Seems Walt Disney World is about to hold a rather unusual special event later this month:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – On August 29, the Walt Disney World Resort will quake as the first annual Disney Step Classic kicks off at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. High School and College Step teams will compete for top honors at this inaugural event.
The event is presented in conjunction with the MEAC/SWAC Challenge will include a pre-event celebration at a Disney Park and two tiers of competitions. The two tiers include college and high school troupes. The event is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and will be open to the public with tickets available for purchase in advance.
Stepping, step-dancing or stomping is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Stepping draws from elements of African and Caribbean dance. Today, fraternity, sorority, and high school troupes perform step as a means of sending a positive message to the audience.
I had heard rumors that Disney is going to try and reach out to communities that don’t usually visit their various resort areas, but this seems way out of character for anything to be held at Walt Disney World.