Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Tonight we farewelled our beautiful Vincent! We love you and wish you the world.

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go.

Some moves our souls to dance.

They awaken us to new understanding

with the passing whisper of their wisdom.

Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.

They stay in our lives for awhile,

leave footprints on our hearts

and we are never, ever the same.”


Tuesday, December 22, 2009


On behalf of my family, The Slack-Smiths and of course my other family, Stepping Out, may I extend our very best wishes for a Most Magical Christmas and a Truly Wondrous New Year! Thank you for making 2009 so special for us. May your homes be filled with love and laughter.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I am so excited to go to Orange tomorrow and watch the genius of Miss Leesa, Miss Emma, Miss Rachel & Miss Steph. I know it will be incredible so I will pack the tissues. Good Luck to all Performers. I can't wait to meet up with those who I have already met and excited to meet new little faces. It's going to be AWESOME! And, Miss Leesa, I know how you feel!


Big thanks to everyone who has contacted me by text, calls or emails to day to congratulate the studio on their excellent performance. A Lot of people also commented on the poem used in the program so I have added it here in full. It really is beautiful and is my wish for all of our dancers.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

Dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance..
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone)

Lee Ann Womack

WOW- We are still pinching ourselves

I have just had the post mortem phone call with Miss Emma ( she taught in Forbes all day today) and we are both so over the moon with the incredible performance given by all of our students last night. CONGRATULATIONS! We can't wait for the DVD but our back stage glimpse was absolutely stunning. Behind the curtains was very chaotic- I can not believe the costume changes kids made in record time to get onto stage. Special mention must go to Holly Keizer and my apologies- the music started and she had literally 30 seconds to change a tutu. I in my nerves gave the cue to start music and then realised that Holly had a change. She is such a little professional- she was so poised and calm and just waited for her opportunity in the wings and then ran into place without missing a beat. BUT THEN IT MUST BE GENETIC-Darienne (mum of Holly) deserves a medal for the costume changes she made not only for her 3 daughters but for all others backstage with quick changes. Thankyou so much and she is always so cool, calm and helpful. Jade "ROCK ON" Bunt also had a very quick change and she is fortunate that her mum Narelle is also an absolute wizard and runs the backstage costume changes like clockwork. Jade basically managed the impossible in her change..............I heard she had a team swoop down, lift her from ground and like magic transform her. Thankyou also to Narelle who was a tremendous help and calming influence back stage.
Thanks to Sonya for changing my girls Immy & Onny with lightning speed and me hovering beside like a maniac as I watched groups performed. Other backstage performers of note were Glenys Weldon, our gorgeous Miss Leesa & Miss Emma and of course all of the MUMS. Thankyou to Karen McGuire who was a huge help with organisation as well.
It would be hilarious to film a documentary on what goes on behind the scenes. VERY FUNNY and lucky we all have a sense of humour and realise that its all about the kids and of course, OUR VISION. (ahahahahah)
I loved our compere this year, Mr Zac Beavon Collin- he did an incredible job and really brought to life our Musical Tributes.
To our audience, wow, what a warm and receptive group you were. Thankyou for your applause- it means so much to the kids to feel the love and energy within the room.
I can't pick out a favourite routine- I loved it all. Alot of the kids said to me today they wanted to wake up today and do it all over again.....I said yes, as long as I could sit in the audience this time. I don't think my nerves could cope. SIGH- OH WHAT A NIGHT!!

Friday, December 11, 2009


Today is the day! I am so nervous and so excited! You have had the most amazing rehearsals and we couldn't be prouder! To coin some theatre speak, Break a Leg! We can't wait to see you on stage. As always, you will dazzle us.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Everyone should have received their note about Concert Day. Just as a brief reminder, performers in the first half should be in first costume and assemble in foyer at 5.45pm. All other students may sit with parents or in designated area at back of auditorium and will be called for at start of Interval for their performance in the second half.
Dressing rooms will be allocated for those with numerous costume changes. All other students will be supervised in foyer by stage manager who will take them side stage prior to performance. Please collect your child from foyer after their performance.
CLASS AWARDS WILL NOW BE HANDED OUT AT CONCERT! Our apologies as note did say they will be handed out at dress rehearsals but due to unforseen circumstances we have made some changes to this plan.

First Dress Rehearsal a Resounding Success- Dance Teachers Elated but Exhausted

Hi All, I have been up for a couple of hours now obsessing over everything Concert. The plan was set the alarm for 5.30am and finally fold that laundry up (mmmmm yeah the laundry from several posts ago still sits there) but I got side tracked by my Concert TO DO list. I just had to share a sneak pre view of our Future Stars Ballet class and also congratulate all students involved in yesterday's Dress Rehearsal. WOW! I don't want to say too much for fear it is all a dream but I just can't believe how well you all are performing and the costuming, OH MY! OUR VISION IS COMING TOGETHER! So many incredible acts! Miss Emma is a genius. Big thanks to parents who rushed from work to get their little darlings looking gorgeous! Your children will remember this. I promise! These are the moments that make our childhood so special! ( Meanwhile, I hope my own children don't recall too much of Mummy's Pre Concert behaviour........scary! Hahahahaha)Special thanks to Darienne & Narelle for holding the fort in the foyer. TWO MORE SLEEPS!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

WOW- What a Stage Rehearsal

Miss Emma and I are completely gob smacked! Congratulations! AN AMAZING STAGE REHEARSAL TODAY! We are so very proud of you. Thankyou for all of your hard work. I just can't wait to see you all at Dress Rehearsals- I saw (OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH excuse me- no use crying over spilt TOMATO SAUCE I guess...Immy has just opened the fridge. There was an explosion. Shattered glass. She claims the Tomato sauce threw itself off ledge. The kitchen looks like the aftermath of a massacre. Ho hum - Let's just say Immy is very fortunate that I am on cloud 9 and that rehearsals went well) Oh the ying and the yang- but back to more important matters (drum roll please)OUR CONCERT!!So, as I was saying before the suicidal sauce incident, I saw flashes of costumes and they looked amazing! Very exciting! Thankyou to everyone for your wonderful efforts and to the parents for your continued support in making our concert the most spectacular yet.

