WATCH: OOTF Step Team Obliterates the stage at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Step Competition
OOTF Step Team Takes 1st Place at Hip~NotiQs’ 3rd annual Take The Stage Step Competition at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
On a quiet afternoon on April 15th The Brothers Of the Order of the Feather (OOTF) Step Team traveled from New York City to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. OOTF demonstrated there Step excellence to an excited crowd and received a standing ovation.
The OOTF Step Team is made up of an intergenerational group of Brothers who joined the organization between 1998 to 2016. The show was a combination of steps that relied on call and response and steps that relied on singing and chanting. The Team rehearsed for the HWS competition for three weeks, practiced five days a week for hours a day. They perfected existing routines and create new material exclusively for the HWS competition.
“Created in 2004 on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Hip~NotiQs Step and Dance Team is a co-ed multicultural step collective. Current OOTF Step Team member, Neill Jaico (Feather 2015), was one of the previous Co-Captains for Hip~NotiQs which – in regards to communication – led to the opportunity for the OOTF Step Team to compete in the 3rd Annual Take The Stage Step Competition.”
The Team competed against other steppers including a female team from Siena College, S.O.L.I.D Step Team, and the judges awarded them First Place along with a cash prize of $1000.00. After the competition, OOTF Step Leader, Pelham Warmer, commented, “It was great energy especially having so many brothers to come up and support. It definitely have the team a nice boost of confidence.”
According to research, “Stepping is based on a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. It draws movements from African foot dances, such as Gumboot, originally conceived by miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming, which was banned by authorities.”
“It was a refreshing and proud moment when I returned to campus and saw the overall status of Hip~NotiQs at an all-time high. Their event was exciting and entertaining for both competitors and attendees – they exceeded my expectations. The OOTF Step Team looks forward to next year’s competition.”-Neil Jaico Feather 2015
This year’s OOTF Step Team had a great time and they looking forward to performing more shows
throughout the year. Upcoming highlights include a Yard Show at University of Massachusetts and the biggest local event of the year, the Annual African American Day Parade in Harlem.
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