˝ackstage was buzzing at Queensborough Community College on June 24, not just because it was Steps Ahead Dance Studio’s annual dance recital entitled “Dream On,” but also because it was the 20th year that the Steps Ahead dancers would be showcasing their amazing talents — talents that have been nurtured by the staff of the studio, which is owned and directed by Danielle Jenkins, who herself was and will always be a Steps Ahead dancer. Once again the show was a huge success and the dancers gave it their all.
Dedication to dance and devotion to their students are what define Steps Ahead instructors. They believe in making their students great human beings, as well as elite dancers. It is important to the staff and students to keep growing as choreographers, performers and dancers. The staff finds great pleasure in watching the students grow and expressing themselves through their art.
The mission of Steps Ahead, located in Ozone Park, is to provide quality and professional instruction to all types of dancers in a positive, inspirational and family atmosphere.
For the last 20 years, it has been a place many have called home, a place where dancers go to celebrate their love of dance. Whether training to be professionals or just dancing for their personal enjoyment, the benefits they receive are endless.
Steps Ahead takes great pride in its unique style of dance and offers a variety of classes in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, nursery, contemporary, competition, private lessons and Zumba. It also specializes in technique and preparing students for performing arts auditions.
In addition, Steps Ahead invites world-renowned choreographers to teach master workshops throughout the year. The opportunity to learn from such great artists has provided the students with a wide range of knowledge and experience in various styles of dance. Steps Ahead classes create not only well-rounded dancers, but well-rounded people with poise, confidence, discipline and, of course, physical strength and endurance.
Not only is Steps Ahead a staple in the community, but the studio has also made a name for itself at numerous dance competitions. Steps Ahead competition teams have won countless awards through the years. This year proved to be yet another remarkable season for Steps Ahead competition dancers, who placed first in every competition, were recognized for “Top Choreography,” “Precision” and “Most Entertaining” performance, and took home many special judges’ awards. This summer, they will be competing at Dancer’s Inc. Nationals in Hershey Park, Penn.
Over the last 20 years, Steps Ahead dancers have gone on to succeed in many aspects of dance. They have been accepted to performing arts schools such as LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented, Professional Performing Arts High School and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Others have been chosen to dance or choreograph at renowned institutions, programs and shows like the American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham School, The Ailey School, the Summer Arts Institute, Pacific Coast Dance Fest, KTU’s Beatstock, “Disco Ball,” the Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation of New York and “Hollywood Stars Pageant and Talent” for the TLC show “Toddlers in Tiaras,” just to name a few. Steps Ahead dancers know how to take their love of dance to the next level and their accomplishments are true testaments to the work done at the studio.
Steps Ahead Dance Studio has proven to be a leader in dance education in Queens for the last 20 years, a place that has always defied the ordinary when it comes to the performing arts. Enriching your child’s life with Steps Ahead lessons means not just teaching them the art of dance, but joining the studio’s family and developing lifelong friendships between dancers, parents and families.
For more information, visit Steps Ahead Dance Studio at 90-55 Desarc Road in Ozone Park, or call (718) 641-2005.