Friday, December 4, 2009


ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH this time next week the curtain closes on our 2009 Dancing year! I have many mixed emotions. Concert coincides with Christmas and so is easily my most favourite time of year but I am both terrified and elated. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited but still in crazed Concert mode. Special thanks to my long suffering husband and family for dealing with my pre concert mood swings. I am sure we can all agree, tis truly the silly season in more ways than one. Don't forget stage craft rehearsals and costume collection this Sunday! Is that the faint whirr of a sewing machine I can hear?? No doubt it is, Sonya is madly sewing into the night to ensure we are all our glittering best very soon. I am mid slide show- my computer has decided to be a little tempremental...............grrrrrr, just to ensure I am kept on my toes or as it seems, teetering dangerously closer to the edge. Miss Emma, Leesa and i can't wait to see you on stage soon. I am juggling Concert and ever growing Santa lists.
We also said farewell to 55 Wheelers Lane last week. One door closes, another one opens and we look forward to sharing our new premises with you in 2010. It also means inevitably that we must farewell students who are moving on for their studies and other challenges. We are therefore reminded of the honour that comes with accompanying these wonderful young people, some for their entire childhood and hope that they will continue to dance through their lives, discover their own beat and in light of this year's concert, ROCK ON.
I still have so much packing to do but have been heartened that the workmen next door have been intrigued and bopping along to our musical selections. Yes, AC DC & Andrew Lloyd Webber!!We are nothing but original.
To all those first time mums, battling with curls, my best wishes. It is all part of the fun and you are contributing to wonderful childhood memories. See you on Sunday! I can't wait- oh but the housework can!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Hi There,
Concert Countdown is upon us. All students should now have received their notes regarding Stagecraft rehearsals, Dress Rehearsal Timetables, Hair & Make Up, Photography, Dvd orders etc. I know alot of you have been checking out the blog! Thankyou! As I am always updating the blog with extra info in this busy time, you may need to search through archives ( right of screen, under Month November, to get all the most up to date Concert Info.) I noticed Make Up is no longer on home page but if you would like to read through my step by step guide just scroll down November postings and click on the red heading "Make Up Requirements" and voila, you will be taken to the necessary page!

Have a Great Hair Day at Our Concert- Check out our Pics

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Please ensure that all fringes are gelled and sprayed back from face as per hair style for your group. Please use a fine tooth comb on damp hair with plenty of gel and spray. All bands used in hair should be clear or in matching hair shade. Classical Buns will require hair nets, pins etc. ALL HAIR PIECES ARE TO BE PINNED (if using one.) If one of your routines requires braids, please just keep braids in and then for other routines place in bun or ponytail as required.
Section hair from top of ear and slick back into band. (top section will be up) Rest of hair left out and curled. Please see photos on blog and on notice board.
Classical Buns. Buns should be flat and even. It is best to pin as you go. Hair must be slicked and buns will require plenty of pins, hair net. NO FRINGES.
Hair is to be slicked into high ponytails (no fringes) using gel and hairspray and curled or with hair piece (available through shop.)
Hair is to be in two side braids for top section and rest left out.
Girls- slicked into a high pony tail. No Fringes and hair should be gelled and sprayed.
Boys- hair in own cool style.
PERFORMANCE & DRAMA Own rock star hair style or wig. Hair must still be neat and off face. Performance students (8 yrs “Rubberneckin”, 10 Yrs “James Brown” & 14 yrs “Michael Jackson” hair, costume & make up as per Eisteddfods.

CHERS- Hair in two side braids and then teased out and curled.
MADONNAS- as above
DOLLYS- as above
KYLIES- Hair slicked into high pony tail and curled or hair piece.
BOYS- as per character

* All Classical Ballet students will require pink ballet tights and ballet shoes (elastic or ribbon.) Opens will require pointe’ shoes. Boys- black ballet shoes.
* Future Stars Ballet “Cats”- pink ballet shoes
* Future Stars Jazz “Hawaiian Elvis”- bare feet, BOYS- jazz shoes or sneakers.
* ALL JAZZ STUDENTS 10YRS & UNDER- camel jazz shoes ideally or DANCE sneakers
* ALL JAZZ STUDENTS 12 YRS & OVER & PERFORMANCE- matte tan tights, camel jazz shoes ideally or dance sneakers.
* ALL HIP HOP STUDENTS- jazz sneakers or hi top sneakers or converse. Check with Miss Emma if your shoes are appropriate.
* ALL TAP STUDENTS- matte tan tights & camel tap shoes.
* ALL CONTEMPORARY STUDENTS- bare feet & legs.

Please note if wearing underwear it must be skin tone and older girls are encouraged to wear skin body suits or adequate support if necessary.

DRAMA & PERFORMANCE are all involved in Opening Act “ROCK STARS” and are required to co-ordinate their own unique ROCK GOD OR DIVA look. Please be as over the top as you like. You can be obsessed fans, bogan rockers, punk rockers, metal heads etc. Outfits should be brought to stage rehearsal to check with Miss Emma & Miss Rikki. We suggest lots of accessories, wigs, whatever. Have Fun with it and ROCK ON!! Other Performance Acts include 8 years Performance teams ELVIS, 10 yrs Performance “GET UP OFFA THAT THING-James Brown” & 14 yrs Performance “Michael Jackson.” Please make sure you pack these costumes for CONCERT but dress rehearsal for existing costumes is not necessary.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Hi All,
You know I like to channel Spielberg each year and produce a Slideshow that captures our 2009 Dancing Year in all its glory. I am currently in Production Mode and have been sitting here thinking about all of our great defining moments. What a year it has been? To assist me in fully celebrating the year that was, please forward me your pics from 2009. I want anything that represents our students and what Stepping Out is all about! We have had a great year!! Please send your shots to or as those who felt they would have far too many have suggested, bring me in a disc. YES PLEASE! ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP??


