Steps Ahead Dance

Steps Ahead Dance provides quality dance instruction, with the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, Modern/Jazz and Tap classes in preparation for examinations. We also offer local performances available to all students.

Steps Ahead Dance

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
~ Martha Graham

Steps Ahead Dance

“The body says what words cannot.”
~ Martha Graham

Steps Ahead Dance

“Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.”
~ Martha Graham

Steps Ahead Dance

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”
~ Martha Graham

Steps Ahead Dance

“Nothing is more revealing than movement.”
~ Martha Graham

Steps ahead Dance

 

 

 

“Learn by practice.”
~ Martha Graham

What We Offer

Steps Ahead Dance provides quality dance instruction, with the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, Modern/Jazz and Tap classes in preparation for examinations.

We also offer local performances available to all students.

 

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Classes Commence Saturday September 17th

Space still available in most classes.

email: stepsaheadbc.com for further information

Our Team

Lorraine Blake

Lorraine Blake

R.A.D. Teaching Certificate, F.I.S.T.D. and Examiner Theatre Branch Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance

Lorraine’s training began at the age of three in England and continued through her teen years in Zimbabwe. A strong R.A.D. training led her to Vocational Examinations and later the teaching certificate with the Academy. At dance college in South Africa, the I.S.T.D. Modern Tap and Jazz were studied and Lorraine achieved her Associate, Licentiate and eventually Fellowship status with this society. It was after eleven successful years of teaching in the Toronto area that Lorraine was invited to train in London, England and join the examining faculty of the Modern Theatre Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (Modern / Jazz and Tap). She and her family have been living in the Cowichan Valley since 1998. Her passion and dedication to young dancers and the art of dance is evident in the success of Steps Ahead Dance.

 

Bryony Blake

Bryony Blake

A.I.S.T.D

With her mother and grandmother ‘in the business’, Bryony ‘grew up’ in a dance studio! Her R.A.D. and I.S.T.D. training allowed for a solid technical background in Ballet, Modern and her first love, Tap. Throughout high school she trained in all genres and also developed a passion for acting. Bryony graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and soon landed a job dancing at Disneyland, Anaheim. Now back on Canadain soil, Bryony is training in real estate, has her Zumba license and Associate status with the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance – Tap Faculty. We welcome her to the Steps Ahead teaching staff!

Bonnie Nicholas

Bonnie Nicholas

Beginning at age 3, Bonnie’s love of dance was evident in her jazz, ballet, tap and musical theatre classes. She achieved her Intermediate Vocational Certificate in RAD and her Advanced 1 level in ISTD Modern while a student at Carlson’s School of Dance in Duncan, B.C. Summer Schools, Festival competitions, Musical Society Shows and Dance Conventions rounded out her dance years. While attending University, Bonnie continued her dance education at the Karen Clarke Dance Studio in Victoria and has completed a BA Degree in Psychology. Bonnie completed her exam to become an Associate of the ISTD Modern Faculty in 2015. Bonnie began teaching in 2010 in Recreational Programs in the Cowichan Valley where she continues to teach jazz, ballet, contemporary and pre-school classes. She is eager to join the Steps Ahead Faculty to share all she has learned and continues to learn, with her students, whether they be the tiniest pre-schoolers or the older dancers.

Rebecca McLane

Rebecca McLane

Rebecca was born and raised in Parksville BC Canada. After graduation of high school she moved to England and studied at Laine Theatre Arts for a year. Returning to Canada, Rebecca graduated from the Contemporary Division 3 year program at the School Of Dance in Ottawa, Canada where she worked with Canadian dance luminaries. Rebecca then performed and created works in Ottawa for a period of time before traveling to Melbourne Australia. While there she performed in the Adelaide fringe festival, a complete work of improvisation. Driven by strong yoga practice, Rebecca went on to complete a 500hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Australian Yoga Academy. She then found Barre as her passion, bringing the ballet barre and yoga together. On her way back to Canada Rebecca stopped in RIshikesh India where she deepened her personal practice and awareness of Yoga and completed a 200YTT. Rebecca has returned to her roots to complete her Cecchetti teachers associate with Linda Klassen in Parksville. Rebecca is very excited to continue to share her love of Dance and Yoga with others and is delighted to work with the ballet dancers of Steps Ahead

Ella Steen (Holman)

Ella Steen (Holman)

A.R.A.D., A.I.D.T.

