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Let me hear you shout: Step team resurfaces

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Let me hear you shout: Step team resurfaces

Da’nazjah Dorsey & Sara Abbey, Student Life Editor and Staff Writer

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The laughter quickly fades as Junior Mykierah Lowe steps up and tells everyone it’s time to start practice. STOMP, CLAP, STOMP. Red blotches appear on their skin in the shape of handprints and tingly sensations travel from the dancers’ feet up their legs and to their souls. People line up to stare from the hallway, listening in on the rhythmic sounds coming from the dancers. The sight is one that literally can’t be ignored by any bystander or unexpecting student that walks by.

And students are ready for a new team to bring something different to Creek. “I think Poms is just very what you expect and it’s all about competition,” senior Alicia De La Cruz said. “And it’s not exactly fun from what you hear as opposed to step team which is just a lot better and they make they make their own team and that’s what I want to see.” The CCHS Step team is one that, until this year, wasn’t a Creek campus activity that was widely known about. 

It was the memorable performance at the CCHS Homecoming rally in October that most of the school found out about the team made up of 14 girls.  “I didn’t even know they were a separate team from poms, until then,” De La Cruz said.

Step team has just regained popularity among students at Creek in the last few years considering that the last active step team existed in 2002. The Step team became active again last year, where it was run by students until asking Security Specialist Sheletha Anderson to be their sponsor in May, “My experience stems from when I was back in high school,” Anderson said. “ I was on the drill team, which is like step.” However new the team is to Creek, people in the community agree that watching the Step team perform just feels good, “Their dances really hype me up.” said senior Celine Ricardez, a student that attended the pep rally in the fall, “When the Step team first came out, everybody just started screaming,” said junior Michele Vasquez, another student who attended the pep rally.

The girls on the Step team are unique and talented as well, considering the handful without extensive dance backgrounds, something Lowe, a co-captain, acknowledged as being the reason she is so hard on her team. “I have to be focused and I have to be stern with them because I want them to get it,” Lowe said.”I know they can. They’re very talented, fast learners.” The girls on the team are very proud to be in such an inviting atmosphere, “Being on the Step team is so relatable. I use to play basketball and I felt like I didn’t fit in with the girls on the team” said senior Jonasia Johnson who was also on the Step team last year, “Being on the Step team with these girls is fun and I learn a lot from them. I’m so happy that I got to join this team in my last year of high school. It’s been a joy with these lovely girls and I love each and everyone of them.”For those who don’t know what Step is, it’s a dance that is a combination of clapping, stomping, and vocals. Step was originally formed in several African communities in South Africa as a result of other styles of music, like drumming, being banned.

And as more African people were brought to the U.S, step was morphed into the principles and rhythms of other African Americans. It began to take on some recognition by the early 19th century. Step teams aren’t really something that the average Coloradan high schooler would have knowledge of. Step is percussive and causes for the performer to use their whole body as an instrument to express art in the form of the beautiful rhythms and complex footwork.Step today is a mixture of many styles of dance, including African, Caribbean, break dance, tap, and even gymnastics depending on the team. Most Step teams are known for being part of sororities and fraternities at HBCUs(Historically                                                                                                                                                                                     Black Colleges or Universities) all over the nation, which means a typical team is composed of mostly Black or African American individuals.

Recently, the Step team has been overcoming obstacles that are threatening the structure of the team and the team’s future moving forward, but the girls want students to know, they’ll be fighting for the team to stay one and whole. In fact if you listen to the chants of one of their routines you’ll see this message, even in such a small part of the performance,

“Get up!”

“Why?”

“Cuz we ain’t done yet!”

Susi Leisegang, a junior on the step team sums up what the Step team is about. “The step team is just a very new thing at Creek that shows the diversity of the school, and I’m glad that we get to express ourselves through doing it,” Leisegang said.

 

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