And as promised, here is the guide to Dress Rehearsals. Please note that we will be giving notes out in class in coming weeks but I understand people want to get organised as it is such a busy time. We don't like to bombard you with too much information and notes until they are relevant! I understand what it is like...I am forever fishing out newsletters from school bags, back seats of cars or the abyss that tends to suck up all necessary household organisational necessities.
Dubbo Civic Centre- Darling Street
3.00- 3.45pm Future Stars Jazz “Hawaiian Elvis” & Future Stars Ballet “Cats”
3.45-4.30pm Primary Ballet & Level 2 Ballet “The Great Composers”
Level 3 & 4 Ballet “Phantom of the Opera”
4.30-5.15pm 6 yrs Jazz “Yellow Submarine”, 8 yrs Jazz “Rock n Roll”
10 yrs Jazz “Musical Divas”
5.15-6.00pm 12yrs Jazz “Mama Mia”, Open Jazz “Superstars”
6.00-6.45pm Junior Contemporary “Lucy In the Sky/Imagine”,
Senior Contemporary “Ode”, Intermediate Tap “Bogan Rock”

DRESS Rehearsals- Thurs 10th DECEMBER
Dubbo Civic Centre- Darling Street
3.45-4.15pm Junior Tap “Dancing Queen”, Senior Tap “Paparazzi”
4.15-4.45pm Open Ballet “Musical Notes”, Junior Hip Hop “Jailhouse Rock”
4.45-5.30pm Senior Hip Hop “Rock me Amadeus”
* Please note formal classes at studio finish on Wednesday, 2nd December. There will be no studio classes on Monday, 7th or Wednesday, 9th December. These classes are happening within Stagecraft and Dress rehearsals.
Hope this helps with your planning and I look forward to seeing our ladies and gentlemen in their finery soon.


Dear Parents & Students,
The Countdown to Concert is here with only 4 weeks until our talented students hit the stage! In the lead up to Concert, we will enjoy two additional rehearsals to ensure that the students feel prepared and confident for their Big Day! Our first additional rehearsal will be held at WESLEY HALL, corner of Church St & Carrington Ave on Sunday, 6th December. This rehearsal is Stagecraft and is designed to assist the students with performing on stage, entry, exits, use of the wings etc. We annually hold stagecraft rehearsals and we find them not only enormously beneficial to their final performance but also very fun. We also use this day to hand out costumes in readiness for Dress Rehearsal.
Costumes will be available for collection in foyer during the rehearsals. The balance for costumes will also be payable on this day. Costumes will not be able to be handed out until balances are paid. Please ensure that all fees are also paid before this date ( as this is also a requirement of Concert participation.)
Our Dress Rehearsals will be held at the DUBBO CIVIC CENTRE on Tuesday, 8th Dec & Thursday, 10th December. Professional photography by Colin Rouse will be taken during Dress Rehearsals. Students are only able to have photos taken prior or after timetabled rehearsal. Colin Rouse will also be in attendance at Concert to film a professional DVD. ( order forms will be attached to newsletter issued week commencing 23rd November.)
A Hair & Make up Note will also be available at this time. Hair, make up & costuming is required for Dress Rehearsal. Dress Rehearsals are a very enjoyable and exciting time for students and a reassuring time for parents who can also practise getting it “right” for the Big Day!Please see archive for post "Make Up" if you would like extra guidance.

WESLEY HALL cnr of Church & Carrington Ave, Dubbo
Costume Collection will also be held on this day.
10.30- 11.15am“ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER” involving
* Vincent & Angela
* Paris Burns
* Level 3 & 4 Ballet- The Phantom of the Opera
* Primary Ballet- (Wed class 4-4.45pm)
* Level 2 Ballet- (Tuesday class 4.30-5.30pm)
* Open Ballet- Musical Notes & Composers
* Senior Hip Hop- Rock me Amadeus
12.00-1.30pm “ELVIS & ROCK n ROLL”
* Future Stars Jazz- Hawaiian Elvis (Monday class 3.45)
* 8 years Jazz- I LOVE ROCK N ROLL/MEDLY (Mondays 4.30)
* Intermediate Tap- Bogan Rock (Mondays 7.30)
* Junior Hip Hop- Jailhouse Rock (Tuesdays 4.30)
* 8 years Performance team- Rubberneckin
* Melissa McDonald, Brandi McGuire, Anthony Bartley
1.30-2.30pm “ABBA & BEATLES”
* 12 yrs Jazz- Mama Mia (Mondays 5.30)
* Junior tap- Dancing Queen (Tuesdays 6.30)
* Junior Contemporary- Lucy in the Sky/ Imagine (Tues 5.30)
* 6 years Jazz- Yellow Submarine (Mondays 4.30)
2.30-4.00pm “SUPERSTARS & DIVAS”
* Open Jazz
* Open Performance
* Senior Tap- Paparrazzi
* 10yrs Jazz- Musical Divas (Mondays 5.30)
* 14 yrs Jazz Performance- Michael Jackson
* Courtney Hart
* 10 yrs Performance- James Brown
4.00-5.30pm “LEGENDS”
* Drama Students
* Senior Contemporary- ODE

Thanks guys- this notice will be handed out in class next week but just for you all wanting to get organised. YES, people, I am on FIRE and its not just this scorching heat!I got my kids a giant inflatable pool, an esky of snacks and drinks and have been glued to the computer all day. BUT, as for the laundry..............ummm, well.....

