Step Team brings energy to home basketball games


Powerful voices echo throughout the gym during Marian’s home basketball games as the Marian Step Team performs a variety of routines. Their performances include multiple complex step routines and two to three songs they step to. 

Gozie Okafor ’23, Rose Oreste ’25 and Wosuk Ando ’23 lead the Step Team in a performance at the home Marian basketball game on Jan. 12 against Papillion La-Vista high school. Photo by KyraMcFadden.

Stepping is a form of dance in which an individual creates beats and rhythms using a mixture of their feet, hands and voices. Marian’s own Step Team was created in 2018. This year, the team is led by seniors Wosuk Ando and Gozie Okafor. 

In order to prepare, the Step Team has practices after school on Tuesdays, before school on Wednesdays and 30 minutes before any games. They practice mainly for their spring performance and hope to perform during halftime at the basketball games soon. 

The Step Team learns a variety of routines such as “She Traveled” and “Basketball.” Ando says her favorite routine is “Cause We Rock It” because “it allows the steppers to be fierce, project their voices and show some attitude.” 

“I love the energy that radiates off the crowd when we perform. It brings me so much joy that others enjoy watching the routines and steps that Gozie and I choreographed,” Ando said. 

The Marian Step Team adds a unique aspect to home basketball games. “The steps we do allow the girls to have fun and show off their personalities while showing their love and support to Marian’s basketball team,” Ando said. 

The Step Team will continue their performances throughout the regular basketball season. Students can see the Step Team in action on Feb. 7. 

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