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Salt River Senior Steppers Entertain Thousands at Arizona Rattlers Halftime Show

For the third consecutive year, the Salt River Senior Steppers performed in front of thousands at the Arizona Rattlers game.

The Salt River Senior Steppers were the halftime entertainment at the April 22 Arizona Rattlers game, marking their third consecutive invitation. Thousands were in attendance as the Rattlers fell short to the Spokane Empire, 51-60, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Some spectators were there from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to show their support to the dance group, whose members are all age 55 or older.

L-R: Colleen Stone, Maria Chavez, Frani Cashoya, Striker (mascot), Pauline Smith, Victoria Egoak, Gloria Jaurequi, Patricia King, Deborah Robinson, Roberta Seepie.

Nine members of the group took center field during halftime, wearing boots, black pants, shiny “Stepper” shirts and black cowboy hats with a splash of purple. They danced to the crowd’s cheers and “Cumbia de la Cobra” by Fito Olivares.

The Senior Steppers group was established several years ago when the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona hosted its annual Arizona Indian Conference on Aging. The conference included a day for seniors to participate in competitive activities, one of which was aerobic dance. Some of the seniors got hooked, and the rest was history. The Senior Steppers have also been known as the Senior Heartbreakers and the Senior Shakers, but in recent years they have been known throughout the Community and other local tribal communities as the Senior Steppers.

The Senior Steppers danced to "Cumbia de la Cobra" by Fito Olivares. The Senior Steppers currently have 13 active members.
They have performed in many neighboring communities for birthday parties, anniversaries, parades and various events. The group currently has 13 active members.

“I commend the members for their dedication. Over the years we have always been able to maintain at least 10 people. Six have been dancing with the group since the beginning. The largest we had was 18 at one time!” said member Roberta Johnson.

The group meets every Tuesday at the Salt River Fitness Center at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining must be age 55 or older. For information, email Maria.Chavez@srpmic-ed.org.

Up next for the Senior Steppers is a performance on the Gila River Indian Community on May 21.