With no returning students, the Shades Step Squad will be building a team by hosting auditions from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Studio A in the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
“If you’re curious, just come out and step,” said Precious Kwaramba, a sophomore biology major from Fort Worth. “Even if you do not have any experience, still come. It is encouraged because I want people to grow in this. it really helps with motor skills and determination as a whole.”
Kwaramba, who has been stepping since she was 7 years old, said that stepping was a way for her to share her faith in a militant and sharp way.
“You can praise God through different art forms, you don’t have to just praise him one way,” said Kwaramba. “You can express yourself in a militant way that gets peoples attention without being harsh.”
Ryan Randolph, area coordinator for Barrett and Morris halls, will sponsor the group for the first time this year.
“I just remember how much of an impact the Shades team had on some of my friends when I was an undergrad student,” said Randolph. “I’ve watched over time, and there’s still a heart for it. It’s still a big part of our culture, and they just needed help.”
Randolph said that she was looking forward to this year’s tryouts to see new talent and testimony.
“Raw talent always amazes me. You can never look at a person and see what they’re capable of,” Randolph said. “I’m interested to see what they being to the table and what their background is.”
Kwaramba and Randolph both said that their encouragement is deeply rooted in the sense of community that stepping gives.
“Not only does it give you a sense of community, it makes you have to step out of your comfort zone,” Randolph said. “You’re learning new things and pushing your body. All of the things that God gives you strength to do.”