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Whoah what an amazing first day of ticket sales! In two hours Stepping Out sold out over half the theatre! We currently have seats available from Row M! Tickets are selling fast so if you require a large group booking we advise you get in ASAP.
I hear reports that the queue started at 5.30am and I have to say if you got up that early and waited in that heat, you SO deserve to be in the first few rows! I also must comment on the great mood that was at Stepping Out today! Thankyou all for being such a great bunch of people and so patient and so ready to greet us with a smile!
Loved seeing people waiting in style with chairs, mags, refreshments. All the kids will feel like absolute superstars knowing that there was a rush for tickets and they are in demand! Fantastic to also be asked by so many people later "what has going on at the studio today- there were so many people??"
We will all certainly be working hard in class to ensure that this is our best concert ever!
NOTES WILL BE GOING OUT IN COMING WEEKS WITH ALL THE NEWS! Keep checking back- the blog always is the first to know and yes there is more big news for Stepping Out.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Paris Burns has performed at Wellington Dance Festival this weekend with outstanding results! Congratulations to Paris! She received 1st place in Classical Ballet Championship, Contemporary and Modern sections. 2nd place in Classical Ballet solo and 3rd in Demi Character! Well Done Paris! Paris is seen here in picture with V Man.


Hey All,
Plans for Europe are still going ahead behind the scenes. Dance Around the World is just co-ordinating info for 2011 ( which should become available this month) so we can finalise details and get rolling with our next trip of a life time. I have just been madly researching on the net and can't wait. So do not despair, we are still oooooo la la ing. In the meantime, Concert beckons. I am soooo excited! I have been checking in on Costumes, loving our Music ( THANKYOU FOR THE MUSIC) indeed and having goose bump moments in class as it all materialises before our eyes.
I love this time of year! Magic is all around us. In the hustle and bustle, don't forget to take a look around and see it and feel it! We are so blessed.

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. ~G.K. Chesterton

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


The gorgeous Rachel Shearing ( Orange teacher and dancer supreme) recently celebrated her 21st Birthday. On behalf of all your Dubbo Stepping Out fans & Friends, our very best wishes for your birthday and 21 beautiful years.
"A child sings before it speaks, dances almost before it walks. Music is in our hearts from the beginning." ~Pamela Brown
So, here she is 21 years later, still dancing! May she continue to have music reside within her heart, feet that dance upon every stage of her life and as always, wings to carry her! Our love. Hope to catch up with you very soon!


Senior Make up is as below but instead of mauve eye shadow we use brown and a burgundy lip stick! Boys need to use foundation, blusher, mascara & eyebrow pencil if fair and clear lip gloss with a hint of colour (natural of course!!)


It's that time of year again when we dive into our treasure trove of make up and get our little darlings looking gorgeous for the stage! Why do we need to put make up on the kids? Well, though your little dancer may look like a mini drag queen off stage, I can assure you that on stage, they will just look like their sweet little self (with just a touch more pizzazz.) The lighting used can wipe them out and make it very hard for them to dazzle us with their brightest smiles so they need a little help to highlight their features PLUS IT'S FUN! Little girls love make up!Mums, I feel your's hard to get animated, excited little faces still long enough to weave your magic wand. And then there is the liquid eye liner....oh and the tears, you forget how easily and often little faces can crumple into tears until you spy your pain stakingly applied handi work sliding down their faces. BUT know this, it does get easier and quicker. A little bit of practise before the big day and you are good to go. Remember, children, like animals smell fear! Go into the application with confidence and assertiveness. You are a make up magician. Here is my guide to lighting up our Junior's faces.
* Use a foundation in their shade ( you can go one shade darker than skin tone for stage but make sure you cover neck etc as well). I suggest using a sponge to apply. It's much quicker and much better for coverage. Some skin tones may not require much foundation.
* DO use powder to blot out shininess and it will help rest of make up to go on with ease and stay on.
* Use a white highlighter (shadow or powder form- some have a real sheen or a glitter) and lightly place under eye area and along cheekbone. Get your little one to suck in cheeks and generously apply hot pink blusher (for very rosy cheeks.)
* Closing eyes, cover entire eye area in white or ivory eyeshadow. Using a mauve/lilac eye shadow cover entire eye lid. Accentuate corner of eye with a darker purple shade. Trace top lid with crayon eye liner in black and extend along eye in a cat's eye. (I use a crayon liner rather than pencil as it is easier on little faces). Use crayon liner under eye as well but below natural line so as to enlarge eyes.
* Use a white eye liner in corner of eyes on both sides.
* If using false eye lashes apply now. Use glue on both lashes and paint along upper lid. Press firmly and hold until fully dry. If not using eye lashes ( on little ones etc) just use mascara on top and lower lashes. Apply LOTS especially if they are fair.
* You can then if you like go over crayon with liquid eye liner ( I use the pen ones) as again they are much easier.
* On fair children , it is important to draw in eye brows in slightly darker shade than hair. Just lightly colour in.
* Outline lips in lip liner- I colour in lips with it as well and then apply lip stick! HOT PINK- as bright as you can find!!
Here are some pics of Immy & Onny in full make up! There are always lots of mums who have been there, done that all before and remember their first days of making up their children and who are only too happy to help! Please ask us if we can help you! Concerts should be fun and not stressful!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Dress Rehearsals and Photography will be held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 8th & Thursday 10th December. This will be a full hair, make up & costume rehearsal. Students will be notified of timetable for these days in class. A Hair & make up note will also go home in a few weeks explaining all the details.


Our stage craft rehearsal and Costume Collection will be held at Wesley Hall on Sunday, December 6th. Students will be notified of timetable for this day in class in coming weeks.


We are having a ball producing this year's Concert, "THANKYOU FOR THE MUSIC- A TRIBUTE TO MUSICAL LEGENDS." Get set for a mighty good night of entertainment showcasing our fabulous students and the music that has shaped our generations. Our concert will feature music from The Great Composers (Oh Rock me Amadeus), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elvis, ABBA, Beatles/ John Lennon, Michael Jackson and many, many more. Tickets are on sale SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14th at the studio 55 Wheelers Lane commencing at 11am. $18 Adults and $15 concession. Cash and cheque please only on this day. After this day, tickets will go on sale during office hours and there will be eftpos/credit facilities.


