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Friends of the High Line, Youth Step USA, and Hudson Guild are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Step to the High Line, a four-day festival during which New York City public school students will turn the High Line into their stage with dynamic step competitions and lively performances, on June 13 -16 on the High Line below The Standard and in the 14th Street Passage at West 14th Street.

The event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required.

Step is a form of creative expression that celebrates the power and energy of youth through synchronized stomping, clapping, calling, and other sounds. The history of step is rooted in the competitive schoolyard song-and-dance rituals of historically African American fraternities and sororities. WATCH A VIDEO to see Organized C.H.A.O.S., one of the step teams taking part in this past year’s festival, perform a routine that ushered in the opening of Section 2 of the High Line on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

“Back by popular demand, we're excited to showcase the talent and hard work of New York City's best student steppers. The High Line is a magnificent stage for all New York City residents to share their strengths with the world,” said Danya Sherman, Director of Public Programs, Education & Community Engagement, Friends of the High Line.

This year’s festival will feature six of the best step teams from New York City public schools. Schedule is as follows:

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 6:30 PM: Beacon’s Finest (Queens, NY) vs. Lady Dragons (Brooklyn, NY)
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 6:30 PM: Organized C.H.A.O.S. (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Molloy Boys (Queens, NY)
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 6:30 PM: Bishop Kearney (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Bombay Steppers (Brooklyn, NY)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 3:00 PM: Step to the High Line Workshop with Seye Charles
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 4:00 PM: Step to the High Line Showcase with No Mercy

“Hudson Guild is proud of its partnership with Friends of the High Line. We have been fortunate to partner with them in providing outstanding cultural experiences for the Chelsea community, including the many families served by Hudson Guild. We look forward to working with Friends of the High Line on this new exciting project,” said Ken Jockers, Executive Director at Hudson Guild.

“Stepping has a long history in our country, and today it has a positive influence on the youth of New York City. Every step team has its own style, but the teamwork, power, and dedication that it requires teaches youths about the importance of precision, hard work, and the spirit of competition. The High Line presents a great opportunity to introduce stepping to New Yorkers and visitors. Please join us at Step to the High Line for a unique stepping experience for one and all,” said James (Brock) Harris, III., Founder and CEO, Youth Step USA, Inc.

Step to the High Line is part of High Line Live! – a series of free High Line performances, and is presented by Friends of the High Line, Hudson Guild, and Youth Step USA. Friends of the High Line offers free and low-cost public programs, aiming to build a vibrant and inclusive community around the High Line. High Line Programs are engaging and innovative opportunities for visitors of all ages, and emphasize the distinct qualities of the High Line.

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