By Heidi Dunne
Louisiana State University Non Pan Hellenic Conference (NPHC) hosted their 7th Annual Step Up or Step Aside Step Show last Friday on October 9 , 2015 at the Baton Rouge River Center Arena. NPHC sororities and fraternities are paired with PHC sororities to choreograph and perfect a step routine to use for the competition.
Stepping is a form of dance where stomping and clapping are used to create a rhythmic beat. Objects and props are also used to help create the noises.
The theme of this year’s show was Mystery Grab Bag. The eleven competing PHC sororities each provided three possible routine themes to the NPHC Stepshow Committee. Each sorority then randomly selected from the themes, including the ones they provided, to acquire the theme for their routine.
Decked in costumes, duct tape and glitter the sororities the sorority members competed in front of a full crowd. The enthusiastic crowd was adorned with glow sticks, poster boards and noisemakers.
Chi Omega received first place; their performance was Alice in Wonderland themed, with each of them dressed as Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter. With brilliant Mad Hatter costumes, the women took the stage by storm. They creatively used tables and chairs as props and beat-makers.
Pi Beta Phi placed second place with a Superhero theme. They channeled into X-Men as their members all dressed as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique. In blue morph suits and boots, the women put on an appealing, if not surreal, performance.
Delta Zeta placed third place with a Boxing theme. Their performance was dedicated to Brook Hotard’s late boyfriend. He passed away last month after an incredible fight with cancer. Hotard served as the Step Show chair for Delta Zeta. The final message on the screen before their performance stated, “Dedicated to Joseph Delaune, the ultimate fighter.”
Hotard shared, “Placing is an unbelievable feeling! My co-chair and I said from day one that all we wanted was to put on a show that would make Delta Zeta proud, which I know we did so a third place trophy is just the cherry on top.”