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 14 she decided to start her own little fun dance group in Ringstead Village Hall and this is where Step N Grooves was born, 22 years ago. Over the following years she threw herself into her teaching exams taking 8 Professional teaching qualifications under the N.A.T.D (National Association Teachers of Dancing) She holds the highest possible Fellowship Freestyle qualification, at a Highly Commended, which enables her to train other dance teachers & she most recently took her Licentiate Street qualification (May 2022) receiving her highest ever professional marks at 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 (11) & Theo (8).
Katie began with Step N Grooves aged 6 years old. 16 years on Steph counts her as one invaluable third of the Step N Grooves Dream Team. She began assisting Steph in classes as a teen alongside taking her amateur dance examinations and has now taken her first two Freestyle Professional exams, allowing her to start teaching her own Step N Grooves classes. Katie’s Associate professional exam report said “Katie clearly and confidently demonstrated good knowledge and understanding of each element of this exam. She has a lovely teaching personality.” Katie began her first Street class in Thrapston in Jan 18 and took her Associate Street qualification in June 2022. Katie is also a haridresser at Glam R Us in Weldon.
Frances started with Step N Grooves aged 4 years old. She was painfully shy, but 19 years on is now a qualified teacher. Proof of how far you can come! She is the third part of the Step N Grooves Dream Team again helping Steph in classes while taking her amateur examinations. She has also completed her first two professional 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 on a Saturday morning.