Youth Using Art to Make a Difference in NYC

Step it Up NYC 2017 - Video Series

In this tumultuous time in our country, when it seems like everyone is at odds – and you’re the odd one out if you don’t pick sides – it is inspiring to see a new generation working together to make a difference. That is what the Step it Up NYC competition is all about. Dance and step teams from across the city enter the competition with a cause and throughout the competition their cause becomes the focus of a service project. Once they’ve reached the semifinals and through the end of the competition, almost half their score comes from the inventiveness and energy they put into that service project. By the time the finals roll around, the teams have made a real difference in their communities.

When we created the main competition video for 2017, we wanted this togetherness to be the message that came across. Watch “Together We Are Stronger” below.

This year Left Our Mark took home the senior division prize, raising awareness about police and community relations while showcasing a routine that was eclectic in it’s style. Watch their competition video below.

The Storming Steppers from NIA New Voices made history by being the first all-girls team to win two season in a row. Their step was sharp and confident as always as they spoke to the audience about female empowerment and financial literacy. Watch the ladies’ competition video below.

There were so many incredible teams this year, we can’t imagine the difficult job the judges had! Here’s to hoping we get to work on this project forever, it is certainly one of our favorites.

Watch all of the videos in the playlist below.

Share Your Thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *