Fulton High Stepping Group a Crowd Pleaser
It's getting late on a school night, but Matoyia Henderson wants to get it just right before she calls it quits for the night.
"One of my main things is discipline," Henderson said. "And if these kids don't have the discipline, they don't make team."
The High step team that is. They are called the Midwest Highsteppers. It's a group made up of Fulton kids ages six to 19. Henderson is the Director of the Midwest Highsteppers.
"One day we were just talking about it and the next day someone came up with the idea of putting it together, so we just went ahead and did it. Drumming is fun anyway, we don't have anything else to do so we just drum," High step drummer Chad Long said.
The group started with 50 kids about a year ago.
"I joined the Highsteppers to have fun and it gives me something to do after school; it'll keep me off the streets," Stepper Kiara Pittman said.
Fifteen kids stuck it out, and now they make up the team.
"It teaches them leadership and dedication and it gives them something to look forward to," Pittman said.
The group is looking forward to their big debut in Jefferson City at the Lincoln University Homecoming Parade. They pride themselves in being 100% original: no sheet music, no dance instruction.
"They make up their own dances and then we all critique them and we say what needs to be changed and what looked good, but they make them all themselves," Henderson said.
And everybody has to stay on their toes because Henderson likes to switch it up. The hard work paid off, they're a crowd favorite.
"I like the way the crowd reacted to us," Stepper Cortney Lee said. "Throughout the parade they were just great, they were like 'let me see something, give us something, give us a show,'" Henderson said.
"I mean that was awesome...That's what we like the most is the crowd yelling for us. We love that," Long said.
They love it, because the crowd is cheering for them while they do what they love, marching to the beat of their own drum.
The Highsteppers practice four hours each week.