Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha win annual NPHC step show

By Rashad Perry

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A combination of stomping, clapping and choreographed dancing demanded the attention of onlookers at the 2012 UK National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show.

The show ended in victory for the women of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the men of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Both were winners of the 2011 NPHC Step show.

Taking the stage were members of the “Divine Nine,” all black Greek-letter organizations under the umbrella of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Competing for prize money, a trophy and bragging rights, each organization performed a 10-minute routine.

Spectators and members of the black Greek community poured into the Lexington Convention Center on Friday to support family, friends and fellow organization members as they took the stage.

“As an alumnus of UK and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, I am so excited to be back,” Demichael Kay said. “This is a chance for all of us ‘old-heads’ to reconnect and come together to support our successors.”

A tradition known in the black Greek community as “strolling” took place at Intermission. Strolling is a way for Greeks to represent their group in an organized formation.

Rivalry seemed to heat up after intermission as the time for the judges to make their decision neared.

“I really enjoy this part of homecoming, to see everyone come together and put on great shows,” said Alesha Johnson, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. “For one, it shows a different side of Greeks, and two, it just allows us to play on the ideas of rivalries between organizations. But we all understand it’s all in good fun.”