NPHC Step Show
Each spring the National Pan-Hellenic Council sponsors their annual Step Show in conjunction with Greek Week.
The show has been a large success and attendance has grown steadily. A significant amount of the money raised is given to an endowed scholarship fund that provides financial assistance for deserving minority students at Penn State. Since this show is such a big tradition, a considerable number of alumni return to campus for this event.
African American stepping finds its origins in a combination of military close-order and exhibition drill, and in African foot dances such as the Welly "gumboot" dance. During the mid-20th century, traditionally-black fraternities and sororities on United States college campuses traditionally sang and chanted to celebrate "crossing over" into membership of their respective organizations. Notwithstanding its collegiate roots, stepping is also performed by schools, churches, cheerleading squads, and drill teams.
Popularized by National Pan-Hellenic Council member organizations that perform at local and national competitions, stepping has been featured in films and shows such as School Daze (1988), Mac and Me (1988), Drumline (2002), Stomp the Yard (2007), and the TV series, A Different World and Sister, Sister. The first nationally syndicated stepping contest, S.T.O.M.P., aired in 1992, and The Howard University "Beta" chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha stepped at former President Bill Clinton's inauguration, after appearing in a Foot Locker commercial in December 1992.