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Little Steps for Toddlers

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Little Steps

Star Steppers are delighted to announce the launch of their new ‘Little Steps’ classes.

The Little Steps programme is especially designed for 2-5 year olds and promotes the creative and physical education of young people through dance, music, singing and drama.

This unique Little Steps programme is designed by Hannah Gunning and Anna Brunton, using their experience of dance training, performance and their expertise of working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stages.

Classes are taught in a calm, nurturing, fun and creative way and aim to build the confidence, imaginative and physical skills of young people.
Class sizes are limited to maintain teaching quality and to ensure every child has the attention they deserve.

Our Little Steps classes for under 5s include…..

Thursdays 4.00-4.50pm for 3-5yrs

Mondays 2.00-2.45pm for 2-3yrs
Mondays 4.00-5.00pm for 3-5yrs
Fridays 5.00-6.30pm for 3-5yrs

Tuesdays 2.00-2.45pm for 2-3yrs
Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm for 3-5yrs
Wednesdays 4.00-5.00pm for 3-5yrs

Saturdays 9.00-9.45am for 3-5yrs (Ballet)
Saturdays 10.11.30am for 3-5yrs

Thursdays 4.00-5.00pm for 3-5yrs

For more information or to book a free trial class please contact us / 07810808228

Anna Talks…. Ballet

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Anna Talks…. Ballet

I have had a long and volatile relationship with ballet; we have fallen in and out of love many times. However, since teaching ballet to many young people and adults, I have seen first-hand what a fantastic experience the Ballet Class can be and I have found peace at last and I can quite happily say I am now firm friends with ballet.

Anna Brunton - Director of Star Steppers

Anna Brunton – Director of Star Steppers

As a student training classically what I loved about ballet is that you did not need to talk, I was comfortable with being silent. Not having to express myself verbally just taking on board instruction and doing what I was told. I liked the discipline and the boundaries, I knew what was expected of me. I still believe boundaries to be an important part of the learning environment, they give a feeling of safety and from my experience young children especially like to know the ‘rules’ and what is expected of them.

However the strict, silent class environment I was used to is not suitable for all learners it can be suppressive and can stifle one’s ability to move and be expressive. One of the reasons why I feel passionate about teaching ballet is that I want to challenge the pre conceptions of how ballet is taught and create a learning environment in which the student has the opportunity to learn in their own way. Has the confidence to voice their thoughts, ask questions and the interaction between teacher and student is a healthy balance. I feel that ballet can offer more than technique to a dancer, ballet lends itself to being an educational tool for teaching people about their body and through my holistic teaching I hope to encourage dancers to have a healthy relationship with their body and mind. As a teacher I endeavour to have a class of thinking dancers, not robots.

I use the traditional ballet class structure as a basis for my teaching, the technical exercises naturally form a shape to the class and gives a sense of routine. I work hard to construct and plan creative technical exercises that ensure the effective flow and pace of a lesson which helps to maintain the engagement of the learners and the success criteria for learning can be a fun, gradual and progressive process. The ballet class offers repetition and consistency, enabling learners to become familiar and increasingly confident with the concept of ballet, however I give opportunity for my students to be creative and expressive as well as giving them a musical education.

The Ballet class is a wonderful and effective way to get in shape, it strengthens the core muscles, tones and lengthens the limbs, improves posture and increases flexibility, as well as challenging the grey matter. English National Ballet advocate the benefits of Ballet for people with Parkinson’s. Ballet is used as workout by many celebrities; Sarah Jessica- Parker trained at the School of American Ballet and is on the Board of New York City Ballet. Carine Roitfeld Fashion editor of French Vogue is filmed famously in her documentary Mademoiselle C, taking Ballet class and aims to do so 5 times a week as a workout.

So whether you are an adult wishing to try Ballet for the first time, or you wish to dust of your satin slippers and reignite a passion or you are a child wanting to make a dream come true and pirouette and Grand Jete across the room Star Steppers has the Ballet Class for you.

Come and try one of Anna’s Ballet classes for free…

Tuesdays: 4-5pm for 5-8yrs
Tuesdays: 5.05-6.05pm for 9yrs+
Tuesdays: 7.30-8.30pm for Adults

Fridays: 6.30-7.10pm for 8+yrs

Saturdays: 9.00-9.45am for 3-5yrs
Saturdays: 11.45-12.30pm for 6+yrs

For more information or to book a free trial class please contact us / 07810808228

Star Steppers New Adult Ballet Class in Reigate

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We are so thrilled to announce that we are opening a new Adult Ballet Class in the Reigate Methodist Community Centre in January 2014. Anna is a fantastic ballet teacher and we hope that lots of you will enjoy returning or discovering ballet and join us for this fun and uplifting class.

The class is open to all ages and abilities, no experience required. This is your opportunity to switch off from the stresses of everyday life and focus your mind on the graceful art of Ballet.

Please click here for more information.

Is your daughter missing out?

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I was up at South Bank and I came across this display. One board said  “Half of UK girls feel that their Mum is the person most likely to persuade them to take part in activities.” Most the enquiries we get are from Mum’s who have heard about us or found us on google! But we do also get calls saying my daughter has friends love coming to your class and she wants to come and join them. So it seems lots of people are also persuaded by friends!

