About Us

Meet our Founders

Cheyanne James, alongside her mom Lateka Curtis, created the step team ‘Pretty Precise’ in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting on Zoom in August and moving to in-person in October of 2020. With the mission of providing a safe space designed for girls to express themselves and come out of their shells, to work hard, and support each other, through dance.

"Step really helped my daughter come out of her shell and grow. Highly recommend Pretty Precise dance group."
Walker
Dance Mom

Our Mission

To equip young girls in our community with the proper tools to overcome bullying, peer pressure, low self-esteem, and the pressures of growing up through positive reinforcement and dance.

Our Values

Pretty Precise Steppers is committed to providing a strong sisterhood among young ladies teaching them to strive for excellence, promote strength, self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, and appreciation.

All steppers will focus on precision, endurance, strength, and flexibility training. This camp will provide step instruction as well as a means for step team members to bond. The camp is open to Ages 5yrs – 18yrs.

Cuties

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This is a beginner level comprised of girls ages 4-6 years old

  • Intro to Step
  • Learn basic steps
  • Pre-Competitive dance crew

DOLLZ

Comprised mostly of middle school girls or advanced level elementary school 5yrs-12yrs old.

  • Traveling competition team (in-state and out-of-state).
  • High commitment and practice level.

DIVAZ

Comprised of high school girls, ages 13-18 years of age.

  • Traveling competition team (in state and out of state).
  • High commitment and practice level.

Diamond

This is our advanced level competition team. We compete against the best of the best in the nation. Tryouts will be judged on precision, showmanship, enthusiasm, vocal clarity and endurance. this is a traveling competition team (in-state and out-of-state).

Join Our Team

All steppers will focus on precision, endurance, strength, and flexibility training. The camp is open to Ages 5yrs – 18yrs

History of Stepping

Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Although stepping can be performed individually, it is generally performed by groups of three or more, often in arrangements that resemble military formations.

Stepping may also draw from elements of gymnastics, tap dance, marching, African and Caribbean dance, and/or include semi-dangerous stunts as a part of individual routines. Some forms of stepping include the use of props, such as canes, rhythm sticks and/or fire and blindfolds. The tradition of African American stepping is rooted within the competitive schoolyard song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the mid-1900s.

African American stepping finds its origins in a combination of military close-order, exhibition drill and African foot dances such as the Welly “gumboot” dance. It also originally drew heavily from the stage routines and movements of popular R&B groups such as the Temptations and The Four Tops.

African American stepping finds its origins in a combination of military close-order, exhibition drill and African foot dances such as the Welly “gumboot” dance. It also originally drew heavily from the stage routines and movements of popular R&B groups such as the Temptations and The Four Tops.

During the mid-20th century, traditionally Black fraternities and sororities on United States college campuses traditionally sang and chanted to celebrate “crossing over” into membership of their respective organizations.

Popularized by National Pan-Hellenic Council member organizations who perform at local and national competitions, stepping has been featured in films and shows such as School Daze (1988), Mac and Me (1988), Drumline (2002), Stomp the Yard (2007), and the following TV series: A Different World, Sister Sister, Seinfeld, and Cheers. Stepping is also performed by groups in schools, churches, cheerleading squads and drill teams.

Today there are multi-cultural fraternities and sororities embracing the tradition of stepping. One of the first Latino organizations to embrace stepping was Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity. The first Latina sorority to embrace stepping was Chi Upsilon Sigma Sorority.