Cori on why Step Is Life:
Step was the first creative outlet I’ve ever tried and I really liked it so I never stopped.
We started in 6th grade. So, when we started we were like 11 and it just seemed like something fun to do and try out.
But, over time, it really has grown to become so much more.
We use it as a way to cope with all of the adversities we face in our daily lives, whether it’s things at home, problems at school, problems with society, politics…anything.
That’s really why step is so important to me because it’s a way that you can express so many feelings and emotions.
Blessin on what gave her strength during her most difficult times:
Thinking of my future self and at the age of 90, when I’m reflecting, what would I ha
Not having food was nothing new to me it would happen all the time towards the end of the month. But, to see my nephew go through that – it was tough. It was really tough because I’m used to it – I’m grown, I’m older, I can eat at school.
And at step, they would feed us if we needed to be fed. They would give us snacks and stuff. I was fine, but…there were even times when the team would gather up food for me. Like leftover food for me and like putting it in boxes and giving it to me to take home to my family.
That just meant a lot to me and that’s something that really kept me going.
And wanting to go to college. Just wanting to be great and break the chain. That’s what it’s all about.
Tayla on using step to address social issues:
Now, we have a voice and can actually support movements. The Black Lives Matter movement is definitely the one we support the most. It’s the one we relate to the most, so we have to get our word out and if you’re not going to listen by us just talking – then we’re going to have to do something about it.
You like entertainment? We’re going to entertain and educate you.
Amanda on knowing the film needed to be done:
I met these young women when they were 11-years-old…
I knew them all so well at that point that I was like, ‘Oh, my God. This is such a wide range of girl. This is everybody from like a 1.0 to a 4.0.’
Over the years, I just knew this was the right thing to do. All signs pointed in that direction and then Freddie Gray was killed in their junior year.
I was already filming, but it did light a fire that we have to do this…their senior year is coming. We have to do this now!
Paula on the impact of STEP showing the importance of education:
Amanda really showed what happens and I’m more grateful now because I’m hoping that this will be a model that other schools and other communities can look at and I don’t think that it’s something that can’t happen in other places.
I just think that we’ve lost sight and lost focus and this movie, I think, can help us, in all communities, get that focus back again and realize we are a community and we are responsible for other people.
STEP is in theaters now and trust me when I say you don’t want to miss this film!