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Student dance group reaches out to the community

STEP CREW members performing at an earlier show. The students recently hosted a flash mob in front of Stauffer Library.

Students have stepped up to share their passion for dance with the campus and Kingston communities.

“Queen’s is all about bringing people together,” says Crystal Lo, founder and leader of STEP CREW and a fifth-year Concurrent Education student. “There weren’t a lot of opportunities at Queen’s for people to get involved in a dance crew that didn’t require a fee, audition or past dance experience so I was encouraged to establish STEP CREW.”

STEP CREW, now in its second year year, boasts over 100 step and hip hop dancers. Anyone can join for free with no audition or previous dance experience required. The group regularly performs at charitable events around the Queen’s and Kingston community and offers weekly youth and adult dance classes at two YMCA locations in Kingston. STEP CREW is currently working to develop a dance program for at-risk youth at Youth Diversion beginning in January.

Ms Lo’s parents instilled in her a strong belief that everyone should have an equal opportunity to grow and succeed in life, which helped form her vision for STEP CREW. Her father, an orphan at the age of three in Taiwan, was sponsored by an American couple through World Vision. Ms Lo’s mom helped care for her four siblings growing up and wasn’t given many educational opportunities.

STEP CREW is one of 17 finalists from universities across Canada vying for a $4,000 scholarship in the Blackberry Messengers contest. The scholarship would support a Queen’s student to build STEP CREW’s community dance program with Youth Diversion.

The second of three challenges in the contest was a flash mob that took place November 20 outside Stauffer Library. STEP CREW has posted a flash mob video on YouTube.

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