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What is STEP 

STEPPING

 

Step is a traditional art form in the African American Community that comes from Africa. The direct origin of stepping is unknown; However many historians have referenced the Gumboot Dance style from gold mines in South Africa. For centuries many African civilizations have used step as a form of art and communication. Stepping came to the Americas in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and was made popular through the African American Greek Fraternities and Sororities that adopted the art form as a tribute to their ancestors. They showcased step and many other forms of art and black culture through "greek sings" in the early to mid 1900's. Through out the late 1900's through the 2000's step showcases and competitions became popular in the African American community not only to members of Greek Organizations but also youth and adult step teams, churches, and community groups. Showcasing step is African American Culture that should be main stream. Though step is showcased in media in a variety of television shows and movies the art form continues to grow. Programs still remain underfunded, students are not offered scholarships and coaches are underpaid if paid at all. 

What is Stepping

Stepping involves use of your entire body to make percussion and rhythmic beats by clapping your hands, stomping your feet and hitting various parts of your body. Step incorporates spoken word, public speaking, dance forms of all kinds, military movement, cheer-leading, gymnastics, mental health, physical fitness, and emotional support. The art form of stepping has proved to be aerobic,  therapeutic, and comforting for the mind body and soul. 

 

BENEFITS OF STEPPING

 

Stepping is not just about clapping and stomping. It is the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Step enhances your physical activities and is typically done in a group setting. Step is universal any age group or gender can enjoy the activity. The health benefits are phenomenal and the activity is so much fun. Step improves your cardiovascular system by keeping the heart rate up. Also increases your muscle tone by using your body weight as a resistant. This low-impact aerobic activity also increases flexibility, strength, and balance. Stepping is a great exercise that will challenge you. Coach G's provides a pleasant atmosphere and implements her life skills model that benefits the mind body and soul. Her expert choreography makes it simple for anyone to learn and enjoy. 

 

 

Steppers performaning at Mount Washingto for youth community explosion 

Steppers, Activist, and member of the community at Womans March Salt Lake City Utah.

IMPACT OF STEP

 

Step is an activity that impacts all people. In my 5 years of coaching I was able to teach step around the world. In my teachings I have learned how great the impact of this art form can be. Today I am using step as a response to trauma and to improve the environment that youth grow up in. Studies show how impactful step after school activities are in teaching students skills outside of the traditional classroom. In addition, I found my way of mentoring by becoming a step coach and developed a custom curriculum based on a WHOLE child model. Our 5 pillars of success help guide students through the most challenging years of their lives. Studies show a correlation between improved grades, behavior, and work habits as a result of involvement in mentoring/after school activities. Coach G Academy, Inc. is solving a problem with our youth in underfunded areas to help them strive mentally, physically, emotionally and socially with our 5 Pillars of Success: Physical and Mental Health, Education, Workforce Training, Community Service, and Life Skills. 

 

Step is the only outlet I had when I was in 6th grade came to a new school. I struggled academically and step is what kept me focused on the ultimate goal of graduating. Being a part of something outside of the classroom made me appreciate my school and my classmates. It helped me realize I am making a positive contribution to the community 

Step was always something that I used as a way to motivate me and others girls who share the same body type as me. Though I am plus size, I am just as physically fit and live a healthy lifestyle. I communicate this confidence to the world every time I take the stage. I use that same confidence in my everyday life and to encourage other people who share my body type.  

Yakeema Barkley Stepper 2009-2016