By Daja Henry, Contributing Writer
In the midst of a gloomy Homecoming, Howard University students trekked to the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall on Saturday, October 3rd for the Greek Step Show. Many hoped for this show to revive the frail Homecoming spirit after a cold, rainy day that began with a disappointing loss by the Howard University football team.
At the start of the show, there were still many unfilled seats, but by the end of the first performance, Quad’s Step Team, there were only a few single seats speckled throughout the theater.
The emcee of the night kept the crowd engaged. The crowd pulsed in anticipation of the main event, the Divine Nine Greek Associations.
As the first fraternity took the stage, they set the tone for the rest of the night. There were a series of ’90s themed performances featuring Twitter sensations and shady references to the other fraternities and sororities. Omega Psi Phi took on Spike Lee’s movie, “Do the Right Thing,” and put a spin on it, calling it “Do The Owt Thing.” Among the other ’90s references were Phi Beta Sigma with Martin and Iota Phi Theta with Family Matters.
The winning fraternity, however, took a different approach. Alpha Phi Alpha stepped out decked in dashikis and playing African drums. They shouted indirectly to the other fraternities about knowing their origins, as Alpha Phi Alpha was the first intercollegiate black Greek organization. They gave an exhilarating performance, maneuvering through their steps as one body and giving a nod to their sister sorority. Their signature snake pose was an audience favorite, with people screaming “Hold it!”
Similarly, the winning sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, took on a different theme. The AKA’s put on a boot camp themed performance. Amidst their usual hair flipping and strutting, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha stepped despite shoes flying out into the crowd. They incorporated glowing bracelets while stepping in the dark. The highlight of their performance, however, was when they stepped into a perfect formation while blindfolded. The audience erupted with both joy and disbelief.
The real star of the show was the Kaoss step team, a middle school group. Their performance was themed after the reality TV show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” There were three questions based in African-American heritage. They were a very confident group. The girls flipped their hair, much resembling the AKA’s. The little baby faces that ran out onto the stage before the performance took on very mean stepping expressions and they stepped with a vengeance.
Local artist Light Show gave a quick performance during intermission. As with every Howard function, during every break in the show DJ Kaptain played music and kept the audience excited. Both alumni and students danced and enjoyed the atmosphere.
As Howard students and alum exited, they buzzed with excitement over the show. The spirit of Howard was alive and well.