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Summer STEP

This year we kicked off our Student Teacher Assistant Program (STEP). Through this program, our Assistants have gained experience in leadership, communication and choreography.  They have also learned some key elements to managing a dance class. 


We are currently looking for a few dancers to assist in the summer dance camps. Dancers must be at least 8 years old and have danced with our studio for a minimum of 1 season. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Assist teacher with welcome, check in and warm ups/ stretches 

  • Help dance campers with elements of technique (pointed toes, keeping arms in place, staying in correct spots)

  • Helping dance campers with arts and crafts and other activities and needs

  • Learn and lead combinations at the front of the class

  • Make sure the studio is clean and set up before and after camp

  • Assisting with the end of week show

Time commitment: 


We have 3 camps to choose from. Pending on availability, your dancer can assist with one or multiple camps.


Fancy Nancy Camp- June 27 - July 1st 
Assistants ages 8 and up from 9am-1pm 

Musical Theater Camp- July 18 - 22
Assistants ages 12 and up from 9 AM to 1 PM

Disney Heroines Camp - July 25-29
Assistants  ages 8 and up from 9 AM to 1 PM



This is an excellent way for your dancer to grow as a leader and give back to the studio. If your dancer is interested, please contact STEP Program Director Miss Emily  at missemily@melvasmithdance.com

What is STEP?

Student Teacher Education Program - Learning the art of teaching, through the lessons of dance. 

 STEP is designed to educate and allow advanced dancers the opportunity to share their love of dance by passing it along to younger students. Dancers will learn the skills of teaching, under the guidance of our professional teachers, while assisting in classes and working at the studio. 


There are so many valuable lessons dancers will gain through STEP; mentorship, teaching experience, lesson planning, time management, communication skills and leadership skills. Through assisting, dancers will also accumulate volunteer hours and work experience for college applications/resumes. Whether you plan to make a career in dance or somewhere else, STEP will equip you with a strong work ethic and tools to help you grow and succeed in life. 


  • Must have danced at MSSoD for minimum 1 season

  • Must be enrolled in class genre that you assist

  • Junior Assistants: 6-8 grade

  • Senior Assistants: 9-12 grade

Time Commitment 

Commitment is for the entire season, September - Recital

  • Junior Assistants - grades 6-8

    • Assist with 1 class a week *

  • Senior Assistants - grades 9-12

    • Assist with one class a week*

    • One office hour per week at the front desk.  

  • All Assistants will be required to attend 3 STEP Meetings (August, January, April/May)

  • All Assistants attend spring rehearsals for the STEP recital dance

  • *Dancers may be assigned more than one class to assist if their schedule allows.


Application Process

  •  Submit the online application. 

  • Once you have submitted your online application, you will be scheduled for an interview with our MSSoD teaching staff.

  • After the interview, you will receive an email notifying you of your STEP status and which classes you are assigned.

  • All Assistants will attend an orientation meeting before fall classes begin.

  • Application Deadline August 21, 2021


Please note, there are a limited number of classes that need Assistants, so if you are not selected for this season, please consider applying again in the future.