Stepping was developed by African-American fraternities and sororities and is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and handclaps. Stepping may also draw from elements of gymnastics, tap dance, break dance, marching, or African and Caribbean dance.
NPHC Fraternities and Sororities had "Greek Sings" and in later years they began to add movements. "Greek Sings" became "Greek Shows" and are a major event still done today. Multiple participants congregate in a decided formation and are led by the step master, who begins a chant to kick off the step.
Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, was the member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, that made stepping moves sourced directly from African culture more common. It is the tribal, African feel of stepping and the traditional African beats and complicated movements that make it very powerful
Most historians agree that Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and then Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, were the first to start the stepping phenomenon which is wildly popular today. It is popular among the Greek organizations to show spirit and pride in their Fraternity or Sorority.
Stepping although is a complex performance; it melds folk traditions with popular culture and involves synchronized movement, singing, speaking, chanting, and drama now practiced worldwide. Take a look at these step dances from various sororities and learn a little about them too. Come back each month as we will feature new sororities.
Zeta Tau Alpha (zetataualpha.org/cms400min/) belief is to intensify friendship, promote happiness among its members, and in every way to create such sentiments, to perform such deeds, and to mold such opinions as will conduce to the building up of a nobler and purer womanhood in the world and what better way than to win this step off competition to show the power of being a women.
Beta Psi of Alpha Kappa Alpha (betapsiomega.org/) home of one of the oldest Greek letter organizations exhibits their pride in their sorority at a Yard Show.
Phi Mu (latech.phimu.org/) creed in summary is to help the less fortunate, walk in honor, remain steadfast in duty, be honorable, and to serve in truth. Phi Mu is a women’s organization that provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendships through a shared tradition.
Delta Sigma Theta (deltasigmatheta.org/) purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. In their step dance performance these young women provide a mini comical skit in their step dance routine as puppet dancers.
Alpha Phi Alpha (alpha-phi-alpha.com/index.php) members are focused to their future. They continue to develop tomorrow’s leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence. These young gentlemen make stepping look so easy.
Sigma Alpha Mu (SAM) was founded in 1909 at the City College of New York as a fraternity of Jewish men. Currently they are no longer just integrating men of the Jewish faith. They welcome all men of good character. In this fraternity, SAM members will have an opportunity to not only build a brotherhood of friends, but help build the students into a stronger individual through community service, philanthropy, and leadership skills that will help through all your stages of life. Fraternities
Alpha Gamma Delta they work together to ensure that their living quarters feels like home. Each member contributes to the residence and the opportunity to participate in the growth of the chapter and continue sisterhood. Sororities
Omega Psi Phi founded in 1911 by three young black men at Howard University. The name was derived from the initials of the Greek phrase "friendship is essential to the soul." Overtime the fraternity has grown and there are over 700 chapters throughout the world including places like Germany, Bermuda and even Japan. One of the great things about this fraternity is the opportunities that it affords to the brothers who join not only career opportunities but chances to travel the world and meet all types of people who share the same ideals as them. Fraternities
Alpha Chi Omega has developed a great pride and a strong sense of sisterhood. A diverse group of individuals involved in many aspects of college life including academic honor societies, tutoring, drama, and varsity athletics to name a few. It is the bond at Alpha Chi Omega that is strengthened by love, loyalty, and friendship. Sororities