Last night, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Black Student Union hosted a Step Show event in Jacobus. One word to describe the night: AWESOME!
I'm actually on the E-Board (Executive Board) for both NSBE and BSU. I'm Vice President of NSBE and Publicity Chair for BSU. Just so you all can get an idea of what the event was about, here's a little blurb I read to introduce the purposeof it:
"We've invited you here today to take you on a journey. A journey to the discovery of the evolution of African dance. And we will achieve this by Stepping Through Black History. What is stepping? Where did it come from? How was it created? These are questions we hope to answer tonight. African dance has contributed to the many popular dance styles of today. Stepping is a tradition of many fraternities and sororities, and the pride of these greek organizations. But how did it orginate? Whether someone is a part of a multicultural, Divine 9, Asian, Latino, and the list can go on and on, Greek organization, THIS tradition of stepping came from the same place. We hope that tonight you can discover this!
The show opened with a video of Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem and then the Black National Anthem (and it's ok, not everyone knew it existed. I didn't until a few years back). It was so nice because everyone sang it together because we had some...technical difficulties...which unfortunately didn't allow us to show the video. But it was a great way to start the night: uniting everyone through song.
After that we had the first performance of the night, which was a beautiful interpretive dance performed by an African dance company. After their performance we had multicultural Greek organizations step, stroll, or salute. The ones who performed were Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Their performances were amazing! It's something you don't get to experience every day at Stevens. To close the night was a breakdancing performance from Five Elements, which was awesome as usual.
Overall the night was super fun, from all the performances, to the amazing hosts, to the mini competitions (who could African dance the best and who could "Kappa Shimmy" the best. The Kappa Shimmy is the Kappa Alpha Psi signature move when strolling). It was so entertaining! And it's great to know that students like those in Five Elements have an amazing talent of hip hop dance and breakdancing. So you CAN be an engineer AND a b-boy, or whatever your heart desires.
Next year's show is going to be even bigger and better and I hope to see YOU there! :)