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.”
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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