Teen Fun @ your Library: Steps, Steps, Steps!
By Floyd Miller
It’s rhythmic, it’s historic and it’s fun to watch! If you’ve never seen stepping, here’s your chance on Saturday, February 9th at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Abilene Public Library downtown. In the first of a series of free programs celebrating Black History Month, local stepping teacher Janelle Sands explains the appeal of this historically black art form. She and her students will demonstrate the 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. The tradition of stepping is rooted within the competitive schoolyard song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities. Sands and her students will also be presenting several interpretive dances during the program. This program should be fun for all ages, and no registration is require