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. 

Helping Dancers Deal With Disappointment

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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.

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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.

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2019 Ballet Scholarship – Indi-Rose

Indi-Rose brings a bundle of personality to class. From the first time she walked in I found her confidence and enthusiasm enchanting. Indi-Rose has worked so hard this year with her technique and pushing herself I can see a large improvement not only skill level but also being proud of her achievements as everything is starting to fall into place for her in ballet. She works very hard in class to master combinations and routines. She loves to perform and does so with a flair. She is a friend to all her teammates. Her bright and bubbly personality is infectious and always present.

It has been a pleasure to teach you Ballet, Indi-Rose. Keep striving to be the best you can be and don’t lose that spunk.

2019 Tap Scholarship – Chelsea

Chelsea has been an absolute delight in Tap this year. I have had the pleasure of teaching Chelsea most of her years at Stepnout and have found she has become a great leader this year in class. She always has a smile on her face, except when she is fine-tuning a new step or combination in class and practices until she has mastered it. Whenever she has been asked to assist teammates with tricky combinations she has always done so with great confidence and respect. She understands how to break steps down for others and work at their pace. It’s great to see this level of understanding in someone as young as Chelsea. She has the utmost respect for all our staff and fellow students.

I am so proud of how far you have grown this year Chelsea. Your ability to make corrections and keep working through difficult challenges has helped your confidence immensely. It has been wonderful to watch you grow. Keep up the great work.

Why Students NEED The Basics Of Acro Dance To Progress To Advanced Tricks 👈

Acro is an amazing dance class that compliments many dance styles today. Acro students want to do the big tricks…NOW!! It’s the age old dilemma where students don’t want to be patient, they want instantaneous pazzazz. 

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.

At Stepnout Performing Arts we don’t want our students to jump ahead to the “big” acro tricks before mastering the basics first? In every dance style out there, the foundations are the most important part to becoming a fantastic dancer. Acro is no different and the basics (foundations) are the only way students will truly master tricks and be able to perform them in routines correctly & with utmost safety.

Please have your budding Acro students read this article so they spend their energy striving to master the basics to be able to do spectacular tricks in the future. We want our students to reach their goals but, most importantly, we want them to be safe and healthy! 

Happy reading!

Why Students NEED The Basics Of Acro Dance To Progress To Advanced Tricks

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Featured images sourced from Stepnout 2019 Studio photo shoot


2019 Jazz Scholarship – Alina

Having Alina in class is an absolute pleasure as she always works very hard and thrives on challenges. Alina is a quiet achiever who shines in the classroom and on stage. She’s dedicated to being the best jazz dancer that she can be and takes corrections on board with respect and maturity. She works hard in every class every week and is always polite and respectful. Alina has undertaken private lessons this year, working with her teachers to improve all over technique and develop a jazz solo routine that she will perform at competitions in 2020. 

We can’t wait to see you improve even more joining our Junior Elite Team in 2020.

Deluxe Video Award -Annabella

Annabella is such a dedicated and hard working student. She is very respectful and strives to do her best each time she steps into the room. When the music stops and the teachers are working with someone else, Annabella is always that student self correcting and going over the steps in the corner without prompting. She is always searching for ways to improve her performance and master the next challenge. Her work ethic is a credit to her at such a young age and her potential is limitless.

Congratulations on winning this award from Deluxe videos. We hope you enjoy your photo shoot.

7 Skills to Teach your Daughter by Age 13

I have subscribed to a great website called A Mighty Girl. As a parent of a pre-teen daughter I’m always interested to find out what others believe and do to see how it fits with our lives. Sometimes I read and disregard other times I take more notice. 

This article caught my eye as it has some great tips on how to prepare our future leaders for tomorrow. I hope you can find some time in your busy schedule to check it out.


7 Skills to Teach your Daughter by Age 13

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Featured image sourced from Stepnout 2019 Studio photo shoot

2020 Student Teachers

At Stepnout Performing Arts we are very excited to be a registered affiliate studio and member of the DanceStep program. Offered in partnership with studio teachers, DanceStep empowers students to take care of others and guides them to be leaders and role models. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, different learning needs and styles, Safe Dance Principles and anatomy to name just a few. These concepts are broken down to be taught in a sequential and age appropriate way to children from ten or eleven years of age. Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life.

With the inclusion of DanceStep at Stepnout Performing Arts our young dancers have a framework where they can contribute to the community in a positive way. Past students of the DanceStep program have experienced increased levels of confidence and have learnt patience, empathy, communication skills and how to take initiative in different situations. As affiliate members of the DanceStep program it is wonderful for us to be able to provide this opportunity for our dancers to flourish not only as young people, but to also watch them grow into competent and confident assistant teachers and student leaders.

2019 Perpetual Scholarship Winner- Summer

This young lady is a shining light and inspiration to everyone that meets her. She gives 100% to everything she does, student teaching, classes, elite classes, helping at the studio, inspiring her teammates at competitions and throughout the year. She has such a mature outlook on life and activities and passes this onto everyone she meets leaving a lasting impression. Her energy, enthusiasm and sense of fun is infectious! Not to mention that stunning smile! She is an absolute pleasure to teach and pushes herself in everything she does. She is a great friend and role model to all our students. She is a caring and supportive member of the studio and is always willing to lend a hand. She is a deserving and hardworking dancer who doesn’t know the meaning of less than 100%. 

Congratulations Summer you are a most worthy recipient.

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