Monday, January 30, 2017

STARTING DANCE CLASSES- WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TINY DANCER?


 Stepping Out is home to a huge amount of little people and we cherish the opportunity to introduce your little ones to the many joys and rewards of dance education.  WE know that this is just as exciting and nerve wracking for parents as it is for our tiny dancers so I thought it was important that we all reflect on what this first big step might mean for our tiniest students.

Today's class was a perfect example of the many little glorious temperaments that make up a typical early years dance class.  We had our shy ones, we had the usually reserved ones who surprised their parents ( and themselves I am sure!), the super confident ones, the seasoned professionals ( third year of dance class anyone?!), the anxious ones, the overwhelmed ones and the ones who felt that their own choreography was probably the most fabulous, especially performed in front of that huge mirror and the silly teacher up front was just a distraction.  ALL of these unique little beings contribute something very special to our class dynamic.  I am in the very enviable position of having experienced many first dance classes and to this day, I remain in awe of what those first steps represent not only over the course of a year but in the bigger scheme of their life and how they will approach the myriad of learning opportunities presented to them over their lifetime.

We have been thrilled to hear news of mass excitement, sensations of butterflies and mad enthusiasm as we all await our first dance classes for the year.  For some of our students they will fling themselves through the door with confidence and ease but for some of our dancers, especially our beginners and our tiny ones.......they might feel more like clinging to their parents or nervous as to what their class will entail, who will be their friend and will they know what to do.  As a three year old, I was the very SHY one.  I clung to my Mum's leg.  I thank my parents every day that they persisted and realised I was just waiting for the opportunity to let myself open to the spell binding and magical world that is dance.

Your teachers are all excited and nervous too.  Stepping Out is also home to an energetic and dynamic bunch of committed teachers who know that along with the joys of being a dance teacher comes a lot of hard work.  Our biggest concern is YOU, our students.  We strive to create a beautiful and supportive environment where everyone feels welcome.  You are all very important to us and we have loved the opportunities to talk to your families, meet new little faces and hear about your goals for the year.  We want to dance alongside you.  We want you to have a haven for your creativity and self expression and most importantly of all, we want you to walk out our doors with confidence, self belief and a huge smile.  Energy is contagious.  We want to surround you with positivity and possibilities.

Parents, especially parents of little people, do know that for some children it will take a few weeks to feel completely at ease in a new learning environment.  It is overwhelming to suddenly leave the security of Mum or Dad, your normal routine and suddenly be in the spotlight in dance class with lots of new faces.  KNOW that it is very normal for your usually very gregarious child to suddenly turn very shy or the child who was up dressed in their tutu by 6am to suddenly be frozen and glued to your hand refusing to budge.  SO, if they just want to watch for a bit or there is tears, it's Ok, in fact it's more than OK, they are still learning and absorbing and bit by bit taking those first tentative steps out into the big world and next time it will be a little easier and a little less daunting.  As teachers, we have had the wealth of experience and the joy of many years helping our little dancers find their wings so we won't bat an eye.  We won't question whether your child is ready or label you a pushy parent.  WE trust and know that each child starts to engage at their own unique time.  It may be immediately or it may be the second or third week of class.  This is all very normal and encouraged.  I, for one am very glad that my parents persevered with my initial efforts as a fledging ballerina.

WHY DO WE USE MONITORS?

As mums ourselves, we understand and respect the enormous trust you place in us in the tuition of your children.  We are really proud of our dance curriculum and really want to show you that you have made the right decision in entrusting your child to us.  We do believe it is important that parents are able to witness the content of the class, our teaching philosophies and the knowledge of your teacher.  We know that the most enriching learning opportunities will arise when we have the full attention of your child and are allowed the opportunity to develop a rapport with them and within the dynamics of the class.  Children can be easily hampered by distractions and focus and discipline are important traits of any enthusiastic and engaged learners.  In 2014, we decided to place cameras in our teaching studios to ensure that we could enjoy the best of both worlds.  We have a monitor in our foyer that provides a window into your child's dance class without any of the distractions or differing temperaments that emerge when children have parents or siblings in the class observing them.

