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Director - Rikki Slack-Smith - Principal, Dubbo


Rikki has taught dance for 25 years and been Principal of her own studio for the last fifteen years.  She is a qualified secondary teacher (English, Drama, Dance) and has taught at St Johns College for eighteen years. Rikki holds a Diploma of Dance Teaching through the Royal Academy of Dance and has enjoyed extensive and varied experience at dance studios and schools throughout the region. Former pupils have been accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts, Australian Ballet School Interstate Program and are also dancing professionally in ballet companies, productions and cruise ships around the world. Rikki is a dynamic and inspiring dance teacher who believes in a whole person approach to the study of dance. She believes there are no limits to what children can achieve when they are given access to opportunities that promote their confidence and self belief.  Rikki is intensely proud of the nurturing culture that exists within Stepping Out and the beautiful people that have risen through its ranks.  She is married to David and      they have five children, Imogen, Ondine, Cale, Archer and Evie. Her family and her Stepping Out family are her world. 

Emma Trudgett - Dance Teacher


Emma is one of Stepping Out Dance Factory's success stories.  Trained exclusively by Rikki and Leesa, Emma has risen through the ranks from student to teacher with acclaim and aplomb.  Emma always possessed an incredible ability to bring out the best in people and her obvious rapport with children saw her study teaching and gain both a Diploma of Primary Education and a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.  She was a pivotal member of the 2013 team who represented Stepping Out and Australia at the International Dance Festival in Prague.  Emma has also been a key member of our two USA Tours in both a performing and teaching/ choreographer capacity.  Her teaching and dance credentials allowed her to be a part of the Active After Care Program  and she has taught dance to isolated children from 2008- 2013.  Emma was featured in Channel Nine's 2013 New Years Eve telecast as one of Australia's "Everyday Heroes"  and is the head of our Forbes studio.

Imogen Slack-Smith - Student Teacher


Imogen Slack-Smith made her first stage debut at the tender age of 7 weeks, cast as Princess Aurora in Dance Unlimited's production of Sleeping Beauty and has been hooked ever since.  Immy or as she is excitedly known to a host of Stepping Out's gorgeous students, Miss Immy has grown up in the dance studio and has always considered it her second home.  Immy was a featured performer in Stepping Out's 2008 and 2012 USA Dance Tours and still considers leading the Main Street Parade at Disneyland as one of her major life achievements.  Imogen commenced as a teacher assistant in 2012 and as a student teacher in 2015.  Immy is blessed with a bubbly and infectious personality and is a devoted teacher of her classes.  Imogen is a student at St John's College where she is a Peer Support leader and dance Captain of the School's celebrated Band and Colour Guard.  Imogen will complete her Higher School Certificate in 2016 and hopes to always have dance as a vital component of her life.  Immy plans to study in the areas of Communications and Theatre production when she completes her schooling.