Step dance

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The Bronx's P.L.A.Y.E.R.S. Club Steppers[1]

Step dance is the generic term for dance styles where the footwork is the most important part of the dance. Limb movements and styling are either restricted or considered irrelevant.

Tap dancing is probably the most popular form of step dancing taking its influence from a variety of older step-forms.


Step-dancing can also be found in other countries such as Malambo from Argentina and Zapateado from Mexico.

Another form of step dancing, Stepping, has been popularized by National Pan-Hellenic Council. This step dance has African roots and is an African American tradition as well as part of Black History. The members of the fraternities and sororities join in steps — elaborate synchronized group routines that are performed in competitions between the fraternities and sororities called "step shows." Step shows incorporate cheerleading, military, and drill-team moves, especially the call-and-response element inherent in those forms. These aspects are not only important to the energy of stepping for entertainment use but also for bonding and pride within their organizations.

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