Our Mission:

To prepare underserved youth for success in college, career, and life through dance education, academics, and family services.

Our Vision:

Empower youth to step beyond their circumstance and succeed.

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Building strong young people, families, and community through dance and beyond.

We believe

in the power of a holistic approach to serving youth and preparing them for college and career. Our holistic program ensures that our students have the resources and support they need to find success in all the areas in which they learn and grow. A Step Beyond’s program goes beyond the child’s dance experience by strengthening their academic performance and providing family support services and resources. In this way, we go beyond the child to serve families, neighborhoods, and the greater community.

Jenn Oliver teaching students

Long-Term Commitment

  • 10-year program
  • Alumni programming
  • Scholarships and Work opportunities

We commit to serving our students for ten years, from 3rd grade through high school graduation with our full range of services. After high school graduation, we are still here, to be a part of their lives. Our alumni programming will help students stay connected and receive support from ASB in the form of mentoring, scholarships, work opportunities, and alumni dance programming as they move through college and beyond.


Theory of Change

The model driving A Step Beyond is based on an understanding that through the mindful practice of dance and a holistic approach to services, students build the habits of mind to achieve a better future. In this life pursuit, students become role models for their family and peers. A Step Beyond will follow students throughout college in order to encourage their future pursuits and provide the opportunity to Pay it Back to the next generation of A Step Beyond students. This model is also our Cycle of Success.

We are a creative youth development organization.

Proven Results

98% of ASB students believe their participation at ASB helps them feel more successful at school, while 93% report that dance makes them feel good about themselves. Overall, most students report positive changes in factors related to resilience, relationships, learning, and school engagement. 

Infographic showing the cycle of Dance, Holistic Approach, Building the habits of Mind and Creative capacity to imagine a strong future, Creative Risk Taking, College and Career Ready and Pay it Back
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Through dancing we give shape and motion to our feelings, to our understanding of ourselves, to our past experiences, and to our future hopes. Each person’s dance is unique to their body and their lived experiences.  As we dance, this expression of ourselves can be seen, validated and celebrated by our community. At A Step Beyond we dance for so many reasons…to learn, to imagine, to feel confident, to escape, to exercise, and to be in community. Dance is more than a field of study, for us, dance is a lifestyle.

 ~ Jennifer Oliver, Artistic Director

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