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  • 10/18/2017 Dana Royal Report [Article]

    Dana Royal Report

    2017 Steppin N Paradise

    Last weekend I set out to load my mommy break with as much stepping as my thirsty days. While there was no "Mega Weekend" scheduled I didn't need one in my neck of the woods. Read More

  • 7/16/2017 Chicago Steppin In Memphis [Article]

    Chicago Steppin In Memphis

    2017 Steppin N Paradise

    July 2017 Annual Steppin "N" Paradise, hosted by the Smooth Steppers of Memphis, was "once again" a successful event, due to its reputation that spreads across the community and nation. Year after year, it strives to be one of the BEST in maintaining a great track record.. Read More

  • 7/14/2016 The New England Report

    The New England Report

    Fireworks, Shades & Summer in New England

    Did you hear the explosion? Its summer and fireworks have been popping since the 1st of JULY with the bombshell release of newly formed Steppin Interest Group "Neo Classic Steppers Entertainment Group" of Boston, Mass. Talking about the red, white and blue look for their flier and logo in the Electrifying, Ecstatic Electric BLUE.  Read More

  • 5/19/2016 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Make Them Accountable

    You learn where your feet go before you applied a count to it so where's the problem? That's right someone showed you where to put your feet and THEN put a number on it. The only people who may have a problem with that are those who can't understand the rhythm and beat in a song as it applies to dance. Read More

  • 5/18/2016 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Do You Feel It?

    There are a whole lot of people out there that can feel the essence of the dance -- you can see it in their attitude, the way they carry themselves and I know it's not their fault someone took advantage of them and sold them a bill of goods when they told them they were teaching them "how to step". Read More

  • 4/18/2016 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    A Place Of Our Own

    Would it be a case of 'if they build it' the steppers will come? The question was asked on Facebook (in so many words) yesterday. Read More

  • 4/13/2016 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Think about This

    I had narrowed down what I was going to write about to six different things. Now I could write six different articles or I could do what I'm doing here instead. My intent is to make the field fertile to so the seeds of thought. My hope is it will spur honest discussion and growth in the community Read More

  • 3/29/2016 The West Coast Report [Article]

    The West Coast Report

    The 3rd Annual Steppers’ Awards & Celebration Weekend Recap

    West Coast Steppers’ celebrated the 3rd Annual Steppers’ Awards and the West Coast’s Largest Steppers’ Contest, during the weekend of March 11th-13th, 2016.Read More

  • 3/28/2016 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    When You Step

    One of the things I was able to do over the last year was take my time and read things I wanted to read but was unable to due to time constraints. When I read a book I generally hate putting it down for more than a few hours at a time -- I just don't want to have to remember important things from deep memory I guess. Read More

  • 3/25/2016 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Will The 50 Survive?

    I guess I didn't pick the best day to comeback to writing... By now you probably know there was a shooting at the 50 Yard Line last night. There was a shooting there in 2011 but who knows - in this day and age it could spell the same fate as the Shrine (which was closed after a shooting). Read More

  • 3/21/2016 The West Coast Report [Article]

    The West Coast Report

    R.E.S.P.E.C.T For The House That Jack Built

    This writing presents a question to the culture of our community, regarding "R.E.S.P.E.C.T.". I am asking for the perspectives of the legends of the dance, promoters of the dance, and the community in general. The question is, whether legends of the dance should expect to be admitted to Steppin' events - free of charge?Read More

  • 11/9/2015 The Lisa Luckett Report [Article]

    The Lisa Luckett Report

    6th Anniversary All Black Steppers Afffair

    Janice Sills-Hopkins, Dana White-Scott, Shiryl Moss-Pierce and Bridgett L. Carter are the sweethearts of the Ladies of Steel Steppers organization and they represent well. Recently they hosted their 6th year anniversary... Read More

  • 10/27/2015 The Ohio Report #steppersohioreport [Article]

    The Ohio Report

    Rhythm Ryders of Akron Night Fall Set

    This past Saturday, DJ Paul, Keith Purnell, and I hopped into the car and head north bound for a 3 hour trip to 'Get It In' with the Rhythm Ryders of Akron at their Night Fall set. Read More

  • 9/23/2015 The West Coast Report [Article]

    The West Coast Report

    WLSC: 2015 - COMPLAINT Regarding Judging

    On my return flight to Los Angeles, from the 25th Anniversary World�s Largest Steppers Contest, I�ve jotted down some of my observations of the contest and my complaints regarding the judging . Read More

  • 9/14/2015 The Ohio Report #steppersohioreport [Article]

