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Soul Steps to perform Feb. 14 in Slusser/Bayzick

Soul Steps performance group
Soul Steps

The next performance in the Arts and Music series will feature the moves of the step dancing group Soul Steps at 8 p.m., Mon., Feb. 14, in the Slusser/Bayzick Building at Penn State Hazleton. The event is free and open to the public.


Soul Steps  has gone pro with the college phenomenon of step dancing. With their foot stomps, thigh slaps, hip twists, jumps and shouts they bring the beat of the city to widespread audiences.


While step blossomed in popularity with college dance teams of this generation, its roots go back more than a century to miners in South Africa who greeted one another by tapping their gum boots in subterranean waters.  Now stepping is popular at churches and high schools as well as colleges.


Maxine Lyle, who founded Soul Steps five years ago, grew up stepping in Newark, New Jersey, where neighborhoods danced off against one another. While at Williams College, Lyle co-founded the step team. After graduation, she continued to advise step groups at colleges, schools and arts associations. Other alumni of college step teams join her in Soul Steps. They introduce stepping to different cultures and expand its place in the entertainment world.


Soul Steps has sold out shows at the New York Musical Theater Festival, played in Times Square and recorded the soundtrack for the radio play Waafrika on NPR.


The next performance in the series is scheduled for 8 p.m, Tues., March 15, with a performance in time for St. Patrick’s Day with the Broesler School of Irish Dance.    


For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 570-450-3180.

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