Ask the average stepper what they know about steppin and you will usually hear about who they know, where they stepped, why they stepped, how they stepped and all about that stepper, but you would not hear a great deal about what they actually know about steppin. In fact, it is quite rare that one could ask what steppin is and get a straight answer without that person going on to talk solely about oneself with name dropping and other responses from who the person stepped with, what contest they won, what club they use to go and a whole life story about that person and how he or she created and made steppin what it is today, often times the person is so far from the subject of steppin and the answers you really want to know, it make you want to scream.
I find it quite amazing when I review steppin shows, news segements or interviews when the interviewer ask the stepper important questions like what is steppin, where did it come from, how could I learn it, describe the format, what about its history and all the questions pertinent to defining or describing steppin enough to satisfy the curiosity of people interested in steppin, only to hear the response or a cliche such as "steppin is a lifestryle", a hundred nicknames, several places and a whole boat load of stuff that the interviewer has no idea or clue of who or what the person is talking about or how it relates to steppin.
Where is the information about steppin and who truly has it? What is steppin and please don't write us a cliche or give us another version of whos who in America. Does anyone really know the true pattern of steppin, the count, the format, the history from whence it came? Did Steppin really originate from some of these other dance forms or are steppers simply making that our case because they truly don't have the information and are to lazy or egotistical to go get it to package, present and promote.
Sure, we have some information about steppin but even when we give that regardless of who we get it from or if it is validated, true and accurate, steppers contest or challenge it if it doe not include their personal accounts or personal glory along with those they feel should also be magnified or glorified above and beyond steppin even though none of them research or link any time frames together outside of their personal experience with steppin enough to answer our questions or offer alternatives to the information they are attacking or contesting.
Don't you think steppers should be able to answer the questions that many people want to know about steppin? Should steppers talk about steppin or oneself when answering these questions? Do people want to know about steppin and those steppers who's experience have some relevance to the story or the history of steppin or do people want to hear about steppin and a group of names and nicknames about people they don't know.
Bottom line, People are never asking who steppers are. They are asking clear and precise about steppin? The question is. Are you talking about steppin or are you talking about you? HHHHHMMMMMMMMM. Peace!!!!!