ABOUT STEP N GROOVES DANCE SCHOOL

Step N Grooves Dance School, based in Islip (Thrapston) Northamptonshire was founded by Mrs Steph Newman back in September 2000.  The school prides itself on being completely original. It offers its pupils the opportunity to learn modern (N.A.T.D) Freestyle Disco and Street dance, participate in our performances and events but most importantly of all, to become part of the Step N Grooves family. We run classes for ages 2 years plus in Islip, near Thrapston, Northamptonshire.

We are quite different to conventional dance schools; we are not a competitive establishment, we are about zero pressure & having fun. This has proven central to our success – our dancers really thrive. Within a Step N Grooves lesson, routines, skills practise and confidence building are complimented by playing dance games and doing conditioning exercises. This style of teaching indirectly allows the dancers to grow, practise and improve on certain techniques, but more importantly gives them a chance to have a giggle.

The school has continued to flourish over the past 21 years. The dancers in the school are able to take N.A.T.D examinations once/twice a year, participate in our annual shows and get involved in any displays, presentation mini shows and events that we do (but these aren’t compulsory at all!) We do our own regular “Skills Achievement Cards” which involve the pupils working towards 5 set skills, goals or tasks to receive a recognition medal. We also often hold Step N Grooves school holiday dance workshops, teaching workshops and Easter parties. We are well experienced in our unique birthday parties and have also choreographed first wedding dances. Private lessons are available to our pupils.

ABOUT THE TEACHERS

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, 21 years ago. Over the following 10 years she threw herself into her teaching exams taking 6 Professional 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 gained a top Distinction in a Level 4 Dance Teaching Diploma. Her last professional exam report said “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.

In order to gain another industry recognised level of competency in dance performance, experience and teaching, Steph completed her Level 4 Diploma during Lockdown 2020 – 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 (10) & Theo (7).

Katie began with Step N Grooves aged 6 years old. 15 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 solo Street class in Thrapston in Jan 18. Katie is also a self employed hairdresser – KH Styled.

Frances started with Step N Grooves aged 4 years old. She was painfully shy, but 18 years on is now a wonderful 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.

Steph, Katie & Frances

mrs steph newman
the boss

miss katie march
assistant boss

miss frances talman
assistant boss

OUR AGE GROUPS

Teeny Smalls (Ages 2 – 3, Parent & Toddler)

Very Smalls (Ages 4 – 6.5)

Smalls (Ages 6.5 – 8)

Middles (Ages 9 – 12)

Bigs (Ages 12+  Entry on trial)

Extra Bigs (Adult dance)

Pure Street (Ages 4+)

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. 

We currently run classes throughout the week in Islip, Northamptonshire

2367

N.A.T.D Exams Taken

200

Amazing Pupils

21

Years Established

17

Classes Each Week