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April 4, 2008
By Adrienne Goetz
“Stompin’ with the Pack,” hosted by the Multicultural Greek Counsel, will feature the precise art of “stepping.”
“Stepping is like dance in the sense that it is a form of entertainment done to music,” said Alison Tanzer, president of the University’s Multicultural Greek Council and Lamba Phi Xi. “At other times though, the only music you will hear is the sound made by the various claps, slaps and steps that are made.”
The focus of the event on April 5, 2-4 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom, is to raise awareness of the Multicultural Greek Counsel and the art of stepping.
“We want to invite the University community to come join us,” Tanzer said. “We are all about bringing the community and the school together.”
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and money raised will go back to the council to cover the event’s production costs. In the future, the council hopes to adopt a philanthropic organization and contribute to it through events like this.
The show will feature the Delta Sierra Middle School Team. The Multicultural Greek Council has considered adopting the team, because they are such a good team and there is a lack of young step teams in the area.
“We talked about helping them raise funds for all their traveling expenses,” Tanzer said. “They are amazing and we want to support their team. Part of the ticket money we raise will go to helping them pay their out of pocket expenses.”
The Multicultural Greek Council was created two years ago to focus on diversity, cultural issues and events on campus.
“The Multicultural Greek Council has been warmly welcomed by the campus community over the last two years,” Tanzer said. “In fact, we have almost as many organizations as the Pan-Hellenic Council. I think that says a lot about the cultural diversity of our campus.”
Stepping originated from tribal dances in Africa. It was brought back by historically black fraternities. A few of the organizations known for stepping are Delta Sigma Xi, Alpha Delta Sigma and Alpha Kappa. Soon Latino and Asian organizations wanted to participate in stepping, and over the last fifteen years several other groups have picked up the art of stepping.
The dance itself is all about precision. A step-master will create a beat, and then teach the steps and the precision behind each. There is virtually no variation on the steps: the point is unison. Stepping is meant to be so precise that if you closed your eyes and listened, you would think it was only one person dancing.