S.W.A.T. is a Way of Life


Stepping isn’t just an extracurricular club at school. Stepping builds bonds, encourages and supports each other and school spirit.

“Stepping is everything to me,” said junior Briazia Dobbins, team captain. “It helps to get things off my mind.”

From a young age Briazia and other step team members found stepping as an outlet to unwind, blow off steam and in the process, find friends that are like family.

“It’s a very welcoming family,” said junior Exso Chandler, IV. “They always help and they believe in me.”

Having a supportive environment helps calm the nerves during tryouts for new team members.

“I was freaking out!” exclaimed freshman Charmayne Porter, first year team member. “Coming in as a Freshman it was very intimidating, but everyone was helpful.”

Most days you can find the step team practicing after school. They spend hours choreographing routines and preparing for performances.

Working together to help teammates perfect their steps is key.

“We work to be in sync,” said Exso. “We want to be ready for the floor.”

Steppers with Attitude perform at all school pep rallies, they help kick-off basketball season at Moonlight Madness, and attend area competitions.

“This is a great group that offers diversity to dance and other clubs and organizations on campus,” said Mrs. Myles, co-sponsor.

The step team has tryouts in the fall, but they know there are many other clubs at Naaman to be involved with. If you miss the fall tryout you can always contact Mrs. Barnes, S.W.A.T. co-sponsor for an alternate audition.