LATEST NEWS - 2016

Merry Christmas!

Myself and Becky would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

Thank you so much for your support during the year, we are truly thankful. 2016 has been a big year for us, with holding our first medal test, going along to our first dance competitions, holding our biggest dance show to date and setting up classes in new locations.

We aim to expand on this success into 2017, by going along to more competitions, holding 2 medal tests, putting on more socials in all our locations and to also expand our classes into more areas. 

We will keep you informed of all of the above through the website, social media and email so please check back regularly to see what is new.

So once again, Merry Christmas and see you all in 2017!

St Martin's Dance Social

Thank you to everyone who attended our social at St Martins on the 27th November! This was our first social in St Martins and with around 60 people in attendance, it was a tremendous success. 

During the night we held 2 workshops where we all learnt some Argentine Tango and Jive steps together, as well as plenty of general Ballroom, Latin, Salsa and Lindy Hop dancing.

Thank you also to all the performers, Noah and Sienna Grace, Reon and Hugo and the pupils of Love2Dance for your amazing performances. Congratulations to Jan who won our competition on the night of a free private dance lesson.

We are hoping to run many more socials at St Martins New Year, hopefully on a monthly basis so I hope to see you all again soon!

 
Wythenshawe Dance Competition Success!

We will be holding our very first dance social in the Oswestry area on Sunday 27th November! Held at the St.Martins Ifton Miners Welfare Institute (post code SY11 3AY), there is ample free on-site parking, a bar available and a large wooden dance floor for you to show off your moves!

The night will consist of plenty of ballroom and latin dancing, 3 workshops (where you have the opportunity to learn a new dance), fun dances and much more! We will also have 3 dance demonstrations from top Juvenile Ballroom and Latin couple, Noah and Sienna-Grace, top young street dancer Reon Nash and a dance display from the pupils of Love2Dance. 

The evening is perfect for more experienced dancers, as well as beginners who would perhaps like to try a few steps in a more relaxed environment. Everyone is welcome!

Doors open at 5pm with a rough finish of 9pm. Tickets are just £7.50 for adults or £5 for children and can be purchased directly from myself. Let's make our first dance social in Oswestry a night to remember!

Sunday Dance Social!
 

Wow, what a brilliant day we all had at the Wythenshawe dance competition! The standard was as high as ever and it was great to see so much talent on the dance floor. Well done to Eileen, Luca and Lydia who all danced in their very first dance competition; all 3 of you danced really and should be very proud.

Congratulations to all the competitors on their excellent performances and results. Some highlights included both Becky and Jill coming runners up in their perspective categories, with each of them having to dance a number rounds to get to the final. Well done also to Jo for coming 4th in a very tough Bronze lady category. Special congratulations also to Keith who won in the Bronze male category, well done Keith!

Thank yo to all the competitors for your hard work and determination over the last few months, you should all be very proud of yourselves. Lastly, thank you to everyone who came to support our competitors and to the UKA for running a smooth and well organised competition. Pictures from the day can be found in our Gallery tab here

Medal Presentation Evening

What a brilliant night we had at our medal presentation evening at Ashley Memorial Hall!Thank you to everyone who attended, I hope you all had a great time. Many thanks to the talented Francis and Emily and to my better half, Becky and her dance partner Simon for coming to perform, you were all brilliant. Thanks also to my Mum and Dad for all their help during and after the night.

 

Congratulations to everyone who were awarded with their Ballroom medal and certificate, you all worked so hard and you should all be very proud! Lastly, thank you so much to my Ashley class for the amazing cake and card, marking the 2 year anniversary of classes there, I really do appreciate it!! Pictures from the night can be found in our Gallery here. Thank you all once again and see you all soon.

Becky and Simon win at first competition!

On Sunday 9th October, Becky and her dance partner took part in their very first open dance competition! After only 8 weeks together, Becky and Simon competed at Open Beginner level in Ballroom and Latin. They both danced superbly and we are happy to say they won both the Ballroom and Latin category! Congratulations to you both!

Becky and Simon will be competing regularly on the Sunday competition circuit as they continue to work hard towards their first big competition, 'Champions of Tomorrow,' which will be held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in January.

UKA Blackpool Competition Success!

