Members of West Virginia University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. will engage in rhythmic clapping and foot stomping routines as they compete in the Annual Divine 9 Stomp Step Show on Saturday, April 16.
The public show will be held at the Metropolitan Theatre, located at 369 High Street, in Morgantown. The doors to the show will open at 4 p.m., and the show will begin promptly at 5 p.m.
Bundle tickets, which include entrance to the show and after party, will go on sale Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m. in the Mountainlair. The cost is $15 for non-Greeks and $12 for Greeks.
Single show tickets will be sold at the door for $10.The after party tickets will be $8.00 for non-Greeks and $6.00 for Greeks. The after party will be held at X-hale located on Walnut Street.
Stepping began in early African tribes as a means of communication. Several generations later, black World War II veterans added in a military march theme to the sounds, while Motown grooves and Hip-Hop energy added more entertainment and increased the appeal of the art form. In the late 1960s, historically black fraternities and sororities began embracing stepping on college campuses.
Stepping 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 hand claps. The art of stepping is more than rhythmic dance and it is used as a tool of expression and a way to increase diversity education through a series of unique performances.
The council is made up of nine historically African-American sororities and fraternities, members of all WVU chapters are expected to compete in the event.
The nine organizations in the council are: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
For further information please visit http://wvunphcstepshow2011.bbnow.org/.
CONTACT: Jacqueline Dooley, Student Organizations Services