How It All Began…

After being truly inspired by the steppin’ journalistic community (Veronica Solomon; I Love Steppin’s Tracey Bivens; Markie Bee; Terrance Pratt; Hadiyah Al-Sudan) I wanted to contribute something to the cannon. I couldn’t help myself and one day decided to launch a blog focusing on various perspective and idiosyncrasies unique to the progressive stepper’s viewpoint and experience.

So these are the chronicles of a Jersey girl-turned-stepper, kind of. Beware quintessential, hard-core steppers, I’m not as seasoned as several of you folks and I guarantee there may be posts that will give you pause. Forgive me, my ignorance, curiosities, and frustrations in advance.

It’s my intention to explore technique, patience, history, and my own (and others’) view regarding this charming subculture of dance that originated from dance known as The Bop, mid-20th century, in Chicago.

I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve not been swept up in the traveling frenzy that is clearly a part of a serious stepper’s life. Every time I look up there’s an all-white party in this state, or a dance-a-rama-skate-jeans-jiggy-steppers-sharp affair across the country. These people are crazy, I think sometimes.

But I am now one of them.

I won’t even get into the great people I’ve met from my foray into steppin’ — all ages and career affiliations, varied skill levels, personas, and locales (from Georgia to the West Indies).

 

It’s been a joy to experience from my little Northeastern corner of the United States as well as in other states. Thanks for stopping by to read about my adventures — hope I can share something with you that you find worthwhile.

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5 comments

  1. Congratulations on entering the realm of all things steppin via interviews commentaries and blogs. From one steppin journalist i.e. I Love Steppin.com to another…enjoy the ride! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much! I’ve hung out on Ilovesteppin.com and made sure to list it on my page, too. LOL @ the concept of “entering the realm” — steppin’ truly is a realm for ‘sho! I hope to meet you in person one day. — Ayesha

    1. Hey there, Tracy! I’m so happy you enjoy reading my “insights”, lol — you are totally welcome. I love this dance and the experiences within it are priceless — I’m happy to write about it any time that I can!

  2. Ok from one Jersey girl to another, it was so refreshing and fun to stumble upon your page at 12:45 am. I was looking for any links that were related to the song “Halfway Love” by Daniel Moore. I heard it for the first time at my second formal stepping event two weeks ago. It seemed like a pleasant song to get a good dance in. Then I read your oh so “real” analytical insight to what’s really going on in the song. And of course I smiled at your comments and said I am “hooked”. So of course I explored all the links on your page. Your insights are fun to read. As a matter of fact I find myself, like you attending events with my camera and doing video recording enjoying watching the polished skills of others more than getting my skills developed. And hopefully this will change as I develop my stepping confidence with time. Thanks.
    On a side note, I will still be dancing to the song’s melody, while ingnoring the studpity in the writer’s thinking. Lol.

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