Step Teams From Across The Country Convene on Nashville for Music City Step Fest

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National Step Show Alliance hosts 7th annual event and health fair at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center

Nashville, TN (February 29, 2012)—Stepping leagues from across the country will step into Music City March 10th for the Seventh Annual Music City Step Fest at Belmont University. More than 20 youth step teams will emerge on the Curb Event Center beginning the day at 2pm with a health fair and the step show immediately following at 3pm. Tickets are available through Belmont’s ticket center or www.stepshow.org.

This year’s Music City Step Fest is co-hosted by WSMV’s Jonathan Martin and Lady Shaunte from 760AM the Gospel and features middle school and high school step teams from Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Missouri. The weekend serves as the culmination of a year of step training within schools and community centers where students learn the history of step and workshops on health education.

MCSF weekend also includes campus tours at Belmont and Fisk University’s and a health fair that is open to the public. The Tennessee teams are comprised of middle and high school students who participate in the STEP UP to Health program, a partnership with the NSSA, the Metro Public Health Department and Nashville Parks and Recreation Department that provides a healthy alternative through stepping.

Stepping, made popular by African American sororities and fraternities, is an elaborate synchronized group of routines which usually consist of drill team and call and response themed movements.

The health fair begins at 2:00pm and the step show starts at 3:00pm. The health fair is free; advance step show tickets are $6 for youth and $10 for adults and available at the Belmont ticket office. For more information visit www.stepshow.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door and group discounts are available.

NSSA provides the STEP UP to Health program funded by Project Diabetes, master classes at the Disney Step Classic, and step trainings and workshops across the country. For more information on program involvement or to learn of more about the National Step Show Alliance please visit www.stepshow.org. The organization can also be found on Facebook.

About the National Step Show Alliance

The National Step Show Alliance (NSSA) is a non-profit organization that uses step dance as a means to provide physical activity and academic achievement for at-risk youth. Started in 2005, the national organization works with teams all across the country creating a platform and curriculum for the development of healthy programs. On a local level, NSSA has partnered with the Metro Parks Department and Metro Health Department to sponsor youth step teams at ten community centers across Davidson County. The majority of the coaches in the Davidson County program are college and graduate students at Fisk, Meharry, Tennessee State and Vanderbilt. NSSA is also in Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Missouri. For more information visit www.stepshow.org.

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We are seeking coverage for the Music City Step Fest and encourage on-site interviews with program organizer, Keith Belton, local coaches, and/or youth participating in the program. To schedule an interview please contact Kia Jarmon, info@mepragency.com or 615.592.6377.