A summer youth development program for older youth (ages 14-18) from the District, Step Ahead is an opportunity to train and rehearse like a professional dancer — at no cost.

Launched in 2005 and based at Joy of Motion | H Street, Step Ahead engages 30-50 young women from underserved DC neighborhoods and provides full-time, daily dance and production training from late June to early August.

Dance is the medium, but youth development is the goal. More than anything, Step Ahead amplifies the creative voices of aspiring dancers — fostering confidence and tenacity that will serve them in the classroom and in college.


Below: final Step Ahead concert from Summer 2017