5-29-2015 Steppers Beat

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

Right Now It's All Social

Written by Markie Bee on June 12, 2015.

The Steppers Video group is really heating up on Facebook. The group is a little over a month and a half old and as of this writing has over 4,500 members. There are thousands of videos of steppers out there so there's a lot for you to post. Remember we're looking to post people stepping not class videos (which isn't really representative of the dance) or set advertising videos -- but raw video of couples steppin' in clubs, at home, and in contests..

The other SteppersUSA groups are growing too including the original Chicago style stepping group which has over 13,700 members. That's the place to post steppers pluggers and flyers and steppers promotional videos. It won't be long before the group passes the 14,000 member milestone.

The steppers Music Group continues to grow with close to 15,000 members. And a music list of almost 9,000 songs members say they can step to. We don't re-post songs that are already on the list but we add songs that aren't. We don't allow advertisement of any type in that group. If you post a flyer there I promise the flyer and the poster will be removed from the group (just like in the video group).

The steppers events planning group has been growing too there are now almost 2,200 members. The group is not for regular plugging. It's for announcing an event that's at least 2 months (or longer) in advance to help people (both promoters and regular folks) plan ahead of time.

All of the groups are OPEN/PUBLIC so everything posted can be seen by all of Facebook's billions of members. Remember more members mean more of their friends will see the posts (especially when we comment on the posts). With the Detroit White Party happening when we post videos directly in the video group more people will see the dance which will help the growth of the dance much more than any pre-produced video can. Just look at the number of views of some of those Facebook videos -- they number over a million views!

What's happening with Markie Bee
I'm attempting to achieve some semblance of normalcy after returning from St Louis and literally losing just about everything in one day. The bottom line is I'm on the mend and the doctors say I have been a model patient and they are getting me started with physical therapy (where they may change their opinion).

Yea, I got sick again after returning from St. Louis (what the doctors call a COPD flair-up) but only after losing my place to live and my computer gear in Gary and later in the day my car in an auto accident.

The VA found me a place to stay (on the South side) and I'm well on my way to finding a place to live permanently that's veteran and senior friendly (fit my meager pocket book). I have my Ventra pass so I'm sort of getting around. If everything works out I may be making some sets in the city. I still need to find a way to get to those suburban sets.

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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