Staff Report

MIAMI – The urban artistic movement of stepping and dancing will come to life during the inaugural Stomp the Yard event being held Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus in the Lehman Theater, 11380 NW 27 Avenue in Miami. It will allow local high school seniors to get a taste of college life and the rich stepping tradition that dominates Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The 2007 movie, Stomp the Yard, which highlighted stepping competitions at a college campus, bringing the dance style to the masses. MDC North wants to continue exposing youth to the art form.

The upcoming event exemplifies MDC North Campus’ commitment to Miami’s urban students by showcasing dance in keeping with a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds for ethnic and artistic expression.

“This event provides our students with a taste of campus life that will enrich their cultural exposure while obtaining assistance with college-related matriculation matters that will steer them well on their way to educational and academic success in college,” said Dr. Malou C. Harrison, North Campus President.

MDC’s North Campus feeder high schools will be showcased including: the North Miami Beach Drumline and Drill Team, Miami Norland Senior High’s Dynasty Step Team, the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Dance Team, William H. Turner Technical Arts High School’s Voices of Expression and the MDC North Campus’ own Alpha Dance Team.

Local high school seniors will view a series of cultural performances while also gaining exposure to MDC. Students can also solidify their plans after graduation when they participate in an academic resource festival following the performances.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to win one of two scholarships that can be applied towards tuition and fees to support prospective students’ endeavors to attend college.

To participate in the event or to obtain additional information, contact Shantelle Maxwell at 305-237-1673.