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'The Princeton Highsteppers'



The Princeton Highsteppers is a student-run group that meets weekly to rehearse and perform step, a dance form that incorporates stomping, clapping and vocalization with an overall rhythmic element.  Read more.


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HIGHSTEPPERS: [CHANTING]

Highsteppers!

What!

Highsteppers!

What!

[CLAPPING AND STOMPING]

HIGHSTEPPERS: We are
the Highsteppers.

We [INAUDIBLE]

SYDNEY MONTGOMERY: I've been a
member of Highsteppers since

my freshman fall, so about
two and a half years.

MATT HAAKE: I've been with the
group for two years now.

I joined my freshman fall.

MORGAN CELLSTAN: We both joined
our freshman fall.

TERI TILLMAN: Yeah.

We auditioned together, and
we made it together.

MORGAN CELLSTAN: We auditioned
next to each other, and I

stepped on her.

TERI TILLMAN: Yeah.

The memories.

Now we're here.

JOHN FAIRCHILD: I guess were a
very eclectic group of people.

We come from a lot of different
backgrounds and a

lot of different experiences
with dance background in

particular.

Almost none of us have stepped
before, which is something I

think is pretty interesting
and unique about our team,

because we're all new to this.

We just bring kind of
a new curiosity and

passion for the art.

INSTRUCTOR: You're going
to push to your left.

Your hand is going to be your
right hand, but you're pushing

your body to the left, OK?

So that means that this side
over here, you're going to

start with the clap.

IJEOMA MADUBATA: Rehearsals last
for about two hours, and

a lot of times we meet
twice a week.

They're a lot of hard work if
you just put in the time and

effort, but they really
pay off in the end.

MAGDALENA HENKE: I'm German, so
while I was in Germany, I

was trying to find it tap
dance group on campus.

So I googled tap Princeton, and
then I found Highsteppers,

and watched videos.

It's like, this is awesome.

So before I came, I was set
on definitely trying out.

MATT HAAKE: It's a very nice,
tight knit little family, and

I think it's still a relatively
new group, but each

year we keep getting
closer and closer.

And yeah, there's some
friendships that I'll

definitely have forever.

BOTH: [SINGING]

Hit 'em with the beat!

MATT HAAKE: Hit 'em
with the beats.

IJEOMA MADUBATA: Hit
'em with the beats.

JOHN FAIRCHILD: Our annual
step competition.

It's our third annual one, and
we've invited teams from

around the Northeast to come
to Princeton and showcase

their step.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[CHANTING]

[CHEERING]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

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