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Aniket Saxena
Senior Kaydence Greene, senior Shyla Wilson and junior Angel Ndahiriwe practice choreography on Nov. 2 outside sub school four.
Aniket Saxena
Senior Kaydence Greene, senior Shyla Wilson and junior Angel Ndahiriwe practice choreography on Nov. 2 outside sub school four.

The Chantilly Step & Hip Hop Squad began in September 2022 when senior and club president Kaydence Greene recruited members for the club to perform for an international cultural night in March. Since then the club has followed a weekly regimen, generating a unique style of dance.

When the team meets up on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hour-long practices, they work on their routines and drills, including correcting previous errors.The routines are mostly hip hop style moves, like high energy, fun moves that make you feel better style dancing.

“Our practices are very informal because we explain these things in depth. We are all pretty good friends so we laugh a lot and have a lot of fun,” senior Thea Brown Hargrove said. “Kaydence is the main choreographer but she is open to input from me and the other members.”

The team has their next performance on Dec. 15 for the winter pep rally. They’re spending more time practicing to prepare for their performance.

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“If you want to start dancing, find a club that does it like step, of course, but there are others at our school in different genres,” Brown Hargrove said. “It gives you experience to take it to the next level if you want to.”

The most recent performance of the club was during the Chantilly Homecoming pep rally on Oct. 6. The club dances behind Greene as she leads the group into each step.

“The step team does not currently have open dance nights or social dances, however we do perform at school events,” Greene said.

After this year the seniors here will be graduating, leaving only their sophomores. The team is looking for younger members to keep the club alive.

“The current age range of the step team are seniors and juniors,” Greene says. “We are hoping to open the team up for many more people and age ranges.”

Article updated on Jan. 3, 2024.

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Aniket is a freshman in his first year with The Purple Tide. He plays tennis, but his favorite hobby is basketball. He spends his time drawing insulting cartoons of his little brother, playing basketball and tennis and hanging out with his friends. He also likes skateboarding, the NBA and rap.
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