By Joel Roberson
The York College campus was buzzing with excitement last weekend as students and families celebrated the annual Fall Fest. Between meals, a 5k and moon bounces, the main event was a huge success. But another highlight was the annual step show. This year, the event featured four of the divine nine, a congregation of historically black college fraternities and sororities.
The fraternities and sororities performed in order based on their year of formation, beginning with Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and concluding with Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, a York College native.
Each group performed its own variations of step, but many had similar elements. These include sharing their origins and the names of their founding brothers and sisters.
As Alpha Phi Alpha performed, noises coming from audience members could be heard. Their amazement at the groups skill level was evident. Junior Jhalin Anderson said that the performance “was very high energy, and a lot of fun to watch.” The groups from Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma impressed the crowd with their piece following Alpha Phi Alpha.
In the midst of the show, the members of Phi Beta Sigma brought in a group of young boys who had been practicing a step routine of their own. These boys were from the York area and ranged from 3 to 14 years old. Despite their age, the group put on a performance that, according to several audience members, was great, compared to that of the college students. Junior Michele Stoltzfus was at the performance, “I thought it was so cute when the little kids went up on stage to step.”
The ladies of York’s Sigma Gama Rho Sorority showed off their moves to close out the event. Their use of canes allowed for a louder sound that brought the house down. “It was really fun – the whole event was entertaining and the little kids were very inspirational. Step is definitely not limited to age,” York College student Siani Widman said.