A Note from Our Founder




The Show


The CityStep Company consists of two branches made up entirely of Penn undergraduate students: the Teacher Branch and the Producer Branch. The entire CityStep Company is overseen by four undergraduates: two Executive Directors, who oversee the Teacher Branch and the details involving Penn-Community partnerships as well as the creative aspects of CityStep, and two Executive Producers, who oversee the Producer Branch.

The Production Branch is a group of over a dozen undergraduates who are charged with the overall development of the company, including fundraising, advertising and administration. Additionally, each year the Production Branch organizes CityStep’s two largest events: the Battle of the Dance fundraiser and the annual CityStep performance in the spring.

The Teacher Branch is the direct-service branch of the CityStep program; it is headed by an Executive Board of two Executive Directors, and two assistant directors; one for auditions in the Fall, and the other for the show in the Spring. Each classroom has a Head Teacher, or an Academic Liaison, who serves as a bridge between the Executive Directors and the Administration at the school they teach at as well as for the other five Penn teachers they work with in a 5th or 6th grade  classroom in the Philadelphia public school system.

In each class, undergraduate Teachers lead dance workshops and choreography and improvisation activities and, in collaboration with the CityStep students, choreograph the pieces performed in the annual CityStep show. Teachers participate in teacher training activities and workshops to prepare for their role in the classroom. Teacher meetings, led by the Executive Directors, are held twice a week and focus on behavior management training, community building activities, and dance exploration exercises. CityStep directors are responsible for leading these meetings as well as bringing in experts and professionals to supplement their own expertise..

If you are a Penn undergraduate interested in applying for a position in CityStep, we would love to hear from you! Please send us an email. Undergraduate members of the CityStep Company come from a wide range of business, dance, and musical backgrounds, and no experience is necessary to get involved.

"CityStep students are nurtured by the attention and inspired by the energy and dedication of their college-age teachers, whom they naturally come to see as friends and role-models."

--Chris Affleck, 5th Grade Teacher, Cambridge Public Schools

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