SPENCER — A popular dance group at Star Spencer High School is turning around lives for some of its members as it prepares to compete for a national title.
The 15-year-old program called “Sisters of Stomp” has given some students a new outlook, said Angelika Arnold, stepping coach.
Stepping, also known as step dancing, uses the dancer's entire body as an instrument through a combination of footsteps and hand claps, Arnold said.
“A small number of the students did have some behavioral risks,” Arnold said. “Stepping positively influences their lives. I had one student who turned around 360 degrees.”
The dancers are required to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average to stay on the squad.
Arnold and Sandra Moore, district-certified sponsors, spend about 20 hours a week with the 12 girls and their three managers. The dancers perform 10-minute routines at basketball games, for civic groups, and at elementary and middle schools in the Oklahoma City area.
An important duty for the dancers is mentoring younger girls, said Shekinah Barry, 18, one of the dance team's captains. The dancers visit middle schools and talk to the younger students about how they can better themselves by striving for positive goals.
HOW TO HELP
To donate to the dance team's travel fund, call Sandra Moore at Star Spencer High School at 587-8800.