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Step Team at Middlesex County College Wins Regional Competition

The Middlesex County College step team, called Exitium, won first place at the fourth annual "Step or Die" competition at Temple University in Philadelphia in April. The team, which was established in 2013, bested step teams from New York, Philadelphia and Toronto.

"Two students, Aliyah Knighton and Charles Jones, founded Exitium in the fall of 2013 as a means of expressing excellence through the African art of stepping," said Lori Johnson, the advisor. "With a purpose to educate, entertain and excel, Exitium has gained much recognition on campus in a short amount of time. Exitium is the Latin word for 'ruin or destruction.' Because stepping is a form of impact dance movements in which the entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds, the step team brings to the audience the 'Sound of Destruction.'"

Other members of the team include Jasmine Beaufort, Shanice Soley Nelson, Briana Willis, Imani Wheeler, Cristian Gonzalez, Mohammad Paracha.


Clockwise from lower left: Briana Willis, Imani Wheeler,
Cristian Gonzalez, Charles Jones, Mohammad Paracha, Shanice Soley Nelson,
Aliyah Knighton, Jasmine Beaufort. Photo by Rob Rivera.


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