Stepping is a form of rhythmic dance in which the performer's entire body becomes the instrument through hand-clapping, foot-stomping, chants, spoken word and other moves. Today, the art form is recognized as a blended expression of African and African-American culture and can be seen in churches, fraternities, sororities, drill teams, military teams, and dance ensembles. Stepping is more than just a display of showmanship and athletic precision, but also a ritual used in celebrations, ceremonies, and other spaces.
The North Park Step Team was originally started in the early 1990s by Vernard Jones and was re-established by Dr. Terry A. Lindsay in 2009. The group performs regularly on campus and at special events in Chicago, coached by Anthony Q. Ward. For more information on joining the Step Team, contact Marcus Simmons, club advisor.