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Props In The Car!


By Steph Vezmar, Schools Dance Co-ordinator, Level Two TRS Teacher and Active Armchairs Facilitator

An insight into what you can find in a TRS teachers car

‘I had tinsel in the back of my car for all of December, I’m sure people thought I’d decorated the car for Christmas!’ Rebecca Ashton, Programme Director

It occurred to me recently that every time I offered someone a lift in my car, I was actually asking them to subconsciously take part in one of my dance sessions.  To give you an idea of what you are likely to face if you travel in the back of one of the TRS teachers cars, you will probably intertwine yourself with a few hula hoops (eager passengers have even have a go at hula hooping before getting in!), you’ll need to put the giant teddy bear on your lap in an effort not to squish him, you can rest your feet on the pile of bean bags in the footwell and if you are chilly then you can wrap yourself up in some of the soft ‘liquid gold’ material.  Whilst you are surrounded by various props and teaching aids, you can also enjoy the ever changing music that may pop up on the iPod shuffle, it could be anything from Glenn Miller to One Direction, to Nursery Rhymes….you name it, we have taught a dance to it!


‘Folders, scarfs, parachutes, hula hoops you name it I had it in my boot and the back of my car’ Alix Godden, TRS Teacher


So why are these props invaluable to our classes? Regardless of age, props are an exciting addition to a dance class, particularly during creative sessions.  Props bring colour and new dynamics to a session and help to encourage participants to move in a different way.  In Active Armchairs classes I often use feathers for creative tasks and many participants find the colours and texture brings a new element to their dance experience.


‘I love the feathers.  I love their colours and the challenge of trying to lift them high so they can float down to the floor.’ Active Armchairs Class Participant 2016


Stephs PropsThere is no better place to store our teaching aids than in our cars.  Only last week I was called upon to cover an Active Armchairs session last minute due to sickness, having been teaching in a primary school I wasn’t prepared for this.  However, with my office (my car!) nearby I knew I had all the teaching aids I needed to adapt quickly!  Our cars are our office.  They get us from A to B…and then onto C, D and E throughout the day.  Without time to pop home to grab props for the next class, everything we could possibly need to teach ages 2 to 102 are at our disposal.   Many of the TRS teachers are always on the go, replying to emails and eating lunch whilst parked outside the next venue…a mobile office!

All in the name of dance!

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My Week at TRS


Written by Emma Godden

As a final year dance student at The University of Surrey, I knew it was time to venture into the big wide world and what better way to do this than by gaining experience of how a professional dance company works. There is nothing more nervous than starting a new job, but with the help of Programme Director, Rebecca Ashton, she made it more than welcoming. As I have never worked in a dance company, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The atmosphere throughout the office was very inviting, and whilst being introduced to other members in the office, I slowly became more relaxed and confident.

Once discovering the ins and outs of the company and what classes they teach, I helped Rebecca plan an Active Armchairs session, with the theme of 80 days around the world. Active Armchairs is a session based around seated dance classes, with all choreography specially designed for the participants. Later that day, I ventured out of the office to one of the many care homes TRS teach at within the Medway area, Heatherdale Nursing Home. Being the first Active Armchairs session I went to, I aimed to see how it was run. One key aspect that I picked up, was the positive attitude Steph (the class leader) had throughout the entire session, remaining calm, inviting and praised all the participants continuously. Observing her was a joy and has benefited me massively when discovering teaching styles.

The following day, after joining in at another Active Armchairs session at Winchester House, I went to Miers Court Primary School to meet Rebecca. Aimed at Year Five for this term, a Cross-Curricular class helps benefit the students by engaging them within dance and movement, whilst learning about a particular topic. For this term the topic is the solar system. Rebecca ran through her class structure, the outcomes for the term and the activities that will be undertaken throughout each class. Seeing how Rebecca planned ahead, and had the classes prepared and laid out, was a real eye-opener, as you don’t usually see what happens behind the scenes.

20160107_101850On Thursday, I had few hours spent in the office. I was set the task to arrange the endless amount of props within the company, by counting them, taking pictures and then placing the information into a spreadsheet. Having this list allows for the company to easily discover what
props they have and how many of each prop are available, before trying to find them.

If I was to sum up my week here at The Right Step Dance Company, I would firstly like to say that it has been a friendly welcome into the Company. All the staff, which I have had the pleasure of meeting, have opened up and taught me many aspects of the working life within the Company. It has been a pleasure to meet a range of people, and it has been such an eye opener to how a company works, whilst being fun and at times a good laugh. You never quite know how much work and effort it takes to run a Dance Company, let alone working within one, and therefore I am very grateful for Rebecca and the rest of the staff for allowing me to join for the week, with a positive and welcoming atmosphere.

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Christmas Newsletter 2015!


We’ve had a fantastic year and couldn’t fit it all in, but we’ve had a good go. So here’s our Christmas newsletter! Try Ctrl scroll to be able to read it better. If that doesn’t work we’re happy to email or post you a copy.

Christmas Newsletter 2015

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TRS Teacher Of The Year Awards – The Winner!


Towards the end of 2014 the TRS Teachers had a lovely Christmas meal to celebrate their brilliant year. The meal was made even more fantastic because I was able to announce the winner of TRS Teacher of The Year 2014!

Georgia and I choose the four nominees back in November and since they were announced the TRS Teachers have been getting their votes in. Click HERE for a list of the nominees.

The Winner of TRS Teacher Of The Year 2014 is…

Clare Wilders_Winner

  • Clare has been on the TRS team less than a year, but has already done so much!
  • She receives and tells us about lots of participant feedback. It’s always fantastic!
  • Clare always stays in touch, emails back promptly and lets us know what’s going on.
  • Clare put herself forward to help with our social media presence and since then has been our social media genius! She’s put so much into it, not only time, but also new ideas and she even led a TRS Training session for us.
  • Clare’s been involved with so many extra events, she really gets stuck in. To name a few… The Sirens of Cetham, The Rats Bay Shindig, Big Dance (in the photo), All Hands, Christmas dinner, Croquis and the list goes on and on!


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