The National Pan-Hellenic Council will host “Stomp Fest 2015: Flashback Friday” April 17 at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.
“I think it is a lost art on this campus,” Ryeon Wedley, a junior majoring in film and vice president of Phi Beta Sigma, said. “The last time there was a step show here at UT it was 2009. I think this is an opportunity for the teams competing to show the people around campus what stepping is all about.”
Step is a percussive dance that incorporates the entire body to create unique beats and movements through a mixture of stomps, claps and spoken word. In the late 1960s, historically black fraternities and sororities began embracing stepping on college campuses.
Wedley said that the event also will give African-American Greek letter organizations a chance to show potential members an exciting way to get involved.
“I think it will breathe new life into UT and the organizations competing,” Wedley said.
Five teams will compete for a $1,500 prize. In addition, there will be four exhibition step teams from the Toledo area showing off their skills.
Greg Smith, a UT student who passed away last semester, also will be honored at the event.
Pre-sale tickets for the event are available at Ask Rocky in the Student Union.
Tickets for Greek members are $7, general admission is $10, and VIP tickets are available for $15.
An additional $5 will be charged at the door if a person would like to upgrade to a VIP ticket.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
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