Step teams keeping students motivated

By Alyssa Donovan

April 13, 2013 Updated Apr 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- District 150 students are steppin' their way to a better lifestyle and brighter future.

District 150 elementary, middle and high schools step and dance teams came together Saturday to showcase their moves.

Kerinn Robertson is an 8th grader at Roosevelt Middle School.
She says step-dancing is more than just a hobby.

Robertson said, "It's really fun it's something to do after school so like cause there's a lot of stuff going on around our school and it's just to like keep us distracted from all the drama and all that stuff basically to just keep us focused."

She says she's also motivated to get good grades, since that's a team requirement.

She said, “If you have one 'D' you have I think 2 weeks to bring it up and you can't have any 'F's'."

Roosevelt Middle School Teacher and step team Coach Arien Wallace-Larsen said, "It does promote kids to make good choices we emphasize that they need to be disciplined to learn the routines and be dedicated and committed to keep practicing."

Roosevelt's step team choreographer, Raymond Watson III, says that commitment will help keep these students away from a life of crime and violence.

Watson said, "Most of the kids that actually do this are from the south end or are from the parts of town that isn't very good so this helps them a lot."

And the community supports them too.
Coaches say the step and dance teams are helping boost school spirit.

Wallace-Larsen said, "Parents are excited, it even helped people come to the games we performed at basketball games this year and they were just excited to come help their kid and come support the schools."

Robertson said, "I think that every school should have a step team."

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