A very excited V Man was seen jumping for joy at the studio yesterday and clutching his acceptance letter into the URBAN DANCE CENTRE's FULL TIME PERFORMING ARTS COURSE for 2010. Hundreds audition both nationally and internationally for the oppportunity to train and be mentored by Australia's most renowned Performing Arts experts. Urban Dance Centre is committed to excellence in performing arts and the continued improvement of quality Australian entertainment with an all-star faculty, uniting many of Australia's finest industry professionals, each student will be guided toward success in all areas of performing arts. We aim to challenge and encourage our students to reach their full potential as dancers, singers and actors - triple threats of the new generation.

Urban Dance Centre provides an excellent training ground for Australian and international dancers, offering expertise in all areas of performing arts. Being aligned with the world's most respected industry specialitsts means UrbanDanceCentre always stays connected with the current entertainment market. The faculty is incredible and includes Juliette JET Verne - Lyrical/JFH (Jazz Funk Hip Hop)/ Performance

Julie Williamson - Ballet/ Tap

Douglas Blaikie - Acting

Adrian VanWinklehof - Ballet

Amy Campbell - Jazz

Emmanuel EMAN Rodriguez - Break Dance

Kym Parrish - Singing

Laurence Stark - Acrobatics

Nacho Pop - Popping

Paul Saliba - Contemporary

Rosa Agius - Hip Hop

Sisqo - Hip Hop

Tiana Joubert - Hip Hop/ Dancehall
CONGRATULATIONS V MAN! We know this is your dream and we couldn't be happier for you!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Here are some of my darlings from Future Stars Classes! They certainly ensure entertainment for me every week with their wonderful insights and delightful ways. We started our Concert Dance on Tuesday and they are doing so well that I even misted over. Concert Time is certainly the best time of the year and Miss Emma and I have had an absolute ball getting stuck into all our routines and concepts this week! Well Done to are already looking AMAZING! Many a magic moment to come. Have a great term of dancing and stay tuned to the blog- it becomes like my agony aunt in the lead up to Concert. All the thrills and spills will be coming your way! And, hey, how great is this weather and Daylight savings! I feel so motivated!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Congratulations to Paris Burns who won her Classical Solo, her Modern Solo, 3rd in her Demi Character and 2nd in her Contemporary Solo. Paris also received the highest pointscore for her Modern and was the recipient of the trophy for "Most Memorable Choreography."As always, we are very proud of your success!


Thankyou to all the dancers and families who so generously supported "Girls Day In" Pink Ribbon luncheon in Dubbo today. It was so wonderful to see your special talents shining for such a worthwhile cause.
"When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two things will happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught how to fly."- Patrick Overton
We have all been touched by cancer and we all must continue to use whatever we have to combat this terrible disease and its impact. Well Done Amber & Jade Bunt, Brinley Catto, Courtney Hart, Paris Burns, Amelia Rice, Meg & Holly Keizer (special cameo by Laura Keizer) for shining your light and making a difference.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Hey Everyone,
Hope you are all having a super holiday and recharging for our fabulous Term 4 of Concert Production! Thankyou to everyone for your organisation thus far! Great to see so many of you at Costume Measurements and paying your deposits! This will ensure that you are all looking gorgeous for Dress Rehearsals, Photography and of course, THE BIG DAY! Most routines are well under way ( hope you are practising in holidays!!) and Miss Emma and I are feeling super INSPIRED! I know we say this every year but I really feel like its going to be the best one yet (fingers crossed!) Sonya is churning through costume designs and is off on her buying trip next week.
There are some great movies out for all dance enthusiasts! FAME & MAO's LAST DANCER! I am looking forward to seeing them both. Li Cunxin's story is an especially powerful one. My kids have the picture book "The Peasant Prince" and it has many important messages about the power of believing in yourself (plus incredible illustrations!)
"I tied some paper wishes to my kite and my father helped me fly it up into the sky. The kite soared like a bird and my hope and wishes went with it."
Immy celebrated her 11th birthday on Tuesday! Happy Birthday Immy!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

AND OUR BIG NEWS IS...........................

WE have two exciting announcements!
1. Dubbo theme is "THANKYOU FOR THE MUSIC- A Tribute to Musical Legends! ( WE ARE SO EXCITED!! Costume Measurements Week 8, Dubbo studio Setember 18th & 19th 3.30- 6.30pm. $30 deposit required per costume.)
2. WE ARE DOING ANOTHER DANCE TOUR! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR hello London & Paris! We are off in 2011! Cut off for expressions of interest September 14th! We already have a heap of interest so excitement levels are at an all time high! The itinerary and opportunities on this trip are just phenomenal! If you would like an itinerary, please email me at



"Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement."- COLBY DORR DAM

"Anytime we catch a glimpse of the soul, beauty is there;
anytime we catch our breath and feel, "How beautiful!",
the soul is present."

"Love really is the answer. We're here only to teach love. When we're doing that, our souls are singing and dancing."


Congratulations to all soloists who travelled to Orange to participate in the Eisteddfod! Big thanks to Miss Leesa, Darienne, Tracey, Narelle, Brandi & Suellen who kept me updated with text messages! So nice that the text messages celebrated everyone's achievements as well as their own. Stepping Out kids, staff and parents are truly very special. Well Done to Everyone! So many great results so If I make any mistakes let me know!! Courtney Hart- 2ND IN MODERN CHAMPIONSHIP!! WHOO HOO! AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT. 3rd 12 yrs Classical, 2nd 12 yrs Contemporary, H.C 12 yrs Modern, H.C 12 yrs Demi ( I am sure there is more!) Amber Bunt danced beautifully in everything obtaining H.C in 12 yrs Demi, 2nd in 12 yrs Tap, 2nd in 12 yrs Jazz. Amazing performances by Brandi McGuire in every section she was in. Great results from Paris Burns with 1st in 13 yrs Demi (92 points), 2nd in 13 yrs Classical, 3rd in 13 yrs Contemp, 2nd in 13 yrs Modern and Highly Commended in Championship!A awesome performance by V Man saw him gain an impressive Highly Commended in Open Modern. So proud of you all!! Bec Richardson performed with aplomb in her Contemporary. All sections were very big ( 20 competitors) so it truly is remarkable to be acknowledged when dancing in such fine company! CONGRATULATIONS!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


