After School

Step It Up NYC

Audio Description: In 2018, nearly 100 teams and more than 1000 young people auditioned for Step It Up NYC, creating positive change across all five boroughs.

DYCD’s Step It Up NYC initiative began in 2009 as a youth engagement program focused on fusing the passion to move with the drive to create change. The aim of the initiative is to leverage the performing arts to build community leadership capacity in young people ages 10-20.  Through the competition, dance and step teams plan community service projects and develop citywide social campaigns to speak up about issues that impact their communities, including education, health, equality and opportunity, peace and tolerance, and safe communities.

In a dynamic final showcase that serves as a catalyst to engage families and the community in the work of the young people, the top teams are judged on stage performances infused with their social causes. 

Auditions for the Step It Up NYC competition take place December 14 and 15. Youth across the city will be stepping it up for LGBTQ rights. To enter the competition, download a roster below and submit it by email to Then get out your phone and post a video on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #StepItUpNYC, telling us about your team and why you're stepping it up for LGBTQ rights. To learn more about Step It Up NYC, check out the competition on social media (#StepItUpNYC), email, or sign up for future updates.