Steps Conservatory Program


Photo: E. Patino, Jam 4 Japan Benefit, Jana Hicks Contemporary Jazz

Students may choose from the following dance focuses:
Ballet/Contemporary
Theater Dance/Jazz

Each focus will consist of fifteen (15) to eighteen (18) classes per week.

Weekly schedule of classes includes:

  • Three (3) Ballet Classes
  • Four (4) Classes in your Focus
  • One (1) Body Work class (Pilates, Gyrokinesis®, Yoga)
  • Four (4) Performance Enrichment Classes (Performance Skills, Improvisation, Vocal Training, Acting for Dancers, Composition, Repertory, Partnering)
  • One (1) Specialty class (Horton, Flamenco, Tap, etc.)
  • Two (2) Electives^
  • Some weeks may include additional guest/master classes, workshops, and/or special events

^ Electives = Any class from the roster of daily scheduled classes

Mandatory classes will be taught by members of Step’s faculty and guest artists.

Study with such illustrious faculty as:
Heidi Latsky – Performance Skills
Helen Pickett – Forsythe-based Improvisation
Janis Brenner – Composition
Lars Rosager – Dance History
Jan Horvath – Vocal Training for Dancers
Cindy Bernier, Heather Hawk, Karin Averty, Michelle Cave, Lonne Moretton – Ballet
Juan Rodriguez – Contemporary Ballet
Max Stone, Marijke Eliasberg, Jennifer Archibald, Tiffany Rea-Fisher – Contemporary
Richard Pierlon, Al Blackstone, Debbie Roshe, Dana Moore – Theater Dance/Jazz
Germaine Goodson, Andrew Black – Tap

Performance Enrichment Classes & Workshops
Acting for Dancers
Music for Dancers
Health & Wellness – Harkness Center for Dance Injuries – Injury Prevention Workshops with Physical Therapists, Nutrition, Anatomy
Audition Preparation & Industry Training Workshops with Industry Professionals
Repertory from various disciplines offered each semester with acclaimed choreographers

Performance & Choreography

Students in the program will have the opportunity to perform and create. Performance opportunities may include in-studio performances, performance labs, and the annual Faculty in Performance concert, as well as outside venues.

To supplement the program, students also receive:

  • Career guidance
  • Student performances each semester
  • Discounted studio rental space
  • Partial scholarships (please check with the Program Director for availability & guidelines)
  • Work/Study scholarships (after successful completion of your first semester)
  • Discounts available through Steps Preferred Vendor Program
  • Discounted health services in the building (Chiropractic, Podiatry, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage)

Photo: Sofia Negron Photography, Randy Skinner Theater Dance Class