At Step Beyond Studios, we believe in the power of positive dance. An exam and competition free community, we encourage our young people to support one another and to develop and evolve their sense of confidence, technique and creativity in a healthy environment.
Classes in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Muscle and Bone: Levels range from preschoolers, young beginners through to teenage and adult students working at an advanced/pre tertiary level.
Muscle and Bone for teenagers and adults: An intense high energy movement workout class class where fitness, coordination and strength is developed.
One Step Beyond Youth Dance Company: An invite only opportunity for our most dedicated and talented students to extend their skills.
Meet The Team:
What to Wear
Dance Attire for Ballet Students
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Girls: Please come to ballet dressed neatly with long hair tied up in a plait, bun or similar as appropriate.
Boys: Ballet: Please come suitably dressed in black leggings or shorts and short white ankle socks with a T-shirt and well fitting black ballet shoes.
For safety reasons no jewellery please other than small stud earrings.
Levels 1 - 2: A leotard (of any colour), short white ankle socks or pink ballet tights with well fitting pink ballet shoes (they need to fit like a sock). We recommend a crossover ballet cardigan for the colder weather.
Levels 3 - 8: As for Levels 1 - 2 plus a character skirt and shoes. By Level 4 girls should tie long hair up in a bun please.
Pre Elementary and Up: Please come suitably dressed as for Levels 3 - 8. Please tie long hair in a bun.
Adults: Comfortable dance clothing with long hair tied back.
Contemporary Dance Students: Please wear suitable dance clothing - stretch leggings and top are recommended. Tie long hair back neatly. Ballet shoes are not recommended. Please bring a pair of socks.
Punctuality To get the most out of class, please arrive at least 5 minutes before class is due to start, so you are changed and ready to dance. Students of Pre Elementary Level and above should arrive at least 15 minutes prior so they have time to begin a personal warm-up.
When Waiting For Classes In consideration of others, could students please wait outside the studio in the foyer until your class is called.
Safety and Supervision Parents - please try to be on time to collect your children. Please ask your children to wait quietly inside the building rather than out in the car park. Please do not leave other children unattended at the studio - we cannot and will not assume responsibility for supervision of any children other than the students in the class we are teaching.
Water Bottles Please bring a named bottle of water to class especially during the humid summer months.
Have Fun Our classes are upbeat and welcoming, so just enjoy your time in the studio!
One Step Beyond Youth Company
One Step Beyond (OSB) Rationale
Established in 2008. One Step Beyond fosters talented and motivated young dance students to extend. Supported to develop leadership and choreographic skills, participants evolve their sense of self belief and creative voice within the dynamic company.
Admission to OSB is by invitation only. The company is an example of our philosophy to replace competition with collaboration and provides healthy motivation for our young students to step beyond and aspire towards.
OSB members work with industry professional choreographers and collaborate on innovative performance and artistic projects.
Forging the Path For a Future in Dance
Professional training has become a reality with several former OSB members making dance their career choice. We now have had 8 of our company members move on to tertiary education in dance!
Grace Woollett graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2012 and now works in the industry as a performer, choreographer, film maker and teacher. Emma Lane graduated from London based - Trinity Laban Conservetoire and progressed on to complete her Masters degree with Joss Arnott's Emergence Dance and now has secured a professional contract dancing with Eliot Smith Dance in England. Alanna Main has graduated from The New Zealand School of Dance and Emma Clavis from Wellington based Whitereia. Veronica Devlin is in her final year studying Musical Theatre at Whitireia.
The company members are taught by professionals from the dance community and so far have been fortunate to work with Colette Arnold, Katie Burton, Georgie Goater, Vivien Hosking-Aue, Zahra Killeen-Chance, Jessie McCall, Anna MacRae, Kilda Northcott, Vivian Nunez Medina, Janine Parkes, Lyne Pringle, Julie van Renen, Tupua Tigafua and Grace Woollett.
2020 Shows: Dichotomy and The Fantastic Toyshop. Photography by Hannah Richardson. Film by Grace Woollett
Our family has been involved with Step Beyond Studios for over 10 years. Our experience is that every child - or adult - with an interest in dance is welcomed and encouraged. We love how our children have been able to learn to dance and perform in such a safe and encouraging environment.
Step Beyond has provided me with the most amazing opportunity to re-connect with my lifelong passion for dance. In my youth I danced as a full-time student with the National Theatre Ballet School (Melbourne). I stumbled upon Marian when looking to enrol my daughter and was struck by the warmth and inclusiveness of the Step Beyond school and Marian’s approach. This is what prompted me to trial a class for myself. I now dance weekly and feel completely welcomed into the fold. Marian’s classes are challenging, fun, and an excellent workout and I am thrilled to be back dancing again after 17 years.
The youth company: One Step Beyond, was a perfect preparation to my full time training at New Zealand School of Dance. OSB fosters creativity, good technique, teamwork and offers many choreographic opportunities. It helped me to become a 'thinking dancer', something that is paramount in the dance industry.
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