Two months ago, the choreography for Sigma Gamma Rho’s step show performance looked impossible to sophomore Mya Coley.

“The steps looked insane,” says the double-major in international business management and Spanish. “But when I actually get them down, it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is really cool!’ ”

Coley and Sigma Gamma Rho were one of seven National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations to perform at the 2018 NPHC Homecoming Step Show in Jesse Auditorium.

“We’ve put a lot of time into this,” says Coley’s sorority sister Tiera Montgomery, a senior in journalism and a Missouri Student Unions Ambassador. “We want to showcase that we didn’t do this just for fun; we did this because this is something we’re committed to.”

Fraternity & Sorority Life
Fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of student and campus life at the University of Missouri for nearly 150 years. The University of Missouri is committed to partnering with students, alumni, national headquarters and various stakeholders to ensure that fraternity and sorority members thrive. Learn more about Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Stepping is enjoying a modern renaissance, but the art form shares deep roots with historically African-American fraternities and sororities.

“It’s been a tradition for NPHC organizations,” says Mauryell Rio Smith, a senior in mass media communication and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. “To be a part of that [tradition] and to put my hand in that pot has been amazing.”

To view the entire event, watch Mizzou Film Crew’s livestream recording.

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