Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Though stepping may be performed by an individual, it is generally performed by groups of three or more, often in arrangements that resemble military formations.
Stepping may also draw from elements of gymnastics, tap dance, march, or African and Caribbean dance, or include semi-dangerous stunts as a part of individual routines. Some forms of stepping include the use of props, such as canes, rhythm sticks and/or fire and blindfolds.
The tradition of African American stepping is rooted within the competitive schoolyard song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the mid-1900s


Blogger Four Dinners said...

Reminds me of my wedding reception in we had better music and most people were lying on the floor in drunken stupors...;-)

5:34 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

Why are they all dancing with that one lady, Stagg?

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably a birthday line-?


5:19 PM  

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