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Established in 1995, our studios are based in Torbay, Auckland

Your first class is free.

We Believe

We Offer

25 years of dance

Over the past 25 years, Marian McDermott has been developing Step Beyond Studios. Throughout this process she has made some gutsy decisions about her approach to dance teaching. No exams, no competitions, but a place for young people to learn and grow their skill and creativity in a positive and encouraging environment. Hundreds of young people have passed through this staple institution over the years, often moving on to full time training and professional projects. When Isabella Pasley took over as director in 2022, she wanted to continue Marian's legacy and shares Marian's belief in the importance of creating safe, creative spaces for our young people.

Meet The Team:

What to Wear

Handy Hints

One Step Beyond Youth Company

One Step Beyond (OSB) Rationale

Forging the Path For a Future in Dance

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.

Shea – parent of 3 dancing girls

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.

Jacque – adult student

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. 

Alanna – former student, now graduate of NZ School at Dance

Our Location

Torbay Community Hall and Torbay Senior Citizens Hall:

35 Watea Road, Torbay, Auckland - 0630

Mobile - 021-0268-7776

Email - issy@stepbeyond.co.nz