Alpha Phi Alpha to host charity step show

The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host their 10th annual charity step show Feb. 3 to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fund and the Black Genesis Scholarship Fund.

The show, Step Your Game Up, will feature “traditional step dancing” and hip-hop dance performances by GW’s Capital Funk and Georgetown University’s Groove Theory, said junior Eric Woodard, president of Alpha Phi Alpha. The chapter will also host an after party in the Continental Ballroom of the Marvin Center.

Three National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters, including Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Zeta Phi Beta sorority will be performing. Three Multicultural Greek Council Chapters – Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity and Lambda Pi Chi Sorority – will also participate.

The chapters will perform synchronized dances and compete for a grand prize of $1,000. The competition will award a $500 prize for the fraternity and sorority with the next-highest scores. The judges will rank the teams on originality, appearance, crowd participation, visible charisma, complexity of the dance and more, Woodard said.

The MLK Jr. Memorial Fund, chartered in 1998, is responsible for commemorating King’s life and work by raising funds, designing and constructing the memorial in D.C., according to the Fund’s Web site. The Black Genesis Scholarship Fund awards a high school senior in the greater D.C. metro region with a college scholarship.

Though last year’s step show lacked a large audience, Woodard said he anticipates that this year’s crowd will fill Lisner Auditorium. The recent release of the movie, “Stomp the Yard,” which features step dancing, may also increase attendance, Woodard said.

“It’s the 10th year that the chapter has hosted the event, as well as the end of the Fraternity’s Centennial Celebration and the chapter’s 30th anniversary,” Woodard said. “So everyone is trying their hardest to make it a success.”

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