High Line Live!: Step to the High Line Workshop

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 8:00am to 9:00am

High Line Live!: Step to the High Line Workshop


For the second year, step teams from around New York City will perform throughout the week of June 13 - 16. This week-long celebration will culminate in a showcase and stepping workshop on Saturday, June 16. All ages and experience levels are welcome to learn stepping basics with Stomp the Yard star and stepping expert Seye Charles.

Stepping is an energetic and precise form of group movement that uses a mixture of spoken word, footsteps, and handclaps to transform the participants’ bodies into rhythmic instruments. The history of stepping is rooted in the competitive schoolyard song and dance rituals of historically African American fraternities and sororities.

14th Street Passage
On the High Line at West 14th Street

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP is required.

About Seye Charles, Co-Founder of Focused Movement
While attending Rider University, Seye cultivated his stepping skills as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc while attending Rider University. A New Jersey native and former Step Master of Dem Boyz step team, Sye led Dem Boyz to numerous Step Competition Championships, including the First Annual “Stomp the Yard” Super Stomp National Step Competition in 2006, which aired on ESPN 2. America’s top ranked step team, under the leadership of Mr. Charles, was also featured in Sony Pictures 2007 smash block buster hit movie, Stomp the Yard and Paramount Pictures, How She Move, the NFL’s Annual Gridiron Gala featuring the JB Awards, several daytime television shows such as Good Day New York, Live with Regis and Kelly, and ESPN’s Cold Pizza.

For Seye, stepping is much more than a crowd-pleasing dance routine. With its roots in African Dance, this increasingly popular art form is his connection to his past, a past rich with beauty, culture, and strength. Using his body as an instrument, Seye has mastered the art of step, but he is not stopping there. In an effort to give back to the community, this innovative young talent began his own after school program for teens, where he and other volunteers mentor and instruct stepping to urban youth. In addition to his work in the community, Seye also coaches Visions Academy Charter School, Rutgers 4-H Step Club and Orange High School’s Step Team. In 2007, he was instrumental in organizing the first annual High School Step Team Competition in New Jersey, which paved the way for the New Jersey Step Association. Stepping is a skill that takes both talent and dedication. Mr. Charles exhibits an abundance of both and an enthusiasm that is supreme. This phenomenon known as stepping is ever evolving; Seye intends to do the same.

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