World Step International Convention Weekend is focusing on bringing great talent from across the country under one house to teach and provide guidance to our younger generation to ensure the future of stepping is bright! Below are the list of workshops available when you purchase your ticket.
Hosted by David Rodriguez AKA DJ Genesis got his start as a DJ while he was attending college, and his passion for deejaying has only grown and deepened since then. With over 8 years of professional experience with parties, clubs, shows, private and corporate events, DJ Genesis brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to your event. As an open format DJ, Genesis specializes in large eclectic mix of music which includes Top 40, Hip/Hop, Latin, House, Reggae, Pop, Jersey Club and more. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he specializes in Latin/Ethnic/Multi-Cultural events. He’s trained as a professional MC, so your introductions and timeline are executed perfectly. DJ Genesis is the perfect storm of passion and professionalism. DJ Genesis keeps himself busy spinning in NY/NJ nightclubs, constantly perfecting his ability to transition between songs and always staying on top of the latest music trends. He brings extensive training in all aspects of the performance to your event and is an esteemed graduate of the In The Mix DJ School, founded by the legendary radio dj, DJ Creme. DJ Genesis is also a member of LaMezcla.com, a Latin Music and Entertainment Media Company that is fast becoming the primary destination for Bilingual Millennial Latinos with interactive and exclusive content. DJ Genesis is also the official DJ for up and coming Latin Artist Lors “El Prieto” who is currently signed to Yo Yais Music LLC.
FUNdamentals of Stepping – Is your choreography just not hitting the way it should? Wonder why your steps don’t seem to have that “crisp” look as some of the videos you’ve seen? Come learn the fundamentals of step with Coach Victor Hicks of Psi Phi Beta Step Teams! We will cover precision, technique, showmanship and more! Coach Hicks brings over 20 years of experience to this workshop to help strengthen current steppers and introduce novice steppers to the building blocks of step. Also, participants will learn the ins and outs of step choreography. This workshop will be heavy movement and a lot of work, so come prepared to sweat!!
STEP LANGUAGE – AOS programs mainly help academicians, educators, parents and program participants get excited about STEM/STEAM learning by teaching them how to create & perform their own personalized Step/Dance choreography through written codes in mathematical connotation with the help of our educational AOS Beta mobile app. AOS has taken learning the Arts to a new level by giving it a new language! AOS is the only program that does this, making us the expert! This 2 hour workshop will teach you the core fundamentals and afterwards, we will teach a beat that is coded and see how you can do the same. Are you ready to speak STEP?
Party Stroll – #LetThePartyBegin – Ever wanted to learn how to stroll and get tired of watching on the side line? Here is your chance to learn the basic movements and positioning of strolling to make sure you are part of the event and not sidelined with Coach Josh. Coach Josh is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and has been coaching since 2005. Coach Josh came to be considered a Master Coach for his skills and knowledge in the technique of stepping by the Texas Dance and Step Association. Through his creativity and imagination, he has successfully been able to coach various teams to acquiring multiple District, State, and National titles.
Street Fusion – Hip Hop, Jazz & Fussion – Dance is a world that has various influences and genre’s that allows your body to express itself. Join us for a special class where choreographers will blend hip hop, jazz, and popping to take you on a journey of dance and teach you how to incorporate it into your step routines. Session will be lead by AOS Site Coordinators, Ashley Harnish and Anastacia Julian who are both well rounded and experienced dancers with academic degrees from two of the top 100 Universities/Colleges in the nation.
(Industry) J-RoMeO, a brother of Lambda Sigma Upsilon and graduate from Montclair State University has danced in industrial and commercials for brands such as Nike, Verizon, X-Box 360, and Pepsi. He is considered one of the top dancers and choreographers in the Latin industry featured in various magazines and working on over 50 music videos, tours, and one on ones with artist development. J-RoMeO has worked with Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Toby Love, Prince Royce, Farruko, Arcangel, De La Ghetto, J Alvarez, and Dawin just to name a few. Aside from dancing professionally, J-RoMeO works behind the scenes with artist development, choreography, artistic directing, and teaching.
(Step Competitor/Choreography) – Coach Victor Hicks has enjoyed over 20 years participating in the art form of stepping. His roots in stepping are planted firmly in the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) experience! Coach Hicks began his career at Clark Atlanta University where he participated as a stepper and coach for Greek and Non-Greek Teams alike. From that moment on, he has continued his commitment to getting students interested in Historically Black Colleges through stepping! During his matriculation at Clark Atlanta University, Coach Hicks had the honor of coaching several residence hall teams to Homecoming Championships at all of the Atlanta University Center institutions (Morehouse College, Spelman College, CAU and Morris Brwon College) In the Spring of 2000, Victor was bestowed the honor of membership in the illustrious Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. by way of the “Mighty” Psi Chapter. Continuing the chapter’s strong traditions in step, Victor served as Stepmaster of the chapter; leading his fraternity to several titles across the United States. Forever grateful for his experience with Sigma, Coach Hicks returned to Psi Chapter enlisting the talents of the Chi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma (Morehouse) and coached them to a Homecoming title in 2015. The team hopes to continue in their success during the Homecoming 2017 season. Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc remains undeated under the tutalage of Coach Hicks. Victor worked as a choreographer and consultant for several National level step events and teams. Victor also holds several step judging certifications. Coach Hicks served as a master choreographer for the Disney Step Classic (FL), Cracker Barrel’s Tom Joyner Family Reunion (FL), Millersville University (PA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (IL), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (GA) in addition to many others. Victor also worked alongside StepAfrika’s former choreographer Jakari Sherman on several projects. Coach Hicks worked as the step consultant for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project under the direction of famed tap dancer Lane Alexander. Victor was a founding member of the Illinois Stepping League and served as its inaugural Director of Step Education which allowed him to work with teams all across the state of Illinois.
(Education) Dr. Andrea Duhon is a board member of the Art of Stepping Foundation and the Chris Duhon Stand Tall Foundation. She is the Founder and Director of the Triple Threat – Dance, Step and Cheer Camp, a camp that provides exposure to the early stages of the arts for underprivileged kids free of any cost. She is a proud member of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad / Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Incorporated for which she has been involved in stepping for over 10 years. As a member of the National Step Team and National Stroll Team from 2005-2010 she served in several roles including: National Stroll Team Co-Captain(2005-2007), National Step and Stroll Team Captain (2007-2009). She was also a member of the AOS professional New York Chapter 2009-2011. Andrea earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Master degrees in Mathematics Education and Philosophy and is currently a PHD Candidate in Mathematics Education at Columbia University.