“Texas Black Expo is always looking for innovative ways to connect and motivate the community and we are delighted to add the Step-Off competition to our annual celebration,” said Jerome Love, president, Texas Black Expo.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 21, 2015
Texas Black Expo(TBE), the state’s largest African-American empowerment festival held June 11-14 in Houston, is challenging Greek and non-Greek step teams to its first ever ‘#TBE2015 Step-Off’ competition. Teams from throughout the state are invited to enter the epic battle for a chance to perform live at #TBE2015, Sunday, June 14, in front a panel of celebrity judges, for a $1,000 prize and bragging rights as the best step team in Texas.
“Texas Black Expo is always looking for innovative ways to connect and motivate the community and we are delighted to add the Step-Off competition to our annual celebration,” said Jerome Love, president, Texas Black Expo. “Stepping is an integral part of African-American culture. Bringing Greek and non-Greek step teams from all over Texas together allows us to honor our heritage in a way that’s enjoyable and exciting, for the step teams and for all #TBE2015 attendees.”
The ‘#TBE2015 Step-Off’ showdown begins with a four-week online competition. To enter the battle, step teams must visit the site between now and Monday, May 4 to upload a three to five minute video of their team performing. This site will be live to the public May 5 – May 26, and all of Texas will have a chance to watch the performances and vote for their favorite team in each category.
The three teams in each category with the most public votes at the end of the online competition will advance to the final round, where they will go head-to-head in a live step-off at #TBE2015, on Sunday, June 14. Teams in the live battle will be evaluated by panel of celebrity judges. Ultimately two teams, one in each category, will be crowned the ‘#TBE2015 Step-Off’ champion and take home a $1,000 prize, and bragging rights as Texas’ preeminent team.
“This is a monumental event for Texas Black Expo and all the talented step teams in Texas,” said Paige Marie, #TBE2015 Step-Off judge and Rockets Power Dancer team captain. “As a dancer, I know exactly how much time and dedication goes into each routine. I can’t wait to see all the talent and energy I know each team will bring to the Step-Off.”
Entry to the ‘#TBE2015 Step-Off’ is free and is open to Greek and non-Greek step teams located in Texas. Teams must adhere to the following guidelines to be eligible:
- Step teams must be located in Texas
- Upload a three to five minute video of a recent step performance on the “#TBE2015 Step-Off’ competition site
- Only one video per team can be submitted and the team must select the appropriate category (Greek or non-Greek)
- All step team members must be at least 16 years of age to perform in the live competition
- Public voting will take place Tuesday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 26
- The three teams in each category with the highest number of votes will be announced Monday, June 1 and advance to the final battle
- Teams in the final “Step-Off” will perform live at #TBE2015 on Sunday, June 14 in Houston*
Approximately 25,000 attendees are expected to attend the #TBE2015 Summer Celebration, June 11-14 in Houston. In addition to the ‘#TBE2015 Step-Off,’ the weekend of events will also include an epic line-up of celebrity performances and appearances, entertainment events, a health and wellness exposition, as well as, entrepreneur and youth empowerment summits. For more information, visit texasblackexpo.com, and connect with @TexasBlackExpo on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
- Teams in the final round residing outside the Greater Houston Area will receive a select number of complimentary hotel accommodations.
About Texas Black Expo
Texas Black Expo is a nonprofit organization with a mission to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth, and building better lives. Texas Black Expo hosts Texas' largest African-American empowerment festival, which is consistently held to coincide with the Juneteenth holiday. Founded in 2003, the Expo and has successfully touched more than 140,000 lives with business development programs, youth entrepreneurship initiatives, health and wellness expositions and community events. For more information, visit texasblackexpo.com and @TexasBlackExpo on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.