Austin!!!

The week in Austin was great and Austin is now one of my favorite cities to be in, I got a diverse look at this great city.

From Jason-
Austin can get it too! This week alone is turning out to be pretty sick!

-Stepping on rooftops, double back flipping in Barton Springs, running the streets of Austin with some zzzdope artists, overlooking Austin from the top of the capitol building, African dance class, trapeze class, teaching stepping workshops, stand-up paddle boarding, straight up murdering these health food smoothies from Juiceland, meeting random artists in the streets and bars and ending up having full on jam sessions, attending poetry slams, lots of laughing, reconnecting… LIVING!”

From Chris Saad, our host in Austin.
“Amazing day in ATX! P-Terrys, Rooftop Stomp Session, Juiceland, Barton Springs, Hopdaddy, Austin sightseeing from the very top of the Capital building, Spiderhouse, Kens doughnuts and Hotel Vegas.”

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That was one day of the 5 days in town.  Between all that we taught a few workshops, and that was as fun and diverse as you can get in Austin. We jammed at a High School, a yoga studio, and a dance studio. Chris Saad is a great percussionist and a wonderful host. He helped in a big way to book these venues and getting the word out. HA! oh he also filmed a lot and we will be showing you the edited footage also done by Chris real soon. How dope is that!

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CRUSH TIME!!

OK! OK! There is 69 hours left in this campaign.. WE HAVE $1000 raised!!! so we are short $1500. Now we are closer to achieving our goal. WE need everybody to pull together to make the entire tour a possibility. Giving music dancing, and the power of stepping to a lot of people. check the video and take action!

Kickstarter, Me, and the proposal!

Hey everyone. My focus has been all over the place, the constant thought has the Stepping Workshop Tour. LOL! I guess you can get a read on that if you look at my last few post. Kickstarter is the site helping me rise funds to cover the expenses for the tour. On the page you can see my proposal and a video talking the project…

The proposal reads like this:
This summer I’m hitting the road and traveling to dance studios across North America and Europe to conduct Stepping Workshops. I teach the basics of stepping and body percussion with an aim to give all students, children and adults, the tools and inspiration to create their own music, ignite imagination, instill discipline and teamwork and of course to continue spreading the art form around the world.

Stepping is polyrhythmic, percussive art form developed by African-American fraternities and sororities to promote unity among their members. The popularity of stepping has grown enormously over the past two decades and can be seen everywhere from college campuses to churches to elementary and high schools and even music videos and Hollywood films.

Body percussion is a cross-cultural art form which can be seen on stages around the world by several popular companies like Stomp, Barbatuques, Molodi and Step Afrika. It is used extensively in music education, because of its accessibility—the human body is the original musical instrument and the only instrument that every student possesses

Stepping and body percussion are both used in educational settings to develop and promote teamwork, discipline, confidence, music appreciation and physical well-being. My classes will combine both art forms. Students can expect to expand their knowledge of rhythm and musicality through learning the basics of collegiate stepping and Stomp-style body percussion. The workshops are fun and interactive, and I move to the pace of the class so every student leaves with a better tuned instrument than when they arrived.

I started stepping in college and went on to tour the U.S. with Stomp, Step Afrika! and Molodi, a performance company I co-founded which blends traditional percussive dance, physical theatre, vocal percussion and poetry. Last year we were honored to participate in the 2011 International Body Music Festival, where I performed and lead stepping workshops.

Thanks for your support. I look forward to seeing you in class!

-Antwan Davis

http://www.antwandavis34.wordpress.com

The start of the tour!

This tour is unfolding, moving, shifting and presenting it self in front of me. Once the decision we made to do the tour, everything is falling in place. And after watching these two videos I am ready for anything.

As we get closer to get closer to the deadline of April 30th and the goal of $2500. I feel great about the support I have gotten so far from great friends and people I’ve never met. Thank you.. But this is not over. $491  has been raised and we look froward to meeting our goal. Supporting this project is a vote of confidence for the arts. When you give support you are help bring the dance form of step to many people. Come and see this video and look at the proposal.
http://kck.st/GBuqh8

2012 Stepping Workshop Tour’s Schedule..

The Tour start like this
April 24 Tracey Elementary school, The Edge with Chris 9:00 pm
April 25 Lorrine Miller Elementary school
April 27 Master Dance Teacher Exhibition- Las Vegas
April 28 The Stage 12pm- Las Vegas

May 8-12 Austin (classes TBD)
May 13 Dance Mission 12pm- San Francisco
May 19 Velocity Dance Center 2pm- Seattle
Sept 8-9 Wheatland Festival- Michigan
as we roll through these days, times and dates will be added.
Details can be found here, Facebook, and Skill Share.

Kickstarter, Me, and the proposal!

Hey everyone. My focus has been all over the place, the constant thought has the Stepping Workshop Tour. LOL! I guess you can get a read on that if you look at my last few post. Kickstarter is the site helping me rise funds to cover the expenses for the tour. On the page you can see my proposal and a video talking the project…

The proposal reads like this:
This summer I’m hitting the road and traveling to dance studios across North America and Europe to conduct Stepping Workshops. I teach the basics of stepping and body percussion with an aim to give all students, children and adults, the tools and inspiration to create their own music, ignite imagination, instill discipline and teamwork and of course to continue spreading the art form around the world.

Stepping is polyrhythmic, percussive art form developed by African-American fraternities and sororities to promote unity among their members. The popularity of stepping has grown enormously over the past two decades and can be seen everywhere from college campuses to churches to elementary and high schools and even music videos and Hollywood films.

Body percussion is a cross-cultural art form which can be seen on stages around the world by several popular companies like Stomp, Barbatuques, Molodi and Step Afrika. It is used extensively in music education, because of its accessibility—the human body is the original musical instrument and the only instrument that every student possesses

Stepping and body percussion are both used in educational settings to develop and promote teamwork, discipline, confidence, music appreciation and physical well-being. My classes will combine both art forms. Students can expect to expand their knowledge of rhythm and musicality through learning the basics of collegiate stepping and Stomp-style body percussion. The workshops are fun and interactive, and I move to the pace of the class so every student leaves with a better tuned instrument than when they arrived.

I started stepping in college and went on to tour the U.S. with Stomp, Step Afrika! and Molodi, a performance company I co-founded which blends traditional percussive dance, physical theatre, vocal percussion and poetry. Last year we were honored to participate in the 2011 International Body Music Festival, where I performed and lead stepping workshops.

Thanks for your support. I look forward to seeing you in class!

-Antwan Davis

http://www.antwandavis34.wordpress.com

Additions to the wall!!!

It’s a privilege to be partnered with these individuals in the pursuit to get the stepping workshop tour on the road. These are great people because they’re help is making this project step closer to materialize. A special THANK YOU to the newest members of the WALL OF GRATITUDE,
Maythinee Washington
Doctah Love
Jo Cattell

They join fast growing list of producers/partners helping to give the art stepping/ body percussion to the world.
Teresa Ulring
Marisa Townsend
Jason Nious
Sasha Cordova
Suzanne Bettonville
Daniel Schwegler
LE BohemianMuse
Deven Chase
Sarah Lasaki

There are 13 days left to rise the funds for the Stepping Workshop Tour. The rewards are the beginning of the thank you process. Its starts with the physical rewards, continues with you being apart of something aimed to teach, share and give culture to many people, and ends with a great sense of accomplishment, acknowledgment and admiration for helping bring this wonderful vision to life.

It’s happening bruh!

“it’s happening bruh!” that’s what Jayro told me as we talked about the tour. At this point there is $291 toward the $2500 goal has been risen and there still 22 days to meet the $2500 mark by April 30th. So it’s not over yet, I am still working, the project is starting to gain stream, and I could use all the help I can get.

To bring attention to the tour and my fund rising efforts, I’m sending out an email, my intentions are to reach as many people as possible. And I’ve gotten a great response so far. People wanting to help solidify venues and places to stay while I’m in their city, so ladies and gentleman the law of attention is in effect now. I want the best and most positive outcome or me and this project.

If were not aware I instituted THE WALL OF GRATITUDE for the people who contributed to the stepping workshop project. The wall is a part of the rewards package you receive when you make a pledge of $5 or more. Check out the proposal http://kck.st/GBuqh8 for more information.

Lets applauded
Teresa Ulring,
Marisa Townsend,
Jason Nious,
Sasha Cordova,
LE BohemianMuse,
Deven Chase
because they are members of the infinitely eminent WALL OF GRATITUDE and backers to the Stepping Workshop Tour Project. I want to thank them for their contributions. They have pushed this project in positive motion and basically are responsible for making a vision a reality. Most appreciative!