The Missouri Highsteppers is a contemporary precision dance and drill troupe – performing dance steps, military drill maneuvers, marching steps and choreographed street dance to percussion accompaniment.
To provide members with a sense of purpose, a commitment to excellence and an understanding that all members can become productive and successful contributors to the Missouri High Steppers, our communities and our society.
Missouri High Steppers’ Mission
Provide opportunities for growth and development through enrichment activities centered around character building, leadership, health and life skills, education, career, sports, recreation, fitness and the arts.
Utilize a group of positive, committed, caring staff and volunteers to serve as role models.
Inspire and enable all youth to realize their fullest potential and help students become responsible, productive and caring adults.
Enhance services to youth and parents by partnering with other organizations.
Provide a safe place for youth to learn and grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Travel throughout the United States and abroad, performing intricate and rigorous routines for a variety of venues.
The Highsteppers Creed
I am responsible for the decisions I make in this life. I am the one who determines who I am, what I do and what I will become. Compassion and hard work are my tenets. Gentleness and resoluteness my hallmark.
I will strive to maintain a positive attitude about life, to work hard at every task I undertake and to persevere in the face of life’s difficulties.
I pledge to be a role model to others and to make empathy and kindness my personal guiding light.
Suaviter in modo, Fortiter in re.
(SWAH-wih-tehr ihn MAW-daw FAWR-tih-tehr ihn ray)
Gentle in manner, resolute in deed.
High Stepper’s History
Rolando Barry founded the Missouri Highsteppers — formerly known as the Blind Boone Highsteppers and the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers — in 1979. He belonged to similar drill teams as a child in St. Louis.