All the teachers at Stepping Stones school of dance are DBS checked and first aid trained.
Principal – Miss Steph
Miss Steph has been dancing since the age of 2 with the Bristol School of Dancing and showed an early love for the art. She was a member of the Bristol Youth Ballet company as a teenager and performed many roles in theatres around the area. She then continued full time training at the Bristol College of Dance and at 18 won a scholarship to train professionally for 3 years at the prestigious Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
Following dance school Miss Steph landed a role working for Disneyland Paris! What was initially a 6 month contract turned into an 18 month contract, Miss Steph was a dancer in the parades and was lucky enough to play characters such as Cinderella, Belle and Ariel, and even ice skated in Mickeys Winter Wonderland ice show.
Miss Steph has had a varied career and danced at La Nouvelle Eve Paris where she learnt to Can Can, several casino shows in different parts of Portugal and Slovenia. MIss Steph's love of travel finally got the better of her and she decided it was time to audition for cruise ships, she then went on to work for Classic International Cruises and Saga Cruises travelling all over the world and was even lucky enough to do 2 world cruises.
Steph is now married with a son, Joshua and is enjoying passing on all that she has learnt to the next generation of dancers.
Miss Jasmin was educated at Bristol Ballet Centre for 12 years in which she studied RAD ballet and ISTD modern up to advanced 1 level. Throughout her experience, she was given several performance opportunities ranging from taking part in school shows to competing at dance festivals all over the South West.
She directed her path towards teaching when she was invited to become an assistant on Saturday mornings and at summer school. After successfully receiving an A* in A Level Dance, Jasmin went on to study full time at Dance Academy South West. This allowed her to broaden her dance genre and performance abilities further to a higher standard. She is currently working towards her DDE qualifications in Ballet and Modern.
Miss Jasmin is delighted to be a new member of the Stepping Stones faculty and hopes she can pass on her passion for dancing and provide a safe, happy learning environment for the students in which it leaves them excited to come back to class every week.
When Miss Jasmin isn’t in the studio teaching her fabulous dancers, you can find her either walking beside the seaside with her dog Rizzo, planning her next holiday or binge watching her favourite shows on Netflix.
Miss Lucie started dancing at a young age and fell in love with all styles of dance. She took RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern classes at a local dance school and when she started secondary school joined a Contemporary dance company where she was able to learn how to choreograph and perform contemporary dance. She studied Performing Arts and Dance at college and went on to complete a BA hons in Dance with Theatre Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester. Miss Lucie always had Dance teaching in her sights and wanted to focus on formal education, she became a TA for a secondary school working with children with all sorts of learning difficulties and was then able to gain a place on the Graduate Teacher Program to become a qualified teacher in Dance and Drama. She was promoted to the position of Head of Dance at the end of her Newly Qualified Teacher year and held this position teaching dance as part of the PE curriculum and GCSE Dance & Drama for 10 years.
Once Miss Lucie started her own family she found that she wanted to move away from formal education and joined the Stepping Stones faculty leading Disco Babies classes in Portishead. A very strong working relationship quickly formed and Miss Lucie upped her qualifications to enable her to be able to pick up more classes. She has loved every minute teaching for the school watching the children grow as dancers, developing their skills and becoming wonderful performers.
Class Assistant -Miss Aimee
I have been part of a musical theatre group, dancing, acting and singing since I was 9 and have performed in over 30 shows. During this time I have also performed and worked with West end stars and writer/composer Stuart Brayson.
I auditioned and became part of a tv/film training company, On It Academy and have been lucky enough to do a training course at Laine theatre school.
My hobbies are dancing and performing. I have such a passion for it that my goal is to become a performer and teacher so I can continue to do what I love.
I am currently training at Weston College taking a performing arts course and I am looking to go to university or drama school next year to pursue my career.
Class Assistant – Miss Eloise
I'm Eloise, I started dancing when I was three doing ballet and tap and moved to a new dance school when I was six where I have had the opportunity to learn a greater range of styles. Over the last 11 years I have performed in various shows, musicals and dance competitions. I have loved dancing from a young age and have taken every opportunity to perform and be involved in theatre productions.
I began teaching at Steppingstones at the start of my second year of GCSEs which I have now completed, these included dance and drama qualifications and I am now studying my second year of A' levels. I have loved having the opportunity to work with all the amazing young dancers at Steppingstones and am very excited to continue seeing them learn and hopefully help them to love dancing as much as I do!
Class Assistant -Miss Rhiannon
I’m Rhiannon, I have recently completed my level three extended diploma in dance at Weston College gaining a distinction. I have experience in singing, acting and dancing but overall have a strong draw to ballet and enjoy performing this. I can’t wait to work in class with you all!
Isabella has been dancing for over 5 years with Steppingstones and continues to enjoy it as much as day 1! The teahers are amazing at engaging with the children in a way that helps them to progress and achieve their dance dreams.
Natalie Bond - Ballet and Acro
We love Steppingstones! Both my girls have been dancing with Miss Steph and Miss Lucie for 4 years. They have made huge progress across a number of dance disciplines. They have fallen in love with dance, formed lifelomg friendships and are learning so much about themselves and their capabilities. Thank you Steppingstones for being such an important part of my girls' lives.
Roberta Adair - Ballet, Tap and Acro