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.

Tiera Montgomery stands on a dim, blue-lit stage with her hands on her hips. She is flanked by three sorority sisters, one stage left and two stage right. They are also standing, waving their arms in a motion blurred by the camera.
Tiera Montgomery (foreground) performs with her Sigma Gamma Rho sisters at the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show at Jesse Auditorium. Photo by Sam O’Keefe

“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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