Ella’s love of dance began at age six when she started ballet lessons at Carlsons School of Dance, with Mrs. Carlson as her mentor. She soon added modern, jazz, tap, musical theater and hip hop to her training, and at fourteen, Ella started commuting to Victoria where she attended Westshore Dance Studios. At seventeen Ella was invited to be a teacher’s assistant, and taught classes by herself a year later. Ella has completed her Advanced II Ballet (R.A.D.) as well as her Advanced Modern (A.I.D.T.). Over the years, she has entered countless solos and groups in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, where her students have received numerous awards. Her well-appreciated work has also been invited to perform in many highlight concerts. Ella holds her Advanced III Associate in Modern dance with the Association of International Dance Teachers, her Associate teachers certificate in Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as her teaching certificates from Acrobatic Arts and Pilate’s. Now in her thirteenth year of teaching, Ella is excited to bring her knowledge, skills, and love of the art, to the dancers of Steps Ahead, Mill Bay.

Chantelle Norris – Guest Teacher

Chantelle Norris – Guest Teacher

Choreographer – A.R.A.D., R.T.S. A.I.S.T.D.

Chantelle began her dance career in Calgary, Alberta where she trained locally as a competitive dancer before being noticed and trained by prestigious schools such as the RWB, Alberta Ballet School and Banff Centre for Performing Arts. She later went on to uphold her own successful ballet program at a locally celebrated school where she began her training as a little girl, and there earned her status as an R.A.D certified instructor. Chantelle’s youthful teaching style and choreography have led her to the island where she has been teaching full time and recently been frequenting the ISTD in Chichester, England and has been awarded her Associate status in modern dance.

Samantha Madge – Guest Teacher

Samantha Madge – Guest Teacher

BTM, A.R.A.D, RAD RTS

Samantha began her training at Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts at an early age studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap and musical theatre. She had the pleasure of performing in many productions and has had much success as a competitive performer winning many awards, and scholarships as well as competing at BC dance provincials. Sam furthered her training at The National Ballet School in the Pre-Professional Training Program and at numerous summer dance intensives including, The National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Arts Umbrella, Joffrey Ballet School and Ballet Austin. Samantha then enhanced her jazz and contemporary training by taking classes in New York for 3 summers at schools such as Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center.
In 2013 Samantha obtained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies as well as her A.R.A.D. teaching status from The Royal Academy of Dance. She loves both teaching and using her creativity to produce choreography. She has also taught for The City of Nanaimo as dance Teacher for 7 years and this year she has been excited to start her first season with Brentwood College as the new dance teacher and choreographer. Samantha is also very focused on education and is happy to be completing her Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree at V.I.U. in April 2015.

Schedules & Events

 

2016/17 Schedule                           2016/17 Calendar                    Summer School 2016

What Our Families Say

Disneyland was an amazing experience that enhanced personal growth and complimented the rest of our experience at Steps Ahead. This was an incredible opportunity to showcase hard work and expand the art of performing through the invaluable workshops. So grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to Disney 2018!!

Shari Young – June 2016

The patience and kindness shown to me and my children over the years by the instructors have been overwhelming. From encouraging a reluctant dancer to allowing freedom of expression in dance, Steps Ahead Dance has helped my daughters to grow and gain confidence in their physical abilities. Every year we return because the girls would be at a loss without their Steps Ahead family.

Mary Harrison – June 2016

It was an incredible and overwhelmingly terrific experience for me as a parent and for Natalie to perform at California Adventure. How many times can we say FUN! The workshops that were held benefited Natalie so much so that she boldly told me, “Mom, I’m a changed dancer!” Thank you Miss Lorraine and Steps Ahead for your dedication and professionalism!

Kristine Geldart – June 2016

It really was an experience of a lifetime. To dance as a team and grow as a group is something that will stick with my girls for life. They will have those memories of all their hard work and of the journey to get to the reward at the end – dancing on stage at Disneyland. Thank you Ms. Lorraine, Ms. Bryony and Miss. Michelle for lifetime memories for my daughters!

Karen Younger – April 2016

Just watched the Disney dances…Selma, The Artist and The Great Gatsby. WONDERFUL. (Wish the videos were a little closer to the girls as the lighting wasn’t the best on this iPhone). Loved every dance. These girls are such amazing dancers because of you. Be proud of yourself Ms. Lorraine!