    The Ohio Report

    Colors Of Fall - Day To Nite Set - Columbus Ohio

    Ohio Steppers from throughout the state converged upon the capitol city of Columbus for "Together We Step" (Marcel & Angela Nowden) Annual "Colors of Fall". Every major city within in the state was well represented from Cleveland with Lolita Hite, Allen Davis, Rendia Mitchell, Choc & Shuga James, Cookie Proctor, & Arlene Williams heading up a very large congregation. Next up was Akron with The Rhythm Ryders of Jennifer Toles, Ivy Chandler, Joy Bufford, Tabaka Osonduagwuike, Trina Dunson, & Denise Crawford...  Read More

  • 8/25/2015 The West Coast Report [Article]

    The West Coast Report

    Musicality Not Necessarily Required

    The term �Musicality� is defined by Merriam Webster�s Dictionary defines as a noun, meaning, (1) sensitivity to, knowledge of, or talent for music, (2) the quality or state of being musical: melodiousness. Read More

  • 8/19/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Do The Right Thing

    All of this controversy and drama about the Masters category must come to a head and soon. Darlinda Russell posted a video of Darlinda and Taboo (Calvin Jarrett) winning the first Worlds Largest in 1989. The contest was sponsored by V-103. Read More

  • 8/6/2015 The Lisa Luckett Report [Article]

    The Lisa Luckett Report

    4th Annual Stepper's Family Day Cook-Out

    What a spectacular event! The 4th Annual 'World's Largest Stepper's Family Day Cook-Out. We Steppers took over the entire Green Lake Forest Preserve in Calumet City, Illinois Sunday August 2nd from 10 a.m. - dusk. As far as the eyes could see were picnic tables, grills, family, friends and of course Steppers.  Read More

  • 8/4/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    The BIG Step Out

    This weekend Dayton Ohio is the place to be. Back by popular demand, Purnell and the gang present the second annual "Big Step Out" event! Last year's event, hundreds poured in from cites across the land to show up and show out. Read More

  • 8/2/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    A Message To The Old Skool

    A message to the Old Skool... If you keep it a secret if you hold back the new skool will change your dance for the worse and kill it. Please be accountable for your actions! The dance depends on you sharing the right things with the next generation. If you don't take accountability you can expect to be saying: Read More

  • 6/23/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Steppers History In The Making

    The history of the dance isn't about any single individual or group of individuals -- it has become much larger than that. It is no longer a dance that's exclusively done on the south, north or west sides of the city of Chicago. It has become a dance that is done by people from many cities and age groups who come from a variety of backgrounds. Read More

  • 6/15/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    The Chicago Style Walk

    Important note: The following article was originally posted on SteppersUSA on September 18, 2012 and was written by Andrew Antonio Allen (AKA Bop Daddy King of Bop). The reason for the re-publish goes beyond the fact it's a great article but with the possibility of loosing Walking altogether in the WLSC folks have to realize what else they could be loosing... a piece of the heritage of steppin'. Read More

  • 6/12/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Right Now It's All Social

    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. Read More

  • 6/9/2015 The Ohio Report #steppersohioreport [Article]

    The Ohio Report

    Step With A Purpose - Follow-Up

    Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you. ~ African proverb
    There is doubt Michelle Mason aka "DJ Butta" will not travel her road to wellness alone. Saturday Steppers showed and out for this beautiful sister, in a show of the level of love that makes putting together events like this well past worth it.  Read More

  • 6/7/2015 Chicago Steppin In Memphis [Article]

    Chicago Steppin In Memphis

    What An Event!

    It�s been over a week and Stepaganza is still buzzing across social media; pictures, videos, and chats among Steppers. This award winning event has captured the attention of the Steppin community all over this country. This successful working partnership and award winning DynaMICDuo; Iary Israel (the gentleman) and Deloris Mitchell (the sweetest lady) and their team, has managed once again to pull-off one of the greatest events of all times and they did it with such grace and dignity. Read More

  • 6/5/2015 The West Coast Report [Article]

    The West Coast Report

    Stepaganza: The After- Math

    Most of us have returned to our home cities, unpacked our bags, uploaded our photos and comments, shared our excitement (show and tell), calculated our Visa damage, rested our feet, and settled back into our daily lives - after a great weekend in Saint Louis, celebrating our dance and culture at Stepaganza. Read More

  • 5/29/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    My Stepaganza 2015 Experience

    Stepaganza week was amazing! Those of you who missed it really missed out! Every event was planned and in spacious locations without the need to do much traveling around to get to the venues. It was as promised and then some. Read More

