Principal: Angela Taylor L.I.S.T.D
Angela was trained at Bush Davies and went on to dance professionally appearing internationally. Having already won many awards during her training for her choreography she went on to qualify as a teacher for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Angela spent a year in Bermuda both teaching and choreographing including a performance for Irena Baronova at Bermuda’s premier theatre. On her return to England the school continued to flourish and she has choreographed for pantomimes, corporate events and holiday parks. Angela has worked with influential people in the theatre and showbiz world such as Alvin Stardust, Roy Hudd, Billy Dainty, Alan Harding, Judy Nunn and Jeremy Spake to name but a few.

Angela is now a recognised tutor for the new teaching qualifications and holds the Licentiate qualification in ballet and modern. In 2015 she qualified as an Acrobatic Arts Teacher passing her theory exam with 100%. Angela has launched a specialised training program for the elite dancer and her skills were recently seen on CBBC’s “Taking the Next Step” where one of her students made the final four in the competition. She is constantly researching new, innoivative training to prouduce top dancers and performers.

Gina Barnard
Gina graduated from Stepppin’ out with the new teaching qualifications DDI in modern, tap and ballet & DDE Modern. She went on to perform at Warners for two seasons and has recently returned from a season in Greece.
Teacher: Daniella Elston
Dani has been with the Academy since the age of 8. After starting by just taking Irish progressed to a competent all-round performer taking major roles in our productions.

Dani appeared as both a juvenile and senior dancer at Poole Lighthouse Theatre and is now finishing off her DDI qualification having achieved her practical DDI exam with a very high mark.

Her love of children has seen her evolve into a teacher at Steppin’ Out where she runs the Spetisbury Academy and also teaches at the Poole Academy. Dani is also a TA at St John’s First School in Wimborne.

Teacher – Ash Knight
My name is Ashley Knight. I have been teaching for 7 years. I teach the foundations of street dance and break dance, from age 3 years old, all the way to adults. I have been UK Street Dance champion, Set4Set champion, performed at Wembley Arena in front of 10,000 people. I have also represented the UK in other countries such as Brazil and Denmark, and studied dance at Poole and Bournemouth College achieving a Triple Distinction.
Teacher – Danni Fry
Guest Teacher: Gregory Austin
Greg started at Steppin’ Out at the age of 9. Having performed extensively with Steppin’ Out, Greg was awarded a scholarship to Arts Educational College, London where he is currently studying dance and musical theatre.
Guest Teacher: Kate Sidwick D.D.I
Kate was a member of the Steppin’ Out Academy of Performance for over 14 years as a dance pupil and took part in every show. Kate was the first member of the Academy to be accepted by the Royal Ballet School in their Junior Associates program, and was offered a place at the Royal Ballet School’s “White Lodge”.

She has recently become a member of the teaching faculty at Steppin’ Out, passing her DDI practical teaching exam with 92%. Kate has also been accepted into Keele University to study her other passion, Forensic Science and Human Biology. During productions Kate is behind the scenes, assisting with the video media animations, and taking up the role as Assistant Stage Manager.

Guest Teacher: Megan Brewer-Smith D.D.I
Megan has been with the Academy since the age of 5. She has received outstanding exam marks and has had vast experience performing nationally.
Megan was awarded a place at Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre & Stella Mann.
Previously she has appeared in professional pantomime at Poole Lighthouse for Pele Productions. Megan received an outstanding mark of 90 for her Advanced 1 modern exam and 95 for her Advanced 2 Modern and gained her DDI qualification.

During her last year at Laine she wappeared in “Snow White” in Dartford. Then, following her graduation Meg toured as a dancer/singer with Starlight in Germany, and worked as a Singer/Dancer on P&O. We are delighted to welcome her to the teaching faculty at Steppin’ Out

Guest Teacher: Hailey Higgins (nee Prince)
Hailey trained at Elmhurst Ballet School on the Classical and contemporary course. After spending a couple of years dancing, she took on her first teaching and choreography post and discovered where her real passion lay.
Her most recent teaching posts include ‘Head of Ballet Department’ for Creative Academy, Berkshire (a vocational style university course, offering a degree in dance) teaching the ISTD ballet and modern major grades as well as freework, pointework, jazz and conditioning.
At the same time, she taught for Heidi Rhodes School of dance, instructing students from 2.5 years up to 21 yrs in ISTD Ballet and Modern.
Alongside her teaching, she set up a youth ballet company – Berkshire Youth Ballet – choreographing and producing bi-annual shows for dance students across Berkshire.
Other choreographic work includes Bournemouth Ballet Club, Sussex Youth Ballet, Move It, Creative Academy and Heidi Rhodes School of Dance.
Hailey now has two young children and enjoys guest teaching for Steppin’ Out Academy, having returned to live in Dorset with her family.

Guest Teacher: Jessica Sidwick D.D.I
Jessica started her training with Steppin’ Out at the age of four. She won many festivals including the Regional Finals of All England with her stunning performance of “Bojangles”. Jessica has also competed in the national ISTD Ballet Awards and Janet Cram Awards.

Recently in her Intermediate Modern examination she achieved an outstanding mark of 95 and the examiner commented that she is “a star in the making”.

Jessica has been successful in production auditions and has performed as a Principal in all of Steppin’ Out’s productions.

Jessica started as a student teacher at the young age of 8 at the Bournemouth Academy of Steppin’ Out. She has proved herself to be an outstanding teacher gaining her DDI qualification, and has now changed career paths to study to become a Primary School teacher.

Student Helpers & Teaching Assistants

Poole Academy: Abbey Noble, Skyla Norman-Perkins, Jessica Ellis, Charlotte Whitmarsh, Pia Luk-Paszyc, Hollie Hayward & Victoria Buchholz

Sturminster Marshall Academy: Kate Clark