Our workshops focus on our core values of self-confidence, teamwork, education and perseverance. (STEP)
Workshops include an introduction to foundational step routines. Participants will learn how to clap, stomp and chant as a team.
We emphasize the importance of creating these rhythms and beats together with a focus on teamwork and character building. Each workshop includes dialogues and discussions on the history of step, its inception, the migration of Africans from Africa to North America, South America and the Caribbean.
At the end of the workshop each participant would have learn at least two step routines; rhythmic music that they created with their bodies. This is always a proud moment for participants.
We have created and produced several original productions that center black diasporic life and resilience in Canada in the afterlife of slavery, namely: The Roots of Step at Espace Knox, in February 2020; the virtual showcase of The Route to Canada, in February 2021; and most recently, in April 2022, an in-person production of The Route to Canada that was sponsored by and held at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.
We have also been awarded a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts to bring our Route to Canada production to Nova Scotia in 2023.
Through annual fundraising initiatives we support local organizations and charities who center the lives and aspirations of those most marginalized.
Our most recent fundraising initiative was in collaboration with four community partners; West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA), South Shore Youth Organization (SSYO), Côte-Des-Neiges Black Community Association (CDNBCA), and Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre. ALL donations raised were equally divided and given to these organizations for their specific needs detailed below:
Donations to WIBCA will go to their Robotics Team which is aimed at inspiring Black students between ages 9 and 19 to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), ventures, and projects.
Donations to SSYO will go to their Education Initiative which focuses on providing services and resources such as tutoring, homework and exam help, and financial literacy.
Donations to CDNBCA will go to their initiatives focusing on supporting Teenagers in the community and their Teen Leadership Program.
Donations to the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre will provide ten (10) students free registration to their High School Perseverance Program.