Queen's University

Contest victory allows students to create community dance program

[Flash mob]STEP CREW's signature event of the Blackberry Messenger contest was a flash mob outside Stauffer Library in November. Queen's students and Kingston community members participated in the event.

A student dance group has won a national scholarship to develop a program that supports local youth.

Queen’s STEP CREW completed six challenges during the fall term as part of a contest funded by Blackberry to discover the country’s most passionate campus leaders and student trailblazers. STEP CREW, whose signature event was a flash dance mob in November, proved to be the best among the 16 finalists because of its creativity, organizational skills and sense of fun.

“Our success was made possible by the generous amount of love and support from the Queen’s and Kingston communities,” says Crystal Lo, founder and leader of the group, who is in her fifth-year in Concurrent Music and Education.

STEP CREW will use the $4,000 prize money to work with Youth Diversion, a Kingston-based community group, to create a dance program that will provide at-risk youth with an outlet to express their emotions in a positive way.

More than 100 step and hip-hop dancers have joined the STEP CREW community since it was established last year. Anyone can participate. No audition or previous dance experience is required.

“STEP CREW believes in the vision of equal opportunity, individuality and community,” says Ms Lo. “Anyone with a passion for dance can come together and be valued as individuals and be supported through self-growth and self-exploration in step and hip-hop dance.”

STEP CREW regularly performs at charitable events and offers weekly youth and adult dance classes at two YMCA locations in Kingston and holds monthly workshops for all members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities. On campus, the group celebrated the last day of the fall term by distributing free food, massages and gifts for their peers.

Learn more about STEP CREW and the Blackberry Messenger contest on the group’s website.

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