Nicola Jardine joins our team

We are delighted to have had Nicola join our teaching team this year at In Step. Team teaching with studio owner, Christine, Nicola has made a great impact on the school already by developing technique in classes and demonstrating a wealth of dance knowledge to pass on to our dancers. Nicola has already made a great connection with our students and looks forward to meeting all of our dance families in person and welcoming lots of lovely dance students, too!


Nicola Jardine

In Step Dance Teacher

"I have always loved to dance from a very young age whether it be in class, on stage, around the house or at a party. I started classes here in Dumfries at the age of three in styles of Jazz, Tap and Ballet. I continued to do so throughout the duration of my school years until I left to study dance in Edinburgh at Telford College gaining my HND in Dance Artistry.
Whilst training professionally, I was taught invaluable skills and technique by outstanding lecturers in styles of Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial and Choreographic Skills as well as the theoretical elements of dance training.
I have performed at the likes of 'The Kings Theatre' and the 'Museum of Scotland' as well as various other locations for dance shows.
After graduating from Telford in '09, I taught dance on a freelance basis before taking time out to start a family. 
I am very eager to get back into dance now that my two children are that little bit older, allowing me to begin my new chapter here at In Step.
 I am looking forward to working with so many local young people and am greatful to have the oppertunity
to impact positively on young dancers lives."

-Nicola Jardine

Topping Up my Training In London this October

I believe that the most important thing for dance teachers to do is to continue to learn and be inspired by high flyers in the industry. This is why I take the time to make the trip down to London whenever I can to ensure that what we are teaching at In Step is current and up to an incredibly high standard. Taking on the knowledge of such incredible dancers is what filters through to the dancers at our studio and I am proud to say that we really do learn from the best.

Here is a bit about some of the dancers I was taught by this October:


John Graham


John trained in Dublin, New York, Los Angeles and London and has worked with artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, Mariah Carey, Elton John, and many others.


Fleur Murray

She trained in ballet, tap and jazz in her native country New Zealand where she worked with the NZ ballet and later became a dancer for the All Blacks.

After moving to the UK she toured with various dance companies in Asia and Europe developing show experience working in theatres and arenas.

Whilst based in London she furthered her career dancing in music videos, corporate events, cabaret shows and worked on television.


Shaun Smith

An experienced stage performer, his theatre credits include ZooNations 'Groove On Down The Road, 'I Can't Sing - the 'X-Factor Musical', 'The Five And The Prophecy Of Prana', 'Blaze Streetdance Sensation', 'Some Like It Hip Hop', and many more.

His commercial dance credits include Justin Bieber, LMFAO, Cher Lloyd, JLS, Cheryl Cole, Katie Perry, Professor Green, and more.


Linda Dadd

Linda studied ballroom and Latin American dancing at a young age and she competed regularly as a teenager, including the British Junior Championships

She then danced in various dance companies and Pop Videos before her 10 years of teaching fitness all over London. She is now a very well respected Jazz teacher at Pineapple.


Hazel & Jason

Their style is a mixture of inspirations, inspired by hip hop/jazz funk movement and other style fusions.

Hazel and Jason teach workshops and classes in the UK and Europe, including Ireland, Manchester, Amsterdam, Spain, Italy, and Germany. They have also taught in Canada, Romania, and Minsk.

I just love it when there is an oppertunity to make special moments for our dancers!
I found out that one of our Select Jr's was in London, too so I had to make sure we came up with something to make her day!
This little dancer of mine was SPEECHLESS when I surprised her at the Pineapple shop this week. 
I am so glad we could make it happen!

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New Teacher Arrives at In Step

We are very excited to introduce Irene, the newest addition to our team! Our dancers really are in great hands and we can not wait to watch our dancers flulish and grow under her instruction and influence. We predict to see big things for our studio in the next coming months. How exciting!?

