Sunday, June 18, 2017


Wow This year is flying! We thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.  Stepping Out has certainly enjoyed a fabulous start to the year and we look forward to what the rest of the year delivers.  Classes will conclude for Term 2 on Saturday, July 1st and resume on Monday, 17th July.

Payments  We kindly ask that all Term 2 payments are promptly paid.  Late fees have been added to accounts overdue.  Please ensure that payments are finalized before the end of term. Enrolments and payments for Term 3 are also now open.  To ensure that your child is enrolled in the correct classes for Term 3 please email Gail at or if you wish to make any amendments.  Office hours are 3.30 – 6.00pm Monday and Tuesday and Saturday 9.30am- 12noon.  As our classes are priced at packages per term rather than weeks, your fees will be charged the same for Term 3.  Other payment options are direct deposit Macquarie Credit Union, BSB 802 126 A/C 102490.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT SPECIAL OFFER! As a very special thank you to our existing families, we are offering a 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for Term Three fees paid before the end of term. This will only be eligible for payments paid in person during this time unless arrangements are made with Rikki.  In addition to our normal office hours, until end of term the office will also be open Wednesdays from 3.45- 7pm and Thursdays 4pm- 6pm.

              Reminder of Important Dates
·      Week 9, Term 3, Concert Measurement Days
Sunday 12 November             Concert Rehearsal     
Thursday 30 November          Tech Rehearsal
Friday 1 December                 Tech Rehearsal
Saturday 2nd/ Sunday 3rd December   Performance Days (exact times and organization will be supplied closer to the dates.)

UNIFORM Though we don’t have strict uniform policies we do ask that our students take pride in their appearance and come dressed looking and feeling like a dancer.  Our website has a comprehensive uniform guide and Gail in the office is able to help you with any orders you may need for shoes or attire.  We have been absolutely delighted at how our gorgeous students have presented for class and we ask that you keep up the good work.  Please ensure hair is tied back from face.  We would like everyone to have correct shoes by start of term as it is essential to the development of correct technique and adherence to safe dance practices.  We would also ask that all students bring a water bottle to class to stay hydrated. 

USA DANCE TOUR 2017 – Congratulations to our very excited USA team who will be embarking on this wonderful adventure with their families and teachers in September.  The students will be taking classes and performing at Universal Studios, Disneyland and on board Carnival Cruises.  Rehearsals will start in earnest for these kids in our July school holidays.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE CLASSICAL BALLET EXAMS  Our Ballet exams will be held in September and are open to interested and dedicated students from Pre-Primary to Advanced Foundation.  Entries close late July.  We will be conducting preparation classes in the July school holidays to ensure students are ready.  There will be costs associated for exam entry, pianist fees, additional rehearsals, uniform etc.  Please register interest via email at  so you can be updated with the relevant information. Our holiday classes will be held on Tuesday- Thursday of the second week of the holidays.
There are also holiday workshops with RAD examiners in Bathurst and Mudgee for those interested, which would be fantastic.  Please enquire for further information.
NEWS & EVENTS Please stay in touch with us via our Facebook page.  We update it regularly with pictures and news about our students and classes.  We also post to our website under Dubbo News so you can always look back through the archives to check on notes or information you may have missed.  We have enjoyed enormous success at Dubbo Eisteddfod and love sharing our students’ triumphs be it in class or on the stage with you.

On behalf of all at Stepping Out Dance Factory we send our very best wishes for a safe and restful holiday period for our students and their families.

Happy Holidays.  Thank you for dancing with us in 2017!

