Spring News 2021


  • Important Information for Parents and Dancers


  • Live Feed from Backstage
  • “The Show Must Go On”  hits the Big Screen!



  • Summer Programming & 
  • 2021-2022 Dance Season

“The Shows Must Go On” 

MAY 28 & 29, 2021

We are so excited to actually perform our dances on stage next month. Unlike a live performance in front of an audience, our show will be pre-taped at Cowichan Performing Arts Centre (CPAC), with no audience. 

There are some further details we need you to be aware of for this event and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call: 


Unlike past years, we will not split the show by genre (classical and modern/tap) and we will be filming in our cohorts. Each recording session will be run with both Steps Ahead Dance’s and CPAC’s mitigation plans in place.

Before entering the building we will be taking temperature checks and using hand sanitizer. As always, we ask that you Please do not come to CPAC if you are unwell.

Dancers must arrive at the loading dock door of CPAC and will be met and guided backstage (or to the warm up room) by a member of Steps Ahead Dance faculty. 

Sadly, parents will not be permitted in the building. Arrival and departure times are crucial to pull off this ambitious event, so please mark your calendars, and double check your dancer’s arrival and departure times at CPAC. 

Dancers must be:

  1. On-time
  2. Have hair and make-up DONE (your teacher will send instructions via email)
  3. Dressed in their first costume (with any further costumes for that session in their labeled bin)
  4. Masked (plain white mask, please) while not dancing
  5. Remember to social distance whenever possible

As you will see by the schedules below, time will be of the essence. Each class will practice on stage before they are filmed. When a class is finished they will be escorted to the door for pick-up. If your dancer is only in one piece he/she must leave the building after performing. If your dancer is in multiple pieces, she/he will be picked up at the end of the session.

New This Year 

  1. Live Feed from Back-Stage. Imagine your own backstage pass! Via FaceBook, we plan on sharing a livestream where you might get a glimpse of your dancer before s/he hits the stage. Learn a little more about the way things work behind the scenes and join in the excitement. More info to follow.
  • Watch “The Shows Must Go On”  – Steps Ahead Dance goes to the Drive-In!

It is with great excitement that we announce an opportunity to gather, safely, and celebrate our dancers of 2021. Pack your family into the car and come and watch the show at THE DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATRE! 

“Drive-In Movie Showing of The Shows Must Go On!”

(Things That Make Us Happy)  Thursday, June 17th, 9.30 pm

“The Shows Must Go On!” will be presented at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds Drive-In Theatre. Bring the whole family and enjoy the show. 

Tickets can be purchased here:


Tickets are LIMITED (50 cars), so book early. Ticket price is per vehicle ($50 plus taxes)

(A 2nd showing may be added on June 24th, depending on demand).

As usual, DanceBug  https://dancebug.com/  will be providing the recording of this production for your own enjoyment. You will receive a link to the recordings via email. The link can be shared with family and friends and the footage can be downloaded if desired. 


Due to the nature of this year’s show, we will be unable to have group photos taken on stage. (Teachers will be taking candid pics between May 10th – 15th, when your dancer will be asked to come to class in costume for a dress rehearsal.)

Optional solo photos are available this year on May 23rd (at Studo2). Be sure to book your spot today! Sheena has been our professional photographer for several years now. The magical images she captures never fail to impress. If you wish to have a photo taken with a friend or classmate (in your social bubble) let Sheena know.

Book your dancer’s photo session here: 


Registration Now Open for Syllabus Intensives on Studio Director

If you are interested in taking exams or awards, intensives are the way to learn the work! Modern and Tap intensive and exams June 25th – 29th. Ballet intensive July 5th – 9th. 

Registration for 2021/22 is open May 1st on Studio Director


Register early as all classes will continue to adhere to max class size.

A la Carte Class Options  

Primary Acro – Ages 6-9yrs  

Junior Acro – Age 8 and up  

Inter/Senior Acro – According to skill 

Jr Pre and Pointe – Gr 4 Ballet and Inter Fdn Ballet. 

Senior Pointe – Grade 6 Ballet and up

Inter Jazz Tech – Gr 4 and 5 Modern  

Senior Jazz Tech – Gr 6 Modern and up

Broadway – Gr 3- 5 Modern/Ballet (ages 8-12yrs)

Open Modern – Gr 6 Modern and up

Street/Stage – Age 13 yrs and up

Open Contemporary – Gr 6 Ballet and up



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