Then on the second board it read “A third of girls have missed out on dancing because they weren’t confident with their appearance.” And this seems such a shame. If you suspect this is why your daughter does not  attend dance classes then please please consider encouraging and supporting her to join a class. Dancing keeps you fit and improves personal appearance and the exercise will encourage the production of endorphins which makes you feel good and helps raise self esteem.

We have seen such positive changes in our students since joining Star Steppers and it is wonderful to see. For more information about how Star Steppers can boost your child’s confidence call us now on 07810808228.

Star Steppers Dance Parties for Children

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Need some inspiration for your child’s birthday party? Want some support on the day so you can relax while the children have fun? Star Steppers can make your life easy by running the party for you!

At a Star Steppers Dance Party, the children are sure to have a great time, dancing to all the latest pop songs, playing party games and strutting their stuff in a dance competition. It is a lot of fun and sure to impress all their friends – both boys and girls.

Over the years we have been to some wonderful parties. Some have had party themes and the children dress up, some have had garden parties and we have danced the afternoon away in the sunshine and some choose a smaller affair and we have a jolly old knees up in the living room or playroom. Whatever your vision for your child’s birthday, Star Steppers will help make your party plans come to life!

Parties start at £120.00 (including VAT) and there are also discounts available for our Star Steppers members. Make sure you book as early as possible, we do get booked up quick.

Contact us now for more information – / 07810808228. Or complete the party enquiry form here.

Children Need More Exercise Say The BBC

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The health correspondant at the BBC, Nick Triggle, has said that studies suggest
“Half of all UK seven-year-olds do not do enough exercise, with girls far less active than boys.”

In a case study carried out by University College London, only 51% of the 6,500 children they observed were managing to achieve the recommended one hour of exercise a day. And for girls it was just 38% compared to 63% for boys.

If you think your child needs help meeting this daily target then our Star Steppers classes are an ideal way to keep your child active and healthy! With energetic dance warm ups, lively routines and even the challenge of singing whilst dancing your child can have a lot of fun whilst improving their…

* Lung and Heart strength
* Circulation
* Muscle strength
* Cardio-vascular system
* Self confidence
* Posture
* Socialisation skills
* Gross motor skills and brain power

The performing arts are also proven to reduce stress levels and help children to discover the importance of community and team work.

You can read the full BBC article here.

New Term at Star Steppers

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This Term we will be putting on a pantomime with all our Star Steppers students! The children will learn story telling skills, explore how create larger-than-life characters using their voices and bodies. They will discover the joys of audience participation (and heckling) and, as always, it will be an all singing, all dancing extravaganza, designed to enhance their skills and boost confidence and make them laugh!

The Pantomime we have chosen is Cinderella. It’s a classic story that everyone knows and we are keen to incorporate the kids ideas and make it a creative experience for them all.

Step One will perform Act One – An Introduction to the Story of Cinderella. Looking at creating fairytale characters and learning some basic ballet steps.

Step Twos will perform Act Two – The Town Scene – Exploring comedy and slapstick and learning some audience communication skills. They also have an energetic cheerleader dance to learn!!

Step Threes are going to perform Act Three – The Ball – looking at characterisation and status. They will be learning some fiddly footwork and technique, inspired by Bob Fosse and learning more classical vocal techniques to create a comedy singing number.

All in all it’s going to be an exciting new term (oh yes it is!!) and a great start to the academic year – preparing them all for our Summer Show next July 2014.

Redhill Youth Festival 2013 – Gangnam Style

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A friend of Star Steppers has sent in some lovely footage of everyone at the Redhill Youth Festival dancing to Gangnam Style – this year we managed to get the Mums and Dads up too!! It was a lot of fun. We will be running similar events to this at Reigate Priory Park on 15th and 22nd August 2013 at 2pm near the Urban Kitchen Cafe in the Pavillion near the playground. It is free to join in and open to people of all ages – no need to book just come along and join us – and keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather!!!

East Surrey Dance Festival is a HUGE success!

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This year’s East Surrey Dance Festival was the biggest and best yet with over 600 young people signed up to perform from schools all over East Surrey. The festival took place on 21st and 22nd May 2013 at The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids and young adults to get up and dance in front of an audience of almost 500 people! The atmosphere, throughout the two days, is electric and everyone is so excited to be a part of it. The wonderful thing is that it is not a competition so everyone is cheering each other on and having a blast!

Having just opened a new class at Soper Hall in Caterham at the end of April, we were thrilled when some of our older members agreed to come and dance at the festival (having only had 4 hours of rehearsal time to learn the dance!!) They did amazingly well and were a real credit to Star Steppers. Here they are backstage….

Some of our Reigate Star Steppers made an energetic appearance on the Tuesday night – dancing up a storm to ‘Gangnam Style’! The crowd loved it!! A massive well done to you all.

The Mayor and Mayoress came backstage to meet the children before the show, where they were asked all sorts of questions such as ‘Is that real gold?’ and “Do you live in a castle?’ Then Cllr. Roger Newstead carried out his final duty as Mayor, by kindly introducing the opening show of the festival. It was such an honour to have them there and we very much hope that the new Mayor will join us next year.

The event was featured in the Surrey Mirror last week and is due to appear in the County Border News. So we were very well supported – thanks to Kevin Black and Jenny Seymour. were present throughout the two days snapping for britain. Their photos are amazing so please check out some of the photos here on this youtube link….