The public is invited to participate in a three-day stepping event, Steppin' in Shades of Blue, at Radisson Hotel Star Plaza, March 27 through 29.

Steppin' in Shades of Blue consists of individuals from different professions and cities who join together to dance and enjoy fellowship. In addition to dancing, the event will host dancing workshops and a worship service.

Attendees may purchase single-day tickets or all-inclusive tickets to include snacks, brunch or dinner, stepping each day, and workshops.

On Friday, March 27, attendees will enjoy a meet and greet and stepping from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Male attendees are asked to wear vests and woman are asked to wear fishnet tights.

On Saturday, March 28, attendees can enjoy dinner and stepping from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. during the main event. Main event attendees are asked to dress up in shades of blue and cream.

There will be brunch beginning at 8 a.m. and a worship service starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, followed by stepping from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be two free workshops on Saturday, March 28, including a beginner stepping workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, and a walking workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Pay as you go workshops offered on Saturday, March 28, include Men's Footwork from 10 a.m. to noon, and Ladies' Footwork from noon to 2 p.m. Private lessons are also available.

Seann Cosey, event organizer, explained Chicago-style stepping, known as steppin', as an urban dance that originated in Chicago.

"Steppin' is a unique style and culture within the context of mainstream swing dance," said Cosey. She also explained that walking is a slow dance in which dancers move counter clockwise around the room.

Steppin' in Shades of Blue has previously been hosted in Indianapolis. This year's event is the first time it will be hosted in Northwest Indiana. Event planners anticipate approximately 500 attendees.

To watch an informational video about the event, visit http://bit.ly/167P7mQ. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Seann Cosey at 662-380-1109.