Arts & Entertainment

West Orange High School Boys Step Team Places Fourth in 2017 National Stepping Championship


HARRISBURG, PA - The West Orange High School boys step team placed fourth at the 2017 National High School Stepping Championship held in Harrisburg, PA, last month, hosted by Step USA.

After qualifying at the regional competition held at West Orange High School in February, the boys prepared for their appearance at the nationals. The theme of their performance was "The origin of step, via way of Africa" and included the accomplishments of the West Orange team, incorporating its first-place National Championship win in 2012.

Stepping, also known as step dancing, is a form of percussive dance often performed in military-type formation. Teams perform synchronized movements and dance steps to tell their stories, using their bodies as instruments. Hand claps, footwork, and the spoken word help to create complex rhythms and sounds.

Sign Up for E-News

Elements of gymnastics, break-dancing, tap dancing, marching and African and Caribbean dance are also utilized. The roots of step grew out of street dance and historically African American fraternities and sororities over the past fifty years.

The West Orange High School boys and girls step teams are nationally recognized, award-winning teams noted for their talent, messages and attitude. All high school students are welcome to join both the boys and girls step teams.

"The boys performed a fantastic show," said team advisor William Farley. "They received a cash prize of $500 competing against teams from Maryland, Indiana and Missouri."

This year's step team captains are William Louigene and Tyreek Voltaire.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Police: Dead Body Found Face Down in Upper Montclair

March 7, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The body of a 67-year-old man was recovered in upper Montclair on Friday morning near Toney's Brook in the area of upper Mountain Avenue training station.

Responding officers suspect that the man may have suffered from a medical emergency while walking toward the bus stop around 11 p.m. Thursday night. 

According to Sgt.

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

March 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Anyone at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m. might have been exposed to measles and should contact their health care provider, according to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDH).

The NJDH has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party Set For March 16

March 12, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party fundraiser affair is coming up.

The event, which will be held Friday, March 16 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, is focused on raising funds to support Komen’s BOLD GOAL:  to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by the year 2026, by improving access to quality and ...

Valyrian Steel: Where is it All? Should We Still Care?

There is a glaring hole in recent Game of Thrones seasons that needs to be addressed: the ability of Valyrian steel to destroy White Walkers has not been acknowledged since before Jon Snow’s death.

In fact, it hasn’t been mentioned since the Season Five finale when Jon Snow reveals this discovery to Sam Tarly. Jon has cared about little more than the war between the living and ...