New Leadership for Cabrini Steppers

By BreAnna Stanley
September 28, 2011


The Cabrini Steppers performed with faculty and staff , including President Marie George last year. The steppers trained an entire year for the performance which included a wide turnout by the student body.

After the Cabrini Steppers did an amazing job last spring, they went ahead and hired step coach Desmond Baker.

“The stepping coach is great. He takes a lot of load off of me,” Quiana Volney, senior business administration major and president and founder of Steppers club, said.

Volney attended a Cabrini College versus Eastern University basketball game during her sophomore year and noticed during halftime three different groups came out.  However, the group that caught her eye was the Eastern Steppers.

The Eastern Steppers team hyped up the crowd and got them excited, making Volney want to do the same thing with Cabrini. Volney proceeded with the interest, collected the paper work she needed, found those who were interested and created the Cabrini Steppers club.

“I wanted to create involvement on campus including spirit, but we hope to branch out this year,” Volney said.

During the year, Cabrini Steppers perform several shows in Grace Hall, but the best show they have ever presented was last spring. Over 50 people came out to support the steppers.  The faculty and staff also joined in on the performance.

Dr. Christine Lysionek, vice president for student development, said that she would fund a coach because of their great performance. After hearing the great news, Volney went on a hunt to look for a stepping coach.

After getting the word out there, Volney’s cousin, who is a line brother in Alpha Pi Alpha, showed interest. After talking and connecting with Volney, he was then hired.

“Everything was sealed before school started. He is great and has great experience,” Volney said.

Desmond Baker, the new Cabrini Steppers coach, attended Rowan University and continued his career in teaching. He is now an English teacher in a Philadelphia public school.

Baker attended the involvement fair where he met all the new prospective steppers. Over 30 students signed up, which is more than last year.

“Stepping is not just all about steps, it also is dancing. Des helps us become better steppers and dancers,” Volney said.

They are going to begin stepping at the women’s basketball games and start participating in community service around the area. The next big show will be in the spring again.

A big component of this step team is that it is being funded. If everything goes smoothly, Dr. Dennis will create a scholarship for students involved and interested in being apart of the Cabrini Steppers club.

“It has been one blessing after another. I thank God everyday for it,” Volney said.

The steppers are a part of Cabrini student diversity and celebrated their one-year anniversary Sept. 3.

Tryouts were held Friday, Sept. 30 and the results were released Monday, Oct. 2. Many new women joined the Cabrini Steppers. The team will then sit down and discuss their class schedules finding out what time is best for everyone to meet.

“We are all looking forward to start fresh this year and to see the club grow in hopes to find a new president for when I graduate in the spring,” Volney said.

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