It's loud and it can bring the house down, we're talking about stepping, a raucous mix of African tribal, dance, tap, cheerleading, and gymnastics. It was once a predominantly African American fraternity and sorority past time, but is now crossing...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Jessica, Jason and Ogo all have one thing in common.. they love stepping.
It's loud and it can bring the house down, we're talking about stepping, a raucous mix of African tribal, dance, tap, cheerleading, and gymnastics. It was once a predominantly African American fraternity and sorority past time, but is now crossing cultural boundaries nation wide. On this episode of true life we meet three step teams from all over the U.S trying to prove their number one by competing for the top prize at Step Correct, a national step championship.
Jason is a member of Houston's Sigma All Stars, but still must find time to balance his step life with his family and full time job. His dedication to his team is one of the most important priorities in his life, Jason spends several hours a day practicing. The Sigmas are currently prepping for the Step Connect national championships where they hope to prove that Houston can step better than anywhere in the country. When Jason's daughter becomes ill, it is possible that he may be forced to stay with her and not compete in the competition. Fortunately Jason's daughter recovers and he is able to travel to New York to compete. When he arrives at Step Correct he is initially very nervous, especially when the crowd doesn't initially buy into the hype of his squad's performance.
When it is time to hand out trophies, the judges award the Sigma's with a second place statue. When they get back to Houston they begin to talk about training for the next competition, however Jason opts to spend more time at home with his family.
Jessica, the step mistress of the Soul Stepping Divas of Omega Phi Beta from New York City, is on a mission to show that her all Latina team is as good as the best African American squad. She's pushing the divas to be the first team of its kind to compete for a national championship, but the stress is causing her to break down physically and emotionally. To get to the finals in New York, Jessica's team must first compete in a preliminary round in New Jersey. After cleaning up in the qualifying rounds, the Divas head to Queens for Step Correct. Dressed as pirates to symbolize they are taking over the step community, the girls start their performance out with a bang, but run into trouble after some technical difficulties. They quickly regain focus and nail their finish, winning first place in the competition. They make history as the first Latina step squad to compete and take home a first place trophy from a predominately African Americana step competition.
Ogo is a student at Hampton University in Virginia and has been stepping since she was in high school. When Ogo is not studying, she is stepping with her sorority Z Phi Bluprint Incorporated. When Ogo receives news that one of her sister chapters is competing in a step competition, she and some of her fellow Z Phi's travel through three states just to offer some support. After watching their sister chapter suffer defeat, it becomes even more important for the Ogo and the Z Phi's to take home the top prize at Step Correct. When Ogo arrives in New York for the competition she is confident that her squad will come out on top. Ogo is shocked when her team comes in third place behind the all Latina Omega Phi Beta's. Upset over the loss, the Z Phi's discredit the Omega Phi's victory as a novelty. Upon returning home, Ogo decides to give up stepping until 2009 when she is finished with her academics.