Congratulations to Keith, Jill, Sue, Jo, John and Carolyn who competed at the UKA Blackpool competition. You all danced really well against some really tough competition and we are very proud of you all!

 

We achieved some fantastic results with Sue and Jill each making the quarter final and Keith making the final in the male category and coming 4th! Well done Keith!

Thank you also to everyone who came and supported us on the day and to Simon, who helped assist me with partnering our competitors, we really appreciate it! Pictures from the day can be found by clicking here

UKA October Blackpool Competition

On Sunday 2nd October, we will be taking along 6 competitors to compete in the prestigious Premier Medallist Competition of the Year at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool!

This is an annual event, where all the schools around the UK affiliated with the UKA come together to compete in a variety of different competitions for adults and children.

Thank you to everyone who will be coming on the day to support our brave competitors! Best of luck to Jill, Keith, John, Carolyn, Sue and Jo, I'm sure you will all dance brilliantly!

Oswestry Community Games

On the 25th September, I was invited to participate in the Oswestry Community Games, held in Oswestry Park. The day helped to bring the community together and help promote local activities. Events during the day included live music, dance demonstrations, sports, games and much more.

Blessed with sunny weather, I was delighted to hold a mini Cha-Cha-Cha lesson which was well attended and even drew a bit of a crowd! Well done to everyone who took part and hopefully see you at some of our future classes and events!

Congratulations to the organisers of the day for an enjoyable and fun-filled day! Picture from the day can be seen here.

UKA Medal Test Success!

On the 24th September, 23 students of Step By Step, participated in a medal test and in doing so, became the first people in our history to take a medal test! 

Held in conjunction with the UKA, the day was a great success and we are happy to say that we achieved a 100% pass rate! For many of our students, it was the first time they have ever taken a dance test and they all danced superbly!  We are very pleased to hear you are all delighted with your results; I am one very proud teacher!

We are hoping to hold our next medal test sometime in March 2017 which is open to everyone to take part. Congratulations once again to all our students who took part!

New Ballroom and Latin Class in Llangollen

This fun and enjoyable 6 week beginner course provides an introduction to Ballroom and Latin-American dancing. You'll get to grips with the basics and learn some simple routines for dances such as the wonderful Waltz and the cheeky Cha Cha Cha.

This course starts on Thursday 15th September at 7:30pm at St.Collens Community Hall, Regent Street, LLangollen, LL20 8HL. No partner is required and there will be refreshments available as well as free, on-site parking.

LIMITED PLACES - BOOK NOW! The cost of the course is just £30pp for the 6 weeks which you can in full on your first lesson.

Call 07807790549 or email stepbystep-dance@hotmail.com to book. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Come and join us for some Strictly fun!

 
October Social at Ashley 

On Saturday 15 October, we will be holding a Ballroom and Latin Social Night at Ashley Memorial Hall. The night will include plenty of ballroom and latin dancing, as well as a couple of workshops where you have an opportunity to learn a few new dances. We also have a special cabaret performance from one of the UK's top juvenile couples, Francis and Emily.

 

As well as being a night of dancing, we will also be presenting the awards and certificates to our medal test participants!

A pie and pea supper is also included in the cost of the ticket which is £9 for adults and £5 for children. There will be a fully licensed bar as well as free, ample parking. Doors will be open from 7pm.

We promise this won't be a night to miss so if you would like to come along, please contact us to purchase your ticket.

 
UKA Ballroom Medal Test

On Saturday 24th September, we will be holding our very first Ballroom Medal Test at Ashley Memorial Hall. Around 25 people so far have registered there interest in taking a medal, but there is still time to enter if you are undecided.

Medals are really good fun, give you a great sense of achievement and are a great way to track your dancing progress. Depending on which level you enter, you will dance either 1 or 2 simple ballroom routines of your choice (you can choose from Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Quickstep), which you will dance with Ross on the day. Exams usually last around 5 minutes, during which another dance teacher will sit in and watch your dancing.

The exam starts at 3:30pm, but doors will be open from aorund 2:45pm to give you an opportunity to practice. In regards to clothing, you are free to wear what you like. However we do recommend black trousers, shirt and tie for men and a dress for ladies. If you are unable to make the day of the exam, do not worry as we can film your routine beforehand which the examiner can then watch back.

