Tamisha Floyd, one of four captains of the Step Team at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., describes stepping in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. She also describes how her team learns and practices its routines.
Stepping is the performance of a rhythm of movements, usually performed in a line. Stepping has its origins in Africa.
The group dances in unison, following the rhythm together and producing a unified sound—a set of audible foot stomps, sets, jumps, and other sounds. Dancers must not only stay attentive to their own movements but also to the pace and location of teammates, to both keep in time to the beat and to avoid injuries to themselves and their teammates.
As the speed and complexity of the moves accelerates, each dancer’s level of dexterity and concentration becomes an essential elements in the overall performance of the routine.