The Future of Steppin

January 16, 2019

i FOUND IT INTERESTING TO HERE DJ STRETCH ALEX POINT OF VIEW ON THE MUSIC WE DANCE TO IN STEPPIN.  I AGREE ON THE FACT THERE IS A TON OF UNTAPPED MUSIC AND STEPPERS DO WANT TO HERE THE HITS. ON ANOTHER NOTE YOU CANNOT MAKE SALSA INTO BACHATA.  THE STEPS ARE DIFFERENT AND THE BEAT AND FOOT PATTERNS ARE DIFFERENT.  WITH THIS BEING SAID YOU JUST CANNOT STEP TO EVERYTHING AND IF CHICAGO IS THE CULTURE AND HUB OF CHICAGO STEPPIN THAT IS WHERE THE ROOTS COME FROM UNLESS THE PEOPLE AND IT'S CULTURE MIGRATED ELSEWHERE. NONETHELESS, MUSIC AND CULTURES ARE DEVELOPED BY THE PEOPLE AND THE REGIONS THEY LIVE IN. SALSA CAME TO AMERICA AND WE CANNOT CHANGE THEIR STEP OR MUSIC NOT EVEN OTHER LATINO'S WHO DANCE OTHER LATIN DANCES: TANGO, MILONGA, KIZOMBA, RAGGETON, BACHATA. STEPPIN IS A DERIVATIVE OF WHAT WAS BORN OUT OF AMERICA AND WE ARE LIVING IN THE TIMES OF THE BUILDING OF THE CULTURE. IT IS IMPORTANT THE DANCE IS DEFINED AND DOCUMENTED WHERE ANYONE CAN LEARN FROM ANYWHERE. CULTURE CAN BE STUDIED BUT NOT TAUGHT. THE MORE YOUR TRAVEL AND DIVE INTO THE STEPPER'S COMMUNITY THE MORE YOU LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURE NOT CHANGE IT OR DIVIDE BUT TO EMBRACE IT. TIME DOES NOT STAND STILL NOT EVEN FOR STEPPERS I.E. LEGENDS, HEAVYHITTERS, INSTRUCTORS, PROMOTERS, DJS, MC'S, PROMOTERS OR STEPPERS. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL STEPPERS ASSOCIATION (FORMERLY STEPPIN ASSOCIATION) THAT WOULD ALLOW A FORMALIZED COMMITTEE, A PLATFORM FOR ALL STATES TO REGISTER UNDER ONE UMBRELLA AND EACH INDIVIDUAL ENTITY REGISTER IN EACH STATE,  WE ALL HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PASS THE TORCH TO THE NEXT GENERATION BY DOING WHAT IS RIGHT TO PRESERVE THE DANCE, ITS CULTURE AND MUSIC.  I'M JUST SAYING THE PLATFORM WAS DEVELOPED 8 YEARS AGO FOR STEPPIN. IT IS WORTH RESEARCHING OR DEVELOPING SOMETHING NEW SO EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE.  THE BUMP WAS BORN IN AMERICA AND SO WAS STEPPIN BUT WHO REALLY KNOWS IT EXIST OUTSIDE OF THE STEPPIN COMMUNITY.  MY QUESTION IS WHY??? WE ARE BRILLIANT, CREATIVE PEOPLE BUT AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO TURN OFF THE MUSIC AND COME TOGETHER AND MAKE WHAT IS WRONG, DIFFERENT, INCORRECT,---CORRECT. DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES. BELIEVE ME, I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES, AND STORIES THAT DOES NOT UPLIFT THE DANCE AND EFFECT ALL SOCIAL GROUPS SOONER OR LATER. 

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