Stepping and Stomp

Stepping and Stomp

Stepping, sometimes called step dance, is a body percussion style of dance that has origins with the gumboot dance of South Africa and with Black enslaved people in the United States. Its modern format began in the early 1900s in the United States with Black fraternities and sororities and has become a popular performance and competition style of dance. 

Stomp is also a percussive style of dance, but it incorporates everyday items and junk as props rather than just using the body. 

There are two videos to choose from to learn about stepping and the Deeper Dive videos include more about both stepping and stomp.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project. 

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with the advanced learning project in the Projects section.

Take A Deeper Dive!


Learn a basic step dance!

Watch the videos above to learn the basics of stepping. Put together what you’ve learned into your own routine.

Teach your family and friends and videotape your team performing your step dance. 

Include your video in your portfolio.

 Make your own junk percussion instruments

For this activity, you will need the following supplies:

  • Tape (masking and clear)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bands
  • Recyclables: tins, plastic containers, plastic bottles
  • Dowels or wooden skewers or pencils
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Paper towel roll

If you don’t have all of these supplies, it’s OK! Be inspired by this video to make your own instruments from junk in your home. 

Save a picture of your instruments or a video of you playing them to your portfolio.


Create Your Own Percussive Dance

You can combine the elements of stepping and stomp and junk percussion to create your own performance. 

Check out the playlist by Victor Sho on learning to step dance to learn the basics of stepping for your routine. 

Inspired by Stomp? Think about ways you can incorporate household objects in your performance. Brooms? Buckets? Cheese grater? If you created instruments in Activity #2, you could include some of those in your performance.

Do you have any family or friends that would be interested in joining you? You can practice synchronizing your routine together for even more impact. 

Record your final dance and save it to your portfolio.

Advanced Project

Appreciation vs Appropriation

Watch the above video The Try Guys Try Stepping.

Now read the article Fully Appreciating Culture Without Appropriation: A Guide in 15 Steps.

In what ways can cultural appropriation be damaging to the originating culture? How can sharing of cultural traditions be done in a respectful way? Who decides? Can you think of any other examples of cultural appropriation? 

Create a poster or slide show (using Google Slides or similar program) to share your thoughts on cultural appropriation, including specific examples. 

Save it to your portfolio when you are finished.


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