2019 School Spirit Award – Summer

This year has been a year of growth for Summer. As a member of our Elite Mini Team she has worked extremely hard to maintain a disciplined manner in all her classes to become a well rounded dancer and performer. She has focused on building resilience and learnt how to push through some boundaries that were limiting her talent and with this has achieved great outcomes personally and as a team member.  She is developing some beautiful qualities that have been remarkable for someone of her age and will be an added bonus to her throughout life. Summer is thriving in our Elite program and is evolving into a very talented dancer.

Keep striving Summer, your journey has only just begun.


2019 School Spirit Award – Charlee

Charlee is receiving this award for her development as a student teacher as well as her overall attitude at the studio. This year Charlee has really taken a huge step up and has become a very valuable Student teacher. She has taken on all critiques offered throughout the year with grace and determination and her command in the room is developing beautifully. Charlee is developing lovely relationships with students in classes she assists in and generally around the studio. Charlee is a warm and friendly face who welcomes everyone she encounters.

It’s been wonderful seeing your growth this year Charlee. Keep up the great work.

5 stretches to avoid: How you can avoid injuring yourself while stretching

As we continue with online classes I thought I would share another important article about stretching so that our students avoid injury and are dance ready when we return to the studio. 

This article talks about overstretching, only stretching when you have warmed up, target stretching, copying others, forcing stretches and appropriate times to stretch. Please share this with your dancers’ to ensure that they are listening to their body and always maintaining safe stretching.

I hope you find this ARTICLE as beneficial as I did.

Article written by Leigh Schanfein from Dance Informa.  

Image sourced from Stepnout archives

2019 Hip Hop Scholarship – Tahlia

Tahlia is a fantastic role model and leader in her class. She is a natural when it comes to Hip Hop and draws an audience to her with her style. She has natural leadership qualities and is a worthy winner of our Hip Hop scholarship. She is committed to being the best she can be each week and pushes herself every class. It’s lovely to see you shining on the stage and in your class.

Well done Thalia, it is a pleasure to watch you dance.

Six Exercises to Support & Strengthen your Back

Check out these great exercises. “ Having a strong back is not only essential to all aspects of dance, it also provides us support in our daily life. Having a strong back improves overall quality of life, increases the ease of performing daily tasks and is protective against injuries.”

Take up the challenge and do these exercises everyday. Watch the transformation of your muscles and strength.

Side Plank

Click HERE and start your back exercises today.

Article by Sheree Ronai-Horvath

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Photography by Elly Ford 

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2019 Glee Scholarship – Callianne

Well this lady is just delightful. She is respectful, very hard working, super talented and has proven herself in each class she has undertaken with all her teachers. Calliane could have received the scholarship from any of the dance styles she takes classes in as she is a very well rounded dancer who is adaptable to all styles.

It is really lovely to watch her thrive in Glee as it has added another level to her dancing. She is very expressive and has a lovely voice developing. Calliane loves to give everything a go and has loved taking on characters and exploring how far she can push herself in Glee. She is very dedicated to her sport and thrives on friendly competition both internal and external. Her bubbly, outgoing personality has thrived in this class.

Well done Calliane. It has been a pleasure to watch you develop.

2019 Acrobatic Scholarship – Neve

Neve has been a beautiful member of Friday acrobatics. She works hard in class every week trying to gain more skills and strength to help her with tricks. This has been a huge boost to her confidence. Neve is super respectful and always committed to her class and team on Friday nights. She is compassionate to all her classmates and even though her class has a variety of ages she blends with everyone in the room.

Well done Neve, I can’t wait for you to do more in 2020 and see where your dedication takes you.

Extreme Stretching: The Risks of Sitting in Oversplits

I have been searching for articles that are relevant to our current situation. As we embark on this new kind of dancing in Term 2 I think this is a very important subject as students do their own stretching at home. There are many youtube channels and Insta accounts of dancers doing stretching videos and some of these include overstretching the body in ways that are not safe. 

