Audio Description: In 2018, nearly 100 teams and more than 1000 young people entered the Step It Up NYC competition to take action against bullying in their schools, communities, and online. Before the top 10 teams performed in the final showcase at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, they teamed up to film this mini-documentary that their peers, teachers, and afterschool programs can use to learn more about bullying and what we can do about it.
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.
In 2018, nearly 100 teams and more than 1000 young people entered the Step It Up NYC competition to take action against bullying in their schools, communities, and online. Congratulations to the top 10 teams, who joined us at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on June 2 for the final round of the competition!