© Step Up 2013-2017. Step Up and the Step Up logo are registered trade marks of Nathalie Richardson trading as Step Up UK About the Course Course: Step Up course is 3 terms a year which runs concurrent with the school term. Each term has a particular focus and is self-contained so we start new work each term. Some work is carried over but it is mostly contained to each term. Autumn Term: The autumn term we do an end of term presentation and our annual All Stars competition. I set this up to have a competitive element to the course so that the children become better prepared for auditions should they wish to pursue the performing arts more seriously. The All Stars competition is not compulsory but those who want to participate, and it is greatly encouraged to take part, prepare a 2 min audition piece. It can be a song, dance, drama piece. Children are selected from the heats to go through to the finals that are then judged by performers from the industry. We have had Josh Alamu (vocal coach for the voice and X factor), Chloe Hart (lead part of Tracy in the West End production of Hairspray), George Ure who was Boq in the West End production of Wicked and Cassie Compton who came 5th in the first ever episode of The X Factor. The children receive prizes for the competition but more importantly they gain valuable audition experience. It is the only competitive aspect to the course but an essential one as it also give the teachers an idea of how much a  Of the students have improved which is not always evident in a class situation. Spring Term: The spring term is our Production Term where we stage a full length play or musical involving all the students. We have used The Churchill Theatre, Broadway Theatre, Albany Theatre and more recently The Mick Jagger Centre for our shows Summer term: The summer term is our exam term. ALL the students at Step Up take a group exam and those who want to and are prepared enough can also take a solo exam. The exam board is Trinity Guildhall and the examiner comes to Step up so there is no need to travel anywhere. These exams not only add to the overall experience of Step Up but they have proved very useful for those going to universities and new schools at year 7 . You gain UCAS points from the exams which has tipped the balance for some students in their offers from University. There is not much of an additional cost for the exams but they have great value in many other areas of a child's education. They also encourage responsibility amongst the students as they all have an equal role in the overall success of the exam. We have had a 100% pass rate with many students gaining distinctions. Additional Opportunities and successes: This is very much an outline of the course at Step Up as there is so much more that we do at the school. The course involves all the children but there are additional events that are optional and selective. More recently, past Step Up students performed as the group Soul Train in Pitch battle on BBC 1. We have won Comic Relief does Glee Club in 2011 (the first year the programme was aired) with Step Up group Soulmates. We were in the finals and down to the last 3 groups in Sports Relief does Glee Club in 2012  with Step Up group Origin8. In 2013 Step Up group Domino reached the last 24 groups and were filmed for Comic Relief does Glee Club 2013. These groups are chosen from Step Up students. We cannot use any child more than once, which I think demonstrates just how much talent we have in Step Up Soulmates have continued on to further success being finalists in The Jack Petchy Glee competition in 2012 and in then Diamond kids event in September 2012 We were semi-finalists in Don't Stop Believing in 2010 on Channel 5. The group were called Step Up Vocal Group and gained a lot of attention as a result of that show We have participated in The European Festival of Dance and Performing Arts which takes place in Euro Disney where Step Up students and their families stayed in Euro Disney for a weekend taking part in the competition and enjoying the Disney parks. We won both senior and junior musical theatre entries this year and won many vocal entries in 2010 and 2011. We like to take part in this competition every 2 years and this is open to all students at Step Up Step Up Agency: All children at Step Up are automatically entered into the Step Up agency. I do not select children for auditions. All children at the school can do the auditions if they want to. We currently have students in Matilda, Annie, Charlie and the Ch9olclate Factory and Lion King. We have provided many children for The Lion King in particular. We prepare the children for auditions through our exams and All Stars competition. Charity work: We are also involved in charity work working with mostly children charities.  We have done many wonderful events for them and continue to do so. Over the years we have done many shows in West End theatres for companies such as Mardi Gras, EFX and Young Performers to name but a few. We have also had much success in competitions such as Festival4stars and UK Unsigned. Success of past students: The vocal talent at Step Up is well known in the industry and greatly respected. One such vocalist Courtney Rumbold is currently part of the girl group Stooshe. Other very successful singers and actors to come out of Step Up are Emily Kenway, now a successful classical singer, William Marsh, who gained a scholarship to Mountview, Kathryn Kitchener who won numerous competitions with her amazing voice has completed her studies in musical theatre at Thames Valley, Sian Mulllard, Giorgia Mullard and Faith Arinaitwe who are all successful singer song writers. Toby Wharton who went on to study at RADA was recently seen in a major role on Silent Witness. Our very own Step Up teacher Minica Beason studied at Step Up and now has a hugely successful career as a dancer starring in shows such as Some like it Hip Hop and being part of the girls dance troupe Bodecia who were finalists in Got to dance in 2012. There is more on Minica on the teacher page. From my point of view it is great to have a student who I have known for 16 years to still be involved in Step Up. Aims and scholarship opportunities: I continue to seek out opportunities for my students. My aim is that all the students develop confidence through performance and experience so they can take that with them into anything they may choose to do professionally not just in performance arts. From the 4 years olds up to our oldest students, we want to see the children grow every term through all the activities we do at Step Up. By having the same team involved in the school since the beginning, there is a great sense of personal care at the school which sets us apart from many other organisations. Most children come to Step Up via recommendation. We rarely advertise and have continued to thrive despite many other stage schools having opened in the last few years. I believe this is because we continue to achieve excellent results with our students who all feel that their individual needs are being met. We also have many children on the scholarship programme at Step Up. Scholarships are mainly awarded for financial reasons but a few are awarded for exceptional talent. There is no audition for this. They are offered at the appropriate times As we move beyond our 20 year anniversary I hope that we will continue to produce exceptional talent and inspire confidence and a strong work ethic in all those who attend the Step Up schools.  Please continue to read the website and see in more detail what we do at the schools.  Nathalie Richardson   NEWS Term Dates (2018) Summer Blackheath - Saturday Ends - 7 July Blackheath - Sunday Ends - 8 July Autumn Blackheath - Saturday Starts - 15 Sept Half term - 27 Oct Ends - 8 Dec Blackheath - Sunday Starts - 16 Sept Half term - 28 Oct Ends - 9 Dec Lorem ipsum dolor STEP UP  PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL