Tuscaloosa, AL (PRWEB) March 7, 2007
Stomp the Yard is a movie highlighting the tradition of stepping that originated from African American fraternities and sororities. The movie was #1 in the box office for two weeks in January 2007. As a result of the increased interest in the tradition of stepping, MyStepShow.com is launching a national stepshow video contest for all collegiate and alumni organizations.
The winning stepshow video clip will win $1,000 in prize money. Money will also be awarded to the second and third place entries. MyStepShow.com will accept submissions through March 23 and live voting will begin on April 9. Members of the site will have the opportunity to vote on all entries to determine who wins the contest and award money. The contest is sponsored by Talents2Measure.com, a talent portfolio promotion website.
Stepping can be described as a combination of signing, dancing, and rhythm. There is a military type precision in the step routines performed by each organization. The history of stepping comes from multiple sources, but one trend is true. Black fraternities began with singing and added the elements of dance, marching, and chanting. The result became a popular art form that has continued until today. Each organization has its own identity in stepping. The Alphas (Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc.) can be expected to use precision steps utilizing common moves associated with Egyptian themes. The AKAs (Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc.) utilize steps that promote their beauty. Kappas (Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Inc.) commonly use canes to step and twirl with accuracy. The Deltas (Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Inc.) emphasize their strength and character. Omegas (Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc.) often use rhythmic hops that equally match their chants and calls. The Zetas (Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Inc.) step to signify finer womanhood. Sigmas (Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, Inc.) use extremely lively moves to show dexterity and accuracy. Sigma Gamma Rhos (Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Inc.) can be seen using canes along with traditional stepping. Iotas have a signature walk that showcases their spirit. All organizations that participate in stepping show a high level of energy and pride as they give tribute to their organization and traditions.
"We understand the popularity of stepping and have seen its influence in other cultures," said Freddie Stewart of MyStepShow.com. "We've received a number of video clips from Latino Greek letter organizations, high school organizations, and even church groups.
This contest is the beginning of a continued effort of MyStepShow.com to promote the tradition of stepping, its origin, and its popularity. Details on the contest, submission methods, and timelines are available at http://www.MyStepShow.com.
MyStepshow.com is a video sharing and social networking website that focuses on stepshows, stepteams, yard shows, strolls, and probate show video performances. It caters to all organizations who participate in stepping including the Divine Nine African-American fraternities & sororities, Latino fraternities & sororities, high school organizations, dance troupes, and church organizations.
Talents2Measure.com is a talent portfolio promotion website that allows self promotion for jobs, scholarships, and other opportunities. The website is geared towards helping students promote their talents to receive college scholarships. It also is a great tool for job seekers to promote their talents when pursuing jobs. More information is available at http://www.Talents2Measure.com