A Step Beyond
Our Story

Our Vision20150127astepbeyond1413
A Step Beyond
empowers underserved youth to transform their lives, families, and communities.

Our Mission
Provide underserved youth with opportunities that greatly expand their expectations and ambitions through dance education, academic support, and family services.
Our Values
Integrity: honesty and high ethical standards guide our conduct
Excellence: in dance education, academic support, and family services
Respect: listen to and honor each individual
Stewardship: of resources entrusted to us
Courage: celebrate creative risk-taking

Our History

A Step Beyond was founded by a team of dedicated individuals on our Board of Directors. The journey to realizing a program of this scope began with a partnership for space at The California Center for the Arts in Escondido. From here A Step Beyond was able to launch Fall into Dance in which over 2,000 students from Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista elementary schools participated in a five day dance outreach program. This program led to the recruitment of an inaugural class of 35 third and fourth graders in October, 2014. Our Artistic Director, Jennifer Oliver, was hired in 2015 bringing with her the experience and expertise as an artist and educator to enrich and fully develop the vision of our program. Each year an additional grade will be added, until the program is serving 30-35 students at each grade level, with an anticipated maximum enrollment of over 300 students. A Step Beyond expects to achieve the full spectrum of grades (3-12) by fall 2022.

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