NPHC Step Show inspired by 90s shows

Shantel-Ann Pettway

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, at WKU continues their tradition of putting on the Homecoming week Step Show with a performance this weekend. 

This year’s Homecoming Step Show will be held in Diddle Arena on Nov. 8 from 7  to 9 p.m. following the Homecoming football game.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming Step Show is 90s sitcoms, such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Participants drew from a hat which sitcom they would emulate. 

The confirmed Greek talents in the show are Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Omega Psi Phi fraternity and Iota Phi Theta fraternity. 

The members of Sigma Gamma Rho will not be stepping, but will be represented by sorority sisters from other chapters from other universities; this form of stepping is called an exhibition.

“We voted to have an exhibition because we are small in number and it was less stress on us to do so much with a small amount of people,” said Louisville junior Danielle Burnley, vice president of the WKU chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho.

Numbers won’t stop members of Omega Psi Phi from stomping in the Homecoming Step Show. 

WKU’s Gamma Theta Chapter, will be represented by three confident fraternity brothers. 

“Numbers don’t matter, we’re always confident, that’s the only way to compete at a high level,” said Nashville senior Andre Scott, one of the participating members.

The NPHC Homecoming Step Show is a judged show, but the competition doesn’t cause tension between the Greeks.

“If there is any rivalry, it’s friendly rivalry, but everyone wants to win and that’s what makes a good show,” said Spring Hill, Tennessee sophomore Ihyauszz Cole.

Step shows can take a lot of time to prepare for according to Louisville senior Devantre Chatman. 

“We’ve been preparing since the summer by watching TV shows, finding outfits to wear and our preparation is going to give us a new look this year,” Chatman said.

Step shows are also showcases for those who are studying and planning to pledge to a NPHC fraternity or sorority. 

“The people who choose to get on that stage show a form of diversity because there are nine different organizations that offer different opportunities to people and it shows them how excited we still are to be members of our specific fraternity or sorority,” Chatman said.