primarySTEPS After School Class

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Alongside their weekly dance classes, we have planned a number of enrichment activities for primarySTEPS students next term.

Junior Associates

Children newly started in Level 1 are offered the chance to visit their nearest Junior Associate centre, to watch and take part in classes. JAs are primary school children not much older than them who have successfully auditioned for these intensive classes with The Royal Ballet School. The visits are intended to provide our newest recruits and their families with an insight into what The Royal Ballet School has to offer, and inspiration for them in their own weekly primarySTEPS classes.

  • Blackpool Level 1 will visit Manchester JAs
  • Mansfield Level 1 will visit Leeds JAs
  • Dagenham, Bury St Edmunds and Swindon Level 1 will visit London JAs


February half term creative courses
These are always very popular and provide the Level 2 & 3 children with the chance to work with a guest dance artist in an intensive way, for two hours a day over three days. These take place in all five primarySTEPS centres, at the secondary school which is the usual venue for the after school classes. The dance artist will work with the children to create a short dance, to be performed to friends and family at an informal sharing on the final day.


Centres for Advanced Training (CAT)
Level 3 children and their families will all visit their nearest CAT centres to watch and take part in classes, and to learn more about the CAT audition process. These pre-vocational training programmes for secondary-age children are a great goal for primarySTEPS graduates to aspire to. There are nine CAT programmes around the country, and many CAT graduates go on to study dance in vocational settings, conservatoires and universities around the country.

  • Dagenham Level 3 will visit Trinity Laban CAT in south east London and will also experience a bespoke creative workshop from the Place CAT, based in central London, at their usual venue
  • Blackpool Level 3 will visit the Lowry CAT in Salford Quays
  • Bury St Edmunds Level 3 will visit DanceEast in Ipswich
  • Swindon Level 3 will visit Swindon Dance in Swindon
  • Mansfield Level 3 will visit Dance4 in Nottingham