Beach Daze…Kicking it Old School: 23rd Annual Long Beach State Step Show March 29
2014-03-24 · By Editor
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will host the 23rd annual Long Beach State Step Show on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid.
Fraternity and sorority members throughout the West Coast come to Long Beach to attend what has become the largest student-produced Step Show in the western United States. This annual event attracts over 4,000 spectators, ranging from high school students to families of all ages.
The theme this year is “Beach Daze…Kicking it Old School,” mirroring the late 80s and early 90s Spike Lee film “School Daze.” The Step Show is produced by the NPHC, the coordinating council for the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities.
“In order to enjoy the quick moves and split second changes that is a part of stepping, one must see a step show live to appreciate its full glory,” said Dontay Carter, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a member of the NPHC. “The art of stepping draws from elements of gymnastics, break dance, tap dance, marching, and African and Caribbean dance to create individual routines. In addition to its entertainment value, a step show is an educational event as it draws on themes and concepts relating to African American culture and identity.”
Fraternity and sorority teams will compete for trophies and cash prizes. Each year, a portion of the proceeds go to supporting scholarships and students at CSULB and local high schools as well funding leadership training and community service projects.
“Step shows demonstrate the roles that Greek letter organizations play in our current society and communicates the historical context of their inception,” explained Carter, a graduating senior majoring in African studies with a minor in criminal justice. “This program, and others like it, offers participants not only a creative outlet, but also a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves. CSULB is proud to host such a widely known and popular event.”
Tickets for the 23rd annual Long Beach State Step Show can be purchased for $20 at www.csulb.edu/sld or at the Walter Pyramid box office. For more information, contact Zion Smith, coordinator for CSULB’s Student Life and Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.