Step Into Dance

Step into Dance is an inclusive dance programme for secondary schools in London and Essex.[1][2][3] The programme is run by the Royal Academy of Dance and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.[4]

Step into Dance began in 2007 after Jack Petchey approached the RAD with an idea to set up an extra-curricular dance programme for young people in London.[5] Initially targeting particular boroughs in London, Step into Dance launched with a pilot of 30 schools. In 2008 Sue Goodman joined as Artistic Director, bringing a focus on performance and high quality choreography. By 2015/2016, 200 schools were participalting.[6]

Step into Dance is one of the Jack Petchey Foundation's flagship projects.[7] As of July 2016 the Foundation had donated over 3 million pounds to the programme and over 30 thousand students have participated.[8]

In March 2014, Step into Dance launched its Young Ambassador Scheme.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Goodman, Sue (3 July 2012). "Harness the positive power of dance" – via The Guardian.
  2. ^ "London Festival of Education 2015 - Step into Dance".
  3. ^ "Jack Petchey Foundation & Royal Academy of Dance - Step Live! 2016 - Sadler's Wells Theatre".
  4. ^ "Best of London's 'trail-blazing' state schools honoured at our awards". 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ "News: Step into Dance: Inclusive dance practice... unlocking creativity and freeing inhibitions - disability arts online".
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  7. ^ "Jack Petchey Foundation – Step into Dance".
  8. ^ "JACK PETCHEY - UK Case Studies - Coutts Million Dollar Donor Report".
  9. ^ "Pupil becomes borough's first dance ambassador".
  10. ^ "Step Into Dance Youth Ambassadors get cracking with Parliamentary letter-writing campaign - LondonDance".
  11. ^ "Step into Dance launches Young Ambassadors scheme — News — Dance UK".

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