BronxWorks Classic Steppers Win DYCD Step It Up

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Steppers performed along with more than 80 teams comprising 1,000 youth in several rounds of competition and were selected based on both their community service and their dance performances. Final Showcase on June 20th at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, where they were crowned citywide champions in the Junior Division. Months of hard work, preparation, and dedication paid off for the BronxWorks Classic Steppers at the DYCD Step It Up! BronxWorks Executive Director Eileen Torres, who attended the performance, described the event as “an exciting moment for both the Classic Steppers and for BronxWorks, and a prime example of the collaborative community-based work we do in the South Bronx.”

The Steppers’ road to the Apollo began at The BronxWorks Classic Cornerstone Community Center in the South Bronx neighborhood of Melrose. Founded with the mission of stepping up against gang violence and uplifting the voices and talents of the neighborhood’s young people, the Steppers have created a performance community centered artistic expression, positive leadership, and  anti-violence activism. Made up of elementary and middle school students from the Center’s surrounding community,  the Steppers have been featured widely at competitions and showcases citywide, as well as on BronxNet and BET’s What’s At Stake? Program.  

In addition to their media appearances and performances, the Steppers remain strongly rooted in serving their community. This past April, the Steppers organized and sponsored The BronxWorks Anti-Gang Violence & Health Summit at the Classic Community Center, at which they both performed and presented on the harmful effects of gang activity – as well as on their firsthand experience creating positive alternatives to gang violence.  The Classic Steppers also performed at the BronxWorks Annual Event earlier this month.  

After celebrating their recent success, the Steppers plan to continue to perform, organize, and educate both in the South Bronx and beyond. Already, they have released a public service announcement video (watch by clicking below) speaking out against gang violence sponsored by DYCD.

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