African Step, based on the African Gum Boot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Junior Bernadin @jbernadin one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture. Also, hear about Junior’s commitment to excellence and what students learn from competing in this dance competition.
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In today’s show, we’ll discuss Junior’s work with the RCA step team:
- The origins of step
- How step came to Ron Clark Academy
- What students learn from step competition
- His students’ story from beginning step to winning the national championship
- The journey Junior has taken with the students
I hope you enjoy this episode with Junior!
Selected Links from this Episode
- Twitter handle: @jbernadin
- MAD about Mattering 2017
- Ron Clark Step Team Video (2015 National Winning Performance)
- Gumboot Dancing from South Africa
- Susan Barnes has info on the Ron Clark Academy Staff Page
- The “Divine 9” African American Fraternities and Sororities
- The National Step League
- The Georgia Stepper’s League
- National Stepping Association
Junior Bernadin is a Dean of Students and IT Director at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA). In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.
In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.
Photographs of Students on the STEP Team provided by Junior
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