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UMKC holds second annual Greek Step Show: Event draws talent from across campus and across the region

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First place winners, Epsilon Psi of Alpha Phi Alpha of Rolla pose during one of their performances.
First place winners, Epsilon Psi of Alpha Phi Alpha of Rolla pose during one of their performances.

The Lambda Epsilon City-Wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and The African American Student Union (TAASU) hosted “The Takeover Greek Step Show: Part II” Saturday, Jan 14.

The Step Show has become an annual event that is growing by the year. The event was held in the Swinney Recreation Center. “The Takeover: Part II” was such a large event, it was broadcasted on the well-known radio station, 103.3 Jamz.

The show was hosted by 106 and Park’s former hostess, Free. She brought a lively flavor to the event and kept the crowd hyped and interested.

The entire venue was filled to the doors. Donald Reeves of TAASU said, “The turnout was amazing. It was a full house; the Step Show exceeded our expectations.”

Step teams traveled from near and far to attend the event. UMKC’s own Nu Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. was in attendance, as were Nebraska’s Delta Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Fraternity Inc. Psi Phi and Tau Alpha, Phi Iota and Beta Psi Zeta Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.There were a total of six teams. The Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha from St. Louis, Epsilon Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha from Rolla, MO, and Beta Chi of Phi Beta Sigma were also in attendance.

Each of the teams performed for the judges and the audience to show off their “Divine Nine Pride.” Winners were chosen based on criteria such as uniqueness, precision, togetherness, creativity, style and many other standards.

The second place winners, Alpha Eta of Alpha Phi Alpha of Saint Louis, stand at the beginning of their performance.
The second place winners, Alpha Eta of Alpha Phi Alpha of Saint Louis, stand at the beginning of their performance.

After the judges saw all of the performances, they deliberated and came to the consensus of the winners. The Delta Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi from Nebraska placed 3rd in the competition. The Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha from St. Louis placed 2nd and The Epsilon Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha from Rolla ranked 1st in the competition. Each team went home with a prize. There was a $500 prize for 3rd place, $1,000 for 2nd place and $2,000 for 1st place.Third place received $500, second place received $1000 and first place received $2000.

As a special treat at the end of the event before the judging commenced, the Nu Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi’s Mentoring Program Books not B.A.R.S. performed a step number for the audience. They dedicated their steps and strolls to three of the fraternities at the event, the Kappas, the Alphas and the Omegas. They stepped with precision and class when they showed their talents on stage. This program reaches out to young boys in the inner city to promote education and schooling. Books not B.A.R.S. received a prize of $250 for performing.

The Lambda Epsilon City-Wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and TAASU also hosted an after-party at 10 p.m. at The Madrid Theatre at 3810 Main Street. The after-party was as busy as the event itself. Fraternities and sororities strolled and represented their chapters by wearing their colors and jackets and chanting during stroll numbers.

This is an event that nobody should miss; it was surely one to remember!

rsanchez@unews.com

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