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Spring Showdown step show at Green Run High School celebrates cinema-inspired routines

March 19,2017 03:18

This year's theme was cinema, so steppers dressed up in bloody clothes and danced as a way to survive a “Saw”-like challenge. Elementary school kids sported bright wigs to transform themselves into dancing Troll dolls. Some middle schoolers wore gray ...



VIRGINIA BEACHThe stormtroopers marched out on stage as Darth Vader’s voice piped in overhead.“It is useless to resist,” the deep bass told hundreds in the audience.No need. They were totally into the dark side.And why not, when the stormtroopers are rocking such sweet dance moves?After marching on stage and turning about face to look at the crowd, the stormtroopers started clapping hands, slapping thighs and stomping their jackboots.They were step dancers from Emporia, and one of 11 elementary, middle and high school teams competing in the 9th annual Spring Showdown. Teams came from as far away as Kentucky, Texas and South Carolina to compete Saturday evening at Green Run High School.This year’s theme was cinema, so steppers dressed up in bloody clothes and danced as a way to survive a “Saw”-like challenge. Elementary school kids sported bright wigs to transform themselves into dancing Troll dolls. Some middle schoolers wore gray trench coats and rocked out to a remix of the Inspector Gadget theme song.People in the crowd shouted support, clapped their hands to drop a beat when it was called for, and danced themselves.

Dontavious Jones, 18, steps for Norfolk’s team – The Iconz – and was helping staff the competition before dancing later in the evening.Jones has been stepping for four years, got into it because he likes to dance, and stuck with step because you’re dancing, but you’re also making music without an instrument.“You’re making beats with your body,” he said.Saturday’s competition is a big deal, but Jones said he wasn’t nervous. His hope wasn’t necessarily to win but to wow the audience.“I want the crowd to be into us,” he said. “My goal is to have the crowd on their feet, cheering.”Jones said being a part of the team has helped him grow up and mature. Step coaches mentor team members and help them get ready to go to college.Amaya Hall, 14, has been dancing for The Lady Iconz for about a year, and a big reason she’s doing it is to help people.She likes dancing, sure, but as a stepper, she does community service three times a month, like feeding homeless people or collecting coats. She said she likes inspiring people.“It’s not just a step team,” Jones said.

Jonathan Edwards, 757-446-2536, jonathan.edwards@pilotonline.com Follow @VPjedwards on Twitter.

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