NPHC Step Show


NPHC Step Show
Saturday, October 19th
8 PM | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

$7 Students // $10 Public
*Tickets can be purchased at the Schaefer Center Box Office starting at 6 pm the day of the Step Show*

About NPHC

The purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at Appalachian State is to provide service-oriented activities for the campus community and surrounding communities, to serve as a liaison between member organizations and the University Administration, and to preside over disputes between member organizations. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions. Visit to learn more!

A History of Stepping

Stepping is an art form where the body is used as an instrument to create elaborate rhythms and sounds using a combination of footsteps, stomps, handclaps, and spoken words. Stepping has deep roots in African culture, based on communities that used movements and sound to communicate and show allegiances.

"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