Nurturing Their Craft & Staying Centered
Many members of the Step One Dance Company have been nurturing their craft since they were children. Jack and Bryce both started dancing when they were five years old. Jack then began homeschooling when he was 12 so he could focus more time on the art of performance.
“I also started dancing at quite a young age,” Lily said. “To start off, it was more of a hobby. When I got to the age of 16, I started taking it more seriously.”
Becky nodded in agreement. “I started when I was eight as a hobby. At 16, I went into professional training.”
Hanna joked that she was basically dancing in the womb, and everyone laughed while noting that was absolutely believable, knowing Hanna as well as they do. “My mother was my teacher, and as soon as I could walk, I ended up in a ballet class and have been dancing ever since.”
Maverick took a different path to cultivating his talent. “I was a bit of a late start compared to everyone else here,” he said. “I started when I was 14 in high school because I was really into theater. They told me if I was into theater, I should probably take some dance classes as well, so I was not dancing out of the womb like Hanna,” he said jokingly.
When asked what advice they would offer for those considering dance as a career, Lily and Becky didn’t hesitate to share some tips.
“Definitely become a versatile dancer and train hard in all different styles,” Lily said. “Remember that everyone is on their journey. You don’t have to compare yourself to anything you see on social media and things like that.”
“I second that because there’s so much diversity in dance styles in the shows,” Becky said. “Being as versatile as you can be is the best thing. Also, build up a really good dance reel that showcases who you are as a performer. That can be really helpful for the casting team.”
As dedicated performers who love sailing the seas, they also noted the importance of self-care. Being on board for months at a time is an incredible experience, and it’s also an opportunity to find what centers you and helps you relax.
“Find a daily routine with structure and do things you enjoy,” Jack said. “Get out and see amazing ports when you can.”
Bryce agreed about the importance of a self-care routine. “I really enjoy the gym, hot tub and sauna. With all those things available, it’s pretty easy to feel refreshed.”