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The School at Steps cultivates young dancers, ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs., from their first step in a dance studio through their pre-professional training. Students discover their individual artistic voices in a creative environment with the guidance of an internationally recognized faculty. Classes offered in ballet, pas de deux, tap, jazz, theater dance, hip hop, character, Pilates, and stretch, with performance opportunities. School at Steps graduates go on to dance with professional companies, study at top college dance programs, and perform on Broadway. 

Academic Year Programs
Young Dancers Program (ages 18 mos. – 5 yrs.)

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”Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being,dancing child.” - Isadora Duncan


 Young Dancers Program at The School at Steps

The Young Dancers Program welcomes children, ages 18 months – 5 years, to the exciting world of dance and music. Classes in this program are designed to introduce creative movement exercises that foster body coordination, rhythmic awareness, and a path to explore their own imagination. This program is inspired by the Isadora Duncan technique, which builds strength, musicality and freedom of movement; important tools for the young “artist in training”.

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Technique Program (ages 6-18)

Technique Classes are curriculum-based classes geared toward strengthening the dancer’s technique and developing artistic skills. Students become familiar with correct structural and muscular placement, and learn the vocabulary specific to the discipline. Students begin a concentrated focus in the disciplines of their choice:
ballet, jazz, theater dance, tap, hip hop, Horton-based modern, Pilates, and Dance History/Matinees with Moretton.

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Pre-Professional Program (ages 7-18, by audition)

Pre-Professional Program at The School at Steps

The Pre-Professional Program is a curriculum-based program designed for the dedicated dance student. The diverse syllabus offers intensive training for aspiring ballet and musical theater dancers. Students are placed by audition in one of four divisions based on age, each with its own set of core classes and minimum class requirements:

Preparatory (ages 7-10) • Primary (ages 10-13) • Intermediate (ages 11-15) • Advanced (ages 14-18)

Classes offered

Ballet Technique, Pointe, Jazz, Character, Theater Dance, Modern, Repertory, Variations, Pilates, and Pas de Deux. All Pre-Professional students are required to take a minimum number of ballet classes per week and are encouraged to explore other disciplines. Students must comply with course requirements specific to each level. Attendance in all Pre-Professional classes is required.

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities such as the Holiday and Spring Showcases, and community concerts throughout the city enhance each student’s experience in the Pre-Professional Program. Throughout the year casting directors, talent agents, and photographers contact The School at Steps in need of young dancers for film, theater, commercials and print.


Young Dancers Program (ages 2– 5)

Young Dancers Program at The School at Steps

The Young Dancers Summer Program introduces children, ages 2-5, to a magical summer of movement and music. Classes in each session are designed as an introduction to creative movement exercises that promote imagination, body coordination and rhythmic awareness. Little Steps (ages 2-3), is a nurturing dance experience for pre-school children, and Little Leapers (ages 4-5) is designed to enhance your child’s creative world through the exploration of movement and music.

Technique Classes (ages 6-8)

Technique Classes at The School at Steps

Adventures in Dance is designed for beginner dancers interested in experiencing a variety of dance styles over the summer. The opportunity to pair ballet with a second discipline allows new dance enthusiasts to discover their passion in Adventures in Dance.

Summer Intensives (ages 9-18, by audition)

The School at Steps

The Summer Intensives are designed for the dedicated dance student. Students are placed in either the Junior Intensives (ages 9-12) or Senior Intensives (ages 12-18) based on age and ability, each with its own set of core classes and minimum class requirements. With its rigorous schedule and location so close to Broadway and Lincoln Center, this unique program will offer training for the aspiring ballet and theater dance professionals.

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The School at Steps

The School at Steps heats up this summer with a variety of programs created for the youngest dancers, teens, and dedicated pre-professionals. The Young Dancers Program (ages 2-5) introduces children to a magical summer of movement and music, while Adventures in Dance (ages 6-8) explores various dance styles. Summer Intensives (ages 9-18) feature an internationally renowned faculty and multidisciplinary training for the aspiring ballet, contemporary, and musical theater dancer.

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