Please share Extreme Stretching: The Risks of Sitting in Oversplits with your dancers so that they understand the risks of extreme stretching on their bodies.

Happy remote learning in school and dancing.

Article sourced from Pointe Magazine

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Helping Dancers Deal With Disappointment

Article sourced from Dance Advantage Written by

It’s happened. Maybe you were afraid of this. Or, maybe it blindsided you but… it’s happened. Your daughter didn’t make the dance team. Your son was passed over for the scholarship. Your child didn’t get the part or solo or moment in the sun for which he/she worked so hard.

Now what? Your son is hurting. Your daughter comes to you crying. S/he may look to you to make it all better.

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt


Parent your child through this setback and support them in becoming a more resilient and confident human being. When your child is faced with a letdown, you have a great opportunity to encourage your son or daughter to face and rise above the obstacles that come their way. It may not feel like a gift but it is.


Fix it. As a parent, your first instinct may be to try. However, just as it is a parent’s role to help his baby become proficient in feeding himself, assist her preschooler in learning to use a potty, and teach her grade-school child to tie his shoelaces, it is a parent’s often unhappy duty to give a blossoming young adult the tools they need to cope with disappointment.

That’s Life

This article from Parent magazine is meant for parents of young children. However, as I researched this issue across age groups, the methods for helping children deal with disappointment listed in the article, were corroborated. I have adapted many of them to fit the situation your pre-teen or teen dancer may be facing.

A. Gauge Your Child’s Resiliency

Does your child tend to take things personally? Does she usually have a positive outlook? This article, Helping Kids Handle Rejection & Disappointment, has a handy 5-question quiz that will help you place your child’s resiliency.

At this time, it may also be a good idea to make a mental note about how YOU feel about your child’s setback. As the above article so rightly states: “Your attitude can make a huge difference to how a child reacts. If you see rejection or disappointments as problems then your child will be hamstrung by this view.”

B. Tailor Your Tactics

When it is a BIG Deal

1. Validate the emotions.

“I know you are disappointed. It’s okay. I would be too.”

2. Help him recognize what can and cannot be changed.

What can be changed, of course, are the things regarding self, including one’s attitude. What cannot be changed are the actions and decisions of others. Despite hard work and determination and talent sometimes you just don’t get what your heart desires. It is a hard truth, but one we all learn one way or another. The difference in people is how they respond to that truth. Those that move on and continue to work hard are the ones that fulfill the adage that “if you work hard or set your mind to something, you can be anything you want to be.”

3. Redirect her attention toward something in which she is (or is likely to be) successful.

She will likely see through empty or untrue sentiments about why she was unsuccessful or how she was wronged. No matter how small, a real boost to the ego will be much more effective. What comes easily to her that doesn’t for everyone? What has she been recognized for in the past? What activity might be more suited for her qualities and talents?

4. Don’t punish or belittle his negative reaction.

After all, everyone needs to let it out sometimes.

5. Offer choices or alternatives

Help her realize that though she didn’t make the team or get the part she wanted, that she still gets to dance. She has the freedom to take some extra classes elsewhere, or in another style, or during a summer workshop. These are things that may improve her chances next time but, more importantly, they will strengthen, improve, and challenge her. Alternatively, she may have time to spend on favorite activities or pursue other interests outside of dance. Ask what she wants to do now. How does she want to proceed from here? What can be most disruptive about disappointment is the feeling of having no control over a situation. Choice can help your child regain that feeling of having a say.

6. Put it in perspective

Volunteer at a hospital, help her organize a dance performance at a nursing home, work together at a soup kitchen, walk for charity. Find or do something that helps your child recognize how fortunate they are and reduces her “big deal” to its proportional size in the scheme of things.