Sandy Foreman – Spring 2016

I just wanted to let you know how much I loved the show this past weekend. I particularly loved the performances Kenya was in, and not just because she was in them, but because of the actual numbers. However, the whole thing was so entertaining – from the sweetness of the pre-schoolers, to the earnestness of the class that was awarded with the ballet trophy. Thank you to you and all your teachers for the huge amount of work you put into visioning, creating, choreographing, practicing, adapting, perfecting and staging the show every year. While Kenya has always had a love for dance, you and Miss Chantelle have given her a passion for ballet. Thank you – because she seems to revel in all of the wonderful aspects of the dance, including the athleticism and the art, without becoming obsessed with how her body conforms to ballet’s physical ideal. I fully attribute this to both of you – and I thank you for it.

Michelle Redfern – Summer 2015

I just want to thank you and Dulcie for everything you’ve done for me the past 8 years. When I was looking for a new dance school to attend after leaving (past dance school), I figured I would be school-hopping for a while until I found a place I enjoyed and felt like I could move myself forward in. I found that place at Steps Ahead and I’m so happy I was able to learn and grow with you as my teacher. You encouraged all of us to work hard to achieve our goals, whether it was to pursue a career in dance, or if we just wanted to master a single wing. I particularly want to thank you for allowing me to help you teach the little tappers for 2 years; those Saturdays were without a doubt the highlight of my week. Seeing the difference a few months of lessons make in the technique of dancers that young was the most rewarding thing I’ve been involved with and it’s because of you and Dulcie that I will be getting my teaching certificate here in Vancouver. You’ve been a great influence on me and I admire the dedication you have to the art of dance; I’m proud to say that you were my instructor for the past 8 years. Good luck with your future classes, they’re all very lucky kids!

Veronica

I wanted to extend a big Thank You! Nova had such a wonderful year of dance with you. I love the confidence it instills in her. I also need to let you know that You are truly amazing! The performance was extraordinary. It was woven by an artist. The music, the costume, the choreography… all of it…. I am so impressed.

Carrie Dawn..- May 2014

I have you to thank for helping Hallie become the wonderful little dancer that she is. Steps Ahead has done so much more than teach my daughter to dance, it has shaped her belief in herself and given her a confidence I didn’t know was possible. Thank you so much!

Alana Baker – May 2010

MANY THANKS INDEED for your dedicated, caring pursuit of excellence from each and every dancer – our family has been so blessed by your high quality of teaching calibre and personal commitment!

Gratefully, Kim Barnard & family – and most certainly Amy!

Lorraine…I am blown away by how professional and lovely your ballet school is. Just wanted to say thank you – you ladies do an amazing job with the children. The show is stunning! A lot of hard work and dedication and we feel fortunate to be part of it.

Regards, Adele

The show was absolutely fantastic – as always. Thank very you much Lorraine, Dulcie and Chantelle for your dedication and hard work – It is greatly appreciated. It is a pleasure to see our children grow with Steps Ahead Dance; to see them blossom and surprise us each year. It always brings smile to my face, tug at my heart and a tear to my eye. Thank you.

Kimberly

I just wanted to let all of you know, that this Thanksgiving, I am grateful that you and your standards of excellence are in my daughters life. She has dance in her heart, and I appreciate your nurturing of that, thank you. We hope you have a wonderful, weekend, enjoying what you like.

Warm regards, The Trapps

Thank you so much for everything that you have done for our family. My girls have grace and confidence and Trevor and myself know that dance at Steps Ahead has had a lot to do with this.

Best Wishes, Cheryl Miranda – August 2012

The show was absolutely incredible and the family we had visiting from out of town could not stop commenting on the quality of the recital. Congratulations to all of you for coordinating another top notch performance.

Kelly – May 2011

Thank you Lorraine, Chantelle & Mrs Oxton for all that you did to organize and display such a 1st class show over the weekend! No disappointments whatsoever!! Congratulations!

Joan and Brad – May 2011

Hope you are well on your way to recovery – GREAT SHOW!!!! We are sooo proud of all of our dancers and teachers! We have flowers artfully arranged all over the house, and very happy girls. We really appreciate what dance means for all of us. How wonderful it is to be supported by our “forever family” there, (at church) and friends who very much feel like family. Thank you!

Kim Barnard – May 2011