Our Purpose

The purpose of the First Class Steppers is to educate the University of Notre Dame and greater South Bend community of the African-American tradition and culture of stepping, a modern form of traditional African dance. This is accomplished by performing at numerous events throughout the academic year at Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College.

We serve the South Bend community through performing and providing South Bend's youth with mentors and role models to encourage them to strive for higher education in their futures. We are also advocates of the cultural aspects of step's roots, teaching the student body of Notre Dame to step via workshops and events sponsored by the First Class Steppers of Notre Dame and other organizations.

Club Membership

Clinics and tryouts typically occur at the beginning of each fall semester after Activities Night. However, we are open to new members of all experience levels at any point throughout the academic year. If interested, please feel free to attend a practice or send an email to 1stclass@nd.edu. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday 7-9PM at the Rockne Memorial.


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