Peoria students grooving towards a brighter future

By Anna Yee

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- You may have seen step dancing on movies like "Stomp the Yard," and more commonly across college campuses.

Now that rhythm is taking over local schools.

District 150 is holding its first ever step and dance show this Saturday.
Richwoods High School is one of the 10 teams competing.

"Step is making rhythms with your body," said Megan Riley, captain of the Richwoods HS step team. "It's so much fun, because you can make different types of rhythms. There's no limit to what you can do."

The Richwoods High School step team may make it look easy, but it has taken a lot of work to get here.

Members have been practicing for this weekend's competition since September and are putting the finishing touches on their routines.

But other schools are showing off different steps.

The Von Steuben Middle School team choreographed a dance that showcases a little bit of everything.

"It's a little bit of lyrical and hip hop," said Alexa Leafgreen, a 7th grader at Von Steuben. "I tumble in it. It's just a lot of different styles coming together."

But all these teams are coming together to compete against a bigger player.

Tamara Butler, the event coordinator, says the show is about creating a positive future for our youth, different from the image tarnished by gangs and criminals.

"Considering what's happened over the past few days, the community should come out and support this," said Butler. "It's only $5. It's a fundraiser. It goes back to the students, so they can do things, get uniforms, travel to different events, college tours, things like that."

Proceeds will be split equally among all participating schools.

Still, the teams aren't holding back for a first-place trophy.

"To win the district-wide competition, it would mean a whole lot to this team," said Riley. "It would mean that we came so far from last year to this year."

The Peoria Public Schools Step Show and Dance Showcase will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Woodruff Career and Technical Center, located at 1800 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria.

Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Only Peoria Public School District 150 students are allowed to compete.

Competing teams:
o Manual HS & Richwoods HS Step Teams
o Trewyn, Lincoln , Roosevelt & Sterling Step Teams
o Harrison & Glen Oak Step Teams
o Mark Bills & Washington Dance Teams

$5 per person, children 5 years old and under are free.