We are proud to be affiliate partners of the Dance STEP
Student Teacher Education Program!
Dance students learn more than simply the steps within their time in the
studio. Students learn to be part of a team and a community, to be resilient and tenacious, to enjoy the rewards of delayed gratification and many other important life skills. For many, the dance studio becomes a second home where students feel safe, nurtured and encouraged to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
DanceStep, a 4 level Student Teacher Education Program, builds on this philosophy and provides a progressive and formalised process including both practical and theoretical components.
DanceStep empowers students to take care of others and guides them to be leaders and role models. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, different learning needs and styles, Safe Dance Principles and Anatomy to name just a few. These concepts are taught in a sequential and age
appropriate way to children from ten years of age.
Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life.
2020 Dance STEPS Student Teachers
Miss Mikayla began dancing at the age of 3 and this will be her 14th year at Bathurst Academy of Dance. She is currently studying RAD Advanced Foundation and has completed all ballet exams prior to this. She has had the opportunity to compete competitively as a member of troupe, as well as a soloist. Some of her major achievements include the Senior Dancer of the Year in 2016, the 2017 Ballet Scholarship and in 2019 the Excellence in Lyrical and Contemporary. In 2018/2019 she furthered her knowledge of dance by completing her Certificate III in Dance. Miss Mikayla is on level 3 of the DanceSteps program and is excited to continue this in 2020.
Miss Amy has danced for many years and joined Bathurst Academy of Dance in 2017. Since then she has competed in numerous Eisteddfods as a troupe member, duet partner and soloist. Some of her major achievements include winning the Bathurst Academy of Dance Senior Dancer of the Year in 2018 and the Jemma Gordon Memorial Award for Excellence in Jazz and Hip Hop in 2019. She has completed levels one and two of DanceSteps and will be continuing the program this year, as well as completing a Certificate III in Dance throughout 2020.
Miss Bronte began dancing at the age of 3 and started dancing at Bathurst Academy of Dance in 2016. This year is her 4th year as a part of the BAD family. Whilst dancing she has had the opportunity to compete in Eisteddfods as a member of troupe and as a duo partner since 2018. Miss Bronte enjoys all styles of dance, though one of her favourites is irrefutably Contemporary. She has completed her Level 1 & 2 of the DanceSteps Program and is ecstatic to continue on Level 3 in 2020.
Miss Emilly began dancing when she was 3 years old and has been a student at BAD for 13 years. Over the years she has competed at many eisteddfods as both a soloist and troupe member. She has completed many RAD Ballet Exams and is currently studying Advanced Foundation. Emily has also completed Irish and Acrobatic exams. She holds a Certificate II in Dance and is currently studying Certificate III in Dance. Miss Emilly has received many awards including the 2014 Intermediate Dancer of the year and 2019 Senior Irish Class Award.
Miss Antonia had started dancing at a young age, but her passion was shown truly when she joined Bathurst Academy of Dance in 2016. During her journey, she has been able to compete in the troupe competition team and was able to travel to many Eisteddfods.. She was also able to become a soloist and a duo partner. A major award for her was winning the Pre-Senior Dancer of the Year in 2018. She has completed Level 1 in DanceSTEP, and is looking forward to continuing her course as a DanceSTEP assistant. A favorite genre for Antonia is Modern/Contemporary, though she still enjoys many other styles of dance.
Miss Amanda began dancing when she was just 3 years old and instantly fell in love. She came to BAD in 2012 and started troupe in 2017. In 2019 Amanda completed level 1 of the Dance STEP program and will be continuing it this year as well doing her Certificate III in dance. Amanda loves the Modern/Contemporary genre as well as Jazz.
Miss Leah has been passionate about the performing arts her whole life, with a particular focus on Musical Theatre. She has performed in musicals such as Annie, The Addams Family: The Musical, Funny Girl and The Sound of Music with a range of amateur theatre companies and is currently studying a Bachelor of Theatre/Media at CSU. Miss Leah loves constantly training and
challenging her skills to enhance her
performances and while she has only
been a student at Bathurst Academy
of Dance for a short time, she loves
every minute of every class and
thoroughly enjoys working with her
peers to improve her understanding
and application of dance.
Miss Ashlee has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been with Bathurst Academy of Dance for 10 years this year. She has completed RAD Ballet Exams up to Intermediate. She has competed in troupe teams and as a soloist. During her time she has won the Tots Dancer of the Year award in 2012 and the Classical Scholarship in 2019.
Miss Maeve started dancing before she could even walk. Her love for music and dance was apparent to everyone! Maeve started dancing with BAD when she was 5 and has studied ballet, currently in Grade 4, Jazz and Troupe. As a valued troupe member she has furthered her knowledge in Irish, Modern and Musical Theatre. Maeve also competes as a soloist in Eisteddfods across the Central West. She won the Junior Dancer of the Year in 2018 and Grade 3 Class Award in 2019. She is really looking forward to beginning her assistant teacher journey!
Miss Sopheak, began dance at a young age and has lived in many places after moving to Australia. She began her dance journey in Melbourne and participated in a summer dance camp in Melbourne, 2013. Sopheak is glad to be part of the team of BAD family & friends. She also competes as part of our open troupe and a soloist. Sopheak began as a dance step teacher this year and can’t wait to help craft the next generation of the BAD family.
Miss Kates passion for dance began at a young age. Before she started dance lessons, she loved joining in with her sisters dance class when she was 18 months old. Kates skill set ranges from tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop to acro. Kate has competed in Bathurst group & solo eisteddfods & travelled afar to do so. She loves the atmosphere of Bathurst Academy of Dance School and enjoys her new role as Assistant Dance Instructor. Kate has always had a passion for dance and her favourite pastime is choreographing many dances at home.