News round up!

Posted by indiap on April 25, 2017

Instep Round Up!


Instep plunged head first into 2017 with 8 days of intense workshops with Lila dance and The MayaKaras working towards the Expressionists, which received its premiere on Saturday 22nd April at our Gala Evening. The company worked with such professionalism and drive. Instep always values the commitment put in by all the company members and it is a privilege to watch these young dancers work in such a creative environment. We were delighted to receive the following email from a parent …

‘A huge THANK YOU to you and the whole LILA team for all your boundless energy, advise, patience, persistence and teaching beyond the expected - you are having such an enormous impact in these young people's life and they will have lifelong benefits from your support and advise - so incredible important and valuable for their future. I know it must be hard work, but you must feel extremely proud and have a sense of immense satisfaction, seeing them growing up into these amazing and confident adolescents.'

During this time we also had the Iisanmaayas in rehearsal with our very own Becky, KJ and Michelle. This family of dancers have looked after each other and created amazingly complex choreography which is astounding and once again proves the importance of working on an intergenerational level – something that Instep continues to value as a method of support and inspiration within the community setting we provide.

The Gala Evening was a huge success showcasing works from our Flagship companies. We received some wonderful feedback from the sold out audience including the following,

Parent of Iisanmaaya member

Thank you for  another amazing show and letting my son be part of it!! When I watch him dance my smile is huge and my eyes cry as I'm so proud and happy to see him dance and enjoy every movement he does. His smile when he's with his Instep friends lights up my heart, I’m so pleased he enjoys and will continue to be involved with Instep dance. So Thank you again from a very happy mum 

Parent of Company member who will be leaving us this year 

I will be so sad to see my son leave this wonderful, creative and unique world and the whole dance-family. So much of what makes him the person he is today is a direct results of all his years in this special, supporting, encouraging, creative and loving environment

In March we successfully secured £9,500 from Arts Council England’s ‘Grants for the Arts’ to contribute to funding a new mentoring programme for local artists, leading to 3 new commissions. Returning dance/performing arts graduates to Kent will have opportunities to extend their practice by working with high quality mentors that will help to promote Instep’s work across the South East. The mentors include Lila Dance. Artistic Director/ Instep's Associate Director, Abi Mortimer and Kerry Nicholls who is a highly experience professional dance artist and qualified coach. She has been mentoring artists through her Performance Mentoring Programme as well as teaching and choreographing for a range of national and International companies.

The GTFA funding will cover just over a quarter of the costs for this project . The rest of the funding has been raised through our own endeavor and in kind support, such as that of Brockhill Park Performing Arts College who are Instep’s host school. Without their partnership Instep would not be able to offer projects such as this.

So far 2017 has seen Insteps alumni flourish in recent months including ex Instep dancer Aaron (AJ) Bentley who won the BBC show Let it Shine and will be touring with Gary Barlow’s new Musical ‘The Band’. AJ has been at instep since he was 2 years old and went on to study dance at Laban. We are incredibly proud to see him making the most of his talent. AJ says …


‘The most rewarding thing about dancing at Instep is that you have a place where you can go, where everyone is welcome. It teaches children to have an open mind about different people, working with the opposite sex, emoting to soft lyrics and dancing the fast-tempo songs, which are great fun! The teachers are dedicated and amazing individuals, and make Instep such a joy to be a part of.’

Another recent success story to arise from Instep is Jacob Bray. His dance company Shades of Bray performed at The Place in London last month to rave reviews as they shared their encounters of contemporary dance training, expectations of women (or not), the 90s and, of course, Brexit with his new work ‘Head over Heels’.

Instep teachers Joe Darby and KJ Mortimer are also currently dancing for Lila dance in their rural tour, another Arts Council project to take high quality dance to rural communities.

The Thursday classes have been continuing to have fun in the studio learning technique and choreographic skills in their lessons. All of the classes are well underway with preparing their summer show dances already! A reminder that Insteps annual Summer Show Season will take place between the 18th -22nd July in the Peter Catmull Theatre, Brockhill Park Performing Arts College. The box office will open on the 13th May at For more information on dates this year click on this link