Step Team Impresses in Showcase
by The Milton Measure on Friday, April 26th, 2013
Nowadays everybody seems to want to join the MA Step Team, a spirited group of students that know how to do some awesome moves. Everyone sees them at least once a year at the Pep Rally, where they split up into “Milton” and “Nobles” and step-battle it out. However, after that all-school assembly in the fall, the MA Steppers seemed to disappear from the stage and didn’t pop up again until the Winter Dance Concert. The group appeared again, in full force, at the second annual Step to Impress Showcase, which featured step teams from around the Boston area. On April 13, they met an enthusiastic crowd in King Theatre for a night of stepping.
This year’s Step to Impress Showcase featured four teams: the MA Steppers, Sexual Chocolate: Boston College’s All Male Step Team, the L.I.G.H.T. steppers from First Holiness Church in Cambridge, and the Edwards Middle School Steppers. Each team danced with a different style, and this diversity was very important to captains Liane Thornhill (I), Emmie Atwood (II), and Lisandra Lao (III). According to Liane, there was no specific theme because “the point was to showcase many different styles of step.” They wanted each team “to feel comfortable showing off their own unique style of step.” Not only would other teams feel confident to step but the Milton community would also get to see other styles of stepping.
Each team performed individually, and they were all “amazing,” says Liane. One of the most exciting parts of the show was a “step-off” in the middle of the showcase, which “encouraged a lot of audience participation.”
Liane started the MA Steppers almost three years ago, and the team has since developed. Now leading a group of twenty students from all grades, the three captains have created a talented team that prides itself on its sense of camaraderie. Inspired by the other talented teams around Massachusetts, the Steppers have a special connection to their work because they choreograph their own dances.
Sexual Chocolate, the all male team from Boston College, is an accomplished group, boasting wins at different showdowns across the state. An experienced team of steppers, the L.I.G.H.T. steppers are all elementary and middle school-aged kids, but they are equally as talented as the high school and college groups. The Edwards Middle School Steppers from Boston shared the talent and energy of the other groups. If you were not able to make the Step to Impress Showcase, have no fear. Each team has videos on Youtube and Facebook that show of their talent.
In the meantime, be sure to support our very own MA Steppers. And if you’re interested in joining the group, it holds tryouts in the fall. We hope to see them performing soon in morning assemblies.
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