Harlem Steppin

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The New York Steppers was formed in 2007 to provide a social outlet to those interested in the growing smooth, sexy partner dance known as "Chicago Style Steppin". The group started with small classes at Harlem's "Zip Code" club, grew at small venues in Brooklyn, and eventually hosted classes and events in all 5 boroughs and New Jersey. It is still a young group excited to grow and introduce the dance form to a mature crowd that enjoys the movement, music and social experience surrounding it.

Steppin' originated in Chicago's African-American community as a dance formerly referred to as the BOP, a smooth, calm dance of striding, gliding, dipping and dabbing to music by popular African-American bands and singing groups during the late 50"s and early 60's. Today Steppin' is done mostly to R&B, Soul, and Jazz music and continues to evolve, defining its unique style and culture within the context of mainstream forms of swing dance. Steppin' first gained national popularity with the release of R. Kelly's "Step in the Name of Love" in 2002 and has continued to grow as a social dance outlet in urban areas across the country.
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