Friday, November 25, 2016


CONCERT DAY  Saturday, 3rd Dec 2pm and Sunday , 4th 11am Show & 5pm show
·       An Order of Appearance is on this note.  Please be aware that parents are required to change students if they are involved in more than one routine or make own arrangements to have another parent dress and change your child. 
·       Students appearing in the first half are asked to be at the venue by 1pm (2pm Saturday show) 10.15am (11am show) & 4.15pm (5pm show)fully dressed, with hair & make up done for first routine.  Please enter through back stage entrance ( Carrington Ave), locate your name ( in class rolls- as per order of appearance) and mark your name off.  Students will be supervised in large dressing room and called forth by our Stage Manager for their appearance.  Our first half of our program is timed for one hour and fifteen mins.  All Angelina students will appear in a special Tiny Tots finale at the close of first half.  There will then be a twenty minute interval.  If watching the show please collect your child at interval if they have a ticket.  Students only appearing in first half and who don’t have family in attendance can be collected to go home.
·       Students appearing in the second half only are asked to be at the venue by 3pm (2pm Saturday show) ,12noon (11am show )  & 6.00pm (5pm show)and follow same instructions as set out above.  If students are watching the concert they need to report backstage for 2nd half ( if that is when their item is) at the times given.  The second half of the show has an estimated running time of one hour.  All students present are invited back on stage for a full cast Finale.  Following our Sunday 5pm show will be our 2016 Presentation ( for all students except Angelina & Little Stars Jazz.)
·       Parents leaving auditorium to dress performers throughout performance will be granted Back of House access through a door located near Door 1. ( foyer area past toilets)  We ask that you exit the auditorium from Door 2 and 3 only to gain access to this door to back stage.  Exiting from these doors will ensure minimum disruption to performers and patrons.  Please acquaint yourself with this door before the performance commences.  Likewise, students will need to follow same procedure if leaving auditorium to go backstage for a performance or change of costume.  This will only be possible if we have sufficient volunteers for each show to man the access doors.  Otherwise parents will need to walk around to Backstage entrance.
·       No one is allowed to sit in the aisles or on the steps under any circumstances (WH & S).
·       Mobile phones must be turned off during the performances.
·       Students who have tickets to watch are permitted to leave backstage area after they have performed.  All students must sign out on class roll and Students under 12 years of age must be collected from backstage area /dressing rooms/ Oxley Room by a parent or guardian.  We ask only one representative per student for collection due to the limited space and size of our cast.
·       ALL students will be reappearing in the Finales’ but it is at discretion of parents for young students if they stay for all shows or if they return home for a rest.  Students will be notified via a voice over when it is time to return backstage for FINALE’.  The 2016 Presentation will follow the 5pm Performance.  We would really like to acknowledge all students and have them present for Presentation.  Tiny Tot students will be presented on the 9th December at a special Presentation.  Invites have been sent home.
·       Refreshments will be served in the bar area.
·       Classes for 2016 will cease on Sunday, 4th December.  There will be no Saturday classes on Saturday, 3rd December.  Our little superstars need to prepare for their performance and faculty will be at theatre preparing for a big but exciting weekend. We thank you for the tremendous support and enthusiasm shown by all students and their families throughout 2016 and we look forward to celebrating this in our production. Stepping Out Dance Factory truly is a special place made more so by the beautiful families within our fold. 2016 Enrolment Information will be available soon via an online Enrolment Form and our 2016 Enrolment Days will be advertised in Dubbo Photo News and on our Facebook Page.  Private Tuition for Eisteddfods will commence in early January 2016- Please register your interest with Miss Rikki on 041 336 1724.

·       OPENING- “Bless This Show/ Don’t Stop The Music/ Your Song -Eisteddfod Troupe Performance students with vocalist Bella Gibson

·        Lullaby –Angelina students
·        Star Ballet- Grade 1 with Amelia Chapman
·        Let It Be- 14 years Modern Performance
·        Funkytown- 6 Years jazz
·        Edelweiss – Grade 2/3 Ballet
·        Aladdin – Primary Ballet
·        Magic Carpet Ride- Intermediate Modern
·        Annie- 8 Years Performance
·       Nutcracker- Pre-Primary Ballet with Maddie/ Onny
·       Degas – Grade 4 Ballet
·        DJ- Junior Hip Hop
·        Bust a Move- Senior Tap
·        High School Musical- 12 years Performance
·        Sharpay- Junior Jazz
·        Welcome to the 50s- Intermediate Tap
·        *5pm performance only – Princesses- Angelina Class
·        Tiny Tots Finale’ with Madeline Gibson and teacher assistants

Interval -20 mins
Chicago – Senior Performance
·       Goodship Lollipop – Little Stars featuring Charlotte Scott
·       Inter/Advanced Tap
·       Strings Ballet- Senior Ballet
·       Abba- Junior Tap
·       Michael Jackson- Boys Class
·       Intermediate Hip Hop
·       Surfs Up- 8 years Jazz
·       Bowie Jazz- 10 years Jazz featuring Liberty McCarthy & Hannah Coote
·       Step Up- Senior Hip Hop
·       Queen Tribute- 12 years Jazz
·       Madonna Medley- Senior Jazz
·       Purple Rain- Junior Modern
·       Prince Tribute- 14 Years Jazz
·       Farewell Dance
·       Hallejuah- Senior Modern
·       SLIDESHOW 2016
·       FINALE’- all students

Thursday, November 17, 2016


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 brown eye shadow cover entire eye lid. Accentuate corner of eye with a darker brown 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 some of our kids 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!

Impact Dance Makeup Tutorial - Younger Girls

Saturday, November 12, 2016


This note will go out from week commencing 21st November so we don't bombard you with too much information.  It is here as a reference point.