You are very welcome to wait in our foyer and be enthralled and entertained by your child's progress or theatrics but we are just as happy if you drop and go.  Trust that our goal is to have your child feel alive and energised within their own body and that we have the best interests of your child and the class at stake.  Even if a little one is teary, please allow us the opportunity to calm them.  Sometimes this special performance is just reserved for Mum or Dad.  If we can't settle a child after a short period, we will send for you.  OUR GOAL IS HAPPY CHILDREN.  Most times. it is less than five minutes and your child is skipping about and any anxiety is quickly forgotten.  If we believe that a child is not coping within the class, we will take your little one to you.  I know I was super proud today to see so many of our last year's Angelina's taking new little hands and guiding them through the class.  Please allow us the opportunity to get to know what works best for your child.

FOR OUR CONTINUING STUDENTS, it's ok to be a little nervous or hesitant too.  You've been out of routine and had a long break but your body will remember.  We look forward to getting sore with you and helping you to soar this year.
Together, with the support of parents, we will have happy classes of happy students progressing at their own unique rate in no time.  HAPPY DANCING EVERYONE.  We are looking forward to all the wonderful emotions the first few weeks will stir.
See you in class.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Timetable

Classes may be added upon interest, if you are unable to attend our enrolment days January the 19th between 4pm and 7pm, Saturday the 21st January between 10am and 12pm please email leesa@steppingoutdance.com.au to book your place. If you are interested in joining our competition team for 2017, please also email for more details. 

Hope you are enjoying the break, we are busy planning an epic year of Dance and FUN!!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THURSDAY Hair and Make up note

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. 10 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. THURSDAY ANGELINAS 10:45am “DUCKLINGS” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. THURSDAY ANGELINAS 10am “SHIRLEY TEMPLE” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style (swept and tied above the child’s right ear) curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. THURSDAY ANGELINA 10:45am “LAMBS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled, Ballet Shoes. We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday (9th and 10th December) as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon. I understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.   ( Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

HAIR & MAKE UP DETAILS –SATURDAY CLASSES

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. 10 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. SATURDAY ANGELINA 9:30am “DUCKLINGS” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY ANGELINA 10:15am “SHIRLEY TEMPLE” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style (swept and tied above the child’s right ear) curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY ANGELINA 10:15am “LAMBS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled, Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY ANGELINA 11am “PRINCESSES” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. SATURDAY 6 YEARS JAZZ 11AM “TRIBUTE TO ELVIS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled (middle part). Jazz shoes (no stockings required). We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday (9th and 10th December) as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon. I understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.   ( Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

HAIR & MAKE UP DETAILS - WEDNESDAY CLASSES

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents please use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. BOYS- Hair in own funky style.  Make up at own discretion and depending on child’s fairness. Blusher or bronzer usually sufficient. 12 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. 10- 12yrs- optional false eyelashes. 13 YEARS AND OVER- Makeup as above with false eyelashes, smoky colour eyeshadow and crimson lipstick Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. WEDNESDAY 10AM ANGELINAS “CINDERELLA” Hair half up/ half down in a “pollyanna” Style curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face) Ballet Shoes. WEDNESDAY 4PM JAZZ/ HIP HOP “SUPERHERO” Hair in own individual style, tan matte stockings and jazz shoes WEDNESDAY 4PM SENIOR TAP “RITZ” Hair in own individual style tan matte stockings and tan tap shoes WEDNESDAY 4:45PM ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY “LOST” Hair in high pony plaited, ¾ ballet stockings and foot thongs WEDNESDAY 4:45PM SENIOR JAZZ “HOLLYWOOD” Hair in own individual style slicked back from face, matte tan stockings and jazz shoes WEDNESDAY 5:45PM SENIOR CONTEMPORARY “MJ” Hair in a low ponytail (on the right) ¾ ballet stockings and foot thongs WEDNESDAY 5:45PM ADVANCED JAZZ “MJ” Hair in individual style slicked back from the face, matte tan stockings and jazz shoes We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday the 9th and 10th December as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon.  We understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.  (Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

