Dance student -teacher Education program

DanceStep Program

Growing Leaders - Empowering Students

Newcastle Dance Academy are proud to be an affiliate DanceStep Studio partner

DanceStep Program -

What is DanceStep?

DanceStep is a dance student-teacher education program which empowers students to serve as role models, grow as leaders and care for others in their dance studio community.

The student-teacher and leadership program provides learning opportunities for Dance students from the age of 10 years. It is designed to teach leadership and valuable soft skills (referred to as employability skills like communication, teamwork, problem-solving and emotional judgment), the Dance Step program has been described as The Girl Guides of dance studios.

Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life.

Benefits for Students

As dance educators we KNOW that students learn more than simply the steps during their time in the studio. Students learn to be part of a team and a community, to be resilient and tenacious, to enjoy the rewards of delayed gratification and many other important life skills. For many, the dance studio becomes a second home where students feel safe, nurtured, and encouraged to reach their full potential in all aspects of life. DanceStep, a 6 level Student Teacher Education Program, builds on this philosophy and provides a progressive and formalised process including both practical and theoretical components.

How does it work?

The minimum age for enrolment is 10 years. There are currently 6 levels (or Steps) and all students commence at Step One, regardless of their age, as each Step is a pre requisite for the next.  Most leadership work is focused on development in adults, but students from ten years of age absolutely THRIVE on learning and taking responsibility.

The DanceStep Program is made up of two components:


Each DanceStep student receives access to their own online learning portal and downloadable workbook for completion.

Subjects include Anatomy, Safe Dance Principles, Self-Leadership, Planning for Performances, Behaviour Management, Teaching Strategies, Learning Styles and Communication

Practical Assisting

Each DanceStep student is allocated a class to assist and apply their new knowledge and skills. During this time skills such as patience, empathy, taking initiative and feedback and communication strategies are further developed.

At the conclusion of each Level in DanceStep students receive a Certificate, which is a great addition to any applications for Leadership positions at school or later, on their CV.

Our students are the leaders of the future, and it is exciting to provide this unique opportunity to encourage and support them!

Course Criteria

  • This is a 6-level program that must be completed sequentially
  • Each level will most likely take a year to complete
  • There are only limited number of places for 2022 students so please email to apply for placement

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