Student group FISTS combines dance, service and solidarity

The young womGroup Picture - Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Stepen, grouped in two horizontal lines of four apiece, stand tensed and ready, each one holding her fists together at chest height. And smiling.

This is the language of the Boston College student group Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step (FISTS) — a language not just of the body but the soul and spirit.

Founded in 1999, FISTS is nominally a dance team that performs at the annual BC Arts Festival, the AHANA Leadership Council “Showdown,” Relay for Life and other events. Their percussive style of dance, known as stepping, melds elements of African and Caribbean traditions with numerous other influences, cultural and otherwise; stepping is associated with, though not limited to, historically African-American fraternities and sororities.   FISTS is equally concerned with service and solidarity, offering its members the means to build friendships, self-confidence, discipline and leadership skills.

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