Stepping . African American Step Dancing. What is Stepping?. A form of dance in which the participants use their entire body as an instrument to produce rhythms and sounds through: Footsteps Hand claps Spoken Word Props (canes, sticks, etc.)
African American Step Dancing
African American Stepping can find its origins from a combination of military exhibition drill and African foot dances.
It also grew heavily from the movements of R&B groups in the 50’s and 60’s such as the Temptations and The Four Tops who used fancy steps to help accompany their singing.
The first national syndicated step show, S.T.O.M.P., was aired in 1992 at Howard University. Now step shows are seen nationally and competitions are held regularly.
Popular movies such as Mac and me, School Daze, Drumline, and Stomp the Yard have made stepping very popular in today's culture.
Organization such as SLB and SLG branched off from traditional black organizations (Phi Beta Sigma/Zeta Phi Beta) which is why many of their rituals (strolling and stepping) followed.
Strolling (Combination of dance moves and organization symbolization in a straight line)