Steppin’ and stompin’

The sounds of fancy black shoes stomping on floors and inspirational music could be heard throughout the halls of San Antonio‘s VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) Hall this weekend. DBJ productions and VFW Hall hosted a three day dance event from April 9-10.
DBJ productions was started by David B. Joyce in January 2004. It presents Chicago Style Steppin’, a combination of African American dance forms such as the Jitterbug, the Swing, the Ring-Shout, the Bop and the New Bop. The dances vary between a six to eight count.

The purpose of Chicago Style Steppin’ is to promote a unified and positive atmosphere.

On Friday and Saturday, DBJ productions held a basic learning class to get visitors accustomed to learning how to step Chicago style. Individuals who purchased tickets were able to participate in the many different workshops and events held during the three-day weekend. Participants also learned how to line dance.

Later on that night was The Black Out party where participants were invited to come dance from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Participants wore mostly all black attire and tried out some of the basic moves they had learned earlier in the day.

The final day of Chicago Style Steppin’ consisted of groups learning steppers etiquette and performing everything they have learned over the weekend. The final event was the Close Out dance where all the participants had a great time listening to musical artists such as “Those Gurlz” by Snoop Dogg, “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” by James Brown, “Sweetest Thing” by Lauryn Hll and “This Love” by Donnell Jones.

To find out more information or to location of the next workshops and events visit or call 815-209-5777.

Also check for updates on Chicago Style Steppin’ Facebook page.