In 2008 to cater for the needs of our most dedicated and talented students we established our very own youth dance company "One Step Beyond". We are delighted to announce that One Step Beyond was invited from a competitive selection process to perform and participate at the first Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival, YDance in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2014. One Step Beyond were the only group from New Zealand and performed to rave reviews alongside youth dance companies from Canada, South Africa, UK, Australia, India, Malta and Namibia. This was a huge honour and we believe a reflection of the excellent teaching programme at our school.
Our school has been developed to follow the philosophy that dance is a wonderfully expressive art form that can be enjoyed and experienced by all, within a positive and encouraging environment. The tutors respect and enjoy working with dancers of all ages and abilities. The teaching approach focuses on acknowledging individual achievements within a supportive, innovative programme.
The students work within a carefully structured syllabus and each is acknowledged for their achievements and progress - not only those who meet the restrictive physical requirements so often demanded. For these reasons Step Beyond Studios has a policy of not entering students into exams. Passing dance exams is not necessary for students to be able to successfully pursue dance as a career and we are proud that former students have confidently entered full time tertiary dance training and have gone on to have successful careers in dance.