March 2013, under the teaching of Master Instructor Stephen “Snoopy” King from Chicago, I expressed to Snoop my goals for growing the dance in Dallas and wanting to Compete in the 2013 Worlds Largest Stepping Contest as well as teaching beginners basic.
Snoop developed a program of fundamentals for the beginners and we worked hard to learn. As a result of our hard work, we
won the World’s Largest Stepping Contest in the beginner’s category September 2013. We started our first beginner’s class in March 2014. Ebb & flow will continue to practice the fundamental principles of Steppin as taught by Snoopy King. We hold ourselves to high standards, to stay true to the dance and give a productive environment for our students. Ebb and Flow strives to continue our education through traveling and attending workshops and privates on class structure in the dance, from Master Instructors that visit the DFW area. You can be confident that Ebb & Flow will provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere!!
Chicago Style Steppin
“Steppin’ (stepping) — a social dance done in time to music that occurs on a steady recognizable ‘downbeat’. The ability to take
steps to the downbeat and still come back in time with your partner is widely accepted as steppin. The smooth gracefulness of the dance is also a characteristic of the dance. The dance includes a lead and follow position and thus to be well executed requires physical interaction between the individuals. Various turn patterns, footwork and pulls are all inclusive elements of the dance.” National Association of Steppers Advisory Board www.nsaab.org © 2007.
“”When dancing with a lady for the first time, be gentle with her. Don’t try too many moves until you’re sure she can handle
them. If it’s hot, don’t keep dancing record after record; give her and yourself a break. You don’t want to ruin her hair, or get either of you too sweaty.