HAIR & MAKE UP DETAILS - TUESDAY CLASSES

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents please use your discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. BOYS- Hair in own funky style.  Make up at own discretion and depending on child’s fairness. Blusher or bronzer usually sufficient. 12 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. 10- 12yrs - optional false eyelashes. 13 YEARS AND OVER- Makeup as above with false eyelashes, smoky colour eyeshadow and crimson lipstick Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. TUESDAY 4PM PRIMARY BALLET 4pm “Disney” Hair half up and half down curled (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face). Pink Ballet stockings and Ballet Shoes. TUESDAY 4:45PM GRADE 2/ 3 BALLET “MARY POPPINS” Hair in a low classical bun. Ballet stocking and ballet shoes BOYS HIP HOP 4:45pm Hair in own funky style using gel, black canvas shoes. TUESDAY 5:30PM GRADE 4 BALLET ”SPANISH” Hair in a low side pony tail (side part on the left and swept to the Right) . Pink Ballet stockings and ballet shoes TUESDAY 5:30PM GRADE 4 BALLET ”SLEEPING BEAUTY” Hair in a low side pony tail (side part on the left and swept to the Right) . Pink Ballet stockings and ballet shoes TUESDAY 6:15pm 10YRS TAP ”FARMERS” Hair in own individual style (to fit a hat). Matte Skin coloured stockings and tap shoes TUESDAY 6:15/ 7pm INTER/ SENIOR BALLET “SOLDIERS” Hair in a low side pony tail (side part on the left and swept to the Right) . Pink Ballet stockings and ballet shoes We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday the 9th and 10th December as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon.  We understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.  (Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.) 

HAIR & MAKE UP DETAILS – MONDAY CLASSES

MAKEUP 5 YEARS AND UNDER- Parents use your own discretion.  Lipstick and blusher will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles. BOYS- Hair in own funky style.  Make up at own discretion and depending on child’s fairness. Blusher or bronzer usually sufficient. 10 YEARS AND UNDER- Foundation, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with mauve eye shadow, black eye liner, black mascara, hot pink lipstick. 12 YEARS AND UNDER- Makeup as above with option to wear false eyelashes. Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming. HAIR & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH GROUP AS FOLLOWS; Please note that all hairstyles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties and hairpieces need to be pinned thoroughly. MONDAY ANGELINA 10am “FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES Hair half up and half down curled “Pollyanna style” (if not enough hair, just pulled back from face. ) Ballet Shoes (no stockings). MONDAY JUNIOR TAP 4pm “MARY POPPINS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled (middle part) Matte natural tights and Tap shoes MONDAY 6 YEARS JAZZ 4:45pm “TRIBUTE TO ELVIS” Hair in 2 high piggytails curled (middle part). Jazz shoes (no stockings required). MONDAY 8 YEARS JAZZ 4:45pm ”80”s” Hair in high side ponytail and curled (ponytail above child’s right ear). Jazz shoes (no stockings required) JUNIOR CONTEMPORARY 5:30pm “OLYMPICS” Hair in high ponytail plaited, convertible ballet stockings (or ¾ length), bare feet or foot thongs INTERMEDIATE CONTEMPORARY 5:30pm “ELVIS” Hair in high ponytail plaited, convertible ballet stockings (or ¾ length), bare feet or foot thongs MONDAY 10 YEARS JAZZ 6:15pm “SUPERHERO” Hair in own individual style slicked back from face, matte skin coloured stockings and Jazz shoes 12 YEARS HIP HOP 6:15pm “GREASE” Hair in own individual style (pulled back from face) matte natural stockings and jazz shoes PRE- SENIOR TAP 7pm “HAIRSPRAY” Hair in own individual style (pulled back from face) matte natural stockings and tap shoes We need a full dress rehearsal on Friday and Saturday (9th and 10th December) as this is when our final lighting scheme will be decided upon. We understand that for a great deal of our families that there will be a rush from other activities and work and so we are very appreciative of your efforts.   (Concerts are meant to be fun so please don’t stress.  We only ask that you do your best.)