About the StEPS Initiative Course

Summary Overview (click create an account above to get started or keep scrolling for more information)

  • 1

    Racism in Dance

    • Welcome from Apolla

    • Introduction and Meet Melissa McDaniel

    • Lesson 1: ARTivism

    • Lesson 2: Remember Words Matter

    • Lesson 3: Shift Your Policies on Appearance

    • Lesson 4: Intentional Marketing and Recruitment to Families of Color

    • Lesson 5: Studio Culture

    • Lesson 6: Teach History

    • Lesson 7: Capitalize on Opportunities

    • Lesson 8: Diversify

    • Lesson 9: Equity Lens

    • Lesson 10: Education and Exposure

    • In Closing...Time for Action!

    • Just a Few Further Resources Available for You

  • 2

    Sexual Abuse Awareness, Prevention & Response

    • Welcome & History of YPAD

    • Lesson 2: What is Sexual Abuse

    • Lesson 3: What are the Warning Signs

    • Lesson 4: Meet Lisa Phelps

    • Lesson 5: Why Does Sexual Abuse Happen in Dance

    • Lesson 6: How to Report

    • Lesson 7: What If I'm Not Sure? Where Do I Go?

    • Lesson 8: What If Someone Reports Abuse To Me?

    • Lesson 9: Why Report

    • Thank You & Learn More About YPAD

  • 3

    Bringing Dance Science to the Studio

    • Dance Science in the Dance Studio Intro

    • Lesson 1: Not As Scary as You Think: Making Science Accessible for Dance Studio Staff with Jeffrey A. (Jeff) Russell, PhD, AT, FIADMS

    • Lesson 2: Basics on how to introduce Dance Science in your Studio with Claire Farmer, BA (hons), MSc

    • Lesson 3: What is Safe in Dance? With Safe in Dance International, Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty

    • Lesson 4: Injury Prevention 101, Coming Back to the Studio from Dr. Meredith Butulis, DPT, OCS, C-EP, CSCS

    • Lesson 5: Considerations for injury prevention with Dr. Emily Twitchett

    • Lesson 6: What to do About the Butt? Gluteal Activation for Dancers from Susan Haines, MFA, IASTM, NKT, FMT

    • Lesson 7: Myth About Early Specialization in Dance Leading to Better Outcomes with Dr. Ana B Freire Ribeiro

    • Introduction to the New Ground Series: Redefining Today's Dancer

    • The New Ground Series: Redefining Today's Dancer - EPISODE 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES

    • EPISODE 2: FLOORING, BARE FEET, & DANCER FOOTWEAR

    • EPISODE 3: REPROGRAM THE ROOM ~ REVITALIZE THE CULTURE

    • EPISODE 4: THE ARTIST AND ATHLETE: MIND, BODY & SOUL

    • Lesson 8: Wrapping Up with More Resources from Jan Dunn, MS

  • 4

    Gender, Inclusion, & Integration in Dance

    • Introduction to Integrative Dance & Gender Inequities in Dance

    • Downloadable Sensory Processing Slides next 6 Lessons

    • Lesson 1: Sensory Integration Intro with Tricia Gomez

    • Lesson 2: Tactile Processing

    • Lesson 3: Auditory Processing

    • Lesson 4: Visual Processing

    • Lesson 5: Proprioception Processing

    • Lesson 6: Vestibular Processing

    • Continue Your Education

    • TakeAway handout (PDF). From the "Men in Dance Symposium: Bridging the Gap" (NDEO). West Virginia University, June 29, 2017.

    • "Asking New Questions: Gender Inequities in Dance Education" by Doug Risner, PhD, MFA

    • WHEN BOYS DANCE "Cultural Resistance and Male Privilege in Dance Education" 2016 - Presentation for dance and the Child international by Doug Risner Doug Risner, PhD, MFA

    • Further Resources from Doug Risner, PhD, MFA

    • Erin Pride's Dance Boss Podcast with Tricia Gomez

    • You have completed the course!

Part I of COVID-19 Financial Studio Relief Application

In order for your application to be considered complete, you must complete the 4 modular course.

