Plant City, Fla.–Every year Durant High School’s Alpha Cougar Omega Step Team puts on a Coming Out show as an induction of new members. This year’s show was hosted by co-captains Beneka Beauford and Kyra Scott.
The show started with all the girls marching out chanting about how good all the girls on the team look. After the chant, all the girls positioned themselves around the stumps in the courtyard.
To be inducted onto the team, each new member had to create their own step to perform. One-by-one, each girl was introduced in a creative way by one of the captains, using their given line name. For example, Beauford announced “Dauntless” using a Divergent faction reference and Scott introduced “Bold Beauty” using Disney princess references. Once the girl was announced, she did her step, then reintroduced herself in her own way.
In addition to each new girl performing her own step, to wrap up the performance all members of the team participated in a group step together. The ending step showed newcomers what to expect from the team in the future.
The team typically performs at Durant’s pep rallies, at Stomp the Yard for Black History Month, and at the annual spring Multicultural Show.