  • 5/28/2015 The Ohio Report #steppersohioreport [Article]

    The Ohio Report

    Step With A Purpose

    Talking about race is never just black and white, but when it comes to health, one thing is crystal clear: Racial disparities exist and a variety of factors, including genetics, seem to play a role, black people are 3 times more likely than white people in this country to develop kidney disease, from the likes of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. All of which could lead to require dialysis. Read More

  • 5/18/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Year Of The Video

    There's very little doubt in my mind that 2015 is the year of the video. There are more video clips on Facebook than ever before. There's also a war being waged between Facebook and YouTube for video supremacy. Read More

  • 5/5/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Stepaganza 2015 Goodies!

    I have to say a whole lot of people are excited about going to Stepaganza in St. Louis this month. I know I'm excited. There is so much happening over the Memorial Day week we know there's something for everyone.  Read More

  • 4/30/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Our Newest Addition - The Video Group

    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! Read More

  • 4/25/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Over Here And Over There

    There are plenty of steppers sets in Chicago. In fact there are probably too many when you consider how many steppers actually come out on a regular basis. Promoters (and DJ/Promoters) spend their promoting efforts to those who are already in the game. They don't make noticeable effort to grow their sets with new people.  Read More

  • 4/15/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Annual All Black and Bling Weekend

    Over the weekend of April 24th-26th Dallas TX will see the Texas Boyz Annual All Black and Bling Weekend. Since their latest venture is a steppers weekend I thought it would be a good idea to introduce the national audience to the Texas Boyz.  Read More

  • 4/5/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Idea Thieves, Deadbeats and Destroyers

    "You just don't know. What else can I say...?" How many times have you heard those phrases when it comes to our community? We just keep finding different ways to screw each other over for so many stupid and selfish reasons which boggle even the most fertile imaginations. Read More

  • 3/25/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Nobody Starts At The Top

    Many people ask me how I know what I seem to know about the dance and I tell them one set of things can be attributed to that knowledge. I watch, I listen, I talk and yes I've tried. If we use some common sense things will work out. Read More

  • 3/21/2015 The New York & More Report [Article]

    The New York & More Report

    The Emerald Set Review

    Looks like another East Coast �Don't Miss� steppin' event has emerged! The Emerald Set brought to you by one of my favorite steppin' groups, V.A.S.E.F. took place March 13-15th in Chesapeake, Virginia and this year's event showed its growth into a prime steppin' experience.   Read More

  • 3/9/2015 The Ohio Report [Article]

    The Ohio Report

    Boogie Nights Steppers Set Review

    Every so often a young person comes around that just "get's it", he or she has an old soul. The kind of younger person that absorbs knowledge is thoughtful and introspective. That sees the bigger picture and most important stays the course of tradition and encompasses integrity. Aki Carter aka "Columbus Keyz", I think, has just served notice to those that didn't know or doubted him. Read More

  • 3/4/2015 The Ohio Report[Article]

    The Ohio Report

    Getting back to Living

    I've had an especially rough fall and winter, where I'm being tested both physically as well as spiritually. Life has a way I'm told of dishing up curve balls at whatever pace it does, but no one expects them back to back to back! A "Head-On" Car Accident, the lost of Mother, and as of now� Pop's is hospitalized. I think it's a testament to the All-Mighty Up Above, that I'm still around to tell the story. Now on this day, I've decided to get back to living a Fun, Productive, and Loving Life. Read More

  • 3/3/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Bring Spring Already!

    It's March -- hopefully spring will get here soon. We are getting ready to set the clocks forward this weekend (a sure sign right?). I've been busy updating the site with another upgrade to make it even more user friendly to tablets and cell phones users.. Read More

  • 2/18/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    All Star Steppers Retreat

    You're down south but it's still cold? Maybe you didn't go far enough south! This weekend in Houston Texas they're holding the 3rd Annual All Star Steppers Retreat. The event is brought to you as a joint venture by Dazzlyn Production, DanceHouston Social Club, and Word of Mouth Productions. Read More

  • 2/16/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Any Way You Say It...

    So let me get this straight... If you or I have been around the steppers community for two to four years "dancing" it means you're qualified to be in the "Intermediate Category" in the WLSC. Well it isn't the same as the now defunct "Out of Town Category" where the only qualification was you had to be an out of town (not in Chicago) stepper. Read More

  • 2/9/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    But We've Always Done It That Way...

