Steppin' on the Vine - 2008

Saturday, 9 August 2008, 18th and Vine District
Jazz Museum, 1616 East 18th - Pre-party and After-Party
and the GEM theater for the on-stage dance contest and awards

Eight couples lined up on the stage at the GEM to dance for a share of the $1,000 total in prize money. Overall, the event moved between the Jazz Museum on the north side of the street and the GEM Theatre on the south side of the street. The pre-party with dancing was in the museum. The contest was in the GEM, on stage. The after-party moved everyone back to the museum floor and more dancing overall.

The Finalists on stage at the GEM for the KC-2-Step competition final competition 9 August 2008 - (picture above, left to right): Curtis Parker and Cassandra (Cassy) Harris-Jennings, James Cole and Bobbie Tuggle, Sam Dillard and Evette Dillard, Nathan Mack and LeAndrea (Lee Lee) Allen, Mark Mitchell and Nia Jones, Lawrence (Larry) Johnson and Rosalind Johnson, Mr. D-Mann Thompson and Carmen (Sexy C) McGee, Leo (Big Daddy) Franklin Sr and Elizabeth (Liz) Hinsen
All eight couples lined up on the stage prior to their competition.

  • The final couples (picture above, left to right):
    • Nathan Mack & LeAndrea "Lee Lee" Allen
    • James Cole & Bobbie Tuggle
    • Curtis Parker & Cassandra "Cassy" Harris-Jennings
    • Sam Dillard & Evette Dillard
    • Mark Mitchell & Nia Jones
    • Lawrence "Larry" Johnson & Rosalind Johnson
    • Mr. D-Mann Thompson & Carmen "Sexy C" McGee
    • Leo "Big Daddy" Franklin Sr & Elizabeth "Liz"Hinsen

The onstage competition began with the contestants moving across from the Jazz Museum to the GEM and getting briefed. Then the crowd migrated across the street and found seats in the theater. At 9:30 Tony G, Hot 103 Jamz radio DJ stepped up to the podium as host for the evening.

KC 2-Steppin 9 August 2008 at the Jazz Museum and GEM Theater - On-stage (GEM) all couples at one time, at the start of the competition finals. (front) Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings, (behind them, left to right) D-Mann Thompson and Carmen McGee, Leo Franklin and Liz Hinsen (partially hidden), Bobbie Tuggle and James Cole (and between and behind Bobbie and James) Nathan Mack and LeAndrea Allen (the eventual winners).
On-stage all couples at one time, at the start of the competition finals. (front) Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings, (behind them, left to right) D-Mann Thompson and Carmen McGee, Leo Franklin and Liz Hinsen (partially hidden), Bobbie Tuggle and James Cole (and between and behind Bobbie and James) Nathan Mack and LeAndrea Allen (the eventual winners).

The couples were introduced one at a time until all eight couples were lined up on stage (picture above). Then all couples danced together in a single large group. After this they were broken into two groups of four couples each. Those two groups competed leaving two couple from each group to go on to form the final group of four.

Here is the list of couples and finalists:

Finalists in couple order:
  1. Curtis Parker & Cassandra "Cassy" Harris-Jennings
  2. James Cole & Bobbie Tuggle
  3. Sam Dillard & Evette Dillard
  4. Nathan Mack & LeAndrea "Lee Lee" Allen
  5. Mark Mitchell & Nia Jones
  6. Lawrence "Larry" Johnson & Rosalind Johnson
  7. Mr. D-Mann Thompson & Carmen "Sexy C" McGee
  8. Leo "Big Daddy" Franklin Sr & Elizabeth "Liz"Hinsen
Couples in Final Ranking order:
  • 4th Place: couple #6. Lawrence Johnson & Rosalind Johnson
  • 3rd Place: couple #1 Curtis Parker & Cassandra "Cassy" Harris-Jennings
  • 2nd Place: couple #7 Mr. D-Mann Thompson & Carmen "Sexy C"McGee
  • 1st Place: couple #4 Nathan Mack & LeAndrea "Lee Lee" Allen

Nathan Mack Sr. and LeAndrea Allen, the eventual first place winners at Kc 2-step, sharing $500. They won second place in 2005
LeAndrea Allen and Nathan Mack Sr, the eventual first place winners, sharing $500.
They won second place in 2005 and first in 2003.

Larry and Rosalind Johnson in the Big Step-Off August 9, 2008 - KC 2-Steppin
Larry & Rosalind Johnson

Nate Mack and LeAndrea Allen (left) and Carmen McGee and D-Mann Thompson - on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Nate Mack and LeAndrea Allen (left) and Carmen McGee and D-Mann Thompson
Host Tony G gets these two to duplicate their dance position from the poster for the big step off for the KC 2-step competition finals 9 August 2008 at the GEM theater
Host Tony G gets these two to duplicate their dance position from the poster.
Larry Johnson and Rosalind Johnson on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Larry Johnson and Rosalind Johnson
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Curtis Parker and Cassaundra Harris-Jennings
Bobbie Tuggle and James Cole - in the background (stage right wings) from left: Curtis Parker, Mark Mitchell and Nia Jones on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Bobbie Tuggle and James Cole - in the background (stage right wings) from left: Curtis Parker, Mark Mitchell and Nia Jones
Curtis Parker and Cassaundra Harris-Jennings on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Curtis Parker and Cassaundra Harris-Jennings
Larry and Rosalind Johnson on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Larry and Rosalind Johnson
Line dancing in the atrium of the museum for the Big Step Off of KC 2-step at the GEM 9 August 2008
Line dancing in the atrium of the museum
After party back in the Jazz Museum's atrium area during the Big Step Off for KC-2-step - 9 August 2008
After party back in the Jazz Museum's atrium area
Larry and Rosalind Johnson - Jazz Museum atrium in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Larry and Rosalind Johnson - Jazz Museum atrium
Leo Franklin (#8) on stage at the GEM after the contest dancing with a friend during the KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Leo Franklin (#8) on stage at the GEM after the contest dancing with a friend.
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings
Carmen McGee and D-Mann Thompson, Larry and Rosalind Johnson on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Carmen McGee and D-Mann Thompson, Larry and Rosalind Johnson
Final four in the competition: Curtis and Cassandra, Nate and LeAndrea, Larry and Rosalind, D-Mann and Carmen on stage at the GEM in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Final four in the competition: Curtis and Cassandra, Nate and LeAndrea, Larry and Rosalind, D-Mann and Carmen
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings in the museum atrium in KC 2-Step competition 9 August 2008
Curtis Parker and Cassandra Harris-Jennings in the museum atrium

 



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In The District - (KCP&L) at Maker's Mark (first-night attempt)
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Prelim #2 19 November 2005 at the Jazz Museum
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