Ross will be bringing entry forms along to classes so if you would like to take part, please feel free to take one. If you require anymore information then please get in touch.

 
Strictly Success!

On Saturday 2nd July, we held our 'Strictly Come Ashley' dance show which with over 30 performers and 120 people in attendance, was our biggest show to date.

The show was a great success with amazing performances from British Professional Show Dance Champions, Mark and Olga, our top young dance couples, Jamie and Mia and Noah and Sienna-Grace, top hip-hop dancer Reon Nash and the pupils of X Academy Dance.

We also held our first Ballroom and Latin Team Match, with some top Senior couples kindly joining our stars. 

With a panel of expert judges and a very vocal audience, Team Ross and Team Becky battled it out, with Team Ross eventually emerging victorious and Jamie and Mia winning the individual award and being crowned Champions of Ashley!

As well as being a night of dance, we also held a Charity Raffle which helped raise £130 for the North Staffs Mind Charity, who do fantastic work in supporting children and adults with mental health problems.

I would like to pass on my thanks to all the dancers for coming along and showcasing their incredible talents. Also, many thanks to my family, for their hard work during the night. Thank you also to everyone who donated prizes to the raffle and to Christine for making the cake for the Guess the Weight competition. Finally, thank you to everyone who attended and created such a brilliant atmosphere. Photos from the night can be found in our Gallery tab and we hope to add videos of the performances in the near future. Thank you once again to everyone who attended.

 
Love2Dance Charity Dance Show

On Saturday 18th June, Ross was asked by Michelle, the principal of Love2Dance dance school to perform in their charity dance show at Chirk Parish Hall. Alongside the pupil's of Love2Dance, who performed a variety of styles of dance such as ballet, tap, street and cheerleading, Ross perfomed a solo tap routine.

There were 2 shows during the day, with around 250 people in attendance. The show was a great success which helped to raise over £2000 for 2 charities; Hope House and the Andrew Mcarthy Brain Tumour Research Charity.

Many thanks to Michelle for asking me to perform and congratulations for organising a very professional show and for raising so much money for charity.

Blackpool Dance Festival

In May we had a fantastic weekend of dancing in Blackpool. The annual Blackpool Dance Festival was taking place at the Winter Gardens, where we were treated to some fabulous dancing. We watched the professional Team Match, with teams representing the UK, Europe, America and Asia, each comprising some of the world's best dance couples. Team America came out on top and won the event. The atmosphere was incredible, with not a spare seat in the house and we even spotted a few stars from Strictly Come Dancing!

We didn't sit with our feet up for long though, we also visited the famous Blackpool Tower ballroom for a tea dance. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had, with plenty of dancing on the beautiful Blackpool ballroom floor to wonderful live music. We even fitted in some sightseeing, peering below to the streets of Blackpool from the glass floor at the top of the tower!

Pictures and videos from the trip can be found here. If you have any videos or pictures from the trip that you would like to share to our website, please send them in! We will be planning more dance trips in the future, so please keep checking our Events page regularly to find out more.

 
Step By Step Success!

On May 15th, Step By Step took part in their first ever dance competition and what a tremendous success it was! Run by the UKA in Hereford, all our competitors won their events against some very strong competition!

 

Huge congratulations to Jill, Keith, Sue and Patricia on their victories, you all danced superbly and made us feel very proud. Pictures from the event can be found in the Gallery tab and videos can be found on our Facebook page.

 

Following on from this success, we will be going along to another dance competition later this year. We will provide more details of this in the near future.

Strictly Come Ashley

Tickets are now available for our 'Strictly Come Ashley' dance show on Saturday 2nd July which is being held at Ashley Memorial Hall.

 

This is our biggest show to date with 4 main acts performing a variety of dancing, as well as a fun Team Match at the end of the evening. A bar will be available and we will be holding a charity raffle during the night. There will also be plenty of opportunities during the night to get up and have a dance yourself! Tickets are just £12.50 for adults or £5 for children and can be purchased directly from myself. Please call 07807 790549 or email stepbystep-dance@hotmail.com

 

We promise this will be a fantastic night so please help support by either coming along or by letting friends and family know. Would be great to see a packed hall! Hope to see you there! 