    Oh I've heard, "But we've always done it that way..." so many times in so many different forms and I generally have a response to that worn out statement. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against tradition (even though I'm not sure how long something needs to be done before it can be called a tradition) but I do like to see things done right. Read More

  • 2/5/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Blame It On The Weather

    I generally dislike speaking about the weather but it seems it's impact is becoming more significant as time goes on. As I get older I am more hesitant to run out to shovel snow for example. Every year you hear stories about (mostly men) over the age of 55 having heart attacks while shoveling that stuff. With my physical maladies I don't need to be outside shoveling. Read More

  • 1/29/2015 The New England Report

    The New England Report

    Snow And Classes And...

    I'm resting, during the middle of Blizzard 2015, in Boston MA. I thought this would be a great time to wrap up the month. New England is definitely in the news! New England Patriot's 7th AFC Championship sparked by rumors of deflating footballs. Say it with me "Super Bowl 49" Can you feel my excitement? What a great city to live in. I am a transient to Boston so here are some tidbits of steppers history on New England. Read More

  • 1/27/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    I'm Not An Instructor - But...

    I'm not a steppers instructor by any means but I do know a bit about the dance. I was on Facebook yesterday when I noticed a post about an instructor that was bragging about teaching 10 different turns in the dance. The writer (Swan) and I both took a deep breath before saying they learned about three turns when they learned the dance. Read More

  • 1/22/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Press The Flesh

    I 'm learning all sorts of stuff in the new Steppers Planning Group (SPG) -- I guess it's not so much learning but recognizing things like we don't plan far enough into the future for many of our events. We rush to put the events together and within two months the event is over. Read More

  • 1/12/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Some Solutions - They Will Help

    I could have broken this into three more columns but I'd just find even more to add. The success of steppin' nationwide depends completely on how many people are steppin' -- we need to increase that number but can't do it if the people in the genre are constantly at odds with each other over childish disagreements and a unwillingness to work out those disagreements. There's a lot to cover so let's get to work! Read More

  • 1/8/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Happy Bad Year? Under Who's Control?

    Why do some promoters/instructors think they can dominate a large urban area expecting everyone to march to their drum beat or find the door? Why do some of these so-called promoters run around their "fiefdom" thinking they can control where students can learn the dance? At what point did they believe they could cross the line between free choice and control over those who just want to enjoy a dance or the learning experience? Read More

  • 1/7/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    It's Inevitable - The Flow Is Changing

    I was going to talk about toxic promoters and their effect on the steppin' community but with the events of yesterday that got moved off the radar temporarily. As a preface to that story I feel the need to discuss the issue of teaching steppers first. Read More

  • 1/6/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Another star has Risen...

    The tragic loss of Damita Collins in such a violent manor really took me off of my square for more than a minute. Read More

  • 1/5/2015 Veronica Solomon Stepper's Report [Article]

    The Steppers Beat

    Dru Smith - Not an Epilogue

    From the Red and Black Affair to Home Going -- When Andrew "Dru" White Smith died we were not speaking. We hadn't spoken in about two years. The cause of our fallout is unimportant. It had nothing to do with the normal trappings of folks who fall out on the steppin' scene. Read More

  • 1/2/2015 The Steppers Beat [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    It Starts Tonight...

    Happy New Year Steppers! I've got some stuff that's just as tasty as fish and greens and black eyed peas for New Years Day... This starts TONIGHT! . Read More

  • The Steppers Beat 12/30/2014 [Column]

    The Steppers Beat

    Making Change Happen

    New App, new page design, New Year. That sums up -- not really! But I have been making some progress on the new SteppersUSATODAY App. You'll notice if you come through the front door (just type www.steppersusa.com) if you're using a mobile device you are redirected to using the app which is a lot more mobile friendly than the rest of the site... for the time being. Read More

  • The New England Report 12/12/2014 [Article]

    Ms Sonia - New england Steppin

    The New England Report

    Welcome to our newest writer to the SteppersUSA family Ms Sonia from The New England region of the country who will periodically bring us news and articles from Boston and its environs. Remember you too can write for us -- if you have steppin' in your area people need to know about it! Contact Markie Bee at SteppersUSA or through Facebook. Help us keep the world informed. Read More

  • Sam Chatman 12/18/2014 [Article]

    Sam's Steppers Stories

    Sam's Story

    Someone asked me recently what was I valued most after being in the steppers game for so long. I had to stop and think for a minute: I was one of the first persons to use the phrase ''steppers"; what about "let's go to work"; or maybe "the steppers capital of the world; no maybe "for steppers only". Read More


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