Jessica “aka Remo” Saul is a Latina entrepreneur who founded the Art of Stepping® and the World of Step. Before her startup career, Remo was a creative services consultant with Latina Media Ventures. Remo attended Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Albany.
Remo is a renowned choreographer well-known for the Stepping genre of dance and
the Remo System©. The FIRST ever written language & curriculum applied to dance through animation, digital content & mathematical formulas.
Her work on the Remo System© earned her Presidential Awards under President Barack Obama in Fitness, Nutrition & Sports, and Hispanic Educational Excellence. The Remo System© has been licensed to those in the education, sports, and fitness industries as well as implemented by Remo herself in STEAM afterschool programs across the U.S. and overseas.
Remo’s work and brand(s) have been broadcast by notable networks including, but not limited to, Fox News Latino, MTV True Life: I’m a Stepper, Univision-Accesso Total, Despierta America, Latina Magazine, and Famous Footwear.
Dance Mogul: What was it about stepping and education that captivated you?
Dance Mogul: Tell us about the Remo System and why it’s important in the field of dance today.
Dance Mogul: What have been some of your favorite moments stepping has brought you?
- My 1st was being able to Step Full Time. The moment I have up my traditional career, that was awesome. I made my passion a career.
- When I trademarked the Art of Stepping, it meant I was cemented in history, and I could protect her.
- When I was featured on MTV’s True Life: I’m a Stepper – It highlighted my passion for step.
- When I opened my 1st dance studio, first step, I could not believe it.
- Lastly, looking at the faces and lives I have changed. That is when I know the impact I am playing.
Dance Mogul: How did you balance your academics with your step training?
Dance Mogul: What advice do you have for the upcoming generation of steppers?
Dance Mogul: Tell us about your current projects.
Recently I was named the Executive Producer of the Upstaged Step Show being held at the Apollo the weekend of April 22. It is a historical event and an honor as a female Latina, Educator, and advocate for Step for over 20 years.
Dance Mogul: What you like your legacy to be in step?
Dance Mogul: As an educator, why is movement education more important than ever?
Dance Mogul: Is there anyone you’d like to thank for helping you own your journey?
On April 22nd, the best high school and college step teams in the country descend upon the historic Apollo Theater to compete like athletes and showcase their talents for the title of National Step Champion. Produced by the National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA)™ and the National High School Performing Arts (NHSPA)™, the victors will win a share of $13,000 cash, All-American status, and the recognition and respect of their peers.
The road to Harlem’s world-famous Apollo began for the colleges last Fall, with the review of submitted videos judged based on precision, synchronization, creativity, and overall performance. The top eight NCPA teams competing for $10,000 cash include Cornell, Delaware State, Howard, Lincoln, Mercy, Syracuse, and a men’s and women’s team from Tufts. The Tufts men’s team – BlackOut – is the reigning champion, back to defend their title.
The NHSPA championships are co-produced by World of Step (WOS) and will feature the nation’s best high schools facing off in the semifinals and competing for $3,000 in cash prizes. Selected by online voting and an eight-team “March-Madness” style bracket competition which saw over 38,000 votes cast in mid-March, the four high school semifinalists are Brentwood (Long Island), Monsignor Scanlan (Bronx), New Rochelle, and Nottingham (Nottingham, NJ).
“These talented high school steppers have an unbelievable opportunity to compete for a National Championship at the Nation’s most storied historically black theater in the most world-renowned black cultural Mecca, Harlem,” said WOS Founder and CEO Jessica “Remo” Saul. “This is the Superbowl of Step, being played out in the Madison Square Garden of Performing Arts Venues.”
With over 150 steppers passionately competing, the championships at The Apollo will be packed with intensity and stepping action.
“Winning a 2023 Step National Championship, and forever being NCPA and NHSPA Step All-Americans, will be a great accomplishment for any team, as it showcases their skills, creativity, and teamwork on a national stage,” said Victoria Duruh, UpStaged Entertainment Group’s Chief Talent Officer. “The competition will be an empowering experience for all teams involved, regardless of the outcome. We wish each team the best of luck!”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Apollo. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and at The Apollo box office.
About UpStaged Entertainment Group
UpStaged Entertainment Group is an NYC-based diversified performing arts platform empowering the nation’s student performers to compete for national championships, like student-athletes, across 25 genres (e.g., step, comedy, a cappella) in premier venues and virtual platforms. Operating under National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA)™ and National High School Performing Arts (NHSPA)™ brands, UpStaged brings cohesiveness to historically siloed performing arts communities. To learn more about UpStaged, visit https://www.upstagedu.
About National Collegiate Performing Arts (NCPA)™
The NCPA organizes the nation’s dynamic student performers and their universities – like President Roosevelt’s goal in forming the NCAA in 1906 – to 1) Implement a comprehensive competition structure across performing arts genres, 2) elevate collegiate performing arts to a national stage, providing recognition similar to college athletes 3) financially support historically underfunded college performing arts.
About National High School Performing Arts (NHSPA)™
The NHSPA organizes the nation’s dynamic student performers and their high schools – like President Roosevelt’s goal in forming the NCAA in 1906 – to 1) Implement a comprehensive competition structure across performing arts genres, 2) elevate collegiate performing arts to a national stage providing recognition similar to college athletes 3) financially support historically underfunded high school performing arts.
About World of Step (WOS)
WOS is the Nation’s preeminent youth step producer, platform, and educator. Its competitions, classes, and platform empower thousands of steppers worldwide. WOS founder, renowned Step Choreographer and Educator Jessica “aka Remo” Saul, has been featured on MTV, ABC’s Good Morning America, and Telemundo’s Univision, among others. WOS recently expanded internationally to South America and Africa.