The Big Busk

On the 2nd April as part of the annual 'Big Busk', Ross performed some tap dancing at Pride Hill Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury!

 

The aim of the Big Busk is to raise money for local charity, 'Shrewsbury Ark' which helps to support homeless people. The event was a fantastic success, with many different music and dance acts busking around Shrewsbury for this fantastic cause. Over £10,000 was raised for the Shrewsbury Ark.

 

Many thanks to the Big Busk for allowing me to perform and thank you to all the passers-by who donated money. It was really great fun busking for the first time and was made even more enjoyable knowing it was helping a local charity.

Ross judging at Allied Dance Competition

On Sunday 20th March, I was invited by the Allied Dancing Association to judge my first Ballroom and Latin dance competition. The competition was held in Liverpool for children competitors of schools affiliated with the Allied.

 

It was a great honour to be asked to adjudicate and it was fantastic to see so much young talent on the dance floor. 

 

I would like to pass on my thanks to the Allied Dancing Association, especially Carol Parry, the President of the Allied for inviting me along and making me feel so welcome. Congratulations for organising an excellent competition.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Ballroom and Latin Dance Social at Ashley Memorial Hall on the 19th March!

 

The night was a great success which included plenty of dancing, competitions as well as some fabulous performances from top juvenile couple, Noah and Sienna-Grace. Special thanks to everyone who helped in organising the night, you know who you are!

 

Thank you once again and look forward to seeing you all at our next social, which will be our annual dance show, on Saturday 2nd July at Ashley Memorial Hall. 

 
March Social Night
Tickets available for Social Night

We are holding a Saturday Night Ballroom and Latin dance social on the 19th March at Ashley Memorial Hall. The night will include plenty of dancing, workshops, performances from top juvenile couple Noah and Sienna, competitions and much more!

 

A pie and pea supper is included in your ticket and there will be a bar available. Tickets are just £8 for adults or £5 for children. We promise it will be a FAB-U-LOUS night so if you would like to come along then please call 07807 790549 or email stepbystep-dance@hotmail.com

Blackpool Dance Trip

Fancy a trip to Blackpool? On the 28th/29th May we will be going along to Blackpool on a dance trip. The trip will consist of watching the best dance couples in the World compete against each other at the famous Winter Gardens, as well as having a dance ourselves at the illustrious Tower Ballroom!

 

We can arrange transport as well as help in arranging accommodation. If you are in need of purchasing new dance gear then there is a number of fantastic stalls at the Winter Gardens offering everything from dresses, shoes, practice gear and much more!

 

This really isn't a trip to miss so if you would like to come along then please contact us.

Dance Practice

We have a competitor's dance practice starting on Tuesday 19th January at Whitmore Village Hall! The first night is free and is open to all open, medallist and university competitors, as well as social dancers. 

 

The night gives you an opportunity to not only practice your steps, but to also socialise with friends and to improve your floorcraft. The practice will run from 8:30pm - 10:30pm, with the first hour dedicated to Ballroom and the second to Latin American.

 

There is ample free parking, refreshments available, as well as a big dance floor to practice on! Normal price is only £3.50 per dancer. Hope to see you there!

Ashley Charity Christmas Dance Show

Thank you to everyone who attended the Ashley Christmas Charity Dance Show this year. The Hall was packed out and the atmosphere was incredible! Their were amazing performances from World Senior Champions, Phil and Janine, top junior couple Oliver and Yasmin and from Julia and her troupe of Irish dancers. 

 

Congratulations also to Oliver and Yasmin who retained their Strictly Come Ashley trophy, obtaining full marks from our very own Strictly judges, Len, Darcy and special guest judge Kieran Kelly and also winning the audience's vote!

 

We are very happy to annouce that we have donated £250 to Ashley Memorial Hall Charity, which will go a long way to help with it's renovations and repair work.

 

Photos and videos of the night can be found in our Gallery tab.

Step by Step is now on Instagram! Through pictures and videos, you will be able to instantly keep up to date with all our latest news.

 

Here is the link to the page: 

https://www.instagram.com/stepbystepdanceuk/

Step By Step on Instagram