The ALANA Steppers stepped into the scene in 2007 and have been performing for the Saint Rose community ever since. The club is about more than just stepping — it is a safe space for students to be themselves, and it aims to bring unity and develop friendships within the campus community.
ALANA Steppers President Tanaesha Spaulding ’21 is a social work major and social justice minor. Along with being president of the ALANA Steppers, Spaulding is a resident assistant and an A.L.A.N.A peer leader. Here’s what she had to say about what’s in store for her club this year:
Q&A with ALANA Steppers President Tanaesha Spaulding
Q: Why is it important that the campus community participates?
A: It provides students with the opportunity to become active members of their community. And, it has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Also, it allows students to create lasting bonds.
Q: What have you learned from joining ALANA Steppers?
A: I learned that a team sticks together no matter what and that a team brings unity. What I learn from the team is how to be organized with school and life in order to do what you love. The team helps me learn how to take one day at a time and to just have fun with the people you love. My team is the best — I love them! #AlanaStepperForever
Q: What do you want people to know about the organization that they might not already know?
A: ALANA Steppers are trying to make a come back this year by working on holding the attention and interest of the audience. We want them to know that we are trying to do our best to perform well and catch people’s eyes. Also, just to have people support us in good and bad shows, we are not perfect.
Q: What’s in store for this year (events, activities, causes)?
A: The ALANA Steppers are doing community service with P.A.L, a nonprofit organization that brings together cops and students in a non-law enforcement environment, in two middle schools on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are also trying to collaborate with Intercultural Leadership on MLK weekend for 2020. Lastly, we are performing in Black Student Union and Spectrum events for 2020.