BAS was established to work for its members and
with the Chicago Stepping activity to do what can be done to make
Chicago Stepping Dancing bigger and better for all in the Bay Area..
BAS is a non-profit organization with membership
in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, and Japan. In an effort to keep
cost down to our members.
When Bay Area Stepping Association was
established it was agreed that we would operate from a framework of
three general statements. These statements are as follows:
Put the fun and dance back into Chicago Stepping Dancing!
In order to insure that we leave the activity better than we found it,
the emphasis MUST be placed on:
1. Length of beginner classes must be shortened to
make Chicago Stepping dancing more accessible to more people.
2. Change the existing programs to only three.
Take the most useful and prominently used dances (basic, mainstream and
plus) and incorporate them into one program called Basic Chicago
Stepping Dancing; the other two should be ADVANCED AND CHALLENGE.
(Since 90% of the dancers are in mainstream & plus, we cannot
eliminate all of the plus dances)
Develop a professional code of conduct for Instructors / Teachers.
The Instructor / teacher character and actions must be the best in all
aspects of the dance activity, which includes instructors/dancers,
instructor club officers, instructor/beginner classes and
instructors/fellow instructors. Commitment, Leadership, Ethics and
Responsibility are all part of the word INSTRUCTOR/TEACHER.
Work with all dancers and leadership organizations.
The Chicago Stepping dance activity belongs to Chicago Steppin' Dancers,
and instructors/teachers share a leadership role with dancers. The
dancers must have a voice in all changes in the Chicago Steppin
dance activity, which includes what steps make up a dance program,
length of classes, recruitment and retention of dancers. After
all, dancers do pay the bills.