There are many things created in such an artistic city like Chicago. Chicago has created a style of dance that has turned into a culture. There is even a specific genre of music attached to this culture of dance, which stemmed from another Chicago original sound. That style of dance is called footwork. The genre of music is known as juke music in Chicago. Juke music stemmed from house music that was created in the early 80’s on the Southside of Chicago.
Sterling `Steelo’ Lofton of The Era Footwork Crew has used the culture of footwork to help change lives. Steelo started dancing in 2006. In 2009, while attending Bowen High School, Steelo decided to focus strictly on the footwork culture. In 2014 Steelo co-founded The Era Footwork Crew has made appearances across the world and impacted the city locally.
The Era has made history in the city while also achieving many accomplishments in such a short time. Teaching all ages, especially youth, as well as foreigners from all over the world. The Era demonstrates the basic concept of footwork along with the history behind it, which originated in late 80’s early 90’s.
Footwork is a fast pace style dance involving your feet, while also using your upper body. The upper body is used to make moves look more dramatic.
“I used footwork as an outlet to escape from whatever it is I’m going through. I wanna also give the same outlet to other young men in my city”