Steppin’ in the Bayou is about more than dancing, organizer JoJo Newsom says.
“Focusing on the good benefits of movement and wellness, that’s my goal,” Newsom says.
With that in mind, Newsom and the rest of the SITB Foundation are putting on their seventh annual Steppin’, a dance competition and scholarship program that attracts contestants and instructors from across the country. The two-day event’s main components are the dance contest finale and the four workshops. Steppin’ drew about 300 people last year.
“We’re signing up people for the workshops now,” Newsom, who hosts “The “Metropolitan Lounge” radio show on Q106.5, says.
The workshops will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at BREC Independence Park. Limited to 30 participants each, the classes will focus on either swing, stepping or line dancing. Cost is $10 per workshop. Sheryl “Sugarfoot” Powe, of Atlanta, will be among the teachers for the day.
That evening starting at 8 p.m., dancers and spectators will gather at the Ben Johnson Annex Building, 1339 North Blvd., for the swing, two-step and stepping dance contests. Cash and prizes will be awarded. Cost is $25 (BYOB).
“It will be a fun evening of dancing, food and entertainment,” Newsom says. She and JT Thomas, also of Q106.5, will be hosts.
The foundation uses Steppin’ proceeds to give a scholarship to an SITB member to travel to an extensive training workshop, and bring back what he/she learns to the local community.
“It’s our way of giving back,” Newsom says.
The weekend starts with a meet and greet at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Radisson Hotel.
This year’s theme is “Red, Black and Bling.”
For more information, go to steppininthebayou.com.