“We do everything together,” said 11 year old Jaetonna Satcher, when referencing the team of elementary school steppers she affectionately calls her brothers and sisters. Satcher and nine year old Domenique Simpson have been part of the Chaotic Movement Mavericks since they were in kindergarten. “Work hard and pay attention,” said Simpson. “That’s what helps you keep up.”
The young steppers pulled out all the stops this summer to win the elementary division of the 2018 National Step League’s Competition in Atlanta. Tameka Wilson is their coach. “It was my idea, I started it,” said Wilson. “I used to coach in South Carolina. I moved up here and noticed there were no step teams that were competing so I decided to take a chance and form a group. “At first we started with just a local team performing at different places around town. Then I decided to give them the opportunity to compete and they wowed me. So I just continued and we kept growing. This is our sixth year.”
Wilson also coaches a high school team. She said they always score well in state and regional competitions and advance to the finals. This year the high schoolers came in fifth at nationals. “This is the first time my elementary team has ever been able to travel this far out and they went down and they just did amazing.
“I was excited because this was my first ever nationals and I actually won,” said Wilson. “It was great.”
“We’re all family,” said Wilson. “I moved here from South Carolina without any family. So I’ve developed a family through the kids and their families. The majority of my kids have been stepping with me for five or six years. I have been abler to watch them grow into the steppers they are today.”
Wilson will hold the next round of auditions on August 13th. You can get information about the auditions by following the group on Facebook.