Stepping aka "steppin" -- is a social dance done in time to music that occurs on a steady 'downbeat'. The ability to take steps to the downbeat and still come back in time with your partner is widely recognized as 'steppin'. The dance includes a lead and follow position and thus to be well executed requires physical interaction between the individuals. Various turn patterns, footwork and pulls are all inclusive elements of the dance.
Source: National Association of Steppers Advisory Board, www.nsab.org (c) 2007.
Chicago-Style Stepping, or steppin', has its roots embedded in the traditional African American originated dance movements of Lindy Hop, which evolved into Swing Dancing. Chicago-Style Steppin has gained popularity, particularly, but not limited to the urban neighborhoods of America. Chicago-Style Stepping makes reference to other urban styles of dance found throughout the United States larger enclaves in cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Washington D.C.