We are group of 9 students participating in the DYCD Step it Up competition. The name of our step team is the Classic Steppers and we are stepping against gang violence. The DYCD Step it Up Competition uses talented youth to raise awareness around the cause they most care about, they develop public service announcements, and participate in community service programs. We have decided to step against gang violence. Our step team has decided to go around NYC facilitating one hour workshops where we discuss how gang violence is ruining our communities and our youth. Many people believe that we are too young to be talking about this topic, that we know nothing about gang violence. But the reality is that we have to live in these communities, we have to grow up here. What kind of future can we have if our communities are being torn apart and children are losing their lives? We are responsible for ours communities, we must be the change that we want to see.
We have successfully advanced to Round Three of the competition. Like any other competition money is needed in order to buy uniforms, food, materials, etc. We are asking for your help. Please purchase at least one item from the Little Caesars’s Fundraising Catalog or order online (www.pizzakit.com) using our fundraiser ID number: 297433 or stop by The Classic Cornerstone Community Center and place your order. Your purchase will help ensure that we are ready for the next round. All we are trying to do is change our community and with your help we can get a little closer to our goal.
Thank You and we hope that we can count on your support. If you should have any questions or would like to set up a workshop please email us at TheClassicSteppers@bronxworks.org
Name: Jose Ruben Lopez JR but my team mates call me “The Brain”
Why Did You Join The Classic Steppers? I joined the classic steppers because I thought it would be fun and I wanted to carry on my sisters ways by stepping because she steps.
What Was Your Favorite Workshop? I liked the PS 33 workshop because the kids were actually excited to learn the steps and they were so happy that they knewn a step.
How Does It Feel Being A Part Of This Competition? Being in this competition makes me feel good and the best part is that we are not only having fun but making a change in our community.
What Was Your Biggest Challange During This Competition? The biggest challenge was people under estimating us because of our size/age.
What Is Your Favorite Memory Of This Competition? My favorite memory would have to be when we found out that we moved on to Round 2 and how everyone was so proud of us and that feeling was awesome.
What Did You Gain From Completing Your Commuinity Service Project? What I gained from completing this community service project is my self confident when talking to people.
What Motivates You To Be A Part Of This Competition? What motivates me is that at first i want to win but things changed and one of my friends cousin died of gang violence and i’m doing this to honor his cousin and anyone else who lost a love one due to gang violence.
Favorite Snack? Ice cream cake with oreos
Favorite Memory? The first time my mom took me to rye playland.
Favorite Movie? Transformers 1,2,3 and 4
Step Team Member That You Look Up To? Why? I look up to Daniel because he is a good dancer and he is a very enthusiastic stepper.
What have you learned about yourself? I learned that I can actually talk to people and that im a very strong stepper.
Who are we?
We are the Classic Steppers and we are currently competing in the DYCD Step It Up competion. Tthe Step It Up competition allows dance and step teams from across the city to show case their on-stage talents and raise awareness in their communities through youth-led anti-violence campaigns. The competition began in December with more than 80 teams and 1,000 participants. We have made it to the final round and will going to the world famous Apollo Theater for the final showcase.
What is out anti-violence cause/mission?
We are stepping against gang violence. Our mission is to raise awareness through out New York City. We want to make people awareof the real damage that gang violence is having on our communities.All of us live in the south Bronx, more specifically in the Melrose community and gang violence is a very big problem. Many people believe that we are too young to be talking about this topic, that we know nothing about gang violence. But the reality is that we have to live in these communities, we have to grow up here. What kind of future can we have if our communities are being torn apart and children are losing their lives? We see it in our older brothers and sisters that contemplate joining gangs because those are their only choices. We are here to tell them and tell you that you have choices, and one of them is to join an after school program, a step team, a dance team, get involved. We are the future, and we need to start a revolution, together we can achieve more. We are responsible for ours communities, we must get out there are educate our peers.
Did You Know?
49% of all gang members are latino
35% are African Americans
9% Are White
The recruits generally range in age from 10 to 24 years old, but they are getting younger.
What Type Of Community Service Project Did We Complete?
We facilitated one hour workshops(30 Minute Skit/Talking and 30 Minute teaching participants our steps for different programs around NYC. Our main objective was to show people that their voices matter. We wanted to show people that we need to take a stand, that there are other things that they can be doing besides hanging out on the street.
For more information about The Classic Steppers or to book a workshop please e-mail us at TheClassicSteppers@bronxworks.org. Dont forget to follow our journey by following us on instagram, facebook, and youtube: TheClassicSteppers