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A Step Towards Change

By Talia Clark
On October 31, 2013


So Seductive Step Team at the Westfield State University is experiencing a lot of changes to the team this year. There are new e-board members, advisors, and team members chosen to make up the step team for a brand new year as a club on campus.   

Stepping is a form of dance where the whole body is used as an instrument to create sound with clapping and stomping. Step can incorporate spoken word and is usually preformed in groups.    

Founded in 2005 by Thara Paul, a former graduate of Westfield State University, the club originally consisted of five Westfield State students. The year after, more people were able to join the club through tryouts held by a brand new team. This fall semester 2013, the club is now made up of twenty-five Westfield State Students.

Jeffery Darko, a senior at Westfield State University, was recently elected into office by the step team members. This is Darko's third year as a member of the step team and his second year as the secretary. Darko said, "Being secretary last year was fun, it helped me create a work ethic. It was a great experience last year, that's why I decided to do it again this year." 

Darko said that the team has, "evolved into something great and diverse."  Darko also said that over the years based on people's creativity, original steps are improved and new steps have been created for the step team to perform. Having a good number of teammates with good attitudes can create a lot of positive outcomes.

Nashalie Vasquez, the Residential Director of Courtney Hall at Westfield State University, is one of the advisors for the step team. Advisors are the back-bone of the team because they handle the logistics, counseling, setting up events, and methods of transportation for competitions and performances.

This is Vasquez's first year advising the step team, but it is not her first experience with step. Vasquez is a graduated Greek from Cornell University in Ithaca New York. Vasquez's Greek sorority participated in saluting, strolling, and stepping competitions in college.

Vasquez's experience with competitions will benefit the step team this year. Last year the step team held a number of performances, but this year they are going to be able to go to competitions and compete against other step teams in the area. Vasquez's knowledge of competitions can help the step team prepare and win.

Jamaica Gilmore, a freshman at Westfield State University, was very excited to hear the step team would be going to competitions this year. Gilmore is brand new member of the step team along with being a member of the cheer squad and Multicultural Society on campus. Gilmore is involved in many activities on campus but still finds the time to be a committed stepper. 

The step team has changed in size, people, advisors and e-board over the years. The only thing that will never change is the love of step from all the members on the team.  

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