LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The New Jersey All Star step team from Colonia took part in the enhanced Disney STEP Classic at Walt Disney World Resort on Sept. 4 and 5. The landmark event celebrating this expressive form of dance rooted in the heritage of African and Caribbean cultures featured new educational opportunities and a new venue.
“The inaugural event in 2008 brought together high school and college step teams for the first time at the Walt Disney World Resort,” said Tim Hill, director of Special Programs for Disney Destinations. “The enhancements to this year’s event made it an educational and preeminent event not to be missed.”
Enhancements to this year’s event included the addition of clinics by a National Step Show Association (NSSA) judge following each performance and Master STEP Workshops. The NSSA Master STEP Workshop was led by Crystal Jarmon, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Step Team member, and Tyjuana Phillips, Step Mistress for the nationally recognized Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Step Team. The workshops held at Fantasia Gardens pavilion near Disney’s Hollywood Studios instructed step team members in areas that will improve their technical proficiency and choreography and help less seasoned performers learn the fundamental concepts of stage positioning, transitions, and basic choreography.
The competition took place at the new Premiere Theater located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The teams performed inside the theme park at this new state-of-the-art theater equipped with the latest in audio and lighting technology. The event featured two divisions, one for ages 19 and under and one for ages 18 and up. Eligible teams included step teams from community centers, middle and high schools, community colleges, clubs, fraternities, and sororities.
The Awards show took place at the Premiere Theater following the competition. Awards included a Disney STEP Classic trophy and cash prizes. Disney STEP Classic is presented in conjunction with the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and ESPN Regional Television, which filmed portions of the event to air during the game on ESPN 2. Disney STEP Classic winners were showcased on the Pre-Game Stage at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and were recognized during halftime of the game.
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