Our family has been involved with Step Beyond Studios for over 10 years. Our experience is that every child - or adult - with an interest in dance is welcomed and encouraged. We love how our children have been able to learn to dance and perform in such a safe and encouraging environment. Dance classes are about more than just learning to dance; being part of Step Beyond has helped our children develop confidence, discipline and responsibility, as well as having fun at the same time.

Shea – parent of 3 dancing girls

The training at Step Beyond Studios was fun, creative, hard work and something I looked forward to daily. Marian's senior ballet classes encouraged good technique whilst remaining enjoyable. Grace’s contemporary and Muscle and Bone was intense- but a highlight of the week- and had relevant vocabulary to New Zealand contemporary dance. The youth company: One Step Beyond, was a perfect preparation to my full time training at New Zealand School of Dance. OSB fosters creativity, good technique, teamwork and offers many choreographic opportunities. It helped me to become a 'thinking dancer', something that is paramount in the dance industry. 

Alanna – former student now full time at NZ School at Dance

Step Beyond has provided me with the most amazing opportunity to re-connect with my lifelong passion for dance.  In my youth I danced as a full-time student with the National Theatre Ballet School (Melbourne), and over the years I have tried several times to return to dance as an adult.  However, I have always struggled to find a class where I could fit in at my ability level without feeling out of place as the “mature age student”.  I stumbled upon Marian when looking to enrol my 5 year old daughter in ballet and was struck by the warmth and inclusiveness of the Step Beyond school and Marian’s approach.  This is what ultimately prompted me to trial a class for myself as well.  I now dance weekly with the Advanced level class and feel completely welcomed into the fold.  Marian’s classes are challenging, fun, and an excellent workout and I am thrilled to be back dancing again after 17 years of not having this as part of my life.

Jacque – adult student

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