The step show started late. In fact, 30 minutes late. However, as soon as 102.3 FM’s J. Blaze announced that the show was getting started, the crowd erupted in cheers. Zeta Phi Beta started the showcase off with a doll shop theme.
Next up to bat were members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., with an alien like theme that managed to fuse Star Wars and Martian elements. They captivated the crowd with amazing acrobatics, or lack there of, when they had a small mishap using a woman as a human jump rope.
The Alpha Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., followed the Iotas and captured the crowd’s attention with their performance. Borrowing elements from the movie “Saw,” they started out their performance with different members having their hands and feet bound, using each other to make one collective sound. It was surely the crown jewel of their performance.
Next was The Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Their portion of the show was centered on a Secret Service like theme. Members had to prove that they were ready to serve in a very important mission through various tasks.
After a much-needed intermission to get the crowd hyped, The Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. kicked the step show into high gear with an Olympic themed performance. They flipped, moved and stepped in precise movements.
The Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. followed. Their cohesive show flowed very well. With a performance inspired by the Prince of Bel Air, the Alphas made the crowd laugh with their various skits and wowed them too.
The Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was next. They had a Pretty Boy vs. Nasty Nupe, which was similar to TI vs. TIP. Their performance kind of fell flat. Too much choreography, not enough stepping.
Lastly, The Upsilon Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. closed the show.
The organization epitomized stepping in its purest form. There was no dancing – which was refreshing. Instead, their performance was centered on the Joker from Batman, which was very original.
The Alphas and the Deltas won the step show.
Despite the fact that all organizations obviously “tried their hardest,” there was something missing from the show.
I heard members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council had to sign a sportsmanship clause stating that they wouldn’t taunt each other this year. I fully understand this because of last year’s fiasco. But, I feel the playful banter the organizations have, adds spice to the event. Many people were disappointed in the direction the show went.
Only a few organizations, like the Deltas, Sigmas, Alphas and Omegas, were able to give good entertaining performances without poking fun at each other.