4-30-2015 Steppers Beat

The Steppers Beat - Some News - Some Opinion - Some Dish
By Markie Bee The Steppers Beat

Our Newest Addition - The Video Group

Written by Markie Bee on April 30, 2015.

As of yesterday we now have 4 Facebook groups. Yesterday we added the Steppers Video Group. It's a place to post public videos of stepping, steppin' instructors at work, people having fun on the dance floor, etc. -- anything concerning steppin' is game as long as it's not a music video. We already have a group for those!

The thought of creating this group came at the same time as the Steppers Music Group. You may be aware the group was hectic over the first couple of years to where we have over 14,400 members. After a couple of video posts in the group I checked with the other administrators and we all agreed it was time to start the video group.

As I posted in the group: Add your friends -- More people = More videos. More videos will promote steppin' without actually promoting steppin' lets go to work! Seeing the dance will win hearts and minds. That's real promotion!

Our Chicago Style Stepping group has over 13,200 members and unlike the Steppers Music Group and the Steppers Video Group people are encouraged to advertise steppers sets and events by posting flyers and plugging their sets and classes there.

The Steppers Events Planning Group is unlike all of the other groups. Before starting the Video group this was the newest. There are almost 2,100 members in the group. In this group we encourage people to post their monthly and special events a minimum of two months in advance. It's for people to make their plans and to be aware of what's happening down the road so they can plan their party ahead of time. Sorry no weekly events or blind plugging permitted in this group.

I popped a few of my own videos into the group as well as some which were shared with me a couple of others have posted videos so far. The people who are in the group seem ready to consume each video as it lands there and it's all reminiscent of when I started the music group. 

The thing that makes these groups work (here's the secret folks) A group is nothing without involvement of its members and the administrators! That's the difference between a group and a page on Facebook. Pages and groups can be conduits to what people want out on the greater internet. For example I never publish everything I do on SteppersUSA on Facebook. I'll give you a taste and you have to come to the site to get the "meat off the bone."

I will be celebrating my birthday on Saturday at the Best Western Hillside with Steppin' High Productions. Hope to see you there!

If you're in Chicago and you've been missing that Sunday night steppin in the south suburbs since DJ's was closed there is now an alternative in Chicago Heights at the 604 Ultra Bar and grill. DJ Black Cool is the DJ and Keisha Gilmore Is the Bar star. I went there last Sunday and I'm planning on making it there this Sunday.

It's now less than a month to Stepaganza and I'm excited. I have my train ticket and I'm ready to go to St. Louis for Memorial Day week. I'm planning on being there from wire to wire and giving you as much info I can during the largest free mega steppers weekend in the country. I'll bring you more info on the Stepaganza events in a few days.

SteppersUSA is  looking for people who can tell the story to the nation...
I'm looking for staff from Chicago, the East coast (Atlanta, Central Florida, North Carolina), the mid west beyond & including Chicago (Detroit), the west and  on the west coast (San Francisco/Oakland and Seattle). If you take photos -- that's great but it's not necessary (perhaps you know someone who takes photos at the set -- even with a camera phone) we are looking to keep the country informed about the world of steppin in your area.  Shoot me an email!

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