NPHC Step Show
Appalachian State University's National Pan-Hellenic Council presents The Annual Homecoming Step Show on Saturday in the Schaefer Center. Music is by DJ Diesel from 102 Jamz, The Hip Hop Station. If you are looking for a mind blowing performance to end the week, look no further.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
"Stepping has its beginnings in the early African American slave community as a means of communication and keeping hold of traditional aspects of the denied culture. It served mainly as a link back to African tribal dance, which in many areas was prohibited. Call-and-response folk songs helped slaves to survive culturally and to spread word about important matters, such as the Underground Railroad. Several generations later, Black World War ll 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 at college campuses. Previously using step shows as a rite of passage for pledges, the Black Greek letter system has a strong role in the college step scene. There are often specific steps to each chapter and sometimes the groups playfully mock each other's styles during competitions an benefits." - Joseph Bufanda