Pan-Hellenic step show celebrates diversity through dance

Catherine Jones

Diversity and dance ruled the night during Friday’s annual Pan-Hellenic council step show.

People packed the Lexington Opera House to witness a celebration of UK’s diverse community through dance.

“It is important to have events like the step show because it creates an inclusive community for members of UK to come and see what the organizations have been working so hard to prepare,” said Jada Linton, the President of NPHC and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Pledge classes dating back to 1971 came to support this electrifying show.

“The homecoming step show is important to black alumni, it gives a chance for everyone to come back and celebrate various activities,” said the step master and community service chair for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alexis Anderson.

The first-place trophy went to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. Second-place winners were the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 

Seven fraternities and sororities performed and their dedication and hard work shined bright through each performance. The routines were judged based on complexity, creativity and execution.

“I was very happy with our performance and I hope everyone loved our energy,” president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Ryan Lockett-Goode said.

Each organization not only has stepping in common but they share the love for community service.

“We do so much more than just step and scroll on stage,” president of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Savon Gray said. “We are a really well-rounded group of men, so I hope people take that from our performance as well.”

UK’s historically African-American fraternities and sororities will continue to seek to share the proud heritage of the NPHC organization through their annual homecoming step show.