The principal of Gwynns Falls Elementary School has gone viral after showing off some of his stepping chops during a school program.
Nikomar Mosley, a member of black fraternity Omega Psi Phi, performed an energetic step routine on Feb. 21 for the school’s annual Black Heritage Program, which requires each grade to do a performance that celebrates an event, person or or other item of importance in African-American history.
This year, Mosley said the second graders performed a dance, pre-kindergarten students recited a poem, and students from the deaf and hard of hearing program recited a poem in English and Spanish and signed it in American Sign Language. Mosel, donning a purple tie — a color that members of the fraternity often wear — chose to display some of his college roots.
Even more, Mosley’s stomping was a hit with his audience. Cheers and laughs from both children and adults can be heard in the background.
“People did not expect to see what they saw,” said Mosley, “especially not with the consistency and endurance” he displayed. Before his performance, Mosley said another fraternity brother and student from Coppin State University performed, and Mosley talked about the fraternity’s history and purpose before stepping into the spotlight (Mosley crossed in 1997 in Lincoln University’s Beta Chapter).
“It was electric throughout the room. Their energy motivated me,” Mosley said.
His decision to perform the step routine and display some of the culture of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity was to give students “exposure to college life to give them a view of what more they can aspire to accomplish,” Mosley said, emphasizing that stepping can also be viewed as an art form.
“We want them to be college-ready, but we need to give them a visual,” he said.
Mosley said he tries to put forth a similar effort at special events every year. He played the trumpet at a recent holiday program, and he also participates in a student-teacher basketball game held with students from the school.
“It’s about building relationships and making connections. Sometimes you have to step out of the box and do things different to make those connections,” he said.