To finish off my "We Come in Peace" escapades comes the latest instalments of Orange Group Results. Sunday saw our 14 years and Opens perform with acclaim. Another early start and we were at the venue by 8am. The girls performed "A New Day" and it was just beautiful! I cried- this is the best you have ever danced it! Your wonder didn't translate into a place but it was a strong and beautiful section. Still, you were winners in my eyes with your breath taking and emotional performance. Our next section was 14 yrs Contemporary and also our farewell to Clowns- a much loved routine!! You gave it once again your all and it was a fitting farewell. This was also the moment we discovered we had inadvertedly found ourself in the line of fire for a breach of rules. Orange is our last Eisteddfod for the season and after having competed elsewhere we weren't aware that we were unable to enter 3 groups in the one section. Sadly, it seems, a fellow dance school decided to protest this. Each to their own, I say, it's not the way we choose to conduct ourselves but still, appreciate that they obviously felt strongly enough about it to vocalise it! Let me take this opportunity to apologise and say that we meant no harm and that it was totally unintentional. Yet, Stepping Out rose to the occasion and once again we witnessed the amazing spirit of our students and their families. It is in moments of this that we are so proud of our students and are very grateful that they handled it all with such style and grace. The only validation they needed was Leesa, Emma and myself's words that they had blown us away and their own feelings that they had done themselves, their studio and their families proud. Still, two Highly Commendeds later and a Peace Train critique that reads like a dream, we walked away triumphant. This was confirmed in a jaw dropping performance in 14 years Jazz. WOW!! A huge 94 and 2nd place in a tough field of competition. Opens danced amazingly and I received text updates from many informing me of their excellence. Well Done to Orange Stepping Outers who proved they are a force to be reckoned with and more importantly a really great bunch of girls. Congrats to Open Modern ( I hear there were tears in the audience) with a 3rd place in an outstanding and large section and the mighty Open Jazz who again in an amazing field received a highly Commended. Thanks to all the families and fans who supported our big group weekend of competition. It really is a big team effort! Stay tuned for Solo results for the 12 yrs and above sections! I will require sleep in the meantime.


I got an early birthday present tonight! Thanks Aunty Glenys & Uncle David for my wonderful book of quotes. Here is one of my faves;
"Above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the geratest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
- Roald Dahl

Friday, August 28, 2009

PART 2- We Come in Peace!

GROUP WEEKEND! So this trip is initially marred by a flat tyre but would it dampen my spirits!! Ummmmmm No, but did it eat into bank balance, yes?!I won't bore you with the details because let's face it, all of our Performance mothers stupid enough to stand next to me momentarily on Friday night heard my car woes, I don't know how many times! Thanks Ladies, but yes, I managed to board all 5 children ( for those of you doing the maths- no David did not accompany us but Evan Jerome did), costume boxes and god knows how many stuffed animals and unfinished assignments! We made it to Orange and lunched with Gail, Leesa & my little man Phoenix. We had a chamapagne (medicinal purposes and got cracking on our next BIG PROJECT!!). I then whisked Onny away to get her ready to meet her team mates for Friday night fun! Thanks to Reggie & Sonya and their troops who entertained my boys back at the motel. I have to say, I genuinely am so blessed to work alongside the people I do and Friday night was just amazing! Congratulations to Under 8s Jazz- H.C, ( we love our little divas) and to the routine that had me on my knees- our Under 10 ballet! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH- I watched on monitor like crazy woman having randomn outbursts of "PERFECT!" "PERFECT!"- wow girls, wow, you were so great and received 2nd place in a tough field!! I was so happy! Our little Under 8s were constantly swarmed by admirerers in their tutus- not surprising when you consider just how beautiful they are! Favourite moment was when one of our fellow competitors ( a very theatrical one at that) came up to our girls and did this big jaw drop and finger point! Our girls looked horrified- I was like no, don't worry, it's love- she is awestruck by you! They look beautiful i said- little girl- with mouth more open than Mccauley Kulkin in Home Alone just nodded in agreement! yes, our little dolls got a H.c followed by yet another H.C for Under 10 Modern! Divine!
An early start the next morning ( after I had decided at 10pm to text team with new hair idea) as i watched So You Think You Can dance meant we were at theatre by 8am and looking gorgeous! All of our hard work on our 12 yrs Contemp had paid off- yes girls, I saw light, I saw shade, i felt your story and we whooped with joy with a tremendous 2nd place! Our Under 10s- WOW!!- Miss Emma- Miss EJDJ has created like a mini band of her- tiny little sassy divas who just shone and again took out a prestigious 2nd place in a tough field!Leesa, Em and myself as well as alot of Stepping Out fans were in the audience for Brandi's & Anthony's duo......yay....a first!Great recovery Anthony!Our Under 12s though a team member down were incredible and got a H.C and followed this up with another 2 H.Cs in Under 12 Modern. Incredible! Here Comes the Sun and Tiny dancer were just beautiful! It was a long but awe inspiring day!

