Chicago Steppin’ is a popular form of urban dance that originated in Chicago, Illinois in the 1970s. This style of dance evolved from the “Bop.” Sam Chatman first coined the term “Chicago Step” in 1973. The dance style first gained popularity after R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly began incorporating Steppin’ into his songs. Steppin’ is a popular form of dance in many urban neighbourhoods in America and is closely related to the New York Hustle.
Stepping’ is known as a lane dane. It has a six count basic pattern and its tempo ranges from 70 to 100 beats per minute (BPM). Its basic rhythm pattern consists of a double and two syncopated triples. The patterns start traditionally on the downbeat of one. The leader’s footwork is started on their left and finished on their right. The follower’s dance is naturally opposite.
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