New step team at Decatur Central High School teaches girls about much more than dance

New step team teaching girls more than just dance. (WISH photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new dance team at Decatur Central High School is teaching the girls participating much more than just dance.

The team was created this summer. It’s a combination of girls that make up the spirit team, which has been around, and the step team, which was created in June.

“Honestly, some of the young ladies have been approaching me cause I have a community organization called G3 Steppers and they’ve been asking me to come and work with them for the last year,” said Laverna Tracy, who helped start the team.

“Some of these young ladies were not involved in any activities at the school and I know what an asset it can be to have something, extracurricular activity along with school so they can have a successful year here,” said.

So on some Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the 19 girls on the team can be found preparing for each week’s football games in coach Rhonda Adamson’s classroom, combining jazz moves with step.

“Step is more of what we call Greek style, you see a lot of that in the fraternities and sororities in the colleges,” said Tracy.

“Stepping is really, really fun, it’s a good stress reliever, too, cause you step and you shout and you scream, and people think it’s normal,” added Denise Jones.

Jones didn’t have much experience with step when she became the captain of the team, but quickly fell in love with it.

“Just the rhythm, it’s not something, you don’t have to have music to do it, you can just do it in the middle of Walmart, you can do it anywhere, it’s just really neat,” she said.

It’s when she’s dancing in Adamson’s classroom through, where she’s using dance to lead.

“I feel like this has really given me a leadership role,” Jones said.

“That’s why we’re so proud of them for stepping up for something new and sticking to it. That’s a life quality that they can take with them, once they start something, they finish it and they work hard at it to become great at it,” Tracy said.

The are learning life lessons with each step they take.