ABOUT THE TEACHERS

mrs steph newman
the boss

MRS FRANCES HEATHER
assistant boss

Steph has been dancing since the age of 6 and is well practised in Freestyle, Street, Latin American, Ballroom and Rock N Roll dance. At age 14 she decided to start her own little fun dance group in Ringstead Village Hall and this is where Step N Grooves was born, 24 years ago.

Over the following few years she threw herself into her teaching exams taking 8 Professional teaching qualifications under the N.A.T.D (National Association Teachers of Dancing) Steph has most recently been appointed as a dance examiner for the N.A.T.D and has been asked to join the N.A.T.D Street dance committee. She holds the highest possible Fellowship Freestyle & Street teaching qualifications, at a Highly Commended, which enables her to train other dance teachers in these genres. She most recently took her Licentiate Street qualification (May 2022) & Fellowship Street qualification (Apr 2023) receiving her highest ever professional marks of 97/100. Steph also gained a top Distinction in her Level 4 Dance Teaching Diploma in 2020. Her diploma exam report read “An excellent submission demonstrating skills of an effective and sensitive, advanced teacher.” 

From day one Step N Grooves grew in size with continued success. Steph always wanted the school to focus on building confidence, making friends & encouraging dance ability in a non competitive environment. This has been the key recipe for an unmeasured amount of talent from its pupils. Their growth is sensational.

Steph completed her Level 4 Diploma during lockdown, in order to gain another industry recognised level of competency in dance performance, experience and teaching, She was assessed in all manner of skills including planning, class delivery, health and safety and experience. In May 2020 she also received a Distinction for a Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents to hopefully be able to offer future sessions & workshops that purely focus on overcoming anxieties and promoting mental wellness through dance & movement. Steph is married with 2 children, Poppy (13) & Theo (10).

Frances started with Step N Grooves aged 4 years old. She was cripplingly shy, but 21 years on is now a qualified N.A.T.D teacher. Proof of how far you can come! She is the other half of the Step N Grooves Dream Team helping Steph in classes throughout her teenage years while taking her amateur examinations. She has completed her first two professional Freestyle examinations and her last report said “Frances delivered all elements of the exam clearly and with confidence. She will be a very good teacher. Well done Frances!”  Frances started teaching her own classes with Step N Grooves in March 18 but now, post covid, enjoys supporting Steph’s classes all week round.

Frances says “To me, SNG is so much more than a dance school. It has been a home to me for 21 years. An environment built to simply come together, dance, learn, grow and be happy. It is something that I would be absolutely lost without. Being a small part of SNG is something that I will forever treasure. To see individuals find and fall in love with dance the way I did, there is no feeling like it.”

Steph & Frances

OUR 'GUIDE' AGE GROUPS

Very Smalls (Ages 4 – 7)

Smalls (Ages 7 – 9)

Middles (Ages 10 – 13)

Bigs (Ages 13+  Entry on trial)

Extra Bigs (Adult dance)

Street (Ages 6+)

PLEASE ENQUIRE REGARDING SPACES RATHER THAN JUST TURNING UP. WE DO HAVE WAITING LISTS IN PLACE FOR MANY OF OUR CLASSES & DON’T WISH TO DISAPPOINT BY TURNING PEOPLE AWAY AT CLASS. 

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N.A.T.D Exams Taken

150

Weekly Pupils

24

Years Established

16

Classes