 that I wanted to be a ballerina, but being a chubby little toddler, my mother laughed and didn’t proceed to enrol me into my first dance class until I was 4. But I’m pretty sure I pirouetted out of the womb!

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

Seeing a child get something they didn’t think they were capable of. Whether it’s a simple step or a turning combination, seeing their face light up when they get it brings me the most amount of joy possible.

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

I originally went to university and majored in developmental and educational psychology, so I probably would’ve wanted to become a psychologist in a school and help develop learning plans for teachers and students.

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

Incredibly busy! I juggle teaching dance 22 hours a week with a part time marketing job and training anywhere between 7 and 14 hours a week, plus auditions for performing in the dancing industry, plus family time, plus catching up with friends…I don’t usually drink coffee but I might have to start!

What advice would you give your younger self?

TAKE BALLET MORE SERIOUSLY MY GOD! So much technique and potential lost there! But also to learn to control my movements more. I tend to put a lot of energy into my dancing, but throw away easy transitions and movements, which is something that I’ve definitely had to work hard at in the last couple of years.

What’s your next holiday destination?

Europe! A little family trip over the winter break. Very excited!

What was the last show you saw?

I think it was Rocky Horror? Was absolutely incredible! I encourage every dancer and student to watch professional shows within the dance industry! It gives you something to aspire to as well as supports the industry so that it can still exist within Australia.

What is your greatest strength?

Work ethic and my elevation. My jumps and acro tricks  get me everywhere!

What are your goals for the future?

To work hard and be the best dancer and person that I can be; spreading kindness and making others happy. But also, to dance backup for Backstreet Boys.

What is your favourite music?

I usually like to listen to rock and pop punk, but I’ll listen to anything that isn’t doof doof or screamo.

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

My dance teacher Andrew Micallef. The first person who believed in me and saw me succeeding in the dance industry if I put my mind to it. He pushed me as hard as possible and taught me the value of hard work and kindness.

Why did you choose your profession?

I wanted to do something that made me happy, something that I was passionate about. I get so much pleasure out of teaching and performing, and with everything I’ve achieved thus far, I know I’m on the right path.

How do you spend your free time?

Sleeping, eating, and watching cartoons!

What are you most afraid of?

Snakes. Oh dear god, snakes.

What is your strongest personal quality?

I like to think that I’m funny sometimes.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Anything between my costumes falling off on stage or farting in someone’s face when I was 11. I make a habit of embarrassing myself on a daily basis, so I don’t get too embarrassed too often now.

How would your friends describe you?

Goofy and overly positive with the kindest soul and intentions.

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