monday, october 25, 2010
The Daily Tar Heel
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After months of planning, prep-aration and practice, every chap-ter in the National Pan-HellenicCouncil will showcase their origi-nal stepping routines in the hopesof winning a $1000 prize for theirchapter.The annual Homecoming StepShow will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.in Memorial Hall. Each of the fourfraternities and four sororities inthe NPHC are allowed 15 minutesto wow the judges and audience with their innovation, dedicationand synchronization.“Chapters come up with theirown kind of theme, like rock androll,” said Antoinette Lecky, NHPCco-social chair. “They’re often based off movies, usually whichev-er movies are coming out recently. You come up with a story line, aplot; chapters are supposed to becreative about it.”In addition to the actual step-ping, Lecky said other studentgroups will perform during theshow. The Harmonyx a cappellagroup will open the show with an African American spiritual. TheKamikaze dance team will per-form during intermission. TheMisconception Dance Company will close the night before the judg-es’ decision is announced.Darius Love, the NHPC Publicity Chair, said that the show will alsofeature DJ Bobby Drake, as well ashost and comedian Darren Brand.“It’s a big, fun celebration, withconcerts and performances out-side of the competition,” Love said.“Music definitely plays a big part of it. The intermission is always pretty cool to see what other organiza-tions are doing as well.”Despite all the exhibition andguest performances, the show isstill a competition.Each group’s stepping will be judged by a panel consisting of one member of each chapter anda head judge who is an unaffiliatedfaculty member.Love said that the step showdraws a large crowd of formerNPHC members.“The step show is also a greatoutlet for reunions, for alumni tocome back for homecoming,” Lovesaid. “I feel like it’s a great bridge between alumni members of theNPHC at Chapel Hill and themembers in school right now. A lotof alumni from every organizationcome back to watch and supporttheir chapter.”Lecky said that a wide variety of people would enjoy the show.“We expect it to be sold out,”Lecky said. “We have people that were anticipating this show before we even started to publicize ormake a Facebook event or put upposters. Friday was the first day westarted selling tickets and I heardthere was quite a good crowd outthere, so I’m excited about that.”Love said that although only onesorority and one fraternity will bedeclared winners, the main pur-pose of the show is to bring theGreek community together.“The step show is a culminationof a lot of hard work and dedicationput in by each fraternity and soror-ity,” Love said. “It also brings Greekunity and a good Greek moral forthe NHPC as a whole because every fraternity and sorority chapter per-forms at the step show, and watchesall the other chapters perform. It’sa healthy competition and bringsus together.”
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