6 teams come together for a statewide step show

By Laura Shrake

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. hosted its first statewide step show Saturday, drawing teams to the Singletary Center stage from across Kentucky.

Six step teams competed in the show, including those from Delta Theta of UK, Alpha Kappa Alpha of Louisville, Iota Phi Theta of Louisville, Zeta Phi Beta of Murray State, Phi Beta Sigma of Eastern Kentucky and Zeta Phi Beta of Louisville.

Each team performed its step show, a mix of dance, traditional step and theatrics.

“Being on stage was nerve-racking but also exciting,” said D’minia Stokes, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Louisville. “It was a new experience, but I hope we get to keep doing shows like this, maybe even come back here next year if they have it again.”

The event was a long time coming, said Josh Payne, coordinator of the event.

“This is something new,” Payne said. “But (we’ve wanted to take) everyone’s smaller step shows to a new level and now we finally have the man power to do it.”

The event included seven judges. Six were Greek alumni, and the seventh was Shelby Patrice Jenkins, Miss Black Kentucky 2012.

The coordinators of the event included Payne and Kendrel Dickerson, the founders of KEEP Mentoring, the program to which the proceeds from the step show will go.

“KEEP Mentoring is a community-based mentoring program for underprivileged youth ages 10 to 21,” Payne said. “The program basically fosters the youth and keeps the kids with a positive influence.”