7. Let her solve it on her own.

Once again, resist trying to fix things. Even if she wants you to come to her rescue, resist the urge to pacify her hurt by taking action or dwelling upon things that cannot be changed (a studio director’s decision, the reality of another child’s skills or talent, the criteria for recognition by another…). This is not easy but children are often more resilient than we give them credit. Though kids of all ages may be quick to dramatize their displeasure, many bounce right back. Look carefully at your child for cues, don’t bring up their disappointment if, by the next day, all seems right with the world again. Accept that your child may have recovered more quickly than you have!

Want more coping methods? Try How To Overcome Disappointment

Your good example will make a world of difference

Watch what you say: “I’m sorry you didn’t get 1st place at the competition. What did the 1st place team do well? What do you think you’ll work on for next time?” (What to avoid saying: “I can’t believe you didn’t win! You were the best dancer there! The judges are clueless.” or “Next time you need to point your toes. Your pirouettes were the worst I’ve ever seen you do. What were you thinking?’)

Tell what you did: Share your experiences with disappointment, what you learned from them, where failures led you, how you felt and what you did to overcome.

Be careful what you do: How do you react when you face disappointment or failure or frustration? Do you throw a tantrum at the checkout when the clerk makes a mistake? Do you gripe about your boss when you don’t get a promotion? Do you quit when the going gets rough? Behavior like this sends a message to your child.

When to step in

Is there a time when you should step in to solve something for your child? My short answer is almost never.

If you feel like you absolutely must act on his/her behalf, you may want to read How to Discuss Problems With Your Studio Director and Be Heard.

When it comes to decisions about roles or teams, however, it is important to realize that work ethic and even abilities are not the sole criteria from which directors cast their shows or teams. You may disagree with the specifications but it is within a director’s right to select and judge based upon a standard of his/her choosing.

You might approach him with a desire to know and understand his process but demanding he defend a decision does not put you or your child at an advantage. (Think about it: How or under what circumstances would you demand this of a prospective employer that passed you over for a job? What about your current employer if you were not selected for promotion?)

When your son/daughter receives a “no thank you,” your goal is to gain understanding so that you might help your child cope with the decision. The director will see through attempts of getting your child on the team or winning your dancer that role if that is your underlying ambition and you’ll hit a roadblock if it is.

When hard work doesn’t pay off

(I’ll repeat) Occasionally, despite hard work and determination your child may not always get what her heart desires. It is a hard truth, but one we all learn one way or another. The difference in people is how they respond to that truth. You and your child both must accept this truth and look for the positive in every disappointment.

In addition, when it comes to hard work, attitude, or any other virtue, what a person deserves is not always what he will get. Thank goodness I don’t always get what I deserve because sometimes I don’t deserve what I get!

Accomplishments ≠ Who We Are

It is sometimes easy to confuse our accomplishments and awards with who we are. In our culture we place a lot of emphasis on the achievements for which a person has been recognized – she is a two-time Olympic medalist; he is a famous actor who has won numerous stage and screen awards. These things say little of who a person really is. In addition, these recognitions only look back never forward.

Who is this dancer becoming?

In children especially, where one is going should matter a whole lot more than where one has been. Accomplishments and met goals are how we develop self-confidence in our abilities, however, we are not defined by our achievements. In fact, often we are shaped more by our failures. They are a good test of how badly we want something. They can also set us on new, more appropriate paths. It is despite and sometimes because of obstacles or disappointments that we become a dancer, a doctor, or something completely opposite but all the more right than whatever it is we want (or wanted) to be.

(This article was taken directly from )

2019 Contemporary Scholarship – Jenna

Jenna is an absolute treasure to have in class. She always works hard and is extremely respectful and a beautiful friend to everyone around the Stepnout community.

Well done Jenna you have stepped outside of your comfort this year and we can see the difference in your dance ability, flow and stage presence. Contemporary can be a difficult dance style to embrace as it requires great storytelling and feeling. It has been wonderful to see this transformation in your dancing as you have matured this year. Keep up the great work. 

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