Byrnes Auditorium was packed for National Pan-Hellenic Council’s annual Homecoming Step Show on November 12.
It was a competitive event between the NPHC organizations to see which organization had the best performance and creative theme. According to Jasmine Cohen, the Step Show Chair, the event was also a fundraiser for NPHC.
Sarah Pankratz, the assistant director for Student Activities for Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, said this Step Show was special.
“This is the first time in four years we’ve had all home teams. All Winthrop NPHC teams,” Pankratz said. No teams from other colleges participated.
Internet comedian Dukk Corder hosted the show, opening with jokes about each NPHC organization present at the event.
The first performance was by Phi Beta Sigma, their theme revolving around the nineties sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Their performance had emphasis on service and scholarship, values that are pillars in the Greek community.
Zeta Phi Beta based their performance on the Disney Channel cartoon “The Proud Family.” During their performance, they conveyed a message of mental illness awareness and breaking the stigma.
Alpha Phi Alpha’s theme was based on another nineties sitcom “Martin,” where they had a tribute for a deceased person named Tommy Ford.
In the middle of the event, Dukk brought audience interaction to the event with a game called Light It Up. Byrnes was draped in darkness, and songs would play. If the audience was familiar with that song, they needed to use the lights on their phones to dance to the song.
“We get turned up,” Dukk said.
VT the Young King performed before Delta Sigma Theta’s performance, whose theme was the crime TV show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” During their performance, the performers turned out the lights for a sequence involving glowing blue gloves.
Omega Psi Phi portrayed the MTV show “Wild ‘N Out,” having a yellow and a purple team compete against each other before coming together. Their initial performance was interrupted by technical difficulties, but they performed at the end. Their “MC” even made a joke that they had “TV service interference” earlier.
The last organization to perform was Sigma Gamma Rho. Their performance was a slight parody, where the performers portrayed alumni returning for Homecoming for the fictional Hillman College.
Phi Beta Sigma on first place while Alpha Phi Alpha won second place for fraternities. For sororities, Sigma Gamma Rho won first place and Zeta Phi Beta won second place.
Pankratz said Sigma Gamma Rho’s victory was notable because it was also their National Founder’s Day.
For senior Corina Samuel, this was the third time she attended the Step Show.
“I loved it just as much as the my first Step Show. They do an excellent job pulling off their performances, and I love the sororities and fraternities coming together and having a good time,” Samuel said.
Ashley Collins, last year’s Homecoming Queen and Winthrop alumna, stepped with her sorority Zeta Phi Beta.
“I had such a blast, but that was for sure my last step show! I am old, out of shape and can’t keep up with the young sorority members! It was all worth it though!” Collins said.
Pankratz said that stepping is an embedded tradition for NPHC organizations at any college.
“It shows unity within their own organizations but also as a council. It’s a lot of hard work, it takes weeks, months to prepare, but they do such a great job with it,” Pankratz said.