Step N Grooves Dance School, based in Thrapston, Northamptonshire & surrounding areas was founded by Mrs Steph Newman back in September 2000. The school prides itself on being completely original. It offers its pupils the chance to learn modern Freestyle Disco and Street dance, participate in our many 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.
We are quite different to conventional dance schools; we are not competitive, we are all about having fun & zero pressure. This has proven central to our success - our dancers really thrive. Within a Step N Grooves lesson, routines and skills practise are often taught in conjunction with playing dancing games and exercises. This style of teaching indirectly allows the dancers to 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 19 years and we now have 200 pupils
We have classes running in Thrapston, Oundle and Stanion.
The dancers in the school are able to take N.A.T.D examinations once a year, participate in our annual shows and get involved in our displays, presentation mini shows and events (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 hold Step N Grooves school holiday dance workshops, teaching workshops and parties. We are well experienced in our unique birthday parties and have also choreographed first wedding dances. Private lessons are available to our pupils.
Meet our Step N Grooves teachers...
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Mrs Steph Newman
Miss Katie March
Miss Frances Talman
Steph Newman (33) Steph has been dancing since the age of 6 and is proficient in Freestyle, Street, Latin American, Ballroom and Rock N Roll. At 14 she decided to start her own little dance group in Ringstead Village Hall and this is where Step N Grooves was born, 19 years ago. Over the following 8 years she threw herself into her teaching exams taking a Latin American, Street and 4 Freestyle Professional exams under the N.A.T.D (National Association Teachers of Dancing) She holds the highest possible Freestyle qualification which enables her to train other dance teachers. Her last professional exam report said "A very enthusiastic and experienced candidate with an indepth knowledge of her subject. She will do well with her school" Step N Grooves grew in size with continued success. Steph has always wanted the school to focus on building confidence with no pressure, making friends & having fun in a non competitive environment. This has been the key recipe for an unmeasured amount of talent from it's pupils. Their growth is sensational. Steph is married with 2 children, Poppy (8) & Theo (5).
Katie March (19) Katie began with Step N Grooves aged 6 years old. 13 years on Steph counts her as one invaluable third of the Step N Grooves Dream Team. She began assisting Steph many years ago 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 and has now started another three classes in Stanion.
Frances Talman (20) Frances started with Step N Grooves aged 4 years old. She was painfully shy, but 16 years on now teaches her own Step N Grooves classes. Proof of how far you can come! She is the third part of the Step N Grooves Dream Team again helping Steph in classes for many years 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 with Step N Grooves in March 18 heading up our very first batch of Teeny Small classes in Thrapston for 2-3 years. She now teaches two classes in Oundle.
ALL OUR TEACHERS ARE CRB CHECKED & FIRST AID TRAINED.
STEP N GROOVES CONTINUES THROUGHOUT ALL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS APART FROM WHEN SPECIFIED (AND CHRISTMAS)
ITS A PAY AS YOU GO SCHOOL, NO BIG TERMLY OUTLAY ALTHOUGH YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION TO PAY VIA STANDING ORDER IF DESIRED