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Irene Kaali

In Step Dance Teacher

"I have always been extremely passionate about the Arts. I began dancing at 10 years old and sustained my passion for Street dance throughout my education. I then chose to take this further by completing a first class BA(Hons) in 'Dance and Musical Theatre Performance' course at University of Cumbria. Whilst there, I studied Jazz and Contemporary dance by working with some of the leading practitioners in the dance industry. This included Ray Roa (Ballet Lorént), Vinicius Salles (Jasmin Vardimon and PunchDrunk) and Ian Good (Hairspray UK Tour). After completing my course I then went on to do a teacher training postgraduate degree in the hopes that I could find a home like In Step. Thankfully, everything has fallen into place and now I am excited to commit myself fully to the In Step family. 

It is an honour and a privilege to join the In Step team, and bring all that I have learned to this group of passionate young dancers."

Irene Kaali

Another term is over.. We say goodbye to two of our Selects

As time goes on, the inevitable happens. Our dancers get older and fly the nest. 
This Summer we say goodbye to Phillippa and Zoe who have served our dance school well, both as Selects and great role models for our school. 

Philippa Wright

Select Number 9

Philippa has supported and danced with In Step since the day it opened. Her favorite style of dance is Contemporary and she definitely shows it! She has been a dream to teach as she interprets choreography beautifully in all styles of dance, not just contemporary. Philippa has really grown in confidence over her time at In Step which has, I believe, came with age as well as performance opportunities with us. Dancing has been a huge part of Philippa's childhood and we are so happy to have touched on that and been a part of creating many good memories for her. Philippa has been pushed to her limits at In Step which has allowed her to improve in both her skills and knowledge of dance. She has enjoyed the challenge of learning something new each week which keeps her motivated and she has been a great help to the younger members in the class. Phillippa has been such a positive influence on the rest of her class members and she brings her outgoing character to every class and strives to help the younger members and nurture their confidence. Philippa is now 18 and has a busy, full, adult life now with a great job and a great network of people around her. We wish her all the best for the future and hope that she still comes to visit when ever she can.


Zoe Pearson

Select Number 1

Zoe is everyone's ‘go to’ person for all things In Step from choreography to rehearsal dates. Even for me, the teacher!  Zoe has a love for dance although Street is by far her favorite, especially funk, house and commercial styles. Zoe has taken on everything she has been taught and as a result, an amazing In Step Dancer has been produced! Zoe has become the glue to the friendships at In Step and everybody knows Zoe! 
As well as being a Select at In Step, Zoe has also been an assistant dance teacher at the studio. I am big on creating close bonds between teachers and dancers and Zoe has taken on her role and then some! She really has become a 'mini me' and it has been lovely (and quite funny) to watch her teach exactly how I do!

Zoe was awarded 'In Step Student of the Year' at our dance show in December of last year for being an allrounder delight! She really has been my right-hand woman and I am so thankful for her dedication and commitment to our school. She has been a real asset to our school and to herself and will be missed by everyone at In Step. We wish her all the luck in the world for her next step of her journey as she goes on to study primary education at university in Edinburgh and I know she will make an increadible, inspiring teacher that any parent would be lucky to have for their child.

Becoming so close to the rest of the Selects has definitely been the best part of this experience and makes it so much more enjoyable as we all get along so well and have fun whilst working hard
— Zoe Pearson
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Zoe's Last day

Guest Workshops

Over the weekend we were lucky enough to have guest dancer Jamie Potter at our studio to give our dancers some great workshops. 
We had Junior and Senior workshops running on Saturday and our dancers had a lot of fun learning some great routines. 
Jamie will soon be moving to London to continue his dance training at Urdang Academy and we wish him all the best from In Step. 

Our Big Birthday Event

We recently celebrated one year of In Step by throwing an amazing birthday party! We had a DJ, a buffet, a fabulous raffle, performances from our Selects and of course.. An In Step birthday cake made by one of our mums, Lesley! What a great celebration. We would like to thank everyone who has been apart of our first year and we hope everyone who came to our Big Birthday Event had a fantastic celebration! 

On the lead up to our Big Birthday Event, we designed Limited Edition 'In Step Originals' t-shirts and jumpers which are so special! Our dancers who have been with us in the last year are indeed the original members of In Step so it was lovely for us to give them something to recognise that. 

We have also been busy designing our Yearbook which has been selling like hot cakes! This book takes you through the journey from day one until now and is filled with special memories and photographs. We really have come far in just 12 short months and we look forward to producing a yearbook for each and every year to come.