ORANGE EISTEDDFOD- Lifting the Curtain

OK, I have somewhat rested and am now ready to divulge the explosive truths behind the Stepping Out Orange Eisteddfod experience! The first week of the Eisteddfod saw our lovely junior soloists take to the stage and many a text update beep my way courtesy of Darienne & Miss Leesa! Facts I learnt Week 1, adjudicator was great! ( we had just had a doozy at Wellington Eisteddfod but thankfully this wonderful lady believed in encouraging our little ones and giving detailed and constructive critiques! Thankyou!!) A fact that was reinforced to me was that Stepping Out soloists rock!! A big aim at Stepping Out is that we better every performance we make- we aren't about places as such but just soaring higher every time we grace the stage! We love to improve with each step!! This is in itself our biggest reward! We know when we have done our best and so I am very proud to report that every Stepping Out soloist did just that!!Our congratulations to Jade Bunt ( not Blunt as reported in program ahahahaha) with a 1st in 8 years & U Jazz, 3rd in 8 yrs & U Classical and 3rd in 8 yrs Demi Character! Holly Keizer, 2nd in 8 yrs & U Jazz ( holly is after all 6!! Whoo go Holly) and a beautiful performance in her Classical! Darienne tells me Holly even attempted own choreography in this one- LOVE IT! Brinley Catto ( we just got home from your birthday party!!Yay!) got 3rd for her 6 yrs & U jazz and 3rd for her Ballet solo! Well Done! A big WOW to Meg Keizer for amazing performances and a H.C in her Jazz Solo. Meg also did a brilliant job of her Tap, Classical & Modern solos. Likewise, little Georgia Erskine wowed everyone with best ever performances in her Jazz & Classical! There were tears! Never tame it down Georgie! GO FOR IT! Well done to yet another talented little Stepping Outer, Emma Blake who also wowed everyone with her delightful Jazz!Yet another sensational performance by Millie Rice in her Jazz Solo! WOW! GO MIL!Amber Bunt got 2nd in her Tap solo!! yes people, this was all in the first week!


ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH- stay tuned people! In but a matter of days Stepping Out will be making two huge announcements! Ok so one is really only our Concert Theme but rest assured, it's Ben Hur Big and the other one, well the other one, I can't even believe! I keep on pinching myself, throwing water across my weary face, texting Miss it a dream? If so, I don't want to wake up! Sure, I am delirious, but it seems, something is brewing on the Factory Floor......and you will love it! I see many gravity defying leaps into the air in sheer joy and excitement happening in our studios in Dubbo, Orange & Forbes!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Hey Everyone,
Don't worry the definitive Orange Eisteddfod update will be coming your way soon. I know we have many a fan waiting anxiously for this update!! So much to share! All the excitement and drama and behind the scenes exclusives!!I just had to pop in and say HELLO and Well Done- if you were in the audience you will know what I am talking about!! Stepping Out were incredible! Best performances of the year! We had some amazing competition from the other dance schools and it was an absolute pleasure to be in the company of such wonderful performers. For those who extended their brilliance with equally dazzling off stage behaviour and friendliness- a big thank you! (I loved seeing our students with friends from other studios sharing in their joy of dance!!) Check back soon, I have alot to share!

Friday, August 21, 2009


Great Results from Wello! I will do my best to remember them all- let me know I have missed one of you! I just can't keep up with you all! Holly Keizer- 2nd in 6 yrs Classical, H.C- 6 years Jazz, Brinley Catto- 3rd 6 years Classical, H.C - 6 years Jazz, Ondine Slack-Smith- beautiful performances in your first Open Under 8s performance (mummy has never seen you dance so well), Meg Keizer- awesome first tap solo, 3rd- Under 10s Modern, stunning performances in Classical & Jazz, Georgia Erskine- you just keep on improving with each step up on that stage! Go Georgia!!, Jade Bunt- 3 beautiful performances, Kacey Krisante- an amazing first Impro- watch out!! awesome jazz solo, Imogen Slack-Smith- 1st Under 10s Modern, 2nd Under 10s Demi, 2nd Under 10 Jazz (go Immy you were on fire), Emma Blake- fabulous Jazz solo, Georgina Dickerson-2nd in Under 12 jazz, beautiful Modern solo, Maggie Beach- 1st Under 12 Jazz (whoo), Amber Bunt- H.c Under 12 tap, 1st Under 12 Jazz, beautiful performances in Classical, Modern & Demi Character. Courtney Hart- 2nd in Under 12s Contemporary and 3rd in Modern Championship. Amazing performances in all of her sections. Paris Burns- 3rd in Classical Championship! So exciting- this was Paris's first ballet en pointe' and it was stunning!!Stunning in all of her sections! Melissa McDonald- 3rd in Modern Impro, 2nd in duo with Abbie Schofield, Anthony Bartley & Brandi McGuire- not only did you get the lift but they also won 1st! (Yay), Brandi McGuire- 2nd in Under 12 s jazz, 1st in Under 12 Entertainment, 3rd in Under 12 Modern Impro, 3rd in Under 12 Contemporary Impro,awesome performances in all other sections and of course recipient of MOST PROMISING TROPHY! Bec Richardson did a beautiful job of her Modern Solo as always. Phew I am exhausted from listing all of these results! Just about to get ready to pick up car for Road trip to Orange!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The pilgrimmage to Orange starts tomorrow! Good Luck Everyone! Whoo- last Eisteddfod for the season! I am pumped! I have the whole crazy entourage accompanying me for the voyage and we are so excited! Stay tuned for fantastic news from Orange solo participants and of course news of our awe inspiring routines this weekend. You looked so great in class people! Can't wait to catch up with our Forbes & Orange friends- yes Phoenix, I have missed you two! Look in on us next week- I am sure I will have many a tale to tell.


Wellington has come and gone in an absolute blur! I am now but a night away from Orange Eisteddfod! (Don't ask me about the day I have had in getting car road worthy for the enterprise!! MAN!! What a day!) Still, lucky I am a glass half full kind of girl or I would be lamenting this while waiting for roadside assistance. We enjoyed Wellington Eisteddfod last week and I was delighted to have seen so many of our kids lighting up the stage! WELL DONE to Holly Keizer, Brinley Catto, Ondine Slack-Smith, Jade Bunt, Kacey Krisante, Meg Keizer, Georgia Erskine, Imogen Slack-Smith, Courtney Hart, Emma Blake, Maggie Beach, Brandi McGuire, Paris Burns, Anthony Bartley, Bec Richardson, Abbie Scofield, Lissy McDonald, Amber Bunt, Millie Rice, (have I left any out??its late and I have had a horror day people). I will post all results ASAP but phone has beeped constantly ( thankyou Darienne) with news of great tidings from both Wellington & Orange Eisteddfods! Darienne also really helped me out with my Immy so an extra big thank you for being such an amazing supporter of Stepping Out kids. (and especially with your support of my little superstar while I taught all the other little superstars)Congratulations Everyone! MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO BRANDI FOR BEING CHOSEN AS THE RECIPIENT OF MOST PROMISING RESTRICTED DANCER 12YRS & UNDER.

