Tuesday, October 01, 2013

[137] Focus on fun, fancy footwork at MTSU step show on Oct. 4

MURFREESBORO — A brilliant flurry of feet and masterful showmanship await the audience at the 33rd annual National Panhellenic Council Step Show.

The event, which will be part of MTSU’s homecoming celebration, is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Murphy Center.

Teams from two fraternities, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma, and two sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta, will compete.

“We’ve been working on the show since May with committee meetings and fixing things,” said Juanetta Dobbins, step show co-chair. “It’s been kind of hectic, but it’s still fun to do.”

Each team’s performance must contain a video of up to three minutes in length, run no longer than 13 minutes overall and be free of cursing and sexual innuendo.

Teams will be judged on precision, vocal synchronization, choreography and other qualities. Each team is responsible for its own music, props and costumes and for explaining lighting cues to production staffers.

“I’m a recording industry major, but I changed my focus from artist management to event production because of my work with this year’s step show,” said Carson Helton, step show co-chair and a junior from Louisville, Ky.

“I’m a public relations major, and I hope to go into event planning,” added Dobbins, a senior from Nashville.

The first-place fraternity and sorority winners will receive $1,000 each and trophies. The second-place fraternity and sorority winners will receive $500 each. The team judged to be the best overall will receive $1,500. Monetary awards will be funneled back into the organizations.

In addition to the student teams, two other dance crews, Krazi Technique and Cat Crew Choreography, will perform. A mini-fashion show featuring the work of New York designer and MTSU alumna Robin Davis also will be part of the evening’s entertainment.

Alondra Hunt, a 2011 MTSU graduate, will be master of ceremonies. The audience also will be treated to the comedy of radio personality Zach Boog from WUBT-FM 101.1 The Beat Jamz.

Advance tickets are $12 for general admission or $15 for floor seating. At the door, tickets will be $15 for general admission and $20 for floor seating.

To obtain tickets in advance, go to Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium anytime from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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