As part of our commitment to creating a safe space for all dancers, we are requiring each studio applicant to complete the StEPS Initiative Course. This has been curated by Apolla from experts and professionals in each topic. 

Our goal in creating this course is to give dance teachers continuing education with actionable items that can unite dance studios focused on equity and creating a safe space for every dancer. This course gives evidence-based information, some perspective & qualitative information, dance history, and further resources that can help you learn something new that helps progress and strengthen your studio OR solidify what you already have in place. There is something for everyone! 

This course is free for applicants (Apolla has covered the cost and the presenters have donated the course content). These are meant to be introductions and actionable items for you. We know this is not a silver bullet to fix every issue or topic that needs to be addressed in dance. Each topic is deep and broad on its own. However, we aim for this to be the first step for some of us in these topics and even serves as a small catalyst for change in our industry. You will see there are also many resources that can allow you to expand your journey further in any of the subjects. With all that 2020 has thrown at all of us, we are determined to heal through listening, grow from adversity through action, and rise up by bringing everyone together for an incredible cause that impacts us all...saving our studios. In the end, we will create a space open wide for the new generation of artists and athletes to ring in the new decade stronger and safer than ever!

Course FAQs for the course below. For more answers to questions about the application and the charity you can CLICK HERE.

Let's Get Started!

All you have to do is create an account, verify your email, and log in to get started. There is no cost to you to create an account.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are specific to the course. See last question on where to go for more questions not answered here about the application.

  • This is incredible and informative education! I want my staff and teachers to take this too! Can they take it for free too?

    YES! Apolla curated this to create and enact change in our beloved dance community. We want this shared with everyone! So you are more than welcome to share the link. Please have them create their own account to take the course.

  • How will you know I completed the course?

    You will need to complete each lesson and chapter to be considered a complete application eligible for the financial gift lottery. Once you complete the course we will be able to see in the admin side your name and who has completed the course. Apolla will send you an email when we have all the materials for a complete application and to notify you are moving into the qualified and eligible pool for lottery selection.

  • Do I have to do this all in one sitting?

    Nope! You create an account and the platform will keep track of where you are in the course. So you can take your time to complete. You will just want to get it done before each disbursement round.   Applicants can complete and submit their application at any time while the challenge is still going, however, the sooner you submit you will have more chances of being selected with every disbursement round. There is not a date this will end, so we don't know how many disbursements we will be able to make. Any applicants not selected will go back into the eligible pool of candidates and be entered into the lottery for the next round. You will NOT need to reapply. Every donor that steps up to the challenge will be nominating 3 more donors, which means we will keep adding new prizes each week, which gives more opportunities for people to donate and win! We won't stop until we run out of donors and money. So, that is why it will be very important as a community we come together and please share, share, share this challenge throughout your network, social media, and let them know to donate...the more money we raise, the more studios we can help! See the next question for disbursement dates that you can use as deadlines of when you want to get your application complete.

  • What does it mean to be a qualified and complete applicant?

    All applications that have been verified will be considered qualified applicants. All applications that have submitted ALL 3 parts of the application will be considered COMPLETE. All QUALIFIED and COMPLETE applications will move forward to the pool. From that pool, DAC will have a random lottery to select the winners that will be gifted amounts up to $5000. Disbursements will take place monthly. See the question below for dates.

  • What are the disbursement dates?

    Apolla will not be part of the selection process. The non-profit we have partnered with, DAC, will be given all qualified and complete applications. From there, they will conduct a monthly lottery to determine the winners. 1st Disbursement of funds: July 17th. 2nd Disbursement of funds: August 17th. After that, it all depends on how far and wide this charity spreads! We could have multiple rounds of disbursement...but that all depends on you getting your students and network involved! ;-) We will announce the winners within one week of the drawing so you will know if you are selected within one week of the above disbursement dates. We will KEEP raising and keep disbursing as long as we are able to get every last penny to as many studios as we can! So let's make this go viral worldwide! <3

  • I have more questions about the application

    Please go to our FAQs page for more frequently asked questions click the link for General FAQ page below. If you have more questions after reading through the site, please feel free to email us at: fortheloveofdancechallenge@gmail.com or info@apollaperformance.com