PICS- At Long Last

Well what a whirl wind we find ourselves tossed in on this adventure of life! It seems that I thought I had posted pics of our SYTYCD workshop but upon logging on to update, ie. WELLO & ORANGE EISTEDDFODS I was most aghast to discover, NO! So here I am, in the midst of packing for our 3 day adventure to Orange Eisteddfod, madly trying to update you all on the latest from the factory floor! Check out our pics from workshop courtesy of Deb Crisante!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


We were all very fortunate today to be a part of the SYTYCD workshop held in Dubbo with Amy, Tim-o-matic and Charlie! I have lots of pics to put up but just had to get on to say, all the kids I spoke to had an absolute amazing time. They are all SO inspired and enjoyed dancing with kids from other dance studios in this wonderful opportunity. A big thank you to the talented trio for letting their light shine on all of our kids and for their graciousness during the meet and greet session. We got great photos! (Thanks Deb!) Cale is home now, Jackson 5 blaring, shaking, gyrating and a total dancing maniac............. and all he did was get his photo with Charlie! I can only imagine the influence the 3 of them have had on kids who actually took class. My girls gave me a bit of a demo on our trampoline come stage. Anyway, hang out for the pics! Coming your way soon! Oh and to all our students, I am as always humbled by your fantastic are such an enthusiastic, friendly and great bunch of people. Today, as in all days, I was very proud!
BEST WISHES TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS COMPETING AT WELLINGTON EISTEDDFOD THIS WEEK!!It never stops, does it? Orange Eisteddfod is only two weeks away. Then we can rest.....momentarily

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Classes Back Monday, 27th July

Hey Everyone,
Just had to post latest shot of my beautiful kids! ( they have driven me crazy in the holidays- lucky they are gorgeous hey!!) Thanks to Renee Brazel for capturing them so beautifully once again. I had a fab meeting with Miss Leesa, Miss Emma, assistant choreographer Phoenix and the Slack-Smith posse' at Grapevine Cafe'. Despite all the kids in tow, we are all so pumped for Term 3 and YES, Concerts are all decided and in production!!! Miss Leesa is very excited to be starting in a new studio in Orange and we wish all the Orange kids the very best as they settle in their great new complex. I have been madly searching through and finding new music. Lucky for me, Cale & Arch share my love for the Jackson 5- we have had an absolute ball dancing around the kitchen to the tunes that will be on my ipod and class playlists for Term 3. I warn you, I am in remix heaven, 90s will feature, i am still in tribute mode to Michael and there is a heap of new contemporary stuff i am working through!! Best wishes to Forbes kids dancing in Forbes Group day tomorrow! Can't wait to see you all very very soon!! Immy & Onny are pumped for the SYTYCD workshop on 8th August- me too- I am going to linger for a glimpse of Mr Tim-o-matic!!


I have loved the text updates from Narelle, Tracey & Paris! I actually felt like I was there myself, even in some of the more dramatic moments (beautiful recovery I hear Paris!!) Congratulations to the beautiful Amber Bunt, Brandi McGuire & Paris Burns who performed with aplomb at Forbes in the Under 12 sections. Courtney Hart, who is recovering from pneumonia was unfortunately unable to attend but I know she was cheering on her friends at home ( as was Dr Miss Rikki, in her temporary set up Emergency Ward at "Lucernevale"!) Brandi danced amazingly in all her sections. Amber received 1st in her Classical, Highly Commended in her Jazz, and Merits in her Modern and Demi- Character. Narelle said that the standard was really high and that it was so good to see our girls doing some of their very best performances for the year. Paris was 3rd in her Classical ( and you didn't want to do a Ballet!!!) and 1st in her Contemporary, Demi Character and Modern Solo. Paris also qualified for the Ballet Scholarship and received a remarkable 2nd in the Modern Premiership ( against a very accomplished little girl called Tahlia- My girls tell me you are beautiful so well done.) The stunning Melissa McDonald received 2nd place for her Contemporary! Go Missy! The best thing is that all the dancers have commented on the new friends they have made and the good times they have had! We love hearing that!


And the good news and great times just keep coming from Forbes Eisteddfod! Well Done to all participants!Jade Bunt did a phenomenal job in her sections at Forbes. Meg Keizer received 2nd in her Jazz and a Merit for her Classical & Modern solos. Kacey Krisante received 2nd for her Jazz Solo. Emma Blake got 1st place for her Jazz! Well done Girls!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Thanks to Kara Catto for sending me these beautiful shots of Brinley in action!


Sadly the Slack-Smiths won't be dancing at Forbes Eisteddfod this week! Poor little Cale and Arch have been unwell and we thought it best to sit this one out but have been absolutely buoyed by news of the success happening over in Forbes! Thanks so much for the text updates Darienne! WELL DONE EVERYONE! Special mention must be made to Superdad Bruce Catto who took his little princess Brinley over- its quite the man who will pin a hair piece and touch up make up!! Sure my David dressed up as Jennifer Beals for the DADS OF DANCE calendar but I think he safer doing that than attempting hair, make up and costume changes!! The mind boggles! So the good news is that the kids are having an absolute ball, being beautiful friends to each other, exhibiting excellent sportsmanship and as usual our Stepping Outers are being fantastic support to each other (Mums, dancers & dads!!)
Congratulations to Holly Keizer who got 1st in her Ballet Solo and 2nd in her Jazz Solo. I hear it was the very best she has ever danced and it would have been this fact that must have brought a tear to her Mum's eye! Good girl!! Plus her grandma was in the audience too!! As for me PRIDE STAKES- very high!Also big congratulations to Brinley who got a Medal for Baby dance and then despite her young age, a big 2nd place for her Jazz Solo ( krumping her way to glory and not needing Miss Rikki there to get her onto stage! Impressive!!)