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Sheridan Star Steppers Gifted with $10,000

| December 1, 2015

Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres present Sheridan teacher/step team coach Shani Glasby and the Sheridan Star Steppers with a check from Shutterfly worth $10,000.

Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres present Sheridan teacher/step team coach Shani Glasby and the Sheridan Star Steppers with a check from Shutterfly worth $10,000.

Ellen Degeneres Surprises Teacher And Team On Her Show

Shani Glasby fulfilled a dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres when she and nine members of the Sheridan Star Steppers step team appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November.

“That’s the No. 1 thing on my bucket list, literally,” said Glasby, a Sheriden Elemen­tary School third-grade teacher and the Star Steppers coach. “To meet Ellen.”

A die-hard viewer who has submitted videos of her step team to EllenTube, Glasby was invited on stage with DeGeneres and guest Will Smith during the Nov. 4 taping, which aired Nov. 5 on CBS. Following a special Star Steppers performance that surprised Glasby, DeGeneres surprised the team with a $10,000 check from Shutterfly.

“That was the most unbelievable experience ever. I had so many emotions at one time. It was beyond amazing,” said Glasby, who has been watching the show for 10 years. “I get home from school each day and have my Ellen time, then I get to school in the morning and talk about Ellen all day! I love that she’s always doing something positive for kids and people. She takes regular people who do special things and puts them in the spotlight.”

Glasby and her team got to share that spotlight. They first auditioned with a show producer via Skype on Oct. 29, and received word on Oct. 30 that they would be flown to Los Angeles. Glasby initially was told the team would be participating in an EllenTube competition. Glasby was invited to sit in the studio audience for the taping of the Nov. 5 show, when Will Smith called her on stage.

Smith praised Glasby for forming the Star Steppers, now in their second year, to provide students with a fun and free after-school program. DeGeneres revealed that Glasby had spent her own money to provide some of the team members with proper step footwear.

“I wanted to do something where the kids felt like they belonged and could believe in themselves,” Glasby said on the show. “The Star Steppers allows them to work hard, have good grades, show good behavior and just be a part of something.”

DeGeneres then surprised Glasby by bringing out nine veteran steppers from the 28-member team to perform for the studio audience. After the performance, DeGeneres and Smith revealed the $10,000 giveaway.

“All I knew is that I rode into the show, and they said I could come sit in the audience,” Glasby said. “I had no idea what was going to happen. The kids did an absolutely outstanding job. I still feel like I’m dreaming. The $10,000 was definitely icing on the cake. I think that will go a long way for us.”

To view the segment on EllenTube, visit ellentube.com/videos/0-vnkeweit/

The Sheridan Star Steppers perform for a producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after school on Oct. 29. Their successful audition resulted in Sheridan Elementary School being represented on the show.

The Sheridan Star Steppers perform for a producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after school on Oct. 29. Their successful audition resulted in Sheridan Elementary School being represented on the show.


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