The “7” Step Hand Dance Academy (The Academy) was founded by Edward Sloan in May 2000 and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution October 25, 2000.
Thank you for visiting The “7″ Step Hand Dance Academy where the original 1990’s D.C. Hand-Dance teaching methodology is still being used to teach hand dancing. The Academy is a 501(c)(3) equal opportunity educational institution where all rights, privileges, and programs are available to all students regardless of race, color, age, gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. Children and young adults between 8-17 years of age are welcome to attend classes at no charge, with a paying adult.
The purpose of the academy is to teach, preserve, and promote the African-American art form of D.C. Hand Dancing. Our commitment to the community is to provide quality, structured dance classes for all participants, and to provide an environment that fosters the development of positive social skills, self confidence, self discipline and academic growth in our youth.
D.C. Hand Dancing is unique to the Washington, D.C. area. D.C. Hand Dancing derived from the Lindy Hop, a eight-count rhythm swing dance with six count moves that originated in Harlem, New York in the 1930’s.
The Lindy Hop evolved into D.C. Hand Dancing in the 1950’s. In it’s current evolution, hand dancing combines sophisticated slick moves with syncopated rhythmic footwork, that allows the dancers the opportunity to blend their creative talents into showcase artistry.
Hand dancing is an important part of the Washington D.C. culture. In 1999, Mayor Anthony Williams declared hand dancing as the official dance of the District of Columbia.
To always strive to meet the needs of our students and the academy. To teach without compromise the African-American art form of D.C. Hand Dancing. To promote and protect hand dancing by encouraging children, adolescents, and adults of all ages to become active students of the art. And to establish hand dance programs that provide a structured environment for our youth, that fosters the development of positive social skills, self-confidence, tolerance and discipline.
The Academy is dedicated to promoting and protecting the African American art form of D.C. Hand Dancing, while always striving to meet the needs of our students and The Academy. Our officers and directors pledge to support our community and treat each other with dignity and respect.
Director of Instruction & Technique, Senior Instructor
Director of Public Relations,
Chaplain, and Senior Instructor
Membership Committee Chairman,
Maryland – Terry Gunn,
Virginia – Mia Jones