Housing step show brings the IMPACT

IMPACT celebrating their first-place victory.
Photo Submitted by Calah Laidler

Florida A&M University Housing hosted its 27th Annual Homecoming Housing Step Show. The step show took place at the Al Lawson Center on Monday at 7 p.m. This event is made up of residents who do not have any collegiate stepping experience.

 The hosts, Kimani Jackson, Morgan Pinnock, MyQueal Lewis, and Ju’Cole Grace, got the crowd excited for the show shortly after the doors were opened. Guest performances included The Sensei show, The Omicron Gamma Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and The Omega Lamplighters. 

 The show was put together by the external co-chair Andy Jean-Baptiste, the internal co-chair Kaitlin Haynes, and their executive board. 

 “Together we decided on the show’s overall theme and the specific duties to be carried out by the team step-masters and liaisons,” Haynes said.

 The competing teams were TPS (Truth Hall & Paddyfoote Complex), VGS (Village Girls), G-PHI (Gibbs Hall), INSYNC (Sampson Hall & Young Hall) and IMPACT (Palmetto North, Palmetto South and Phase 3). 

 Returning students who enjoyed last year’s show were thrilled about this year’s. Cameron Gatlin, a sophomore computer engineering major, couldn’t wait to see what this year’s show had to offer. 

 “Last year was lit! I can’t wait to see what they do this year,” Gatlin said.

 Kiara McCalister, an animal science student, enjoyed herself at this year’s housing step show.

 “My favorite part of the show was the high school step team performance and the intermission where we got the chance to dance,” McCalister said. 

 The guest performances were filled with excitement, but the competing teams were the real jaw-dropping performances. There were splits, flips, kicks, tricks throughout each performance and the teams had the audience visibly thrilled.

 Mariah Porter, a pharmacy student, was fascinated with all of the tricks and moves from the performers. 

 “I loved when the guy from IMPACT did all those different tricks with his legs,” Porter said. 

 IMPACT came out on top with their effect on the judges winning first place. INSYNC placed second and VGS placed third.