Steppin’ is a mellowed-out version of Lindy Hop that came out of Chicago in the 1970s and has since become popular in the Bay Area. The dance form is about creating a constant flow between partners. It's is especially popular in cities with large African-American communities, where with a little soul and hip-hop sprinkled in, it’s winning over dancers from ages 20 to 70.
Watch Mitzi Mock's video about the steppin' scene growing in the San Francisco Bay Area:
Listen to Bay Area steppin' enthusiast Paula Miller talk about how steppin’ helped her and her daughter recover from cancer:
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Want to learn? Here are some Bay Area studios that'll help you get started in the art of steppin':
Legends Nightclub, 3702 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
Classes are every Tuesday from 6:30-8pm, followed by a steppin' set.
Malonga Casquelourd Center, 1428 Alice St, Oakland.
Offers classes Mondays from 7:30-9:30pm and Wednesday 7-9pm.
Steppers Only, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland
Classes offered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evening.