The halls of McKinley High School (1500 Elmwood Ave.) will echo with the sound of hundreds of agile feet on Saturday as the school hosts Western New York's second "Stomp the Yard" event. In a heated competition, several dance and step teams will square off in an effort to claim the top title and a pair of $500 prizes.
Stepping, a form of dance in which the body becomes a kind of percussion instrument, continues to gain popularity in the black and Latino communities, especially among fraternities and sororities and in local high schools. The "Stomp the Yard" competition, launched in February by local companies King of Spades Entertainment and Alemaedae Theatre Productions, is focused on high school-age dancers. Previous champions in the step category, Kappa Phi (pictured above), will face five challengers, as will defending dance team The Truth. The winner in each category will be chosen by a combination of a panel of judges and audience approval.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; they are available at Doris Records (286 E. Ferry St.), New Style Records (2995 Bailey Ave.) and the True Bethel Bookstore (907 E. Ferry St.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6. Call 602-6253 for more information.
-- Colin Dabkowski