Chicago “Style” Steppers LLP co-founded in 1996 by Cynthia Shanks and Stanford Bailey. Chicago “Style” Steppers LLP is a living life positive mentoring group who believes the dance of ‘Stepping’ should be done with Style, Grace and Class, but only after the basic steps have been properly learned.
Before becoming president of Chicago “Style” Steppers LLP, Cynthia Shanks has had the honor of winning and receiving numerous awards for Stepping. In 1983 on ABC television channel 7, the Bob Walls show “Where’s Walls”, Cynthia Shanks was crowned Chicago’s Original Queen of Stepping, all while holding true to the 8 count of the dance. Winning 1st Place several times in the Original Category of the Budweiser’s ‘V 103’ Worlds Largest Steppers Contest. In 1996 culminating her years of competition, she and her partner won the title of the Original “Master Steppers” for the City of Chicago in the Budweiser’s ‘V 103’s Worlds Largest Steppers Contest firsts ever, “Masters” Category. Cynthia was a founding member and secretary of the United Council for the Original Chicago Style of Stepping, the first Chicago group to bring a united front to the Steppers community to govern the style, etiquette and history needed to be taught by instructors. Cynthia is also a mentor for the STEP-ALIVE, nfp youth program.
Co-founder Stanford Bailey, has been doing this dance of Stepping since the late 1960’s when it was called the “Bop” and being preformed in an East to West direction, consisting of 2 shuffles, a kick and a cross-step in both directions. The exact amount of steps (8) used in Stepping (which goes in a North to South direction). Learning ballroom dance as a cotillion escort in his mid-teen, Stanford (‘Stan’ to the community) has many years of couples dancing experience. Stan has mastered the art of teaching and is respected as a “Maven” instructor, perfecting it in a way that makes it easy for anyone even the rhythm challenged, to Step to the beat. He is also a mentor for STEP-ALIVE, nfp Youth Program and the choreographer for the Chicago “Style” Steppers LLP Instructional Videos, Basically Stepping, Basically Stepping 15 Dance Routines and the writer of the Bonus CD, SHANKS O.M.S.