Please note that our website has a very comprehensive guide to Make Up & Hair.  Go to and hit link DUBBO NEWS to get full post and how to instructions on make up for stage.  It will be in November archive.  A link will also be posted on our Facebook page.  We will post how to videos.
MAKE-UP- Foundation, powder, blusher, white/cream eye shadow as base for eye, eye socket shaded with brown eye shadow ( violet eye shadow for students 8 years & under), black eye liner, white pencil as highlighter, black mascara, false eye lashes ( optional but highly recommended for students from 10 years of age), hot pink lipstick ( under 12s), crimson ( 14 yrs & open.)
TINY TOTS- Parents use your discretion.  Lipstick, blusher, shadow and mascara will be sufficient but ensure it is bright as the lights are very strong and can wash out those gorgeous little faces and we really want to see those beautiful smiles.
Students please ensure you wear white, nude colour or plain underwear under costuming and all straps etc must be pinned and unseen.  Body stockings are available for older students.
BOYS- Hair in own funky style.  Make up at own discretion and depending on child’s fairness.  Blusher or bronzer usually sufficient.
Please note that all hair styles will need to be slicked back from face.  The best technique is to use a fine tooth comb on damp hair and gel and hairspray to smooth hair and fringes off face.  Please ensure you use hair bands in matching hair shade or clear elastic bands.  Students with hair accessories please ensure that these are pinned firmly.  Hats, hair ties, hair pieces and wigs need to be pinned thoroughly.
ANGELINA students  “LULLABY” – We are aware that due to their young age that some have a little and some have a lot of hair.  We ask that you create your own hair style.  We would love to see curls.  Hair will need to be slicked back from face in whatever style you choose as we need to see their gorgeous little faces under those lights.  They will have headpieces. It will need to be pinned. Ballet Shoes. Ballet stockings. ANGELINA “PRINCESSES”- hair in own beautiful Princess style.  We need hair slicked back from face but be creative and let your little girl have some input in how she will feel her most glamorous and regal. Ballet shoes. Ballet tights.
MONDAY LITTLE STARS “GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP ” Hair in two high pig tails and curled.Jazz shoes. Tan Tights
PRIMARY BALLET “ALADDIN” & PRE-PRIMARY “NUTCRACKER”Hair half up and curled.  You pull a section of hair back from the ears and secure tightly with band.  Rest of hair curled. Ballet stockings.  Ballet shoes.
GRADE 1, 2 & 3, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate  BALLET  Hair in Classical Bun.  Ballet stockings.  Ballet shoes.
JUNIOR JAZZ 6yrs” ( Monday) Hair in very high ponytail and curled.  Jazz shoes. Tan tights.
JUNIOR JAZZ 6-8 “Sharpay” ( Thursday) Hair in a very high ponytail and curled. Jazz Shoes.  Tan tights.
JUNIOR JAZZ Under 8s- (Monday)- Two high pig tails and curled.  Tan tights.  Jazz shoes.
JUNIOR MODERN “Purple Rain” Hair half up, half down.  Convertible ballet stockings.  Bare feet
INTERMEDIATE MODERN “MAGIC CARPET RIDE” Hair in bun. Bare feet.  Convertible tights.
SENIOR MODERN “HALLEJUAH” Hair in low slicked ponytail with side part to right side. Convertible tights.
JUNIOR HIP HOP “DJS ”Hair in high pig tails or one high pony tail ( depending on other routines and hair changes) and curled/teased.  Please purchase white canvas lace ups. ( Hi tops or just lace ups)
INTERMEDIATE HIP HOPRHYTHM NATION” Hair in low slicked pony tail.  Please purchase black canvas lace up shoes.
SENIOR HIP HOP “STREET SCENE “Individual hair styles & shoes to be decided upon in class with Miss Emma
BOYS CLASS “MICHAEL JACKSON ”Please purchase black canvas shoes ( slip on or lace up)
10 YRS JAZZ “ BOWIE”- Hair in high ponytail and curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel jazz shoes.
12 YRS JAZZ “QUEEN MEDLEY” Hair in high ponytail and curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel jazz shoes.
14 YRS JAZZ “ PRINCE” Hair in high ponytail with front quiff.  Matte tan tights.  Camel Jazz Shoes.
SENIOR JAZZ “ MADONNA ” all different hair styles.  Matte tan tights.  Camel jazz shoes.
JUNIOR TAP “ ABBA”  A high pony tail curled.  Matte tan tights.  Camel Tap shoes.  We are hoping to have wigs for this group.  If they can’t be sourced hair will be as given.
INTERMEDIATE TAP “FIFTIES”  High pony tail and curled Matte tan tights.  Camel tap shoes.
SENIOR TAP “  BUSTED” Own neat street hair style  Camel tap shoes.
INT/ ADVANCED TAP “ BUGLE BOYS”- Hair in bun.  Camel tap shoes.  Matte tan tights
JUNIOR PERFORMANCE ANNIE & HIGHSCHOOL MUSICAL – Girls can have all different hair styles.  Matte tan tights.    Camel Jazz Shoes for 12 years and bare feet for Annie.  Please be aware that both groups need to organize own costumes for these acts.
SENIOR JAZZ PERFORMANCE “CHICAGO” Own hair styles.  Camel Jazz shoes and matte tan tights
Students need to arrange their own unique bright and colourful jazz costume.  We have had groups over the years in great colour schemes so please use those or even solo/ duo costumes.  We just want variety, colour and vibrancy.   ( can have bling- please do) Please accessorize it sufficiently to give it stage appeal and not just street wear.  Hair can be in own, very neat, hair style. 14 years need something that will work underneath their nun’s habits.