Jack Petchey Foundation
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Step Into Dance

Step into Dance is a fully inclusive, open access dance programme funded by The Jack Petchey Foundation and led by the Royal Academy of Dance.

Step Into Dance

Step into Dance enables young people to develop their passion, skills, and understanding of dance through a diverse and inclusive programme of weekly classes, workshops and performance opportunities. Working with mainstream and SEN schools across London and Essex, Step into Dance reaches around 6,000 students annually, aiming to reach those that might not otherwise connect with dance.

Delivered by a team of specialist dance practitioners, the programme offers a range of ways to engage with dance through different dance styles. Students who demonstrate a particular commitment are offered specialist training and performance opportunities through one of the youth dance companies. And, an enrichment programme offers connections to professional artists and companies through workshops, talks and performance events. It also offers students who are curious to learn more about the dance industry, the chance to become an Ambassador and to discover different pathways into the profession.

Step into Dance offers young people a space in which they can grow as dance performers, artists and leaders


Step Into Dance performers

"The programme has transformed dance within our school! We have weekly high quality dance classes which are open to all students. The classes have really helped to improve the PE staff’s subject knowledge and raise the profile of dance in the school.